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#3168067 - 02/17/13 10:58 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: rukiddin?]
8 Point

Registered: 01/22/12
Posts: 1240
Loc: shelby co TN

I never use decoys. Highbrass #5 shot is what i prefer, but habe used 7.5s with succes also. I like a modified choke. Get hunkerd down in a fairly open patch of woods or on the edge of a field and start calling. Im not the best at it but kill quite a few each year
#3168872 - 02/18/13 05:43 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: rukiddin?]
Outdoor life
6 Point

Registered: 12/19/12
Posts: 891
Loc: Jackson Co. TN

Thank you everyone for your help! When next season starts I'll be ready. My weekends here lately have been full, but MAYBE I'll get to go for like an hour (maybe 2) one last time crow hunting and small game hunting this Sunday after church.

Thanks again.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt"

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody"

#3179505 - 02/28/13 04:59 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Mike Belt]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
If you want a great attractant cripple a crow and let him draw the other birds in. They will try to help him out. I don't know if that's considered legal or not but it works.

Since crows are considered a migratory bird (which is why you have the particular days legal to hunt them and there's a season) I don't know if lead shot is legal but that's all I've ever used and I shoot heavy loads.

I have the Johnny Stewart caller with the Wounded Crow sound and it is a very consistent producer of crows. I always look forward to hunting crows when deer season is over because of the contrast from sitting day after day looking for deer with no action vs. calling 1 minute before targets(crows) show up. The other calls work good to pull them in but that wounded crow sound will get them to circle back several times before leaving. And yep, if you can get a real wounded one on the ground so much the better. I rigged up a wounded woodpecker decoy inside of a crow decoy to give the look of a downed crow with one flapping broken wing. That just adds to the realism of the wounded bird sound. I know that a skilled caller with a mouth call can beat an electronic call but there's the problem - I'm NOT a skilled caller!

I've hunted them a lot with blaze orange on and can't tell it makes a difference but what does matter is motion and covering your face. Don't dare raise your gun if they are close until you are ready to shoot either or they will flare and be gone. People speak of them with contempt but actually they are a great game bird.

When it comes to shells, I usually use 1 1/8 ozs of 7 1/2 shot. Sometimes 8's.

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