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A sandhill crane windsock decoy. Wind fills the plastic bodies and gives motion to the decoy spread - sometimes too much movement.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Tim Keenan, Great Bend, carefully stores a "stuffer" - a mounted sandhill crane he uses for a decoy.
Two mounted sandhill cranes ride in the decoy trailer. Sandhills have some of the sharpest eyes among birds that are hunted.
Roger Marshall puts the finishing touches on a spread of about 300 sandhill crane decoys.
Sandhill cranes circling a corn field, looking for danger before landing.
Sandhill cranes prepare to land.
Roger Marshall hides in a lay-out blind shortly after the beginning of legal shooting time for sandhill cranes.
Tim Keenan peaks from a lay-out blind to see if sandhill cranes are coming to his decoys.
Two trucks, a big trailer and several guys are needed to collect sandhill crane decoys.
Sandhill cranes above a Stafford County corn field.
Two sandhill cranes fly low over decoys at sunrise. Legal shooting time for sandhills begins one-half hour after sunrise.
Sandhill cranes in the sky before sunrise.
Sandhill cranes flying from the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge towards crop grounds for feeding.
Gerald Lauber, Topeka, retrieves two sandhill cranes he and a friend shot in Stafford County.
Roger Marshall retrieves a sandhill crane he shot. Every one shot is a trophy.
Hunters re-arrange sandhill crane decoys, hoping to make the spread more appealing to cranes.
Sandhill cranes circling a field of decoys. They didn't land.
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