Counting crows

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  1. 1982flh80

    1982flh80 New Member

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    Does anyone here at the forum crow hunt. Bought my youngest son a used Mossberg 500 12ga. and now he has decided he wants to hunt everything small game. Shooting crows isn't something I have personally attempted. I here it is difficult. Blind, calls and loads of patience are standard issues for any success hunting these birds. Crows are smart as well as wary. Would like to try it though. Besides, this will give me a reason to purchase a new shotgun.
     
  2. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    A murder of crows.....

    Tapes,fake owl,blind well hidden, lots of shot gun shells. Leave any cripples in the area.....Have fun.......:)
     

  3. TimKS

    TimKS Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I've never hunted them specifically, but I have shot a few. Once you shoot one in the flock, you rarely get a chance to shoot another in the same flock. They are very wary to say the least. Good luck.
     
  4. hiwall

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    I have hunted them a lot(in MN). and have been in many organized crow shoots where the winning team always had over 100 crows per day of shooting. You need a call. one way is to drive until crows are spotted in the distance set-up your call 1/4 to 1/2 mile from crows and call them in. Another way is go to where the crows always hang out(pig farms are excellent) set-up call and shoot then wait-call shoot-repeat. A lot of fun
     
  5. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXmT5HT4O54&feature=fvsr]CROW CALL FOR CALLING CROWS FEARNOT CALLS. - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJEJqld8N6I&feature=related]Calling Crows - YouTube[/ame]
     
  6. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Dammm Britts......

    Are we hunting crows in America......Put up the Owl and see for your self..... Don't get me wrong, crows are very intelligent.... You will kill more youngsters than the older ones.... Put out poisan bait and you'll see what I'm talking about. Dey ain't stupid........When the older birds hang out of shot gun range, it's time to use the rifle and scope....this will test your shooting ability.......Knockem dead......:eek::D
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    FWIW, check the hunting laws. They are federally regulated. Last time I looked, it was legal on alternate days. I use a .22 or .17 HMR.
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    A "flock" of Crows is known as a Murder, not a flock. I use A 12ga Mossberg w/ a modified choke, #4 lead high brass, some plastic crow decoys and a call. My Son has a single shot 20ga w/ an Modified barrel and #5 lead shot. If you can shoot, 30..40 yards is easy. We hunt a 200 acre field, next to a corn field. The Corn field is minor, it is the daily flight path they use that makes it a hot spot.
     
  9. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I hate CROWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. 00possum

    00possum New Member

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    i use a rabbit in distress call. then shoot them out of the air with a shot gun, if they land i use a 22 mag. if the distress call doesnt work play a crow fighting with the distress call.
     
  11. Tuner

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    There is nothing more fun then calling in crows. I have two P. S. OLT crow calls Model 14-9 (not sure of that last number, kind of worn off) one of which was my fathers and is probably atleast 55 years old, great calls. I never go in the woods without having one of them! Crows respond exceptionally well to a call and I would go so far to say that if you can hear crows calling in the distance you can call them in. There is a bit of an art to using the call, but it is very easily learned. BTW the first video above is an example of how not to use a crow call!! Crows are very weary so cover and concealment are critical. Decoys, Owls and Hawks are good also.

    Last year I was down on one section of our hunting property about a quarter mile from the barn where we keep our equipment and gather as a group. I was in my white Ford pickup and a group of crows were calling in the distance; I rolled down the window and started calling. Within a very short time there were 50 - 75 crows circling my pickup. I put it in gear and slowly drove back to the barn, calling out the window and had the entire bunch of crows follow me to the barn. Everyone there had a good laugh when I showed up with the crows. Kind of blows the cover and concealment theory, go figure.

    As mentioned above, crows have a season which here in Georgia runs from 5 Nov. to 29 Feb., no limit. Buy a call, have a ball!!
     
  12. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Call me a liberal if you will. But I can't see shooting
    crows or any winged-creature of the skies. I'd much
    rather shoot drug-dealers and corporate warlords if I
    can get away with it.
    :rolleyes:
     
  13. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Until they let us shoot bad guys with no limits then shooting crows (and cats) is the next best thing.
     
  14. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Cats?!! :eek: Oh, come on now.
     
  15. jjfuller1

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    i hate it when i smell cat piss all over somewhere like my steps or shed door. if i see em on my property they tend to disappear. for crows. ive shot a few that flew in when i was squrriel hunting with my .22
     
  16. jpattersonnh

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    Tell you what, Start growing corn, plant 100 acres. Don't shoot a single crow and see how much comes up. When the ears are about ready, please don't shoot any, Racoons either. You'll be lucky to get 50% out of that feild. 1/2 of your annual income or Feed for your livestock for the Winter. I shoot crows on a 500 acre farm. He has 200 dairy cows and 400 chickens. He has 150 more acres that are seperate from the single that is strictly for feed. 400 acres is devoted to feed. What do you think would happen to his livelihood if he let wildlife ravage his crops. I guess he could always ask for a handout! But since he owns land, that can't happen. He lets me hunt Whitetail, Geese, in return for shooting crows, coyotes, racoons.........
    You better stop shooting, think of the lead contamination. The only things I contaminate w/ lead are vermin and FOOD! I usually ventelate them though pretty good.
     
  17. hiwall

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    People have been shooting crows(and cats) a lot for the last hundred years or so and there is as many now than ever was(way more cats). Coyotes and crows have extended their range in the US. Like any exotic species cats do incalculable harm to native wildlife. Crows and coyotes can harm many "desirable" species populations but at least they are "natural".
     
  18. Win73

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    I have killed two crows in my life. The first was about 35 years ago. Used an M1 carbine at 90 yards. One shot kill.

    The second was two years ago while dove hunting. Was standing under a tree waiting for more dove to fly by. I see two crows flying directly toward the tree I am standing under. I thought that when they passed over the tree and were out in front of me, I would try to shoot one. Lo and behold, one of them lands in the tree directly above me! I pointed my Remington 1100 straight up and shot it. The crow nearly hit me when it fell. I didn't have to take a step. I just bent over and picked it up.
     
  19. Jpyle

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    What kind of call do you use for a drug dealer?
     
  20. oletrapper

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    Hunt them when in season here in KY.

    Most important thing is to cover up and don't move when calling crows. I wear full camo, face and head. Used to use and olt mouth call but have graduated to a FoxPro electronic call. They can't resist it and come in fighting mad and stupid. An owl decoy works well also. Good luck. OT