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I'm looking for recommendations for a sandhill crane outfitter. Thinking Texas and late 2024. Will be partially a senior trip for my son and we'll have others along too. I don't think any of us have ever hunted them. My brother wants to go and would like to add a day of geese too. Who do you like? Thanks.

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Go to the Texas Hunting Forum. Lots of outfitters advertise there and the members there can give you input. I live in Amarillo and have never hunted Sandhills so I can't help but there are guys on that site that can.


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Aren't they referred to as "flying ribeyes" ?
Supposedly they are great table fare IDK.

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Head to Bear Lake! laugh

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That’s the problem, the tag.

We have them here but no luck with the tag. Plus one in years of trying for a tag probably isn’t gonna scratch the itch.

I’m not a wildlife biologist or anything, but they do need to open it up here. Dang dinosaurs are everywhere from spring til mid fall.

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No tag required here. Limit 3 per day.

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Originally Posted by Featherweight6555
Aren't they referred to as "flying ribeyes" ?
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I think it's ribeye in the sky. Never hunted them.



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Originally Posted by VernAK
No tag required here. Limit 3 per day.


That would be an awesome senior trip.



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Goose Reapers in Oklahoma.


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Originally Posted by smokepole
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No tag required here. Limit 3 per day.
That would be an awesome senior trip.
Not as cool as Texas though.


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Originally Posted by ironbender
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Originally Posted by VernAK
No tag required here. Limit 3 per day.
That would be an awesome senior trip.
Not as cool as Texas though.


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Texas is three a day. No tag.

I'd call the Big honker lodge and talk to Jeff. Tell him your goals.

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They are awesome and delicious!

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Cranes are Big Game? news to me . . .

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Originally Posted by MuskegMan
Cranes are Big Game? news to me . . .

You’re lucky I didn’t put this in the hunters campfire. Who the crap looks at the bird hunting threads anyway?

Figured there’d be some cross over hunters and that general big game gets more traffic.

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Can shoot three a day where I live in Montana. They taste great. The ones I kill are all ambushed from the irrigation ditches. I don’t see the large flocks here like I’ve seen in Texas.

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Originally Posted by Ralphie
That’s the problem, the tag.

We have them here but no luck with the tag. Plus one in years of trying for a tag probably isn’t gonna scratch the itch.

I’m not a wildlife biologist or anything, but they do need to open it up here. Dang dinosaurs are everywhere from spring til mid fall.
Agreed! Plus, a trip to see new country and critters in TX would be more fun.

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Look for an outfitters in the Wichita Falls area or the Texas panhandle say Amarillo or Dunas area outfitters.
Muddy Waters outfitters, Crooked Wing outfitters.
Max Out Guide service down on the coast.

I would look into a hog hunt also, thermal at night if possible. Lots of pigs along the Red River in North Texas.

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It's some good eating, I've never had a duck or goose taste near as good.

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They are a game bird in 16 states and coddled in all the others. Two can make a racket, but I can’t imagine the noise down in our Horicon Marsh when 10,000 of them migrate through. They are sure a nuisance down in Florida. The neighbor down there has a high end Audi and the darn birds see their reflection in the paint and peck the heck out of it. They peck the house windows too and it sounds like a shot.They are so tame you could hit them with a bat.


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