Crow hunting

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

  1. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    Thats bad Tim :eek:, my sides hurt from laughing though.;) Thanks for making my day for me.:D catfish
  2. 38 special

    38 special New Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    When I was younger I used to go with my Father hunting crows. I had a great horned owl that I shot when I was 16 (back then they actually paid a bounty(15$) on owls. I had the magnificent owl mounted with heavy gage wire It was mounted on a limb that had a hole in the middle so you could shove it down on a sappling when calling the crows. We had an old Johnny stewart electronic call It played a 45 rpm record with a loud speaker. The crows would come swopping in trying to knock the owl off the perch.we would shoot them with 12 gage shotguns. It wasnt easy as they were a tough target but we got quite a few that way.
    I collected the tail feathers. I still have the feathers and the owl. But we never ate them. I also hunted woodchucks but after while I felt quilty for just shooting them and letting them lay.The crow is an incredibly smart bird and I love to see them and hear them. Woodchucks are also a wonderful animal.
    My dad told me how they used to eat woodchuck during the depression days. So I asked him if we could do so. WE shot 3 and we skinned them and cooked them (parboiled them first) then grilled them -they were ok but rather tough. They are a very clean animal they only eat good green vegetation.
    After that I quit hunting woodchucks and crows I just couldnt bring myself to shoot them for no reason.
    As Ive gotten older I think more about what and why Im shooting something. Ifeel that I must either eat what I shoot or make something of the fur or do something with the life I have taken. I dont think crow would be that good to eat as they will eat almost anything rancid or not but they are a magnificent bird worthy of respect.

  3. swanshot

    swanshot Active Member

    On my recent trip bush I was lookin to shoot something for the camp, probably a roo. I was stalking quietly along a dry creek bed when a couple of crows (ravens) joined me. Those baskets moved along with me crawing their bloody heads off. in the end I gave up the hunt and took a shot at one of em. A cloud of feathers flew, and so did that damn crow. I didn't believe it:eek::eek::eek:
  4. LurpyGeek

    LurpyGeek Active Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    Okay, I have an embarrassing story to add...

    We have a cat. You may have seen pictures of her posted on this site before. She has been my family's cat for a long time. She is 13 years old, which is quite mature for a cat, but she doesn't seem that old. She has slowed down a little, but is still healthy and active. After my wife and I got married, the cat still lived with my parents until about a year ago when she moved in with us.

    We live in a small condo. The cat has lived outdoors her whole life. She likes the indoors, but was getting a little stir crazy in her 900 square foot world. Our complex requires pets to be on a leash and there are dogs in the neighborhood, so we bought a harness (looks like a tactical vest, so I call her SWAT cat) and leash to take her outside on. She doesn't like the harness much, but tolerates it quite well since she knows she gets to go out and explore when she's wearing it. No you can all join my neighbors in their laughter. I don't mind, since I like to make people laugh. I get some great looks from people driving through the parking lot.

    Now to where we tie into this thread...

    We live next to a cemetery which is FULL of crows. They make all kinds of noise and have even become aggressive towards the cat and me when we're out for a walk. They have swooped at us and frequently get together in the trees above the cat to harass her. I can't do too much about this since it's illegal to discharge a firearm in city limits and the hippie neighbors would throw a fit. I do however, have a small airsoft gun. I have taken to carrying this in my pocket and have popped quite a few crows with it. I have to be very careful since even though it is basically a harmless toy, some neighbor could mistake it for something else, but it is quite effective. I have to be faster now, since I can basically point my finger at them and they'll take off, but it is very satisfying to hear an airsoft round go "THWACK!" against feathers, followed by panicked squaking.
  5. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth Former Guest

    Jul 3, 2009
    Anyone ever heard of Beeman Crowmaguns?They are pellet gun pellets made just for crows.I heard that they recovered a .25 caliber pellet from a crow that was expanded to .41 caliber.They have a huge hollowpoint cavity
  6. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Jacksonville, AL
    I've used the Beeman Crow magnums on squirrels and they will definitely do the job. We have a group of five crows, I think they call it a murder of crows, that come right up to eat the feed the birds drop from the feeders The feeders are in a dogwood tree about twenty feet from the front porch. They come up and land even when we're sitting on the front porch. I like them a lot better than the squirrels and they do talk to each other. They also harass hawks until they leave the area.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2009
  7. Texman

    Texman New Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    I am not a fan of crows and years ago an ole man told me the fool proof way to lure them in got shooting. First you have to kill one! Then take him to a clear area with cover for you to hide in close by.. Lay our ole dead crow on the ground, wings out spread if possible. Then take cover.. Just wait, sooner or later one will fly over and see ole Brother crow all stretched out. , wait, he may well fly off, but will come back. Once he is satisfied the area is safe he will land in a tree and start calling up all his brothers to come look at ole Fred all dead and laid out.. Wait,, Once the tress are full of crows all yelling and squawking, open fire!!!

    Of course that area is then ruined for that same trick again, but you can always find another place..

    haven't done it in years, but it does work.
  8. techoca

    techoca New Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    Your darn right it works, I've never seen the likes of crows that will fly in to see a dead crow on the ground. They will come in and circle it just a few feet off the ground.

    My 3 boys and I love to crow hunt. We will slip out in the back yard and start calling. Check out last years crow blind....

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  9. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Crows are carrion eaters, so not fit food for humans. I have hunted them over decoys (owls) made of plactic, and with calls. I also shoot them if I have the chance. When I first moved in here 20 years ago, I had lots of crows in the yard, and I have shoot many of them over the years, but they don't come around anymore. They got smart! When I was thirteen I was visiting my dad in NM. We made a trip up into the mountains to do a little shooting. At a picnic area that was filled with crows, dad told me to try and hit one, so I shot one, and the others flew away. The adults were all talking about how they wished they could get a shot at some of those crows, so I laid the one I had shot on a picnic table, belly up, and gave it a sharp blow to the chest with my hand. The air rushing out of the crow's body made it "caw". Obviously, the crow wasn't shot thru the body! After a couple more blows the other crows started coming back, and the adults got to shoot several. They were all surprised that I knew that this could be done. It does work, and I have used it many times. When you are a kid, and have no money, you improvise!
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2009
  10. GMFWoodchuck

    GMFWoodchuck New Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    They sure seem to know when I have a gun in my hands. And they also seem to know the effective range of my gun. If I have a shotgun they'll stay a 100 yards away. A .22LR they stay 200-300 yards away, and if I have my 22-250 they stay 500-600 yards away. I don't know how they know this.
  11. quigleysharps4570

    quigleysharps4570 Active Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Crow are good eating...taste like dove to me.
    Haven't had my caller out in a couple years but use to hunt them every year.


    Jan 28, 2009
    Much like the statement made by a hunter who hates to see animals suffer as he trails a deer 100 plus yards carrying his bow and broken arrow.

  13. swanshot

    swanshot Active Member

    Ya know: i'm gonna take your word for that mate:)
  14. DustyIrl

    DustyIrl New Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    I shoot them a lot during the summer. I do it as "vermin control". Lots of local farmers have barley and corn and the crows and pigeons destroy them. Sometimes i swear crows can smell gun powder :D because they seem to hover overhead just out of reach of the shotgun, and sometimes you'd think them boyo's wear bulletproof vests:D They are a hardy bird
  15. The secret is to shoot under the feathers.
    Can drop a crow of a wire at 50 yrds
    with a .20 call sheriden pellet rifle.
    Every time.
    actually it was 168 ft. from the garage to the wire.
    shot crows from that position for ten yrs.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
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