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Question Reflecting back great horned owls, hawks, blue jays were acceptable targets

I remember back in 1962 when birds of prey were legal to shoot. Even hunting magazine showed people shooting buzzards. What kid didn't take a shot at a noisey Blue Jay.
I remember picking one off 45 yards high when I was 12 years old.
Now we can shoot English Sparrow and Starlings. Even these vermin do eat insects thst destroy crops.
I even think Chipmunks could be shot then too?
Just want to give the older hunters a flashback.
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Yes, it was common that people shot raptors back in the day, but I don't believe it was legal. To the best of my knowledge, raptors have been protected since 1918 by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Bluejays are not included in that act but are protected in Pa as non-game species, as are Chipmunks. English Sparrows and Starlings are not protected because they are non-native and considered pests.
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loridr, if my memory serves me, I think the PGC was paying bounties on red fox and great horned owl's up until the mid to late fifty's. And possibly later.

Other readers may have a more precise date when the agency stop paying bounties and hopefully would post those dates.

In 61, I had a captive great horned owl. He/she taught me a lot about what owls eat and when.

It was a great experience.

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loridr, if my memory serves me, I think the PGC was paying bounties on red fox and great horned owl's up until the mid to late fifty's. And possibly later.

Other readers may have a more precise date when the agency stop paying bounties and hopefully would post those dates.

In 61, I had a captive great horned owl. He/she taught me a lot about what owls eat and when.

It was a great experience.

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yep into the 60's. I think it was either $2 or $ 4 dollars.
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I do remember it was legal back then 60s to shoot Bluejays. I think Kingfishers too?????
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Foxes were a $4.00 bounty. Great horned owls were $5.00. Big waste of money, when they finally figured out they were paying bounties on birds and animals that were killed in others stated they stopped paying bounties. I like it better now when you can't kill a bird just because it flies by and presents its self as a target.
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I used to go with my grandfather when he tended pole traps for hawks and owls. They were very effective at catching birds of prey.
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Yes, it was common that people shot raptors back in the day, but I don't believe it was legal. To the best of my knowledge, raptors have been protected since 1918 by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Bluejays are not included in that act but are protected in Pa as non-game species, as are Chipmunks. English Sparrows and Starlings are not protected because they are non-native and considered pests.
I don't think raptors were added to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act until much later. 1972 comes to mind?
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Yep, bald eagles were protected in 1940 under the Bald eagle protection act, shortly followed by the golden eagle.

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