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Hey all,

 We got a couple hunts in last week. Our first was 10 Jan. A nice day with the wind light and variable. Temps slightly below freezing in the morning, but they rose to near 50. They came in nicely, despite the lack of wind and we ended the day with 143. We had hoped to hunt the next afternoon, but the conditions dictated otherwise. We did hunt for a couple hours the next morning and got 14 before heading home.

 It wasn't as pleasant on 14 Jan. Temperature wasn't bad, upper teens to near 30, but we fought a raw SSE breeze at 15-20 with higher gusts. The wind kept a lot of them on the deck, but we had some challenging shots as well. We quit mid-afternoon with 123. 

 Got a couple of pictures of the last hunt. We were using the Tanglefree solo blinds on a nearly bare fence row. We wrapped them with grass mats to get the height needed for good concealment. The blind is in the second photo.

Randy 



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Mr. Randy, that’s some pretty work knocking out triple digits. I see how the grasses makes your hide disappear even against an open fence row. What was the attraction that first brought the crows in, was it calling? Did they want into the stubble? No decoys? I’ll admit I’m envious. A good day for me in my area would be a body count in the teens and still I'm hooked in a big way. Waterfowl bag limits allow for a couple of shots and I can carry enough shot shells in my pocket. For crow hunting I'll carry a couple or three boxes of shells. I'm amazed knowing that some of you good crow hunters carry cases of shot shells. My buddies have said they believe I'd rather hunt crows than ducks or geese. Thats probably because there's more shooting. I get excited whether a crow helicopters down with a death moan or lawn darts with a thud. I'd need a sedative if I shot anywhere close to a hundred crows in one outing. I'd have a smile so tight I couldn't blink. Keep up the good work. This morning I'm headed off for a goose hunt. Light rain, set out a hundred decoys, do some calling, here they come, one shot, one kill and pick up and go home. Not the same as having 4 or 5 angry crows circling overhead and waiting for one of them to come just a little closer.

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Shadhead,

 Those crows were coming out to feed. We shot them on the way out, then called them off the feeding grounds about a half mile away. The stiff breeze kept the call pretty directional, but we did get surprised from behind now and then.

 This was a setup where a few decoys on the ground may have helped early, but I had a sentry on an extension pole up wind of us, (not in the picture). We were pretty sure there'd be decoys on the ground soon enough.biggrin

 I like hearing the thud as well and was especially tickled when thy bounced about a foot off that frozen ground.

 Triple digits aren't the norm for us. As has been said numerous times on this forum, the number of crows in the area dictates how many you can get. There's nothing wrong with a handful of hard-earned crows. (I'm paraphrasing an experienced hunter who frequents this forum. Goes by Big Honkers).  Keep after 'em.

Randy

 

 

 



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Not bad for a late season hunt, isn't it about time for you to hit your local golf course again ? Paul.

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camo wrote:

Not bad for a late season hunt, isn't it about time for you to hit your local golf course again ? Paul.


 We're keeping a close eye on that spot, Paul. 



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 22 Jan. was foggy, temps in the mid 20's and nearly calm in the AM. We had soft shooting as the fog kept even the early ones low. As the fog lifted, we'd get still surprised by some, seemingly appearing out of nowhere. Mostly groups of less than five and we wreaked havoc on them. We ended with 81. 

 Got a couple of pictures of God's country when the visibility improved. 

 Randy



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