Crow hunting is a popular way for hunters to hone their skills in the off season, since some states allow crows to be hunted all year long. The sheer sport of hunting crows makes it great practice for hunters of all levels.
One of the most effective ways to hunt crows is to scout out a well-populated roosting spot. Crows have been known to roost in groups of hundreds, or even thousands. Set up a blind along the flight path that the crows take to their roost. The flight path is easy to locate – simply stake out the roost and see how the crows come and go. They will follow the same path every day. The can be hunted in the early morning as they leave the roost or – even more successfully as they come back to roost before the sun goes down at night.
Crow hunting around their roosting place is best done from a blind, and the use of decoys is highly recommended. You can use anywhere from 10 to 15 decoys, and string them up in the trees around their blind. Simple twine is great for stringing up the decoys, because it blends right in with the surrounding material in the trees. It is also a good idea to put a few decoy crows on the ground in the area as well.
Some hunters like to use an electronic crow call when crow hunting and say that it makes crow hunting a piece of cake. There are a number of good crow callers on the market, and you can find them in most hunting or outdoor sports stores. A few states have restrictions on using electronic crow callers, so be sure to check the regulations in your area before making a purchase.
Crows are one of the most intelligent migratory birds, which is what makes hunting them so much of a challenge. A crow caller is highly recommended for anyone who wants to get a bunch of crows in one trip. It is possible to hand call a crow, but it can literally take your breath away.
Regulations and seasons for crow hunting vary from state to state. It is common to have a crow hunting season of 124 days or less. It is also illegal to hunt crows when they are breeding. Always be sure to check the regulations in your state to avoid any problems.
Crows are considered to be nuisance birds, especially in agricultural centers, because they have been known to ravage and destroy entire crops. Additionally, it was recently discovered that crows are carriers of West Nile Virus, which may make them a potential health threat. So, crows are hunted for both the pure sport of it as well as population control in areas where they pose a threat to farms and gardens.
Source by Peter J Lee