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#3216311 - 10/26/19 09:28 PM Hunting Starlings?
pintaildrake Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 51
Loc: Southern Illinois
Hey gents,

How many of yall actively hunt starlings? They have always been on my hit list. My brothers and I use to shoots 100's of them every weekend when they went to roost. Have any of yall ever used starling decoys? Do you make your own starling decoys? I've had several friends clean and cook them, and have raved about how they turned out. I just like to shoot them myself.

I did find last year, you could call them using my FoxPro. That made for some interesting shoots. It's getting pretty close to time to see the massive flocks of them in my area, with crops coming out of the fields I'm noticing more every day.

#3216468 - 10/28/19 11:46 AM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: pintaildrake]
2milehighguy Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 03/23/11
Posts: 188
Loc: high country colorado
Donít Ďhuntí them , but blast a lot of em off our farm buildings. Iíve told people the breasts are good sized and look edible. Maybe sometime Iíll try em.

Would like to hear about the calling. What sound?

#3216792 - 10/31/19 04:03 AM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: pintaildrake]
Kenlguy Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 917
Loc: central WA
Originally Posted By: pintaildrake

I've had several friends clean and cook them, and have raved about how they turned out

Cats and dogs won't even eat them. That's a good enough reason not to as far as I'm concerned.

But yeah, I love plinking at them and flock shooting them every chance I get.
Most people's lives pass them by while they're making grand plans for it.

#3216796 - 10/31/19 07:24 AM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: 2milehighguy]
BillfromHighland Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 04/06/11
Posts: 217
Loc: Illinois unfortunately
My old Alpha Dog has a "starling in distress" call. Works very well on them and especially during their nesting season.

#3216814 - 10/31/19 10:09 AM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: pintaildrake]
marco Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/28/09
Posts: 1063
Loc: AR.

#3216837 - 10/31/19 01:05 PM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: marco]
tripod3 Offline
PM senior

Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 8143
Loc: WA
Starlings are a Dirty Bird and an invasive species. They won't be on my menu, just in my sights.

Starlings carry a host of diseases, many transferable to livestock, but several that can infect humans. ... Starling droppings, like those of many other, may contain histoplasmosis fungus. Histoplasmosis is a disease affecting the lungs that can be fatal if left untreated.Mar 22, 2011

The European Starling transmits five bacterial diseases including Salmonellosis, fungal diseases, blastonycosis, and histoplasmosis. They also carry the protozoan disease toxoplasmosis and chlamydiosis. Starlings spread fowl pox to poultry, swing gastroenteritis tapeworms and other livestock diseases.
Can't Have Good Without Bad

#3216961 - 11/01/19 02:07 PM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: pintaildrake]
pyscodog Offline
PM Junkie

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 13514
Loc: okla
I'd have to be pretty close to starving to death before I ate a starling. But if you say they are good, I'll just take your word for it.
Everyone's a genius. But if you judge a fish by his ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking its stupid.

#3217083 - 11/03/19 02:07 AM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: pintaildrake]
crazyyote Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 03/15/11
Posts: 428
Loc: ohio
I hunt them on my suet feeders. As stated they are an invasive species. Of course they are a hoot to shoot too. I use an RWS airgun because I'm in the 'burbs. My Dachshund loves to retrieve them or give them the coup de gras. It's an absolute blast for me and the dog. (He's a killer!!)

#3224114 - 12/23/19 08:32 AM Re: Hunting Starlings? [Re: crazyyote]
Doubles Shooter Offline
New Member

Registered: 01/04/10
Posts: 15
Loc: Mt.Morris, NY
I also snipe them off my feeders with my RWS. An average year will produce 250-300 kills. I have a sniper's nest set up 50' away. I've had many three for one shots when they mob the suet. A couple years ago, I had a grey fox come in and pick up dead birds while I was there. She would grab two or three at a time. Too cool.


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