@Hutterite,In Montana, that philosophy is called the three 'S's.
It also involves a shovel.
There is a philosophy, part of which involves 'shovel' which can
assist landowners in the removal of pest species like crows and magpies from
their property. And they are not 'cute'; they're prolific pests
no cull will eradicate. But it does help, at least in my spruce trees.
The problem is that hundreds of nuisance species - including magpies - are
federally protected under the US Migratory Bird treaty with Mexico. Do a web
search, and you won't believe all the species that are covered.
I have heard maybe 60 to 70 years ago The State of Utah paid hunters 25 cents
for each dead magpie they brought in. We seem to have a lot of aggressive
magpies in our Salt Lake Neighborhood stealing eggs from other birds. I even
saw 2 of them kill a full grown robin. I would not mind seeing the magpies
reduced. They are beautiful birds, but not real nice to the others. I would
love to hear a few comments on this.
This is great news! Try making cream of crow soup. It is delicious, kinda
tastes like boiled owl.Also a dozen roasted crows at Thanksgiving time
rivals a roasted turkey any day. Plus you get twelve wishbones, one for each
child in the family.