I notice alot of you crow hunters use owl and crow dekes together...as a neophyte to crows but coming addicted I am interested to know how you use your dekes and what type of setups are best? How far apart do you put the crows? how close to the owl? how many crows do you use? etc... Thanks, HANK
I switch between using and not using decoys. You will see that some others on this forum hunt almost exclusively without them. I usually take 2 flocked, ground spike decoys with me always. Sometimes I take an owl (like yesterday) but have had mixed success with the owl.
Crows do not like the owl to be higher than them, so keep it placed low with decoys in a tree, or some distance from the crows. When placing them too close together I have seen crows fly in and do a 180 when the spot the setup. I usually put my two crow decoys about 4-5 ft apart on the ground with now owl. The thing I like about decoys is that it provides something for the birds to focus on instead of looking for me.
When calling without decoys, they come in anyway and you can get them all riled up because they can't see what the problem is. Works best with a crow distress call. If hunting in heavy cover this can be a great method.
Try mixing up the layout and see how they respond. I am still learning myself, every time I go out. Check out the crow hunting section on this board - there's a lot of good advice on there too.
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Good advice and there is a great web site just for crow hunting called crowbusters, google it theres a wealth of infromation and equipment there...the best crow mouth call I have ever used I got there from Jack Mincey who makes what some say is the best call!