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I have sen where some of you have talked about the crows heading south or just plain leaving when the snow flies.

Is this true? Or have I read it incorrectly?

Up here in Maine, even through the coldest temps and deepest snow, the crows stay here all winter.

We have 2 seasons, Feb/March & Aug/Sept.  I see more crows in the winter season.

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Hello Kev,

As long as the crows can get to feed they will stick around all winter. If not, they will pull out of the area in search of better feeding areas.

The reason you see more during the winter months is because there are no leaves on the trees, plus you might get some migrants out of Quebec and New Brunsick which will add to you're local crow population.

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MaineHunt, I don't know where you are within the state of Maine but I assure there is BIG migration through seacoast NH in the latter part of October. In a two week period my partner and I will kill 60% of our annual take during this time. Maine for some reason has set their seasons so that you miss the ability to hunt during the migration. I have talked with John K. at the Kittery Trading Post and there has been some talk of changing your season so you can hunt in October but as yet your wildlife agency has not acted on it. You chould probably write to them and help spur the change, your really missing the action up there with no October crow hunting.

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MaineHunt, I don't know where you are within the state of Maine but I assure there is BIG migration through seacoast NH in the latter part of October. In a two week period my partner and I will kill 60% of our annual take during this time. Maine for some reason has set their seasons so that you miss the ability to hunt during the migration. I have talked with John K. at the Kittery Trading Post and there has been some talk of changing your season so you can hunt in October but as yet your wildlife agency has not acted on it. You chould probably write to them and help spur the change, your really missing the action up there with no October crow hunting.

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Honestly, I hope they never change the season. I like it this way. October is waterfowl and archery for deer seson. I like the mid-winter season, because besides coyote and icefishing, there isn't much else to do.

PS- I'm in the center of the state of Maine.

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Honestly, I hope they never change the season. I like it this way. October is waterfowl and archery for deer seson. I like the mid-winter season, because besides coyote and icefishing, there isn't much else to do.

PS- I'm in the center of the state of Maine.

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You have got a lot to learn grasshopper, crow season is WAY more fun than duck hunting or sticking a deer, especially in October when the migration is on.  When you start to have 40, 50, even 100 bird days you'll never be satisfied with a couple of ducks.   

 



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Not much food for crows at my house now!
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I don't know what they're eating when we have 3-4 feet of snow here in central Maine, but thet're still here at those times.

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They stay in upstate NY in large numbers all winter, as a matterof fact Jan & Feb are my best months.

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Good lord I hope I never see that much snow..... yuck!

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They stay in upstate NY in large numbers all winter, as a matterof fact Jan & Feb are my best months.




Cool, I'm glad somebody else likes and has good luck in the winter.

 

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Kev; u just have to find where they're feeding once the fields are snowed over. I'm lucky I have to dumps, & while I can't hunt on dump property, I have public access around them. Jerry

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Kev; u just have to find where they're feeding once the fields are snowed over. I'm lucky I have to dumps, & while I can't hunt on dump property, I have public access around them. Jerry




One of my farms is across the road from a landfill, (The farm is between the landfill and their roostbiggrin) so I know what you mean.

 

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I love the dumps in winter, really concentrates the birds

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I hunt on a river between the dump & their roost, It's great they fall in the river & float away, don't even have to pick them up.

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I hunt on a river between the dump & their roost, It's great they fall in the river & float away, don't even have to pick them up.



Sounds like we are hunting the same farm. smile We also have a river between the dump and the roost.

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I'm hunting the Mohawk River, about 15 miles south of saratoga ny, same place I hunt ducks

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I'm hunting the Mohawk River, about 15 miles south of saratoga ny, same place I hunt ducks



I'm on the Sandy River 35 miles north of Augusta.

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There was a small bunch of a 150 that hung around practically all winter here until all the changes...now the fall bunch is about 35 birds and i don't know where that small roost is now and in any case not worth looking. So there ore if you have a great location do whatever you can to keep it. i know of a farm where these guys used to keep ii going by paying the farmers' taxes!

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Dump closing killed the crow shooting in this area. In fact devastated the shooting in the southwestern region  here for years now...if you like shooting crows -don't come here. The dump closings is about when the crows started to get less and less frequent. Things didn't get any better when now all the bears came into the outskirts of town tearing down the bird feeders and littering trash everywhere!



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ok, I live in GA and we don't have the cold and snow like a lot of ya'll upnorth.  But even though I see crows year round I do see more at certain times like when the pecan crops come in. So my question is...do we experience a migration at all down here?



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I would call it a crow gathering or collection...organization? Different food at that time of season in your case the pecans(?) bring the crows together...

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Mainehunt wrote:

I have sen where some of you have talked about the crows heading south or just plain leaving when the snow flies.

Is this true? Or have I read it incorrectly?

Up here in Maine, even through the coldest temps and deepest snow, the crows stay here all winter.

We have 2 seasons, Feb/March & Aug/Sept.  I see more crows in the winter season.

Kev
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 Crows, in general, are a Federally protected Migratory game bird. You do have your "resident" Crows, just as you have your Resident Canada Geese and your migratory Geese. The majority of the population of Crow are, and will, migrate to warmer climates where food is more plentiful, however, you do of course have the resident population that stays in the same region all year through.



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