Crow Hunting - Setting up in fields
Crows are smarter than most hunters give them credit for, generally they won’t cross an open field to come into a hunter who is calling, unless the hunter is skilled and has a very convincing decoy spread or is an expert caller. Instead they often circle the trees on the opposite side of the field, looking for the source of the call they have heard.
If they do happen to come across the field the hunter needs to be extra careful, that 10-20 seconds it takes the crows to fly across is more than enough time for them to see something is wrong, and it only takes one mistake on the hunters part to turn a crow on a dime.
Follow these guidelines for finding a good spot to setup when hunting crows in a field:
Edge of the Field - Look for an area that has good cover on all sides, tall grass is all right, but bushes with thick leaves are better. The cover should keep you hidden until the crow is nearly on top of you, eye level when sitting is about perfect.
In the woods, just off the field - Setting up just on the inside of the woods adjacent to a field is an excellent place to hide. Set your decoys about 20 feet into the field, ensuring that you have a clear shot in the vicinity of the decoys.
Pop-up Ground Blinds - The recent arrival of inexpensive self supporting ground blinds has given the crow hunter the options of setting up in the center of a field. If you have access to one of these blinds, set it up in the center of the field and surround it with your decoys. A word of caution, most of the newer blinds come with windows that allow you to shoot through them and are easily replaced. One of my friends had great success with setting up his blind in the center of fields, until he shot out one of the poles holding up the blind and ruined it.
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