Best ammo for hunting birds with a 10/22?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by corrinavatan, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. corrinavatan

    corrinavatan New Member

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    ... title is pretty self-evident. I have a crow problem on my property, and really don't want to deal with buying a shotgun to take them out.
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Here in NC hunting any bird with a rifle is a no-no. However, if you've got crows and can safely shoot them I think any high velocity 22 would do the job inside 50 yards. If you want something with a little more zip try a Stinger or Velociter, both are hard hitting 22s.
     

  3. whtsmoke

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    what you need to do is invite a group of guys(or gals) that like to down and i bet they would help you out. We use to hunt crows all the time when we were kids with bith 22 and a shotgun. yes you can use a 22 on them as long as you jknow where that bullet is going.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Umm- Crows are a Federally regulated non-migratory non-game bird. While rifles may NOT be used for doves, Geese, ducks, they are generally permitted for crows. However, do check game laws- last time I looked, there is an every-other-day legal shooting time for them.

    I use polymer tip .17 HMR (POOOOF!!!) but the most accurate .22 LR for YOUR rifle would be my suggestion.
     
  5. gadrooning

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    Personally I would not hunt crows with a 22 unless you have a solid back drop to stop the bullets and I definitely would not shoot up into the air as .22 will and come back down with possible lethal force. However here is trick from the past. place bait in a large open box or an open frame of some sort. Place an old fishing net with the openings roughly the size of the head of a crow, draped over the bait. The net has to be suspended over the bait a few inches above the bait so the crows have to place there heads through the net to get at it. This will give you several more seconds to ambush them. And ambush them you have to as they are smart, very smart. Keep an eye out for the scout. This is the crow sitting up in a higher vantage point keeping an eye out while the rest of the flock eats. If he sees you the gigs up. Keep in mind that crows are scavengers so like many animals in this category they look at you from side of their head not the front. Most people mistake this thinking that if the crows head is turned away that they cannot see you. Unlike predators, whose eyes are located in front of their heads like you and I, cats, dogs, eagles, scavengers have eyes located on the side their head very much like grazers, so they actually have more field of vision. Crows have better eyesight than you or I so keep in mind if you can see them more than likely they can see you. I would use a 12 or 20 gauge duck shot to knock those bastards out. Here in Mich. you are allowed to hunt crows. These are probably one of the post plentiful birds next to the Michigan mosquito.
     
  6. corrinavatan

    corrinavatan New Member

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    I had actually heard of bird shot available for 22 LRs; the fact that nobody has mentioned these rounds makes me think that they are either ineffective, rare, or damage the gun.

    If I shoot them with actual slugs, I plan on only shooting them at a downward angle (my property is such that I can place myself on a ridge and aim down at them). If they start flying, I plan on being out of luck.

    Thankfully, (or rather, not), I won't need to bait them. For whatever reason, they're constantly around the same area of a field, which I wouldn't mind if they didn't constantly fly north throughout the day, crapping all over my house, car, and in my swimming pool.

    I figure they're probably just like any other bird and will taste good roasted in the oven with a can of beer inside them, and they're legal to hunt with a permit.
     
  7. Overkill0084

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    It's been a few years, but as I recall those shot loads for .22s are only good out to maybe 20 feet. Great for hiking in snake country, but not a proper game load in the traditional sense.
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    You aren't actually planning to eat them are you?
     
  9. corrinavatan

    corrinavatan New Member

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    Is there a reason why I shouldn't? Like, are they radioactive or something?

    Why in the world would I not eat an animal that I shot? That just seems wasteful to me. I mean, it's a bird.
     
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  10. hunter Joe

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    Skunks and opossums are non-game animals. Yes I shoot them and no I don't eat them. Why should a pesky crow be any different?

    As for game animals, if I'm not going to eat them, I don't hunt them. Varmints and pests fall under another catogory IMHO and crows are no better than rats with wings.
     
  11. gadrooning

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    I think it falls under the same logic as not eating vultures. It has been said that eating animals that consist a large portion of their diet of carrion taste horribly. I personally don't know but It makes good sense to me. I have never heard of any culture eating raptures or crows. Guess that's why they have the saying " You'll be eating crow"
     
  12. corrinavatan

    corrinavatan New Member

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    Hrm. Guess I was raised different, maybe? I've had skunk, and according to the guy who served it to me, as long as you don't puncture the scent glands during cleaning, most people can't tell it isn't squirrel. (I couldn't). However, if you puncture the scent gland, you have to throw it away.

    I see no problem eating "non-game" animals. I mean, saying something is a "game" animal seems subjective.

    I've had to eat rats in a simulated survival situation (I was challenged with a group of friends to survive). Rat tastes kinda like squirrel. I see no problem eating them (assuming I can kill them without destroying them).

    Is it because of what they eat?

    You ever have wild pig? Catfish? There are plenty of animals that eat less-than-savory things that taste reasonable. Example: Turtles. Ever had a freshwater turtle?

    A significant portion of their diet is the feces of deer and other animals that crap near water sources.

    I understand the assumption. But in my experience, even animals that subsist mostly on carrion don't really taste too radically different from other animals, and with the proper preparation can even be quite tasty.

    Edit: http://www.crowbusters.com/recipes.htm
     
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  13. willshoum

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    A Murder of Crows.......

    Order your self the Crow call tapes and the Owl decoy. Crows are all ways harrasing Owls. 22 cal. 40 grain. and Zero your scope in at the distance you'll be shooting. And yes crows are edible. We would salt and pepper the breast an roast over an open fire. :)