ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A group of more than 75 people banded together Saturday and Sunday for the rather unlikely cause of crow hunting. What started off as a way to fend off the pesky birds from Mayo Clinic's downtown Rochester campuses has become a fun sport for all.
"They're a hard bird to shoot," said Kelly Ohm, an organizer of the event.
Ohm is an able hunter, but he says it takes a very skilled shooter to take down this game.
"They're really smart," says Ohm. "I mean, they're hard to shoot, they can take some lead."
The hunt is not just fun and games. Even the most seasoned shooters prepare for a long wild crow chase.
"We spent all day from sunrise until sunset yesterday, and 'til about noon today" said one hunter, David Cook.
Sunday marked the culmination of the third annual crow hunt in Rochester--an event organized in an effort to cut back the population, which has been a horrible nuisance in the city's recent past.
"Me and my business partner Josh, and my brother Kelly, kind of started it due to the crow problem downtown for Mayo, and our wives work at Mayo so, their vehicles are always parked down there getting feces all over them," said event organizer Scott Ohm.
Back in 2012, the city hired USDA officials to scare off the thousands of feathered pests downtown. The hunt has joined that crusade, however, hunters have to remain outside the city.
"We're outside the city limits and all around smaller towns and so forth," said Scott.
Participants doubt they have made a dent in the city's crow problem, but the annual crow hunt has killed more than 700 birds since it began three years ago.
"Last year it was 401 and the previous year, the first year was 180," said Scott Ohm.
241 birds were killed this year, and organizers say the event isn't going away any time soon.
Hunters were rewarded with cash, trophies and prizes for their hard work.
They hope to continue the event next year, perhaps as a single-day hunt.
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