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Xtreme Whitetails hope to curb crow problem with hunting

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- For the second year in a row, a group of avid hunters are looking to put their skills to use in order to help cure Rochester of the problems involving crows.

Pesky seems to be the right word to describe them. The issues with these crows seems to never go away no matter what option is utilized.

These crows just seem to always find themselves in a world of trouble.

"Well, we've tried over the years many ways to take care of that poop problem downtown," explains Marty Stubstad. "I've seen pictures of cars that have actually been destroyed, the paint damage on the cars. It's time to get serious about this problem."

Even after every other attempt to cure downtown of the white mess, they keep on coming back.

"Even just the other day, I was downtown by the Baldwin Building and it was absolutely incredible in the morning, the amount of noise and the amount of crows that are there," says Stubstad. "They're doing damage, they're a public nuisance."

Xtreme Whitetails are trying to do their part for the second year by organizing a crow hunt, an event that had a very successful inaugural season.

"Last year, we took 180 birds," says Scott Ohm, "and this year we are shooting for 5,000."

Their realistic number for the group is around 200, but the amount of crows brought in will not be their biggest problem.

It is the critics.

"Yeah, we had quite a few people comment on our Facebook page and saying negative things toward it," Ohm explains, "and we're hoping to turn that around."

As they have seen many other options fail to solve the problem, the group is confident their idea is most effective.

"We've tried chasing them away, scaring them away," says Stubstad, "but really the most effective way is to actually kill the bird, to shoot the bird."

So as the group gears up for their second crow hunt, they are prepared to face the negatives that come with it.

The hunt itself is on March 2nd and 3rd on all legal land in Minnesota. There is no permit needed to hunt crow, but you do need to go through hunters safety training.

As effective as hunting can be, this will not be the last attempt at ridding Rochester of those noisy nuisances.

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