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Starling Hunting #6696526
12/17/19 04:53 PM
12/17/19 04:53 PM
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So. IL
pintail_drake04 Offline OP
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Hey Gents,

A few weeks ago, I made a post about hunting starlings. It didn't get much attention. I wanted to do an update. I got tired of not being able to go hunting because of my 1yr old daughter, but I still had that drive to go shoot something. I decided to carve some starling decoys and see how well they would work. I have been impressed with the results this far. This was my 1st attempt of carving and painting, but I don't think the birds cared much.

foam body mostly shaped out
[Linked Image]

2 restle coats of saw dust and Titebond 3. painted UV black. I then added mallard green, and iridescent purple
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my decoy spread and some of my first starlings over my dekes.
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Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696543
12/17/19 05:09 PM
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Maine
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Maine
Nice

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696571
12/17/19 05:39 PM
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Real nice!
We used to hunt starlings as kids. It's great practice.


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Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696573
12/17/19 05:40 PM
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Thats neat and I'm sure using your own decoys made it more satisfying.


It is what it is.
Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696579
12/17/19 05:47 PM
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Good deal. Keep at it!

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696588
12/17/19 05:54 PM
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They are also susceptible to starling distress calls.

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696699
12/17/19 07:27 PM
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Got 18 with one shot once when I was a kid.


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Re: Starling Hunting [Re: DuxDawg] #6696702
12/17/19 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by DuxDawg
Real nice!
We used to hunt starlings as kids. It's great practice.

We used to do it too; with muzzle loading shotguns, lots of fun.


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Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696728
12/17/19 07:47 PM
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Thats really Awesome


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Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696747
12/17/19 07:58 PM
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There is a market for starling skins selling to fly tiers. Check eBay.

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696759
12/17/19 08:05 PM
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One of my first paying gigs as a nuisance trapper. My neighbor would give me a nickel for each one I shot off his martin gourds when I was a kid.

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6696943
12/17/19 10:07 PM
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On the Sugar River, Wisconsin
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If I had a dime for every starling I killed as a kid, I wouldnt be spending my evenings on here talking about it


If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough
Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6697023
12/17/19 11:06 PM
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Hunted them when we planted our sweet corn.

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: ] #6697095
12/18/19 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by akroper
There is a market for starling skins selling to fly tiers. Check eBay.

You aint kidding, I had to go look, and there were about as many sold listings as for sale lisitngs.


Your entitled to oxygen. Everything else is earned.
Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6697398
12/18/19 10:33 AM
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Nice job!

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6697418
12/18/19 10:49 AM
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Starling hunting sure can be fun! Love the decoys as well!


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Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6697438
12/18/19 11:04 AM
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Silly question but, can you eat them? Are they any good? I have a mess of starlings that get into my chicken coop and decimate my feed. I normally wait till they fly in the coop then block off the doors and then I go inside and do some up close messy work. However, if this works really well and you can eat them I might start hunting them with my kids.

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Re: Starling Hunting [Re: pintail_drake04] #6697452
12/18/19 11:19 AM
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I've been wanting a smooth bore pump 22 for bird shooting but they are too pricy for me. What are y'all using for starlings?

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: TurkeyWrangler] #6697464
12/18/19 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by TurkeyWrangler
I've been wanting a smooth bore pump 22 for bird shooting but they are too pricy for me. What are y'all using for starlings?


.22 pistol, they dont spin the shot as bad as the rifles do. Still only good for close range such as in the shed. Outdoors put a pile of chicken feed in a straight line and sit on one end with a 12 gauge, if you can reload shot shells fill a 3.5" with 7.5 bird shot, if you get a big flock feeding and shoot them with that you will have an idea of what it used to be like to shoot ducks with a punt gun.

Re: Starling Hunting [Re: warrior] #6697498
12/18/19 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by warrior
One of my first paying gigs as a nuisance trapper. My neighbor would give me a nickel for each one I shot off his martin gourds when I was a kid.


They are bullies. I bought a marten house with starling guards. They can't get in, but the martens can.


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