Dynamiting the Crows!
Ed DeRegibus

Keswick, VA

#1 Feb 11, 2009
I have been working on a rough idea for a story which I call Dynamiting the Crows! This actually happened in either the late 50's or early 60's and was announced by Porter Richardson on the morning show on radio KVMC. A field was exploded as a way to deter the crows that had reached plague proportions that year. The explosion was followed by men with shotguns and boys with baseball bats.I think this all occurred on a Saturday.
Does anyone remember this?????Please leave a post and I will check back.Thanks.
Linda

Sweetwater, TX

#2 Feb 12, 2009
Hi Eddie, Jim has a story in one of his books about the "crow" hunt...Joe Weaver and a few others gave him the story about trying to get rid of the many crows that were in the county...you
really need to call Jim sometime when you have time, as I told you when we talked, you would love the visit about the history..
Ed DeRegibus

Keswick, VA

#3 Feb 13, 2009
Caw,Caw,Boom. Porter Richardson’s cheery voice rang out announcing radio KVMC’s morning news. He was soliciting participation in an event in which we would “Dynamite the Crows”. The crows had been unusually prevalent this year. All over town you could see them sitting on everything, looking like darker versions of the cotton that hung off telephone lines around cotton ginning season, so the town had come up with a unique solution.
An area around town would be baited with corn and rigged with dynamite and at a prearranged time the area would be exploded, when the dust settled, manly participants would walk through the area with shot-guns. The men would be followed by boys with baseball bats to finish off any survivors. At the end of the day congratulations were given all around. Joe Weaver was awarded a prize for managing to kill a rare albino crow. No prisoners were taken and to the best of my knowledge no one was injured; except the crows. So overall a good day, a plague of biblical proportions had been averted!(A work in progress)

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