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Crow Hunting with rifles

Crow Hunting with rifles
« on: April 20, 2015, 05:59:21 AM »
Here in NC it is illegal to hunt crows with rifles.  What I need to know is whether it is legal to hunt crows with a CF rifle in your state? Some friends and I are gathering info that we can use to support changing the law here. Thanks

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Re: Crow Hunting with rifles
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2015, 09:58:18 AM »
I can in Indiana and use a rifle along with shotgun. It's real good practice and fun as well.
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Re: Crow Hunting with rifles
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 11:26:33 AM »
I am not certain of the law here but when a kid hunted them with a .22 rim fire. Are rim fires illegal there for Crows as well?

Re: Crow Hunting with rifles
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2015, 12:07:26 PM »
You can hunt them here with a 22 rimfire with a depredation permit.

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Re: Crow Hunting with rifles
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2015, 12:34:48 PM »
In Ontario (Canada) you can hunt Crows year round.

If you are hunting during a open gun season for big game (Deer, Moose, Bear) you are pretty much restricted to hunting with a shotgun (with #2 or smaller lead or BBB or smaller steel shot) UNLESS you also have a big game licence (just want to stop guys from trying to shoot a deer when they have no licence I guess ??).

Otherwise you can use whatever you want.

Some counties have a maximum caliber size of .275 (or smaller), so the largest practical CF you could use would be a 270 Win/Wby or WSM etc. That restriction has been in place since "before memory" and nobody can really answer why the caliber limit.

Crows fall under our "small game" regulations but there is no limit on them as there are with rabbits, partridge etc. They are mostly considered pests that facilitate the spread of Lime disease and in the Province of Manitoba some of the local governments actually have "full time staff" doing nothing but hunting crows.
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Re: Crow Hunting with rifles
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2015, 04:34:05 PM »
In Pa you can use pretty much whatever you can use for any varmint.  I have shot most of them with a .22 long rifle.  Only ever shot one I can recall with a center fire rifle. 6mm Rem with a 75gr Hornady HP at 325 yards. Worked ok.  The best way to hunt crows is with a 12 ga with an owl decoy and a good electronic call. Nothing a crow hates more than an owl.  The last two I shot were with an air rifle while they were trying to figure out how to get the lid open on the trash can at the curb. 

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Re: Crow Hunting with rifles
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2015, 06:09:59 AM »
They are pretty smart. I get some with my caller. I have my best luck the first couple times I turn the caller on but gets stale after that if I keep it up. I think hand callers would work better because you can make it sound like different birds. I think they hear the same birds and know what's up pretty quick. I usually use No.4 Hi-brass game loads from Federal and turkey shells that I buy when turkey season ends. I buy them when they go on clearance. I load 3 Hi-brass 2 3/4 and then one 3 inch turkey load just case.
When I use my rifle I just wait for a few to be walking around the field but I usually don't shoot unless they are over 100 yards with my rifles. Though I would when I had my .30-30 but that was because it was open sights.
We actually have a couple different crow seasons. I personally don't think there should be a season. I think if you drive through Terre Haute in Nov-Feb. they are dirty,nasty and a nuisance. There were several farmers that had to leave corn out because of rain and snow and couldn't get in the fields, they lost lots of corn to the crows.
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