I picked Jerry up at the airport
in Wichita Kansas and we were off and going down the road to
our hunting destination. All we did was scout the first day
lining up different spots for what ever way the wind blew.
Our first hunt was an afternoon shoot. We had a nice windy
afternoon in which to hunt in. The wind was in the northwest
at 20 to 30 mph and 58 degrees outside. We were in a river
bottom out of the wind and started shooting by 1:30 pm. We
shot 331 crows from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm.
Bob - 157 Jerry - 174
Our next two hunts were not that great, mainly because I
missed the flyway two days in a row. Our second hunt we shot
87 between us. Bob - 43 Jerry - 44
On day 3 we shot 75 between us on an afternoon shoot.
Bob - 38 Jerry - 37
On day 4 we shot 179 crows in the morning from 8:00 am to
10:45 am. Then picked up and went cruising in the pickup.
The wind came to the northeast that afternoon at 25 to 30
mph. I just happened to have a good spot for that kind of
wind. Jerry & I shot 246 crows that afternoon with a grand
total of 425 for the day. Bob - 209
Jerry - 216
Bob's Ammo Dump!
On day 5 we shot a feeding area in the morning but it turned
out so good we stayed there until 4:30 that afternoon. We
shot 404 crows from 8:00 am till 4:30 pm. It was beautiful
out that day, 64 degrees with a west southwest wind of 10
mph. Bob - 211 Jerry - 193
We just scouted on day 6 because we had such a good shoot
the day before. I wanted to check a few things out anyway.
On our final day I had an afternoon shoot lined up. The wind
was in the northeast again so we got setup by 1:30 pm and
shot until 5:00 pm that day. We shot 148 crows between us.
Bob - 80 Jerry - 68
The grand total on our first trip was 1,470 crows.
Ok, we are back in Kansas and we are off and running!
We set up on a morning hunt and shot 86 between us. That
afternoon we set up again in a different area and shot 154
from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. It turned nasty that afternoon and
I knew the crows would head back early. I said to Jerry at
9:30 am that morning "lets pull up stakes in this spot, we
are just spinning our wheels here". Two hours later I got us
in a much better spot. Grand total for the day was 240
Day 2 we just scouted.
Day 3 we shot 135 crows on a nice little morning hunt from
6:50 am to 9:00 am. Wind was south at 5 mph and 40 degrees
outside. Bob - 68 Jerry - 67
Day 4 we had a morning flyway shoot in a nice draw out of
the wind. Wind was southwest at 10 to 15 mph and 34 degrees
out. We rolled 158 crows from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.
Bob - 86 Jerry - 72
Grand total was 533 between us in 3 days of actual
We both headed back to Hutchinson. I played pool for the
next week to 10 days while Jerry recuperated in front of the
fireplace with a good fire going. Then we were off once
Jerry and I arrived in a new area because we wanted to make
friends with some new crows. LOL.
The first afternoon I could see that things were setting up
rather well. I got set up later than I should have for this
shoot but I'm glad I did because I learned a lot as far as
the crows movements go. We shot 194 crows from 3:30 pm to
6:00 pm This was before we set all the clocks back for fall.
We had a nice northwest breeze of 10 to 15 mph and 45
degrees outside. Bob - 115 Jerry - 79
Day 2 - We shot 209 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am then went out
in the afternoon and shot 118 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Total
was 327 crows for the day. Bob - 173
Jerry - 154
Day 3 - We shot 91 crows. 45 degrees outside with a
southwest breeze of 10 to 15 mph. I just missed the flyway
that day! Bob - 54 Jerry - 37
Day 4 - We shot 157 crows from 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm that day.
Wind southwest at 5 to 10 mph. Bob -
85 Jerry - 72
Day 5 - We shot 254 crows from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Wind -
northeast at 25 to 30 mph 42 degrees out. Jerry and I had to
drive way back into this guys ground. I told Jerry I was
going to use the circle irrigation to get us outta there
after dark, boy was I wrong on that one. When Jerry and I
got all the gear back in the truck after the shoot it was
just about dark outside. I followed the irrigation with my
headlights but didn't know the damn irrigation had moved
since we started shooting at noon time! The corn was all
picked so I figured there was no need to irrigate, wrong
again on my part! I was heading northeast instead of south
in order to get out of that god forsaken spot. I told Jerry
"we are not going right" Jerry said "don't get excited Bob".
I said "I sure don't want to sleep in the truck tonight!" So
I cranked the 4x4 around and put her on a due south heading
and we finally made it out and hit the main road. This adds
a little spice to life when you are lost in the dark! The
things we get into just to hunt crows!
Bob - 134 Jerry - 120
Day 6 - We had a great field hunt. We shot 324 crows from
11:30 am to 5:30 pm. Wind southwest 10 to 20 mph and 40
degrees outside. This was the shoot with me holding the 7
gallon bucket of empty hulls (below). Bob -
166 Jerry - 158
Day 7 - Our last shoot. We did another field setup where we
put the dead crows on top of the cut milo, they sure looked
good to the crows because we shot 234 of them from 11:00 am
to 4:30 pm that day. Here is a good photo of Jerry with the
crows on the cut milo (below). Bob - 125 Jerry
Grand total came to 3,584 crows on 16 shoots.
Bob - 1,872 Jerry - 1,712
This is the most crows I ever shot on a crow safari. This is
most definitely a hunt that Jerry and I will remember for
the rest of our life.