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The Other Migratory Game Birds
By Lisa Williams
PGC Biologist

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HOUSANDS of Pennsylvanians hunt ducks, geese, mourning doves and woodcock. However, these high-profile species are not the only migratory birds offering hunting opportunities. Here are the basics on some others that receive only minor attention, but offer major recreation for those looking to add a new angle to their hunting experience.

Crows About 25,000 Pennsylvania hunters harvest around 200,000 crows annually. Pennsylvania’s crow season runs from July to April, but only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This unique season structure maximizes opportunity within federal regulations, which allow for 124 days of crow hunting outside the nesting season. There is no bag limit. Crow hunters must have a PA hunting license, but no additional licenses or stamps. For dedicated bird hunters, crow hunting is a chance to keep reflexes honed during the off season, providing opportunities for both decoying and pass shooting. For novices, crow hunting offers a great hunting experience with lots of action. It can be a great way to introduce youngsters to wingshooting. If hunting in familiar territory, locate a flyway that crows use to travel from a night roost to daytime
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feeding areas. Set up with a blind and decoys a few hundred yards off the main flight path to lure small groups of birds into your set during their morning commute from the roost. For evening hunts, locate local staging areas where birds often linger as they drift from feeding areas back to the night roost. If hunting in unfamiliar territory, you can locate crows on a feeding area, ask permission from the landowner, then set up a quick blind and begin calling using a fight or distress sequence of calls. Crow hunting techniques can be quite complex and addictive, and a brief Web search can reveal additional tips and strategies. “webless” wetland speCies Snipe, rails, coots and moorhens share the marshy habitats of waterfowl, but lack webbing between their toes. Their assorted whinneys, clacks, clucks, and squawks add life to a wetland even though they’re seldom observed. Surveys indicate that relatively few hunters pursue these species here, harvesting just a few hundred coots and snipe — and even more negligible numbers of the others. Hunting seasons, chosen to correspond with migration timing from frameworks set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, occur through autumn. Consult the “Pennsylvania Guide to Migratory Bird Hunting” brochure posted on the PGC website for specifics. To hunt these species, hunters must possess both a regular hunting license and a migratory game
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
History of the Whitetail
Table of Contents
Going to the Ducks
A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
You Can’t Call It Back
Cover Story
Last Shot for Pap?
75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
NASP Students are Hungry for More
Bears and Turkeys
A Natural Connection
The Other Migratory Game Birds
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Table of Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Going to the Ducks
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Tribute to Jon DeBerti
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - You Can’t Call It Back
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Cover Story
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Last Shot for Pap?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 75 Years of Success in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - NASP Students are Hungry for More
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Bears and Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - A Natural Connection
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Other Migratory Game Birds
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2012 - Crossings
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