Just a bit of advice. If any of you that crow hunt use a dog for retrieving, watch it. I had a wounded crow latch onto my Springer's lip and I had to pry the beak apart when she delivered the bird to me. Luckily she knew to roll the bird so she'd grab a live bird from it's back. Learned that with pheasants so she wouldn't get spurred. I was told by an old timer that the crows would peck at the dogs eyes if they could to make them drop them. I stopped bringing the dogs to retrieve the birds after that.
When I'm hunting I would love to shoot a few just to SHUT THEM UP! LOL
You realize that the other animals take cues from those noisy crows. Animals know that when the crows start a racket that they have seen something. Crows have different sounds for different types of things. They can tell each other if it's a human or a hawk or owl and then make a noise that tells the other crows what is out there. The other animals hear this all the time and know that something is out there worrying the crows. And crows know the difference between different humans. They learn fast and can tell which humans hunt or endanger them and which don't.
I have a family of about 8 crows living in my back yard. Actually they are in my neighbors yard behind the house. They planted some pine trees along the back property line and those trees are about 50 years old now. The crows like to nest in these trees. There are also many other trees in this 3 acre lot that was once a farm field. Pecan's, hickory and oaks are there aplenty. There are squirrels roaming around the trees and ground everywhere. The crows feed under the trees every morning. I'm not sure what they are eating (must be some type of bugs or worms in the grass). But they walk on the grass and eat something in the dirt. Now in the past I was out in the yard using my Gamo Air Rifle shooting at the Squirrels. The crows kicked up a big fuss when they saw me with the rifle. So now if I go out side and the crows see me in the back yard they kick up a big fuss every time. Caw Caw Caw. Three short caws in a row is the crow's danger call. And they will do that every time they see me. But they don't do that when they see other humans in the yards nearby. They know who was shooting and who was not.
When I was still in High School I went crow hunting and studied the art of crow hunting. I had wooden crow calls that I used back then. Later when I got older I bought a Johnny Steward PM4 electronic call. I got some of the crow calls and would use them to mess with the crows near my house. Set up an Owl Decoy and play a crow fight vs an Owl and they will swarm around the decoy. Owls are their mortal enemy as they raid the crows next at night when the crows are roosting. So during the day the crows will mob any owl they find.
Crow hunting is an absolute blast. Just turn on a call and wait. I do it in a few different spots and rarely do I not have any action. They can spot you pretty quickly though, so try to keep movement to a minimum. I just take them out due to being a nuisance bird. Next time out though I’m going to breast one out just to see what they taste like.
When a human looks up he exposed the white face which the birds can spot from a mile away. Camo netting over the face is a must when you are hunting crows or waterfowl. People forget to put camo on their face and that can result in a ruined hunt.
Once while out riding around at Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area I saw a guy hunting across the water on Otter Pit. I new he was there as I saw his decoys out in the water off the South point on the island there. Then I saw his white face and he stuck out from the back ground. He was wearing camo clothing and it blended in will with the grass on the island. But when he looked at me I could see his white face easily. If you want to hunt makes sure that you cover your face. Especially if you are hunting crows that are wise to human hunters. Now if they are flying around trying to attack an owl decoy they may not pay attention to you until you start shooting at them. Then they soon realize that you are more dangerous to them than the owl decoy and they will wise up and stay away next time.
I had to switch to a different crow call chip on the JSPM4 in order to get them to come back again. After using all my different JS PM4 crow calls chips they wised up and ignored my calls.
Post by bullseye69 on Aug 23, 2020 16:34:12 GMT -5
Thats why I have 4 different crow calls to go with my electronic caller. They wise up really fast. If you miss you might as well go home, they ain't comin back. If you can successfully hunt crows calling the others are easier. Crows are the hardest to hunt. Imo
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Post by whitetaildave24 on Aug 23, 2020 16:58:45 GMT -5
I crow hunted only the last day of season. I went out behind the house and I no more than hit the caller and had one on the ground about 30 seconds later. Called it a day about 10 minutes later. Oh, and no camo on the face at all.