A lot of people ask me, “Why would anybody hunt crows?” I usually answer. “It’s fun.” Hunting crows is a great way to polish your wing-shooting skills for duck or dove season, and it is pure fun.
One hunting buddy calls crow hunting, “redneck duck hunting.” It is somewhat like duck hunting in that calling, decoys and being well hidden are involved in both. After a few trips, some hunters might find it is more enjoyable at times than duck hunting. It can be done after other seasons have closed in late winter, but it can also be done in warmer weather, just make sure you check your state’s regulations. And there’s normally more shooting action that duck hunters get.
Lonnie Ray Harris of Thurmond, N.C., is a hard-core crow hunter. He has been hunting crows for nearly 30 years, during which time he has honed his techniques.
“I remember when I started crow hunting, I had nothing but a shotgun and a hand call, and if we killed four or five crows we had a big hunt,” he said.
Last year, Harris and three friends killed more than 80 crows on one hunt last year. Clearly, he has learned some things over the years. Here a few of them.
Hunters can use a hand-held call, but nothing compares to electronic calls for hunting crows. Harris said you can’t imitate 20 crows calling and a hawk whistling at the same time with three or four hunters blowing crow calls. He uses an old Johnny Stewart cassette caller, although he is looking to get one of the newer, digital electronic calls on the market. The advantage of the newer calls are they are more compact and can be operated with