Rip Van Winkle’s Crow Killing Contest

10,000 Birds

The “Crow Down” is a “hunting contest” where both adults and children slaughter as many crows as they possibly can in two days. On the website he reminisces fondly about his “best hunt,” where he killed 3,125 crows in 9 days, bringing to mind the days when people slaughtered seemingly endless flocks of passenger pigeons and herds of buffalo. The poster for this event shows a dozen cartoon birds on their backs, feet in the air, and trumpets the headline, “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”.

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