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#3150592 - 02/03/13 08:17 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Outdoor life]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Outdoor life
 Originally Posted By: catman529
I shot at a few from a cedar thicket. Openings in the tree tops would let me get an open shot and the bird would never see me till it was too late. Only problem was I am terrible at wing shooting and was using a turkey choke that day for squirrels. I didn't hit one crow and still have never killed one.


I had a turkey choke as well on, with turkey shot. And going by what I've read from other sites, evidently lead isn't used much and neither is a turkey choke, and I too have NEVER been a good skeet shooter, so I think I just got lucky for my firt crow.
I wouldn't waste a turkey load on a crow! But would on a coyote... Maybe you got lucky hitting that bird or maybe you shoot skeet better than me. I haven't shot skeet in a while and didn't practice before dove season so I sucked at shooting the doves... And pigeons and crow. I just need to go thru a couple boxes one day on the skeet range. It would help
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#3150607 - 02/03/13 08:23 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: catman529]
Carlos Viagra
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I'd use a medium load right in between a dove load and a turkey load.
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#3150632 - 02/03/13 08:32 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Carlos Viagra]
Outdoor life
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Thank you everyone, all this info helps!
And Catman, in hind sight I wish I didn't use one of my turkey loads on it, but it got one, so if it works I guess. I, also, need to spend time at the skeet range, cause I really do think it was more luck than good.
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#3150641 - 02/03/13 08:38 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Outdoor life]
Carlos Viagra
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Also gloves and a facemask are necessary. We've shot 20-22 on some of our best trips. Remember- Fri, Sat, Sun only...
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#3150794 - 02/03/13 10:02 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Carlos Viagra]
Outdoor life
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 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
Also gloves and a facemask are necessary. We've shot 20-22 on some of our best trips. Remember- Fri, Sat, Sun only...


Wow, and I was happy with one haha. And yep weekend till the end of small game season, squirrel, rabbit, and crow on weekends, better watch out haha. I have watched on the show Nature that crows do recognize people's faces...smart animals!!!
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#3151617 - 02/04/13 04:49 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: cecil30-30]
Benelli 4 Life
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 Originally Posted By: Benelli 4 Life
Ya dont really have to have decoys , just pick up the dead ones and hang em in the tops of saplins. Heavy load 6's or 4's aint needed either, 7.5's or 8's are fine for crows. All ya need is a good call and try to make every shot count, dont just shoot empty at every crow or they'll just leave and won't come back. Try not to set up in mature timber or the crows will be to high, scrub timber or fence rows work better.
I'd have to disagree with hanging the dead crows..Thats the best way with keeping crows away,is hanging a dead one up..We do it all the time in the garden,shoot one and then hang it up,guarantee to keep the crows away.
My dad crow hunts nearly every weekend and this is how he does it. 2 or 3 times he has killed over 100 birds in one set up. If he dont kill 40 or 50 in a day he dont think its been a good day.He always carries 5 or 6 boxes of shells with him in his vest, because he has had to leave the setup to go after more shells. I kinda think he knows what he is doing.
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#3151641 - 02/04/13 05:04 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Outdoor life]
Mike Belt
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Smart is an understatement. They have sentrys, they have advance scouts, and they are more observant than turkeys. I used to hunt a pecan orchard from the loft of a barn. I'd cover up the open loft with old cotton sacks and just stick the end of my barrel out a small hole. If they caught a glint off the barrel they were gone. (old cotton sacks tells you how long ago that was, lol.)
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#3151916 - 02/04/13 07:32 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
Smart is an understatement. They have sentrys, they have advance scouts, and they are more observant than turkeys. I used to hunt a pecan orchard from the loft of a barn. I'd cover up the open loft with old cotton sacks and just stick the end of my barrel out a small hole. If they caught a glint off the barrel they were gone. (old cotton sacks tells you how long ago that was, lol.)


haha. you actually just gave me an idea to hunt from my grandpa's barn, which also overlooks well what used to be a pecan and walnut orchard, but had turned to just a regular yard with scattered nut trees, since a few have fallen over the years, and crows and squirrels do stay there, just never have my gun with me when they are around
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#3151925 - 02/04/13 07:37 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
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 Originally Posted By: Benelli 4 Life
Ya dont really have to have decoys , just pick up the dead ones and hang em in the tops of saplins. Heavy load 6's or 4's aint needed either, 7.5's or 8's are fine for crows. All ya need is a good call and try to make every shot count, dont just shoot empty at every crow or they'll just leave and won't come back. Try not to set up in mature timber or the crows will be to high, scrub timber or fence rows work better.

I agree a small cedar thicket on top of a rolling hill is perfect they will come in right on top of you. Or sit in hardwood with some 22 shorts and let em land

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#3152083 - 02/04/13 09:02 PM Re: 1st time crow hunting [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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You can shoot those high brass loads if you want to, but your wasting money. Low brass 7 1/2's or 8's will kill any crow that flies. They are not hard birds to bring down. Just like ducks, let'em get right. They are very smart and a turkey has nothing on crows as far as eyesight goes.
We used to start out at daylight on big deer clubs. Find 10-20 year old pines and turn e caller on. Shoot 8 or 10 then move 1/2 mile and do it again. We'd do this all day.

Also, a mojo dove set up in the middle of 1/2 dozen crow decoys will drive them nuts. They can't stand it!
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