How to Build Crow Decoys

Overview

American crows (Corvus ossifragus) are intelligent birds that cause millions of dollars in losses to agricultural crops each year. They are difficult to control because of their ability to quickly learn and avoid control methods. Although hunting crows is not a cost-effective way to control their large numbers, crow hunting is a sport in some parts of the United States. Hunters typically use a 12-gauge shotgun with No. 6 shot. This shotgun has a shooting range of 50 to 60 yards, so hunters must lure the crows into range using decoys. The easiest type of decoy to make is the silhouette.

Step 1

Draw the silhouette of a crow, which is a large bird that grows up to 20 inches from tip of beak to tail, on a piece of stiff cardboard with a pencil.

Step 2

Cut out the silhouette of the crow with a pair of scissors.

Step 3

Glue one or two ice pop sticks onto the bottom of the crow silhouette where the legs of the crow would be located. You will later push the "legs" into the ground so the decoy stands up. Allow the all-purpose glue to dry before painting the decoy.

Step 4

Paint one side of the decoy with black paint and wait until it dries before painting the other side.

Step 5

Turn the decoy over and paint the other side black and allow it to dry before using the now completed crow decoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Black paint
  • Scissors
  • Stiff cardboard
  • Popsicle sticks
  • All purpose glue
  • Pencil

References

  • Crow Busters
  • Hunting Blades
  • Hunter's Specialties
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.