Something To Crow About
Waterfowlers and upland bird hunters take note. You don't have to wait until October to enjoy the outdoors with your shotgun in hand. Take advantage of the spring crow season in March to get out in the field and sharpen your skills for the season. Crows are prolific, often found around land with any sort of agricultural activity. They are a nuisance for farmers, often damaging fruit and vegetable crops. They also are a major egg predator of the state's songbirds. The spring hunting season for crows lasts from March 1-31. Unlike other birds, there is no daily bag limit on crows.
How do you hunt crows? You can successfully hunt the birds using nothing more than a mouth call and a shotgun, though some hunters employ an elaborate spread of decoys and use electronic calling equipment, according to Peter Lester, New Hampshire Fish and Game Hunter Education Administrator and a veteran crow hunter. Lester recommends using a shotgun of any gauge loaded with number 6 shot. Good camouflage is essential for a successful crow hunt.
Crows are extremely intelligent birds, but their curiosity often gets the best of them, so they respond well to decoys and calling. Crow decoys are effective, as well as owl decoys. Owls and other birds of prey are a threat to crows, and crows will rally together to try and drive them off. Crow hunting using a decoy spread and calling is very similar to waterfowl hunting, except that on some occasions while hunting crows you can have more than 100 birds over your head at a time!
Many farmers will be glad to welcome you to shoot crows on their property, though you should always ask for their permission first. This may get you an invitation to come back when other seasons are open in the fall. With the advent of the spring crow season, you don't have to wait until fall to get your hunting license and enjoy some wing shooting. Get out now and give yourself something to crow about.
You can purchase a hunting license online or from many N.H. Fish and Game licensing agents statewide. For information on hunting in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-3211.