One of the slickest things I have ever seen and tried myself was taking an old white sock and dumping a can of tomato paste and or diced tomoates on it. The crows thinks its roadkill. I was quite surprised how well it worked. Try putting out a couple of crow decs next to the set up.....
most of the time when i see them, in kansas, in the winter, is in a harvested sunflower field.
i usually see them in large numbers, and frequently in the area. you can fiend public places of land that are good candidates for crows by finding places where there is public dove grounds.
it's pretty easy to find them if you get out early in the morning. but now that it's spring, i'm a little more worried about the turkeys!
crow hunting used to be a popular sport back in the day (before i was born) in ohio. i've met lots of people that used to do it, but for some reason, crow hunting fell out of popularity.
i'm not sure why.
i would start looking for those dove hunting areas though. they usually hold a decent number of crows, because i think, they largely eat the same thing. you'll also see them gleaning off corn fields, but i don't see them in the bean fields.
Where I am at you can find the biggest population of crows or ravens at the local dump feeding on what ever they find that they like.
My personal experience with them was one year deer hunting. As we came down a trail we saw a bunch of them sitting in a tree a little ways off. I kind of wondered out loud about what they would taste like. My hunting partner commented that quite possibly they would taste a lot like what they eat. As we rounded a turn in the trail we saw about 3 or 4 of them eating a nice big cow pie.
I have always looked for ways to save money and gain skills. I have the firearms basics covered so I rarely buy firearms these days. But I do watch for bargains. Sometimes a little TLC with simple tools will let you bring an old gun back to life without investing a lot of money. One such find was a side by side 12 gauge marked “W. Richards” It is not from the fine English gun maker Wesley Richards, it is a cheap knock off copy probably made in Belgium about a hundred years ago...