Shooting Crows in North Devon

#1
Guys

clients of mine have got a Major Crow problem and have been advised that as said corbies present a danger to health they will be allowed to shoot them.

So couple of questions. 1st. anyone in the Area prepared to do it for the price of their ammo and dinner. 2nd. Option for clients to get a SGC, is anyone down that way aware of the FAC/SGC licensing team? 3rd. Other than an SLR ( had to be done ) whats the best thing to shoot crows with?

cheers
 

ugly

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#2
Shotguns are probably best, they can be decoyed and why not leave a notice up at the local clay club, may even make a few quid out of it!
 

Ravers

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#3
I have a similar problem and have shot crows succesfully with the following:

12g Purdey sxs - effective but too noisy, after 1 shot all the crows **** off, possibly a little outclassed for this sort of thing.
Webley Tomahawk .22 air rifle (non FAC) - Does the job nicely but you need to be a decent shot and it's frustrating, I probably have a 50% success rate per shot, despite this it's my preferred crow basher because pellets are cheap and the rifle feels lovely. Also no licence required.
Modded Ruger .17 HMR - Great piece of kit, great cartidge, expensive though, I also worry a little about where the unsuccessful bullets end up as I'm usually shooting the crows out of trees so I'm aiming up at about 45 degrees.
 
#5
Not had an issue with crows before but used to have loads of magpies around.

Air rifle solved the problem - take one Magpie down, hang it somewhere prominent and it gets the other one (its mate) to bugger off and seemed to be a good deterrent for the others to not move in.
 
#7
We have shed loads of crows and jackdaws up this way. the norm is to decoy them, plant out a load of crow decoys and hide behind a bit of cam net. If you can get 2-3 guns working over a farm and a bit of wind helps too (muffles the bang a bit).
Crow decoys are expensive for what you get, i made a load with one decoy split in half up the casting seam and held back together with rubber bands, fill with cavity foam filler and when dry give them a coat of Halfords matt black, shove a wood peg up its hoop and hey presto! The more decoys the easier the crows are to pull!

Best way to reduce numbers is to get round the nests around hatching time with a rifle.
 
#9
#11
Are they not easy to zap when the are "branchers" probably wrong time of year
 

ugly

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#12
May was the traditional time for roost shooting, a bit of drey poking at the same time doesnt go amis.
 
#14
If they want guns they need to fill in the form and send it to these guys:

Introduction | Devon & Cornwall Police(Firearms)

They'll then check you're not a nutter and you've secure storage and give you a certificate to control the population.

Have a read over the BASC - The British Association for Shooting and Conservation website as well, it'll fill you in on the legal stuff and give you some pointers.

Edit: They could also consider a ladder trap: Ladder trap - The Hunting Life
Cheers. They are already on that path, I was just wondering if we have anyone down that neck of the woods that might be able to help them out.
 
#15
Guys

clients of mine have got a Major Crow problem and have been advised that as said corbies present a danger to health they will be allowed to shoot them.

cheers
What 'Danger to Health' would this bunch of Crows be?

Are they armed with GPMG's?

Do they 'mug' pensioners?
 

ugly

LE
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#16
New applications averaging at 12 weeks at the moment, the crows will have died of old age by the time you shoot them.
 

ugly

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#17
What 'Danger to Health' would this bunch of Crows be?



Are they armed with GPMG's?



Do they 'mug' pensioners?

Well they are black after all!

Sent from my khazi using fat poo covered fingers
 
#18
I could be interested. My Son in Law lives near West Down and has an excellent reputation for destroying pests
 
#19
Guys

clients of mine have got a Major Crow problem and have been advised that as said corbies present a danger to health they will be allowed to shoot them.

So couple of questions. 1st. anyone in the Area prepared to do it for the price of their ammo and dinner. 2nd. Option for clients to get a SGC, is anyone down that way aware of the FAC/SGC licensing team? 3rd. Other than an SLR ( had to be done ) whats the best thing to shoot crows with?

cheers
I'm interested..I'm West Somerset(bottom of exmoor) where are they..??
 
#20
What 'Danger to Health' would this bunch of Crows be?

Are they armed with GPMG's?

Do they 'mug' pensioners?
Remember the film "The Birds"? well this bunch are attacking the house, pecking at windows like their doing their best Woody woodpecker impressions and shitting in vast quantities all over the window sills and in front of the doors. So there is a definable risk of Histoplasmosis, which means you can shoot the bastards quoting public health law as justification.
 

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