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Postby duckin-A » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:25 am

Any Experienced crow hunters with advice for decoys, calls, elec calls
any other successful info is appreciated.
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Postby duck slayer02 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:05 pm

We crow hunt once duck season closes. All we use for decoys are 6 Flambeaus. For a caller, we use a FoxPro FX3. Just put your decoys out, and put your layout blinds about 20 yards away, and turn the caller on. We have very good sucess with this combination.

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Postby jrockncash » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:17 pm

I use a avery fully flocked crow decoy and one of my turkey locator calls. Put out two and setup where you know some crows are. Good luck kill em all save a duck.
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Postby don taylor » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:32 pm

We always put a deke in a tree, crows have lookouts. We also bought 3 - 10' pieces of Plastic conduit and mounted the speaker on top. That way you can spin the speaker into the direction of flying birds and it gives them the feeling that the deke in the tree is talking. For a while we always played a crow fight and put out a owl deke and surrounded it with some crow dekes. That brought them dive bombing in. Spring is a tough time to crow hunt. Juvenile birds make a murder very wary. You have to remember the first bird to come in is a scout. Don't shoot him to quickly. Always set up at the tallest tree. Always. If I can think of any other "musts" i'll post.
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Postby bootoxen » Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:30 pm

Interesting,why the tallest tree? new to shotguning for crows, we have been picking tree lines/patches without tall trees. Seems like they follow the tree height. Also, after we shoot at them (kill or no kill) that spots dead. We run and gun, move 1k yards or so. That owl fight brings 'em right in, within minutes.



don taylor wrote:We always put a deke in a tree, crows have lookouts. We also bought 3 - 10' pieces of Plastic conduit and mounted the speaker on top. That way you can spin the speaker into the direction of flying birds and it gives them the feeling that the deke in the tree is talking. For a while we always played a crow fight and put out a owl deke and surrounded it with some crow dekes. That brought them dive bombing in. Spring is a tough time to crow hunt. Juvenile birds make a murder very wary. You have to remember the first bird to come in is a scout. Don't shoot him to quickly. Always set up at the tallest tree. Always. If I can think of any other "musts" i'll post.
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Postby ohsay » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:11 pm

When we use decoys (maybe 5% of the time) we set out a few in a field along a tree line, and a couple in the trees. We use reveille or the old death cry of a crow from Johnny Stewart. We generally only bother to setup like this when there are large flocks of crows in the area that we want to shoot twice. We bring them in this way and as soon as the shooting stops we turn on foxpro's Dying Crow and get some to turn right back to us. The vast majority of the time we just stay hidden and turn on Dying Crow. That call works so well it's really all you need.
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Postby The Cat Island Drake » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:59 pm

I just hit up the ole crow call.
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Postby don taylor » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:35 pm

The lookout bird that flies in to investigate will always pick the highest tree to land in and observe. I watch crows fly the fields where I goose hunt and pattern them for post season shooting. Its a solid bet that your best chance will be where the birds feel the most comfortable. Just like a general the want the high ground. They are the smartest bird I have ever hunted. If you can conceal yourself and successfully hunt them it says a lot. We have a landfill that services Pittsburgh that we hunt near. My buddy kurt and I had our highest one day total of 241 birds in a single day. It sounds like a lot but mid summer we get thousands there. They used to let us hunt inside the landfill till some jerk peppered a dozer a couple times. Crows will fly for miles and investigate. The speaker on the pole extends your sound range so much you can call in birds miles away. I just looked at my calls and its a primos brand. cheap price and easy to work. Check your regs. This is the breeding season coming up and I would expect a month or two break soon. What loads/gun/shot you going to use?
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Postby Preacher1011 » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:40 pm

The Cat Island Drake wrote:I just hit up the ole crow call.


That's what I do. I can't justify putting the money or effort of carrying them to shoot at something I'm not gonna eat. I still get plenty of crows.
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Postby bootoxen » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:34 pm

yeah, I understand. My friend bought a caller and decoys. I took my kids old Ipod nano with a set of speakers and downloaded a few MP3's. It works!

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The Cat Island Drake wrote:I just hit up the ole crow call.


That's what I do. I can't justify putting the money or effort of carrying them to shoot at something I'm not gonna eat. I still get plenty of crows.
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Postby captainduckhead » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:12 am

It sounds fun. I've never done it. What do you do with the crows once they're dead? If your a fisherman I suppose you could use crows to catch leeches with, but otherwise what do you do with them?
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Postby water_swatter01 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:41 am

Leave them for the coyotes.
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Postby Smackaduck » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:45 am

You eat them silly. :tongue: There not that bad but not something I need on the table once a week. I pick nutria and opossum over crow.
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Postby Penguine » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:32 am

This web page with recipes was posted here a while back: http://www.crowbusters.com/recipes.htm

Guess you cook them and eat them.
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Postby AU Mallard » Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:59 pm

I don't pick the bugs out of my truck grill and eat them either.
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Postby DC KILLER » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:21 pm

them crows gooooood 'aten! i make me sum crow pie all da time. and them o-possim's good too. i usually make me sum o-possim soup outa dem critters. but if ya really wanna taste summin good, ya need to try my skunk bisckets. :drool:
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Postby DC KILLER » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:23 pm

and dem bugs out da grill's good protein.... i specially like dem grasshoppers, dey got kinda a kick to em
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Postby ugly ford » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:55 pm

i have six over sized crow decoys and a horned owl decoy. i hang the owl about 15 -20 feet up in a tree out in the open make sure the owl is easy to see from almost all directions. the crows i hang higher then the owl. i am told by the old guy at the gas station that a crow will not sit lower then an owl. i use a old school tape deck ( you remember the ones that were flat and had the one speaker on it)with a mega horn plugged into the earphone hole it is plenty loud. the tape is fighting crow. these little buggers will make a straight line dash for the sound of the tape deck. you have got to make sure to stay perfectly still or they will circle high then leave. they see just like any other bird does. if they see something they don't like they are gone and will not return. best thing to do is dress head to toe in camo and sit under a bush or tree anything to hide you more.
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Postby Preacher1011 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:51 pm

captainduckhead wrote:It sounds fun. I've never done it. What do you do with the crows once they're dead? If your a fisherman I suppose you could use crows to catch leeches with, but otherwise what do you do with them?


Since you're starting to trap again, use them for bait.
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Postby DC KILLER » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:09 am

or sautee' em in the skillet :lol:
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Postby duckin-A » Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:24 pm

thanks for the constructive advice and the humor as well!! :thumbsup:
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Postby Greenhead Grappler » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:33 pm

we go to a pipeline. we open the truck doors, plug in the tape and sit on the tailgate with shotguns. we kill more that way than gettin in camo and setting up decoys and stuff. :huh:
i guess they think. "surely them guys aint hunting"
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Postby Greenhead Grappler » Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:35 pm

smackaduck wrote:You eat them silly. :tongue: There not that bad but not something I need on the table once a week. I pick nutria and opossum over crow.


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Postby don taylor » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:40 am

I don't think crow hunting fits the upland forum. Maybe you should change the name of the predator forum to predator and varmit forum. Ground hogs, Praire dogs ect. could be included then. I don't see a home to that style of hunting.
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Postby DC KILLER » Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:45 am

well don, ya see, down here when we get bored we get the urge to either kill somethin or catch somethin. and if it aint duck, deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, etc.... season or the fish aint bitin.... we must turn to the hogs or the crows. :yes: im sure you've had the itchy finger before :thumbsup:
the crows can be a real lifesaver cause they're easy to kill and decent practice for ducks. So with that said, yes they do belong in the upland game forum :wink:
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