Nate Dean: The Best Offseason Wing-Shooting Practice? Crows!

Nate Dean, 17, lives in Eau Claire, Wis., and is a member of the Generation Wild Jr. Pro Staff.

My buddy Lucas and I recently went hunting for something we think is a blast to hunt, but others just look at us with a weird face and say, "What? Crow hunting!"

Yep. That's right. Crowing hunting!

We headed out on a perfect February morning in the country side of Wisconsin. The sun was just starting to come up over the horizon, and the crows were flying all other the place. We knew that we needed to have our Benelli shotguns locked, cocked, and ready to rock when we arrived.

We got to our spot where we were going to set up, turned the call on and...nothing. We turned and looked at each other, confused. Why aren't these crow flying all over us? we were both thinking. Well, after 15 minutes in that spot with only a few crows flying way out and no luck bringing them down, we moved to a different setup and that one worked much better.

We turned the call on and within three minutes we had 20 crows coming from behind us, flying right over our heads. Lucas couldn't shoot, because I was trying to get them on film, but I'll tell you right now it is like impossible to film crows in flight. So after trying to get one on film for him to shoot, I finally just told him to shoot--but his first shot was a miss. We kept on hunting all morning with groups of crows coming in every five or 10 minutes.

It was a very fun day filled with a lot of wing-shooting practice, and definitely filled with a lot of misses for me. I encourage anyone who hunts waterfowl or other birds to go hunt crows in the off season. It's a very good way to practice, instead of always shooting orange clay pigeons.

Besides, who doesn't want to get rid of a few crows?