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Hunters Take Part in Crow Quest to Downsize Flocks

Posted at: 03/02/2013 10:39 PM
Updated at: 03/03/2013 9:24 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- If you look to the sky in downtown Rochester, you'll probably see them. Massive amounts of crows that can cause quite a nuisance.

"We kind of took matters into our own hands," said Josh Axley, Owner of X-treme Whitetails.

For two year now, X-treme Whitetails and Archery Headquarters have organized a crow quest where teams of four spend the day hunting crows.

"With the crow population it just gave us the idea and it would be something fun to do we can get a lot of people together that enjoy the outdoors," said Axley.

Nearly 30 teams took part in the hunt Saturday, with a goal of beating last year’s take of 180 crows.

"Killing them is the easiest way of taking care of it. You have to manage the population of any kind of animal because otherwise you're over populated obviously and birds are more of a nuisance than a lot of other creatures," said Kelly Ohm, Owner of X-treme Whitetails.    

"They are a very smart bird; it's very hard to fool a crow," said crow hunter Josh Mourelli.

Mourelli drove more than an hour to compete in his first crow hunt. He says taking a crow may be difficult, but with a little patience it's not impossible.

"I look forward to this now, it's going to be one of the thing that I will be doing going along with all the other hunting I do," said Mourelli.

While these hunters live for days like this, they say some people have concerns about killing crows.     

"There is criticism, but a majority of people are grateful that there's somebody out there that's willing to step up," said Axley.

Crow hunting season goes through the end of March. There's no need to buy a permit to hunt, you just need to go through hunter’s safety training.