Vermont hunting club cancels crow shoot amid criticism
WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — A Vermont hunting club has cancelled its crow shooting competition after a social media outcry.
Mark McCarthy, president of the Boonie Club in Williamstown, told the Burlington Free Press it will not be sponsoring the April 7 crow shoot, in which teams of hunters would have competed to win prizes by shooting the most crows. Critics of the shoot say they understand “hunting for food” but are against “wanton killing.”
Crow shoots are legal as long as they’re within the hunting season for crows. Scott Darling, wildlife program manager for Vermont Fish and Wildlife, says that while there is a role for crow hunting to fend off damage to crops, he does not support crow shoots like the one the club had planned.