Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Crow Hunting

With deer hunting out for over a month now, and with duck season just ending, there is still plenty of hunting to do before the weather turns favorable for fishing. One of the most overlooked hunting seasons in South Carolina is crow hunting. Yep, those big black crows that drive turkeys crazy actually do have their very own season in the Palmetto State.

The current crow season started with little fanfare on Nov. 1 and runs until Mar 1. There is no limit on the number of crows a hunter can take and decoying and calling are all allowed. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never had a meal of prepared crow, so why shoot these birds? People have their own reasons, but when crows overpopulate an area, they can do a lot of damage to crops and other wildlife—especially to other birds including ducks and turkeys. They are notorious for breaking the eggs of other birds.

According to the National Audubon Society, crows are among the smartest of all birds. This helps them to be a very challenging adversary for wing shooters, another reason that duck and dove hunters like to accept the challenge of crow hunting.

PhotoCourtesyOfElizaBingham: Chaz Bingham of Wedgefield is an avid crow hunter. He hunts them with a 12-gauge shotgun with 2 ¾ shells with #8 shot.

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