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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sparrows & Starlings

Does anyone hunt or train dogs on english sparrows and starlings. I know we have a season on them, but I've never known anyone to pursue them. I wonder about the history of this sport. Maybe I am missing out on something...
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Re: Sparrows & Starlings

season, as in "no closed"? i thought that they were an invasive species "shoot-on-sight" - no?
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Re: Sparrows & Starlings

Good question. I always wondered about that when I would read the rule book.

I know they are invasive and, starlings in particular, displace bluebirds. I guess shooting them could provide some benefit to native birds. What I don't understand is why the Game Commission would regulate an invasive non-game species.

If anyone does hunt them what do you do with them?
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Re: Sparrows & Starlings

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Good question. I always wondered about that when I would read the rule book.

I know they are invasive and, starlings in particular, displace bluebirds. I guess shooting them could provide some benefit to native birds. What I don't understand is why the Game Commission would regulate an invasive non-game species.

If anyone does hunt them what do you do with them?
I think they are ok if they weren't here. No closed season.

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Re: Sparrows & Starlings

page 21 of this years book - bottom of the page of small game - No Closed Season: English Sparrows and European Starlings. These species cannot be hunted during regular firearms antlered season and antlerless deer seasons. No limit.

knock into 'em.

and SR - people around the med sea, in europe eat songbirds - think the french and otoloran (?). if i remember correctly - i was reading about the cherry harvest in MI - and some bird, i dont remember which - was so plentiful that the immigrant families (italian i think) threy nets over the trees to catch them. i would assume you would roast whole, or breast out like doves.

i have heard that they were brought here for a shakespeare group to have all the animals mentioned in his plays, here in the us - seriously.
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Re: Sparrows & Starlings

Do you have to wear orange when you hunt them...Can I use a dog to hunt them?
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Re: Sparrows & Starlings

What I have discovered over the years is hardly anybody anymore can identify a bird.. Sad..

When I was a kid, and Dad got me my first BB gun, I had strict rules. The only birds I could shoot were Starlings and English Sparrows. Anything else was off limits. And, he taught me early on how to identify all of our native song birds.

I had a troubling incident a couple years back. My neighbor had about a five acre patch of sunflowers. He told me one day that he had invited several of his friends over to shoot the blackbirds that were eating the sunflowers. I made a comment to him I hope those guys can identify the birds before they shoot.

They had a good time that day, and nearly killed all my Purple Martins..


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year round targets of opportunity.

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Re: Sparrows & Starlings

Starlings can be fun shooting when you get a big flock of
them and they usually are in flocks. In the winter I often
shoot some on farms where they hang around and eat the left
over grain in cow manure. I used to shoot english sparrows
when I saw them when I was younger but I usually let them
go now. Other than maybe retriever training I don't think
you could train dogs on them. I know my Brittanys could
care less about them when I show them dead ones. You're not
missing out on anything jamesh, they're just nuisance birds

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