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Discussion in 'Predators' started by rat, Jan 23, 2018.
Crows make good targets.
They are smart birds, no getting around that.
Yes, for sure and can pick you off pretty good if you make any movement. Crossbows would be a big advantage at the MOT.
I use to run the Johnny Stewart tapes out of a hand held tape recorder. I had a brass colored PA speaker that plugged into the tape player. I would normally find a tree/shrub to stick the speaker in. Hit play on the tape player and run back 25-30 yds to get set up. We were running rabbit distress when from out of the sky came an Owl. The Owl flat knocked the snot out of that speaker that was hanging in the tree. The owls initial strike knocked the speaker out of the tree to where it was just dangling from the cord about a 2/3 feet above the ground. The Owl cane back for a second strike and basically dug his claws into the camo tape job that I had taped around the speaker. My father and I were laughing so hard at the sight of this that finally I was able to get up and start heading toward where my caller/speaker was in the tree. Nothing got shot that nite, but there never comes a time when we're setting on a stand with the e-caller running that we don't bring up that hunt. Actually we've killed several cats and some yotes from/around that same tree.
Just the sight of that speaker dangling there after being struck X2 by that Owl was a sight to see! I could only imagine the Owl flying off with my PA speaker and recorder dangling under em.
That is a good story WB!!! I've had a lot of hawks come from a long way off but all any of them did was sit up in a tree and look. I swear, one hawk came 1/2 mile across a bottom. I've called very, very few times at night, only twice I can remember, and no owls came in that I saw. 'Course they fly silent and I wouldn't have heard them either. Callin' critters is fun.
Birds of prey are definitely impressive in action! That's for sure. I just remember catching movement out on the periphery and "something" hauling butt out of the sky and smacking that speaker. The fact that the speaker never missed a lick and kept right on blasting the rabbit distress with the added movement of the speaker dangling was just too much for him. So he hit it again mid air..... Only sound was claws hitting metal! And us laughing!
I had a couple ornithology classes in college related to my major and they were always a treat as I loved raptors and still do.
We had a blow up owl decoy and some crow silhouettes that I made which really worked. Course we didnt kill crows every time but always had SOME sort of action. The time that stands out to me in the few years we were into it was when the batteries got low on my player and the tape really started to lag... playing slow like in slow motion and had us laughing so hard but I didnt have any more batteries so we just let it roll. We had action after the tape waned like that which was amazing as it sounded like pack of really sick dogs or something .... too funny. 20+ years ago, too funny
You guys have me really wanting to dig out my crock pot crow recipe and get after them. lol
I finally got smart and would dub my JS cassettes on a new cassette tape when those boom boxes with double tape decks came out. Initially I was just going to have 3-4 mins of dead air in the start/beginning so I didn't have to sprint straight back to my set after pushing play. Then I really got into the "BIG TIME" lol lol by recording a full set of sounds for a particular hunt with a mixture of different sounds and pauses ... I need to go looking for those cassette's!
I still have a couple of those cassettes somewhere. They sure got annoying after a while. Lol
Not as bad as laying in a snow goose spread for the whole day listening to those callers.
Oh good grief rat!!! You mentioning the "Crock pot crow recipe" reminded me when I was a kid my grandmother had a neighbor named Frankie Hollander. We were going hunting one day and was walking by Frankie's place and he hollered at us, "Hey boys, I'll give you a quarter for every crow you bring me". We asked what for and he said he ate them. We never collected a quarter from him. Mostly because 12 year old boys aren't very good crow hunters.
I’ve eaten crow, much more figuratively than literally and its not a lot different than dove, just stronger I’d say. Swimming around in a crockpot, it could be anything really.
You can always make sausage out of it. You could make sausage out of Rat, and most people wouldn't know it. Meat is Meat when it comes to sausage.
Note to self. Take own summer sausage when visiting cj.