Grackle Whakin

Forums Hunting Grackle Whakin

  • Views : 380
  • Link

    lonegunman
    Participant
    Member

    I know we got a few native bird lovers here.  I see them alot  of grackles in my yard, I kinda like thier iridescent black and striking eyes however I got a bad feeling about them here and thats what happening.  Im sure like any birds if you shoot one or two and most of them stay away.  I just dont know if they are peaceful or abusive like starlings and HOSPS.  any feedback?

    Link

    Dcorvino
    Participant
    Member

    Hi 

    I believe Grackles might be protected under the migratory bird act. You might want to look into that to be on the safe side. 

    Link

    hawkeye69
    Participant
    Member

    Grackles and starlings will nest near people and can be an issue especially in June when they have young. Red-winged blackbirds, cowbirds, and grackles are all native species protected under the International Migratory Bird Act, so it is illegal to poison, deliberately harm, or kill them.

     

    Link

    markT
    Participant
    Member

    Bob_O???? Your turn…….

    Link

    CurlyWoods
    Participant
    Member

    From Texas Dept Wildlife web site:

    Wild Birds: All wild birds that migrate through or are indigenous to Texas, along with their plumage or other parts, eggs, nests and young are protected from harming, killing and/or possession by state and federal law except that European starlings, English sparrows, and feral pigeons may be killed at any time and their nests and eggs may be destroyed. A permit is not required to control grackles; cowbirds; yellow-headed, red-winged, rusty or Brewer's blackbirds; crows or magpies when these birds are considered a nuisance or causing a public health hazard. No birds may be controlled by any means considered illegal by local city or county ordinance.

    https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/rehab/protected/

    Link

    grackleblast
    Participant
    Member

    They lose their federal protection when they invade my feeders in large numbers and empty them out in minutes. The smart ones have figured out that my yard is a "no fly zone" to them.

    Link

    AirNGasman
    Participant
    Member

    In Texas, grackles proliferate and thrive in nuisance numbers in areas of "civilization" proliferated by equally high slob-human populations that discard their fast-food garbage in mall parking lots. Near sunset, tens of thousands of grackles show their appreciation of fried chicken, burgers and fries by littering the ground, SUVs, and slob-humans themselves with toxic waste. This symbiotic relationship between slob-birds and slob-humans is quite a beautiful thing to behold… for this country boy!

     
    Link

    lonegunman
    Participant
    Member

    Thats what i needed to know Grakle. I guess they are like crows and learn real fast.I like that name btw GrakleBlast.

    Link

    Chuck-in-Ohio
    Participant
    Member

      Ohio allows you to shoot 'black birds' if they are causing depredation, or become a nuisance. You read that correctly, if they annoy you, you can shoot them. Crows are not included in that definition as they have an open and closed crow season in Ohio.

     

      Several large produce farms in the area have large shooting parties throughout the year, and the Grackles, cowbirds and starlings get thinned dramatically.

    Link

    Blackpaw
    Participant
    Member

    Interesting and I wondered, if it is a federal that supersedes pretty much every state law….with exception.  68Whiskey is shooting grackles in NY where they live, so I assume if THEY are doing it on and SHOWING it on youtube they would know the local laws.  Or do they have a special clearance to do it?

    Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming where I have done a lot of hunting for varmit has a season on crows, magpies are off limits (federally protected), but starlings, Eurasian doves, sparrows and feral pigeons pop all you want.

    Link

    Bob_O
    Participant
    Member

    I shoot grackles under the federal depredation order.  I actually have a video project on the topic.  They are a huge farm pest.  They are not a very wary bird like a starling.  

     

    Link

    ghost1066
    Participant
    Member

    Blackpaw

    Interesting and I wondered, if it is a federal that supersedes pretty much every state law….with exception.  68Whiskey is shooting grackles in NY where they live, so I assume if THEY are doing it on and SHOWING it on youtube they would know the local laws.  Or do they have a special clearance to do it?

    Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming where I have done a lot of hunting for varmit has a season on crows, magpies are off limits (federally protected), but starlings, Eurasian doves, sparrows and feral pigeons pop all you want.

    68whiskey is shooting them under a nuisance permit and states that in the videos. I have a big problem with them here but can't shoot them because the landowner would need to apply for the permit.

    Link

    Blackpaw
    Participant
    Member

    Hi @bob_o thank you for mentioning that you have such a permit and it is important.  Maybe mention such a thing in your videos, if you haven’t but in the end it is the responsibility of the shooter / hunter to know the local and federal laws that impact them and our sport.

Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.