I was out again about mid-morning, sitting in the blind, drinking coffee and basically enjoying the morning. Two crows showed up after a while and I managed to shoot one of them with the Marlin .17 HMR and Hornady 17 gr. V-Max. Distance was 68 yards measured. I also got the shot on video.
I have a chicken lot and dog lot out from the house, and the crows hang around the area since we feed the chickens corn. A neighbor also has a barn off to the side of my land, maybe 150 yards or so, and crows hand around there too. Also, there is a field just beyond a small patch of wood behind my house where neighbor kids sometimes ride 4-wheelers around a track, keeping the dirt stirred up. Snow tends to melt easier on the track than the rest of the ground. Seems that crows frequent the area, I guess because the loose dirt allows them to find seeds and insects. They especially hang around the edge of the field and woods where the track makes a 90 degree turn.
Knowing the crows come there practically daily, I set up a blind yesterday evening and was prepared this morning.
I really enjoy shooting crows with a rifle, and the .17 HMR is my favorite.
Blind set up near the chicken lot, facing toward the field.
Blind facing toward the field in the foreground.
The dirt track can be see here. The crow was shot while on the dirt track.
It's pretty comfortable in the blind. I had the video camera set up and got the shot on film.
Will add it to my crow sniping video.
A bit of success. Crow shot at 68 yards, easy pickin' with an HMR. The 17 gr. V-Max is
great for this kind of hunting.
Didn't get a lot of crows this morning, just one, but I had a great time nonetheless. Rifle shooting isn't as productive as calling over a shotgun, but it sure is fun. I plan to keep the blind set up for a while. We are supposed to get more snow this weekend, so the crows will be coming here for something to eat.