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Anyone doing any crow hunting yet? Id like to give it a try some day i have off, Ive shot a lot but have never seriously targeted them yet, just kill them whenever i get a shot at one, whats the best way to get em, bait or decoys/calling? Im partial to either killing them from a distance with a 17hmr or spraying them with lead one or the other is fine by me
 

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Anyone doing any crow hunting yet? Id like to give it a try some day i have off, Ive shot a lot but have never seriously targeted them yet, just kill them whenever i get a shot at one, whats the best way to get em, bait or decoys/calling? Im partial to either killing them from a distance with a 17hmr or spraying them with lead one or the other is fine by me
Get an owl decoy. You can make your own cheap crow decoys using black dress socks. Get a good, wooden call (I like the Primo Old Crow from Cabelas).

Fun, Fun, Fun! If you hunt them with a shotgun you can get a lot more, because you can hunt closer to houses (where crows live). I haven't done any crow hunting during bear season (they help bring bears in to my bait so I leave them alone for a few weeks) but I'm starting again soon.
 

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I usualy harvest crows while im out coyote hunting, thinking of going for them soon though? Do you guys think putting out some meat/bait and sitting 150 yards away with a .223 would work out?
 

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I usualy harvest crows while im out coyote hunting, thinking of going for them soon though? Do you guys think putting out some meat/bait and sitting 150 yards away with a .223 would work out?
I'm not a grizzled veteran, but as far as I've seen so far - bait is a waste of time. You can call them in a lot quicker.

Now, if you just want practice with your .223, that's a different story. But I can't see them hanging around for long after they start exploding. The thing with calling is, you can keep them worked up and circling. Not so with bait. So, you'd have to lug bait in, wait for the crows to show up (could be a while), and then you might get one or two.

It's a lot easier to use the run and gun method if you're using a rifle, EXCEPT for the fact that crows are almost always in people's backyards here. Down in the US, a lot of hardcore crow hunters just drive around and snipe them out of trees - but they are in crow roosting areas with thousands around. We don't have that here. The closest I've seen in NB is the flats in Mace's Bay, and that's certainly not rifle friendly. Up around Sussex you might pick the odd one off, but you'll never see the target-rich environment they have in the US.
 

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Lyons store in Moncton carry the Hammerin' Crow Call, a green plastic model. (I think Better Buys has 'em too, only cheaper, just can't recall absolutely.)
Sometimes mine calls 'em in right proper.
Other times it makes them fly the other way.

I'm lucky because I know a place where a farmer buries his deadstock, only he doesn't bury it. He dumps the dead cows in a big trench and only buries 'em every few months. The place is full of crows that pick at the dead animals. My record there is 9 in one sitting, but I usually get three to five at one stand, then go for an atv ride, then return a few hours later for three or four more.
If you can find such a place, it's a guaranteed Ace in the hole.
It's also a good place where you can practice your calling in a live situation by calling and watching how the crows react.
I hunt crows quite a bit and they can be great fun.
ONce you drop one, sit still. In a few minutes, his buddy will usually come looking for him.
Don't leave your kills lying there if you plan to return. Crows are smart enough to know to skeedaddle if they see that there's a dead brother lying there.
 

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Lyons store in Moncton carry the Hammerin' Crow Call, a green plastic model. (I think Better Buys has 'em too, only cheaper, just can't recall absolutely.)
Sometimes mine calls 'em in right proper.
Other times it makes them fly the other way.

I'm lucky because I know a place where a farmer buries his deadstock, only he doesn't bury it. He dumps the dead cows in a big trench and only buries 'em every few months. The place is full of crows that pick at the dead animals. My record there is 9 in one sitting, but I usually get three to five at one stand, then go for an atv ride, then return a few hours later for three or four more.
If you can find such a place, it's a guaranteed Ace in the hole.
It's also a good place where you can practice your calling in a live situation by calling and watching how the crows react.
I hunt crows quite a bit and they can be great fun.
ONce you drop one, sit still. In a few minutes, his buddy will usually come looking for him.
Don't leave your kills lying there if you plan to return. Crows are smart enough to know to skeedaddle if they see that there's a dead brother lying there.
You can hang on to dead crows and use them for decoys for a few days. They work great.

I dislike plastic crow calls. Wooden ones have a superior sound and more volume, in my experience. The US Cabelas site has them and they will ship to Canada. This http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0044655227982a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Product_liberal&QueryText=primos+old+crow&sort=all&Go.y=0&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&Go.x=0 is the one I have, and it's by far the best I've heard out of the 3 or 4 different calls I've used.

You can practice calling anywhere, even close to other houses. You just can't shoot there. But it's a good way to practice. The old war cry (three longs, two short, one long) brings them in pretty quick usually.
 

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Lyons store in Moncton carry the Hammerin' Crow Call, a green plastic model. (I think Better Buys has 'em too, only cheaper, just can't recall absolutely.)
Sometimes mine calls 'em in right proper.
Other times it makes them fly the other way.

I'm lucky because I know a place where a farmer buries his deadstock, only he doesn't bury it. He dumps the dead cows in a big trench and only buries 'em every few months. The place is full of crows that pick at the dead animals. My record there is 9 in one sitting, but I usually get three to five at one stand, then go for an atv ride, then return a few hours later for three or four more.
If you can find such a place, it's a guaranteed Ace in the hole.
It's also a good place where you can practice your calling in a live situation by calling and watching how the crows react.
I hunt crows quite a bit and they can be great fun.
ONce you drop one, sit still. In a few minutes, his buddy will usually come looking for him.
Don't leave your kills lying there if you plan to return. Crows are smart enough to know to skeedaddle if they see that there's a dead brother lying there.
are you poping them with a rifle or a shotgun??? Im still debating on that, must be impossible to get close enough with a shotgun?
 

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are you poping them with a rifle or a shotgun??? Im still debating on that, must be impossible to get close enough with a shotgun?
Shooting them with a rifle is tricky, since you have to be 400 metres away from a house. Shotguns allow you to get closer and shoot them on the wing.
 

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well I'm gonna be hitting the woods this weekend for a crow hunt with my new old crow call and the 12 gauge, does anyone have any good spots to share for crows or coyotes? I'm gonna be going to the indian mountain area first, I have good luck there.
 

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well I'm gonna be hitting the woods this weekend for a crow hunt with my new old crow call and the 12 gauge, does anyone have any good spots to share for crows or coyotes? I'm gonna be going to the indian mountain area first, I have good luck there.
What license do I need to hunt crows now? Varmit license? Or does my deer license do the trick?
 

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Yes, shotguns are the best, for the reasons stated above.

You need your varmint licence. Your old deer licence has expired and your new one isn't valid until Oct. 1. Luckily, they're cheap. Enjoy!
Remember, if you nail one, sit tight for 10 mins. Very often another one will come looking to see where his buddy went.
 

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Well thanx for the tips, i bought a crow call last week and tried it out wednesday morning, walked down a logging road with a 17hmr a couple miles from a farm field that is usually full of them, ive seen crows roost there many times. I was just playing with the call on the way out and a crow landed in a big dead pine tree about a 100-120 yards out, nailed him, figured it might be a good spot sat down never even got to call again and there was his buddy looking for him, he landed about 50 yrds closer, its incredible what a little 17gr vmax will do to a crow lol...next trip out is hopefully to the outside egde of the field with the 12ga once the farmer is done haying
 

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Lyon's Country Store Top of MT road in Moncton has them (had them) or Better Buys in Moncton also had them. I have a primo call, Green Plastic, Works great for me. I had 15 come in a once last winter. Too bad I was in the middle of a subdivision when I was calling.....
 

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Yes, shotguns are the best, for the reasons stated above.

Remember, if you nail one, sit tight for 10 mins. Very often another one will come looking to see where his buddy went.
When im out hunting for these guys, and i nail one, the other take off and warn all of the others and i dont see a crow in the area for the rest of the day, sometimes for a couple days.
 

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I just bought a primos old crow, crow call a couple of weeks ago and had some crows circling me while practesing with it but wasn't able to get them quite close enough to shoot at. The closest I could seem to bring them was about 50 meters.

Has anyone tried out the crow deacoys for bringing them in closer?
 
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