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#1082978 - 10/12/08 09:42 PM hunting crows with a rifle
bigbronco Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 07/09/07
Posts: 156
Loc: Central Texas
I do not own a shotgun so the only way for me to get rid of crows is either with my .22 wmr or my trusty ol benjamin pellet rifle. Every once in a while i will get in range of one to take a shot at it but that is not very often. I have been thinking about doing some calling but it after reading some on the forums it seems like most of if not all the people who call crows in hunt with shotguns. So my question is if i manage to call some crows in will they land so i can pick them off or will they just fly over?
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#1082979 - 10/12/08 10:00 PM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: bigbronco]
DVXDUDE Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 04/01/07
Posts: 682
Loc: Ontario Canada
most will just keep flying over unless you make a bait pile with crow decoys on it. Sitting close and calling is pretty effective. Just don't miss because they wont be coming back for a long time.

Shotgun is definatly the way to go, Get a lot more birds.

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#1082980 - 10/13/08 08:05 AM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: bigbronco]
CatShooter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/02
Posts: 8827
Loc: The Socialist Republic of CT.
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I do not own a shotgun so the only way for me to get rid of crows is either with my .22 wmr or my trusty ol benjamin pellet rifle. Every once in a while i will get in range of one to take a shot at it but that is not very often. I have been thinking about doing some calling but it after reading some on the forums it seems like most of if not all the people who call crows in hunt with shotguns. So my question is if i manage to call some crows in will they land so i can pick them off or will they just fly over?




Shooting crows with a rifle, on freshly seeded fields, or over garbage or a fresh kill, is as good as it gets.

I have shot them in fields with rifles in the 22 Hornet, .218 Bee... to 222 Mag class, and I have shot them in the garden, out of the kitchen window with a Beeman R-1.

Crows with a rifle is my favorite target.


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#1082981 - 10/13/08 11:53 AM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: CatShooter]
TexasTweeter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/23/06
Posts: 843
Loc: East Texas
I like picking them off wiht my .17hmr. However my dad took me crow hunting on his farm once (tearng up his garden) we sat in a barn on the edge of his stock tank, and he had a couple decoys in his garden, and a couple at teh waters edge by an old cassette player. He started plying an old cassette crow call. the flew into the garden where we dropped a few, me with my 17HMR, him with a .22mag, and then they would fly to the oter side of the tank. we would shoot a few there, and then they would fly back the garden, where we would shoot a few. this went on till we had killed quite a few crows. he told me to lay down my gun, lwts go get the crows, go inside and come back out in a few hours and we did it again. was pretty effective.
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#1082982 - 10/13/08 05:06 PM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: CatShooter]
The Perferator Offline
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Registered: 01/11/03
Posts: 725
Loc: Northern Michigan Swamps
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I do not own a shotgun so the only way for me to get rid of crows is either with my .22 wmr or my trusty ol benjamin pellet rifle. Every once in a while i will get in range of one to take a shot at it but that is not very often. I have been thinking about doing some calling but it after reading some on the forums it seems like most of if not all the people who call crows in hunt with shotguns. So my question is if i manage to call some crows in will they land so i can pick them off or will they just fly over?




Shooting crows with a rifle, on freshly seeded fields, or over garbage or a fresh kill, is as good as it gets.

I have shot them in fields with rifles in the 22 Hornet, .218 Bee... to 222 Mag class, and I have shot them in the garden, out of the kitchen window with a Beeman R-1.

Crows with a rifle is my favorite target.


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You got that right. I've shot them with the ruger 10-22, gamo .177, daisy pump-up, .270win and my favorite for shredding crows....the weatherby .257mag.

Baiting is a necessity. Have a place nearby so they can post their sentry while others eat. I have a tree at 186yds for this purpose.
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#1082983 - 10/13/08 08:25 PM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: The Perferator]
bigbronco Offline
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Registered: 07/09/07
Posts: 156
Loc: Central Texas
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Baiting is a necessity.




What do you use for bait? Whenever a cow dies we dump it in our back field but nothing ever eats it besides vultures and every once in a while a coyote.
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#1082984 - 10/14/08 07:39 AM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: bigbronco]
CatShooter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/02
Posts: 8827
Loc: The Socialist Republic of CT.
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What do you use for bait? Whenever a cow dies we dump it in our back field but nothing ever eats it besides vultures and every once in a while a coyote.




You can use a bag of seed spread out over a 5 foot circle.

Organic garbage (food leftovers, not cans or bottles) works too.


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#1082985 - 10/14/08 10:45 AM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: bigbronco]
Bdawg Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 03/20/07
Posts: 201
Loc: Friggin' Maine...
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Baiting is a necessity.




What do you use for bait? Whenever a cow dies we dump it in our back field but nothing ever eats it besides vultures and every once in a while a coyote.




This might sound numb, but maybe try a McDonald's bag with a partially wrapped double cheeseburger and a half dumped box of fries next to it. Don't laugh, I've heard of it working before. Personally, I use old bread heels or any old leftovers in the fridge that are headed for the trash can. They seem to like bird seed and deer food pretty well too. I like to snipe them from my living room window with a .22lr @ about 70yds. Not as much action as calling and shotgunning, but it's fun.
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#1082986 - 10/14/08 01:12 PM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: Bdawg]
tntrapper Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 10/08/08
Posts: 1342
Loc: tenn
corn that you can buy for deer it works,,never shot any using it but we put some out for squrrel in the back bout 3 years ago and crow ate all of it ,, every time it went out they came in ,,,,,, fresh dirt i would say works too,b/c every time i see some plow up some ground there right there

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#1082987 - 10/14/08 06:37 PM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: tntrapper]
tacticaltimmy Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/17/08
Posts: 89
Loc: or, medford, jackson
i shot one with my hmr 17 in a tree , i was right below him he never saw me and let hi have it ,, but most with a shootgun ,tactical timmy

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#1082988 - 10/15/08 09:39 PM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: Bdawg]
The Perferator Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/11/03
Posts: 725
Loc: Northern Michigan Swamps
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Baiting is a necessity.




What do you use for bait? Whenever a cow dies we dump it in our back field but nothing ever eats it besides vultures and every once in a while a coyote.




This might sound numb, but maybe try a McDonald's bag with a partially wrapped double cheeseburger and a half dumped box of fries next to it. Don't laugh, I've heard of it working before. Personally, I use old bread heels or any old leftovers in the fridge that are headed for the trash can. They seem to like bird seed and deer food pretty well too. I like to snipe them from my living room window with a .22lr @ about 70yds. Not as much action as calling and shotgunning, but it's fun.





Sounds like an excellent way to draw seagulls. They live at McD's.
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#1082989 - 11/04/08 07:08 AM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: The Perferator]
REA Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/20/01
Posts: 73
Loc: Wyoming, IL 61491
Stake down a fresh deer hide flesh side up so nothing will drag it off. Leave it a couple of days.

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#1082990 - 11/04/08 08:19 AM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: REA]
Smokin250 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 06/18/08
Posts: 1901
Loc: Amelia, OH
I shoot one last week with my 22-250 with a 55 gr. winchester GX1. Needless to say there were peices everywhere. I took a picture, when i get it uploaded ill post it.
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#1082991 - 11/04/08 10:10 AM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: Smokin250]
GJ2nd Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 07/10/08
Posts: 748
Loc: Kansas
Smokin I would love to see that
Hopping to go this weekend with my 243wssm(Cleatus). Will give a full report

GJ

ps.: right now im in school loving this new project lol
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#1082992 - 11/04/08 07:20 PM Re: hunting crows with a rifle [Re: GJ2nd]
dogknott Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 11/28/04
Posts: 54
Loc: IOWA
No baiting here in Iowa, so i take a piece of red fabric and set a decoy on it and a owl deke on a piece of pvc in the air, and more dekes set around all of this.I alwys use a shot gun, but once took a guy with a 22lr and he somewhat mopped up on them as we let them land.

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