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Sandhill Crane tours offered at Barren River Lake State Resort Park on two weekends in January

 Barren River Lake State Resort Park will host its Sandhill Crane tours on two weekends in late January, 2018. Thousands of sandhill cranes make Barren River Lake a winter stop as they congregate in huge numbers to migrate. The lake’s exposed mud flats in winter provide the birds with a perfect spot to rest and socialize as they settle in for the night. Area farmlands and wet meadows offer plenty...

Sandhill crane season opens Dec. 17; Hunters advised to avoid protected whooping cranes

With sandhill crane hunting season opening the third weekend in December, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is issuing its annual advisory to hunters to watch out for federally protected whooping cranes. The whooping crane is an endangered bird that may not be hunted. The Eastern Population of whooping cranes migrates between Wisconsin and Florida, with their main migration corridor...

Applications for Kentucky’s sandhill crane hunting season accepted online Nov. 15-30

  Applications for Kentucky’s sandhill crane hunting season will be accepted online at fw.ky.gov from Nov. 15-30.   The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will issue permits to 400 hunters this year through a randomized computer drawing. Applicants drawn for a hunt must pass an online identification test before they can receive a permit. Applicants must have a valid Kentucky...