The goal is simple–kill as many crows as possible.
Here are the facts:
A group of crows is called a “murder.”
The mission statement of Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club, located in Palenville, NY reads as follows:
The Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club is an organization of men, women, and kids dedicated to the enjoyment & promotion of the shooting sports as well as the enjoyment of our Fish & Game resources.
On March 29-30, 2014, the Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club sponsored its fourth annual “Crow Down.”
The goal of the “Crow Down” was to kill as many crows as possible within the two day span of the event. There was no limit to the number of crows one could kill.
All legal weapons (within the State of New York) were allowed during the “Crow Down.”
Daily kill counts can average, per individual, between 100-200, depending on conditions.
Crow breast meat can be eaten. It is not reported what “Crow Down” contestants did with their kills.
A petition aimed at banning Wildlife Killing Contests has been formulated and is directed to the New York State Legislature. It seeks 24,000 signatures.
Crow hunts similar to this exist all over the United States, typically around nesting season.
The word “murder” according to Meriam Webster’s Dictionary is defined as:
Noun: Something outrageous or blameworthy
The majority of participants in crow hunts are men.
Flawed conclusions are NOT valid here, namely:
- All hunters support mass animal killings like the “Crow Down” event (some do not)
- Men are the only participants in mass animal killings (women can and do participate as well)
Do mass animal killings for sport have a place in our 21st century male culture? Or, is it okay to let boys be boys?
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