The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 18, 2009, 10:23 AM   #1
BLS700
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 18, 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 229
What do you do with crow?

I'm going to try crow hunting for the first time this year. We have way too many in western pa and it seems like it would be alot of fun. My question is this what do you do with a crow? I see guys that get piles of crow so what then? Any comments on what you do after shooting a crow would be good information for me.
BLS700 is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:26 AM   #2
Crankylove
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 8, 2008
Location: The land of green Jello and vanilla icecream
Posts: 1,323
Quote:
what you do after shooting a crow
Watch the feathers flutter in the breeze, and move on to the next one. buzzards gotta eat............same as worms.
__________________
The answer to 1984 is 1776
Crankylove is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:34 AM   #3
Kreyzhorse
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 12, 2006
Location: NKY
Posts: 11,516
I heard crow stew is pretty tasty. :barf: Other than shooting them, I'm not aware that any one does any thing with them.
__________________
"He who laughs last, laughs dead." Homer Simpson
Kreyzhorse is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:45 AM   #4
Doyle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 20, 2007
Location: Starkville, MS
Posts: 5,090
Coyote bait.
Doyle is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:50 AM   #5
Brian Pfleuger
Staff
 
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
Posts: 18,791
I laugh at the cloud of feathers. If it's not too far then I might walk over and marvel at the effect of the bullet.

Oh, and I cheer, usually it's like a cross between a school girl giggle and the 6 feet tall 250lb drunk guy cheering on a football team.
__________________
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
---
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
-----
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 11:27 AM   #6
hogdogs
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 31, 2007
Location: Western Florida panhandle
Posts: 11,069
If you can identify the carcass, your shot placement is off or round is too small
Brent
hogdogs is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 11:28 AM   #7
Brian Pfleuger
Staff
 
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
Posts: 18,791
Quote:
If you can identify the carcass, your shot placement is off or round is too small
That's entirely possible.... it's usually a 22-250 or 204 ruger. Does make for a very nice "POOF!" however.
__________________
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
---
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
-----
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 11:35 AM   #8
JWT
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 16, 2007
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 3,194
Could send them to the politicians in Washington and let them all eat crow...
JWT is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 11:37 AM   #9
publius
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 25, 2005
Location: Mississippi/Texas
Posts: 2,466
Like everyone else, I kill them. they are passed on as food to the buzzards,hawks,pigs, yotes, and coons. Might even catch a pig or coyote having dinner over one. Bam, more food for the others.
__________________
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress, but I repeat myself." Mark Twain
publius is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 11:44 AM   #10
BLS700
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 18, 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 229
that's what i always thought. I have used them for coyote bait but this will be the first time I actually specifically go out to hunt crow. So I'll explain why I wondered this. I keep seeing guys shooting crows then throwing them in a pickup. That sparked my curiosity and I wondered do they know something I don't? Apparently not. And its a .204 ruger, in regard to the round size, loaded with 40 grain nosler ballistic tips.
BLS700 is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 11:45 AM   #11
BLS700
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 18, 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 229
Crow calls

Anyone had any good success with a particular call?
BLS700 is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 02:35 PM   #12
simonkenton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 25, 2008
Posts: 891
This web site is run by a college buddy of mine, Jerry Tomlin.
He is an expert at hunting, and eating crows.

http://www.thecrowroost.com/RECIPES.htm

Grilled Crow Breast
Breast out crows the same way you would a dove. Soak the breast
in water with a tablespoon of salt for 30 minutes to draw out some
of the blood. Marinate the breast for 20 minutes in Dale's Steak
Sauce or other soy based sauce. Red wine also works well but
needs to soak overnight.
Drain off the marinade and place the breast on a hot grill with wet
hickory chips andcook for 10 minutes on each side. Avoid over
cooking as this tends to dry out the meat and toughen it. When
cooked properly the meat cuts and looks like grilled venison.

Crock Pot Crow Breast

Line the bottom and sides of the crock pot with slices of potato to
keep the breast from touching the pot. Stack 24 breast which have
been pre-soaked into the pot. Sprinkle one package of onion soup
mix over the breast and add 1/2 cup of water. Cook on high setting
for 2 hours and then reduce to low for 4 hours. The breast will be
very tender done this was. If you like you can also add salt and
pepper to taste and a real onion and diced stalk of celery.

***************************************************************************

In hanging around Jerry, I have had the grilled crow breast, and the crockpot crow breast, quite a few times.
It is good! It is dark meat, these central Georgia crows are getting fat on pecans and corn so they are as good for you as wild hog or venison.
simonkenton is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 07:34 PM   #13
banditt007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 19, 2006
Posts: 692
www.crowbusters.com i'm sure you can find some info there.

I shot one and only one by pure chance.....was a great shot but i wont get into that. Anyway, i breasted it out w/ full intentions of at least trying a bite of it. Both to satisfy curiosity, as well as to try something new. Who knows i might like it? Anyway, its been in the freezer since i shot it, which is about 2 years ago now. I'm sure its all freezer burn and would not taste anything like it would fresh. I just cannot bring myself to eat it, yet i feel guilty throwing it out! So its still sitting there! I eat all sorts of stuff, or at least try it. Come winter i eat squirrel on a semi regular basis, so its not like I only eat 'normal' meats. It seems that food is different tasting when YOU were the one to cut it up from start to finish. Its almost like when you smell it cooking it reminds me somehow of the smell of the fresh kill/guts. This is the only animal i've ever had this problem with, though i admit there hasn't been that many 'weird' animals i've taken/tried to eat.

Only thing i was thinking with crows, is that you might be able to find a place that cares for birds of prey. Maybe they would want some fresh kills to feed their birds? Problem IMO with that is, if a shotgun is used larger shot that normal would be needed to make sure its all pass throughs so the birds arent chowing down on lead. and with a high velocity rifle its going to blow the bird up and or have fragments throughout it. Something like a .22 lr IMO would be perfect. One projectile, no red mist, and bullet should most likely be in one piece or pass through.

I have read that they really don't taste bad, and if you think they were more likely eating from a farm than a dumpster, even more reason to try. I say try it once if you dont like it leave them to the scavengers.

Last edited by banditt007; August 18, 2009 at 07:42 PM.
banditt007 is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:13 PM   #14
WAPITI_ASSASSIN
Member
 
Join Date: May 19, 2009
Location: Grants pass Oregon
Posts: 53
+1 for crankylove,
dust em, wach the feathers fly then move to the next one.
WAPITI_ASSASSIN is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:37 PM   #15
Skan21
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 29, 2009
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 463
I'm not sure if this is true or not, because my squad leader told me, and about half the time he was full of crap. But when I was stationed in Alaska, I was told that it's a crime to kill crows. Something like a $10000 fine. I believed it at the time because the crows in Fairbanks are HUGE! I mean, like almost eagle huge. We called them dumpster chickens. I'll ask WildAlaska for confirmation. Or someone that lives there anyway.
__________________
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."- Robert Heinlein

Some of you guys need to trade in a few of those Safe Queens and see if you can get a good deal on a Sense of Humor.- Me
Skan21 is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:50 PM   #16
cornbush
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 29, 2008
Location: The retarded place below Idaho
Posts: 1,390
Let the feathers settle, wait for his buddies and repeat. they make good fertilizer.
cornbush is offline  
Old August 18, 2009, 10:58 PM   #17
StiveC2007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 17, 2009
Posts: 237
leave them for squirrels to learn a lesson from
StiveC2007 is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 03:09 AM   #18
Skan21
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 29, 2009
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 463
Apparently the "crows" I was talking about aren't crows, they're ravens. And hunting them is regulated.
__________________
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."- Robert Heinlein

Some of you guys need to trade in a few of those Safe Queens and see if you can get a good deal on a Sense of Humor.- Me
Skan21 is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 06:28 AM   #19
VaFisher
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 24, 2006
Posts: 596
Quote:
Skan21 Apparently the "crows" I was talking about aren't crows, they're ravens. And hunting them is regulated.
Yes they were Ravens and I was just getting ready to say so when I saw your post. They look like crows only twice as big and they make different sounds plus they scavenge very much the same.
VaFisher is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 07:37 AM   #20
simonkenton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 25, 2008
Posts: 891
From audubonportland.org

Crows are Protected Under Federal Law

Crows are protected under the Migratory Bird Act of 1918. It is illegal to harm a crow or to destroy and active nest. It is also illegal to have a crow as a pet. Only facilities that possess federal permits to use crows for educational purposes are allowed to keep crows in captivity.



When my college pal Jerry was setting up his crow hunting business he learned of this law and was afraid he might get nailed by the feds.
If you looked at that link above, you will see that Jerry and his clients kill thousands of crows annually.
As I recall, he gets away with it on the crop depredation waiver. They usually shoot in pecan orchards, and crows really do hammer the pecans down there in central Georgia.

Y'all are squeamish at the thought of eating crow.
Have you ever eaten catfish? Have you ever eaten shrimp?
Bottom feeders. Have you ever thought of the kind of crap that these animals eat?
Everybody likes wild hog, have you thought of the kind of crap a hog will eat?
Hogs will eat an entire crow, beak, feathers, and claws.

Sure a crow will eat some carrion, but they prefer good food such as pecans, corn, etc.

Get rational, boys, and try cooking up a few crow breasts, they are good!
simonkenton is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 07:46 AM   #21
Dingoboyx
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 7, 2009
Location: South East Queensland, Australia
Posts: 1,513
I know what the crow says when you shoot it.... Faaaaarrrrrrkkk!

Evidently crow tastes alright, if you use a little garlic

Oh, and don't forget some flava beans & a nice Kiante... Ft...Ft...Ft
__________________
Muzza
If you cant blind them with brilliance, Baffle them with BS
Be alert...... there is a shortage of LERTs
Dingoboyx is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 09:17 AM   #22
Brian Pfleuger
Staff
 
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
Posts: 18,791
Quote:
Crows are protected under the Migratory Bird Act of 1918. It is illegal to harm a crow or to destroy and active nest....As I recall, he gets away with it on the crop depredation waiver.
I don't know what the current status of the crow is under federal law, but I do know that NY state has an open season so they're definitely not "protected". Our season runs from Sept 1 - May 31, for some reason Friday through Monday only. There are no limits whatsoever on number or method of take. Beyond that, many people generally shoot crow all year long with little or no regard and I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble. Crows are quite literally an epidemic in this area.
__________________
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
---
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
-----
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 10:07 AM   #23
Wiskey_33
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 24, 2007
Location: The South
Posts: 1,084
GA has a crow season as well:

Nov 7-Feb 28...no limit.

You can also kill them if they're tearing up crops, anytime.
__________________
"I don't like repeat offenders, I like dead offenders"-Uncle Ted
Wiskey_33 is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 10:14 AM   #24
wyobohunter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 21, 2008
Location: Back in Wyoming
Posts: 1,125
In Alaska you must use the bird for either food or clothing, so I pull out a feather and put it in my cap...clothing
wyobohunter is offline  
Old August 19, 2009, 10:49 AM   #25
Pahoo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 16, 2006
Location: IOWA
Posts: 5,738
Brings back memories of when I was a kid and a bunch of us would trade what we trapped or shot and couldn't take home, with some Hobos. Guess there aren't any of them anymore. Anyway, one time we had some crows and this same question came up. So we asked "Shorty" how to cook a crow? He said to just make a soup like chicken soup. We then asked him what they tasted like and he paused and said;
"A little bit like an Owl" .....
Not sure if we ever asked him anything else after that !!



Be Safe !!!
Pahoo is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.13393 seconds with 7 queries