Pennsylvania Game News - July 2018 - 46

Initial Pursuit

C

O-WORKER James Harbert occasionally visits my office to ask about my
hunting experiences. I guess when you're older, and younger hunters know
that you've hunted a lot of different game, and in many places, they like to pick
your brain. Anyway, James asked me about crow hunting.
My first hunt was for crows. It was one of the only seasons open when I got
my first hunting license the summer after I turned 12. But I had to look it up to
find I last hunted crows in 1994.
Sneaking a peek through the hedgerows lining a field on a York County farm
revealed my quarry against the snow-white background; there were hundreds
of them. Studying the surrounding ground, I quickly picked out a good spot of
concealment with ample overhead openings for shooting.
Sending out a few calls on my Olt crow call brought instantaneous results, as several
birds lifted from the picked cornfield and headed in my direction. As the lead bird
pitched into an opening within range, I swung on it and fired, but missed. Quickly
regaining my sight picture, I took a bead on the next and folded it with a follow-up shot.
The action was fast and furious for nearly half an hour, as my pleading calls
would bring other birds from their plundering in the field.
The birds soon wised up, but not before several of them were lying on the
ground. I gathered them to show the farmer, knowing he'd be happy to see that
a few of the pesky bandits had been thinned out.
Re-reading my account of that hunt got me thinking about my first ever.
Just having gotten my license, I was itching to get out. And after several
sessions shooting clay pigeons flung with a hand-thrower, my dad and a family
friend took me out after crows.
The twisting, turning targets threading their way through the heavy canopy
of foliage in that Fayette County woodlot were tough targets for a kid with a
16-gauge single-shot full-choked shotgun. I didn't bag a single crow on that hunt,
but I enjoyed every minute of it. The challenge of wingshooting, though, made
a lasting impression on me, and bird hunting remains my favorite.
That hunt certainly whetted my appetite for the fall hunting seasons to follow
that first year, and although the crows had eluded my 16-gauge's shot pattern, my
first piece of game - a fat cottontail - fell to it that fall.
I don't hunt crows anymore, but I still carry that Olt crow call with me to
locate gobblers during the spring turkey season. Every time I bring it out of my
pocket, I think of my first hunt 47 years ago. I'm glad I hung onto that old crow
call. I wish I still had that H&R single-shot shotgun, though.

Bob D'Angelo
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