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Crow Season!

Discussion in 'Indiana Trapping and Varmint Hunting' started by HunterBoy2010, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. When dose crow season come in?¿?
  2. I don't know but I have an old crow I would love to plink. I call her " mom" only because my wife makes me call her that.

  3. (Mods, Shouldn't this be in a different Forum?)

    Pg 4 & 8, 2006/2007 INDNR H&T Guide

    The Crow season(s) run July 1 - Aug 15 and Dec 13 - March 1 ('07)

    No Limit.

    A good reference if you are interested in bagging crows is
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  4. what do you do with crows, just a target season or what?
  5. EAT'EM! :yikes: :tongue:

    [​IMG]Mental Preparation

    [​IMG]I'm sure you are wondering if this section is simply an elaborate practical joke to anyone visiting the page. On the contrary, we have received a great many requests asking for further information about the culinary delights to be experienced when dining on the "Black Bandit". In fact, we believe a natural prejudice has prevented most crow hunters from even considering this bird as wild game. Our experience is that the mere mention of dropping these birds on the menu brings a series of comments from other hunters as if we had just suggested stir frying up a batch of common sewer rats. And if you ever make the mistake of sharing these thoughts with a non-hunter, be prepared for the same reaction you might get if you invited them to dine with the Donner party. This is a shame since, properly prepared, the members of the Corvid family are as tasty as most other game birds and even tastier than some. Besides, with crow populations as high as they are, what an untapped resource we have at our disposal.
    Historically, crows, as well as other non-songbird species have been common fare. Remember "four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie"?
    [​IMG] Our revulsion seems to center around the fact that the crow and it's close relatives are scavengers and therefore unfit to eat. Well, as far as pigs and chickens are concerned, you just wouldn't believe what these supermarket critters will stick in their mouths. Seafood? You honestly don't want to know what goes into a Blue Crab before it ends up on that expensive crab cake platter. I suppose the same goes for lobsters. The list goes on.
    In short, it's really just our cultural prejudice that limits our possibilities. You know, maybe crow meat just needs some clever marketing terminology. Look what they did for Sweet Breads and Escargot...
    [​IMG][​IMG]Field Preparation
    It will come as little surprise to anyone that even the biggest crow doesn't make much of a meal. However, the fact that it is often possible to take large numbers at a time can compensate for this. Since a morning shoot can easily net from 10 to 100 birds, you want to limit the amount of time necessary to clean each bird. Put out of your head any idea of plucking a crow like you would a goose or duck. Besides the breast meat, there just isn't enough edible meat on a crow to make it worthwhile. Using the technique described below, you can extract the best meat of a crow within a minute or two with very little mess.
    1. Lay the crow on it's back in front of you with it's head pointed to the right.
    2. Take a finger and locate where the breast bone meets the upper abdomen.
    3. With a sharp knife, make a cut across the crow (wing to wing) below the breast bone.
    Don't be concerned about cutting too deep, no edible meat will be damaged with this cut.

    4. Holding the birds feet with your left hand, place 2 or 3 fingers under the skin where the cut was made and pull in opposite directions. The skinless breast meat should now be exposed.
    5. Take the knife again and separate each breast half away from the bone starting in the middle and working outward. You should end up with 2 lime sized pieces of crow breast. Discard the remains properly.
    The meat can now be frozen, marinated or freshly prepared.
    [​IMG]The results of a quick morning hunt ready for the freezer or the skillet. This batch took about ten minutes to clean. Looks pretty good once the feathers are off.

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  6. If anyone is looking for a place to crow hunt, come on down to Terre Haute, the downtown area is overran with them in the evening. It really has become a problem. The city has proposed posioning them which has upset some people, some people want ot shoot them and others want to leave them alone. There have been a lot of editorials in the local paper about how to get rid of them.....some of them are really unique.
  7. Not like there's a limit or anything... 9 days until time to play with the .410.
  8. Actually, I'm thinking about a treestand near an open field with some bait... and a .22 rifle with heavy subsonic bullets. (Aquila SSS) Shooting into the ground from where they can't hear the report, it might be interesting.

    As smart as crows are, I'm afraid I'll only get one shot, maybe 2 with the .410 before the won't come back.