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#2160173 - 02/22/12 02:01 PM Crow hunting with rifle?
boisblancboy Offline
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Registered: 02/22/12
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Loc: Bois Blanc Island, Michigan
I have done lots of crow hunting with a caller and pass shooting them with my shotgun, but was wondering if there is many people out there that have used their rifle? Hunt over a dead creature? Just curious to see what others do?
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#2160186 - 02/22/12 02:11 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: boisblancboy]
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Originally Posted By: boisblancboy
I have done lots of crow hunting with a caller and pass shooting them with my shotgun, but was wondering if there is many people out there that have used their rifle? Hunt over a dead creature? Just curious to see what others do?


Now you're talkin'...

I love shooting crows with a rifle.

Bate them - well, lets not call it "bating" if it's against the law in your state... but leave a Big Mac and fries in an open field with the wrapper (put a rock on the wrapper so it won't blow away).

The Big Mac and fries is an international call sign to crows that free chow is waiting for them - they can recognize it from 30,000 feet.

Just clean up the Big Mac and wrapper before you leave.
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#2160191 - 02/22/12 02:17 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: CatShooter]
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Registered: 09/14/11
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Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: CatShooter
Originally Posted By: boisblancboy
I have done lots of crow hunting with a caller and pass shooting them with my shotgun, but was wondering if there is many people out there that have used their rifle? Hunt over a dead creature? Just curious to see what others do?


Now you're talkin'...

I love shooting crows with a rifle.

Bate them - well, lets not call it "bating" if it's against the law in your state... but leave a Big Mac and fries in an open field with the wrapper (put a rock on the wrapper so it won't blow away).

The Big Mac and fries is an international call sign to crows that free chow is waiting for them - they can recognize it from 30,000 feet.

Just clean up the Big Mac and wrapper before you leave.



LOL and then silently snipe them out with an air rifle!

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#2160225 - 02/22/12 03:07 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: SkyPup]
boisblancboy Offline
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Registered: 02/22/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Bois Blanc Island, Michigan
That sounds like a great idea!! I wouldnt mind picking them off from a couple hundred yards away.
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#2160554 - 02/22/12 07:24 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: boisblancboy]
wisel86 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/11
Posts: 234
Loc: Mt.Carmel, IL
Its illegal to shoot them with a rifle here shotgun only.
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#2160575 - 02/22/12 07:34 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: wisel86]
justin10mm Offline
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Registered: 05/02/10
Posts: 789
Loc: earth
Then don't do it.

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#2160582 - 02/22/12 07:40 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: justin10mm]
CatShooter Offline
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Then move...
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#2160767 - 02/22/12 09:43 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: CatShooter]
dan brothers Offline
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Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 2889
Loc: Santee, SC 29148 USA
I like calling them into lonely trees with decoys placed around about a hundred yards or so away and sniping the crap out of them.





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#2160910 - 02/22/12 11:41 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: dan brothers]
viper Offline
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Registered: 05/03/07
Posts: 721
Loc: Indiana, USA
I use my fox pro with the dying crow call and put out a few decoys then just shoot them as they land in the trees killed 8 last Saturday from my porch.

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#2161161 - 02/23/12 10:05 AM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: viper]
wahoowad Offline
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Registered: 07/05/10
Posts: 879
Loc: Central Virginia
Board member 6mm06 (David) does a lot of this, surprised he hasn't jumped in here he loves it so much! He's done a number of professional videos but not sure if he's released his crow hunting footage on DVD yet. I have several of his videos and really enjoy his style of sharing the story. Here's a link to his youtube portal and crow sniping video:



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#2161217 - 02/23/12 10:59 AM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: wahoowad]
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Registered: 01/03/08
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Loc: Upstate NewYork( Adirondacks)
Well look at my screen name! I dont shotgun crows. I use my encore pistol, my ruger mk3 pistol and my air rifles. I grab all my camo my e caller and hand call. Stalk them. Shoot them from collected road kill etc
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#2161236 - 02/23/12 11:22 AM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: crowpopper]
boisblancboy Offline
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Registered: 02/22/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Bois Blanc Island, Michigan
Cool video, thanks for posting that. I live near alot of small lakes, which I plan on laying out some squirrels I shot. Shouldnt take long before they come take a look.
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#2161709 - 02/23/12 06:38 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: boisblancboy]
DaveS Offline
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Registered: 07/14/04
Posts: 138
Loc: Florida
Here are some crows that came to a crow call. One sat on a fence 50-60 yards away and when he fell, the rest of them kept coming down and sitting on the fence looking at him.. Range about 45-60 yards... I was sitting in my truck shooting out the window... And yep...Thats a Wally World Special 10-22... Shoots great...






Edited by DaveS (02/23/12 06:39 PM)
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#2161776 - 02/23/12 07:22 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: DaveS]
6mm06 Offline
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Registered: 07/31/05
Posts: 4689
Loc: USA

Wahoowad,

The reason I hadn't jumped in is because I hadn't seen the thread until now. LOL.

Crow Sniping - great fun and practice. I love the .17 HMR for that purpose tough I have used a variety of rifles, both rimfire and centerfire. I mainly drive the old roads in winter time and look for crows sitting up. They seem to hang tight longer when the temps are cold, giving a little more time for a shot. I also find them around barns and where cattle, corn, feed etc is. Where you find cattle you will generally find crows. As well, crows just seem to have certain places they like to congregate and perch. Once you find that area, you can just sit up and wait a while, or do some calling. Find an area that's safe to shoot, put out a few decoys with some nearby trees, and let the fun begin. Crows will generally fly around and around, squaking and going crazy over the decoys, but some will also land in the trees nearby to take a look.

Get out early in the mornings since crows are hungry when they leave the roost, and they will go directly to a known food source.

As to the video link Wahoowad posted, the video is basically for fun and sharing. I really never had any intentions of trying to market it, but who knows. I keep adding to it as I go so it's a work in progress. The video is a lot of fun to do, but I admit it's very difficult to be a one-man-show. I've missed a lot of good opportunities to put more crows on the ground by having to get the camera in position first.

By the way Wahoo, how are things / hunting? Haven't talked to you in a while.

David


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#2161915 - 02/23/12 09:08 PM Re: Crow hunting with rifle? [Re: 6mm06]
Tim Bogle Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 62
Loc: FL
The best bait seems to leaving the first dead one out in the open. They just keep on coming.



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