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shooting. California
has a plague of crows, some places are worse than others but in the
are the worst. I have hunted crows for many years and I've killed
around 1,000 
more although I didn't count them all. I've
actively gone out and decoyed 'em in and busted them with a shotgun.
I've sniped them from the window of our apartment in Studio City with
a pellet rifle. I've shot them at long range with a centerfire rifle
in the rural areas and with other means too many to list but mostly
whenever an opportunity presented itself. Especially
when traveling in Ca. and interstate when I often carried an old
Stevens single shot .22 cal. rifle with me set up just for the
purpose. It was set up for shooting CB caps which are low powered
shooting gallery type cartridges which produce very little noise. An
example is when I often stopped at a road side rest area which are
common in Ca. At
such places crows hang out because people leave food lying around and
crows quickly learn about it. Of course, at such places you are not
permitted to discharge a firearm and for obvious reasons. However, my
Stevens rifle was exceptionally quiet when using CB caps and I could
often shoot crows without anyone hearing me. Of
course it was always a matter of judgement and distance. I always
fired from within my van which helped muffle any sound and far enough
away from the nearest group of people. I had to be sure that they
wouldn't hear the report and also be positioned so that no one could
see what I was doing. I always departed the area soon after I shot
one in case anyone got suspicious or saw the bird fall and begin to
wonder what happened. I
never got caught doing it and I did it often. However, on one
occasion a neighbor in our apartment building called the police and
dobbed me in but I talked my way out of it because I knew that I had
not been seen. Although the neighbor saw the crow getting hit they
did not see me do it and before the police arrived I had disposed of
the carcass in the L.A. river which was quite close to the building
we lived in. Therefore,
as there were no witnesses and no carcass, all I had to do was simply
deny the accusation and they finally left me alone. Apart from that
encounter I never had anyone ever question what I was doing because
no one knew what I was doing. I was in essence an invisible crow
shooter..............the best kind. 


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