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Crow hunting competition

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- For months we've been talking about the crows invading downtown Rochester and leaving behind a filthy mess. So, in hopes of helping rid the pesky problem, especially for their wives who work at Mayo, some avid outdoors men held a crow-hunting tournament last weekend.

X-Treme Whitetail's Minnesota and Archery Headquarters headed up last weekend's hunt. More than 17 teams from across the area took part, killing 180 crows, on the outskirts of Rochester's city limits. Throughout the year, hunters can legally kill crows during two seasons, one in March, and another mid-to late summer. From pellet guns and .22 rifles, to a bow and arrow, any technique works when you're going in for the kill.

"They're pretty tricky. They're smart birds. We use electronic callers, there are mouth calls, decoys to get them in. Once you get them in you got a real small opportunity before they're taking off," explained Josh Axley, a hunter.

After any good hunt, it's a given the meat will be prepared for a meal. Well, in the case of crow hunting it's no different

"So, here we are in Marty's kitchen. We're going to actually try this. What I'm doing, just like I do with Ducks and Geese is I'm soaking and marinating them in milk for three days and then I'll put some barbeque sauce on them and throw them on the grill," stated Marty Stubstad, with Archery Headquarters.

Marty told us he has never eaten crow before, but it's supposed to taste like other wild game birds. 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The boys say they hope to hold another crow hunting competition soon. Anyone can join, a hunting license is not required

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