Crow hunting

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by Pistolenschutze, May 24, 2009.

  1. Anyone out there ever hunted crows? I swear, if there is a smarter, more suspicious bird anywhere I haven't found it unless maybe it's the turkey. I remember one old crow as a kid--we were out hunting with .22s--that was so smart he would let us get just to the edge of effective range, then fly away. It was practically demonic! In fact, we ended up giving that crow a name. We called him "Edgar."

    Yup. You guessed it . . .

    His full name was Edgar Allen Crow! :eek:

    ::::::ducking into bunker and hiding before Pops gives me a bad time::::: :rolleyes:
  2. I was taking a bead on a crow, when another crow in another tree swooped over and knocked the one i was aiming at out of the tree. The one i was aiming at couldn't see me cause i was underneath, but the other one had clear sight of me. I was mildly surprised:eek:
    Smartest bird around here is a raven. Have you heard them talk?

  3. "Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'" :D;)

  4. good old Edgar Allen Crow:D
  5. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    sometimes crows land in my front lawn... its about 70 yards long in front of the house... i try to sneak the door open just a crack and stick my bbl out the door... them somebucks even get wind of that sometimes.... and my 22 aint hitting just where it should on the unsuspecting ones. :(
  6. Most times shooting a crow on the ground with a .22 the round will more then likely deflect off the feathers, you got ta to get the shot under the feathers.
    unless it's a head shot of course.
  7. FJF0311

    FJF0311 New Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Mt. Airy, MD
    I hunted crows for awhile. Something to do during the summer. They are very smart! They fly in "Family" groups. Once you lure one in and make a kill, it is very unlikely the same setup will work on that group twice.
    Listen closely, They do have a language! It is limited to the basics, food, danger, anger, and help. But they do use it.
    I suggest you try it. Don't be discouraged. At first, it may seem there are no crows in your area. But once you find a good set up, and learn what not to do on a call, it can be a lot of fun.
  8. I agree, but have you ever heard ravens talking when they didn't know you were there.
    You can almost understand them. I can understand why my ancestors believed
    raven as the teacher/trickster, kinda like Loki.
  9. patrickbows

    patrickbows New Member

    May 10, 2009
    In the 60's my cousin mike and I would shoot crows out of the eucalyptus tree windbreaks at both ends of my dads' five acre place.After two or three kills,the crows would fly toward the place, but at the windbreak,they would shoot straight up,like a rocket,and pass over the field way high out of range,then drop down on the other side.Now the birds are stealing my cherries from the tree in my yard and I let them..
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  10. islenos

    islenos New Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    West Texas
    I never kill an animal that I am not prepared to eat
  11. Yes, i've had to eat 'crow'
    It's the honorable thing to do. you must give respect to the life you take.
    Regardless, won't do long pig.
  12. Agreed! ;) As for killing without purpose, I also agree. Even the jackrabbits I shot as a kid were cleaned, cooked, and consumed by my dog. Pest control is another legitimate reason to shoot, and at times, crows are definite threats to crops, trees, and human health. Where I grew up, that was often the case.
  13. FJF0311

    FJF0311 New Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Mt. Airy, MD
    Too many crows are a bad thing.

    They will decimate a garden.

    They are nest robbers, they have killed the young robins in a nest under my deck twice.

    They carry west Nile.

    They have virtually no natural enemies.

    I not hate crows, nor kill for fun. But they, like anything, need to be controlled. Too many crows in a area is unhealthily, for them, and you.

    Years ago, a old game warden came up on me and my son fishing in a small pond. The pond was overrun by 3 to 5 inch bluegills. He explained that there was Bass in there, but they were fading fast. the bluegills instead of being a food source, were getting too big to be ate by the bass. they were consuming the other food sources. Then lack of more were stunted in further growth. If this continued, there would be no fishing in the future.
    He suggested that we throw the ones we caught up on the bank.
    By reducing the population, we would make the pond healthier.

    It may sound cruel, but to be a good steward of wildlife you need to do what's right for them. Leave the emotions home.
  14. fmacsin1

    fmacsin1 New Member

    Oct 25, 2008
    Moosehead Lake, Maine
    Poor, poor Edgar! I think he knew that even ravens were smarter. I'm sure, however, that he would probably just as soon get rid of crows! Matter-of-fact, most people mistake ravens for crows; I have a ----load of 'em behind my house and boy do they make noise! Both ravens and crows are the best recyclers; their nests are made out of anything they can get their "beaks" on! Another point, my dad always used to tell me to kill any cormorant I could because they destroy the fishing both salt and fresh water.
  15. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Crows are so smart as to be otherwordly. :eek: They know when you have a gun. I've had them come very close to me, but almost never with a gun in hand.

    I have killed some though I don't go out to hunt them. To me they are a target of opportunity. Since they are pests and predators with no season or bag limit, they are game any time of the year.

    I've never eaten real crow and don't plan to unless it's a survival situation. :eek:
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