How to build crow decoys

Updated April 17, 2017

Crows are a rather unlikely choice of game for hunters and yet every year, thousands of crows are shot down from the skies. The ultimate goal is not to eat the crow but rather reduce their numbers due to their annoying and destructive behaviours. Crows have been known to decimate agricultural crops and greatly reduce the population of waterfowl by eating their eggs and newly hatched young. Hunters use crow decoys to attract these bothersome birds close enough so they can shoot them. While crow decoys are available for purchase, sometimes it is easier and cheaper to build your own.

Use the pencil to draw an outline of a crow on tracing paper. Cut the crow out to serve as a template to fashion your crow decoy.

Bend the triangular part of the wire hanger, following the paper crow template, keeping the hook "hanging" part intact.

Wrap the crow-shaped wire hanger with electrical tape, completely encasing it so no wire is showing and the piece looks solid black.

Straighten the hook part of the hanger. This straight wire piece will serve as a stake you can push into the ground. The appearance from long range will be that of a crow grazing. The wire piece can also be wrapped around a small tree branch to anchor the decoy to give the illusion of a crow resting in a tree.

Trace the outline of a crow onto a piece of cardboard using the crow template for creating another type of decoy.

Cut the crow out of the cardboard and then spray paint both sides of the crow cut-out black and allow it to dry.

Use the wire cutters to cut two equal pieces of wire from a wire hanger to serve as stakes.

Insert the wire pieces into the cardboard crow cut-out and then push into the ground.


When black electrical tape is not available, encase the crow-shaped wire in a black trash bag and use clear packing tape to secure it. You can also purchase inexpensive plastic dove decoys and spray paint them completely black to serve as crow decoys.


The cardboard-shaped crows will not last long, especially in inclement weather. If you plan to hunt crow in rainy weather, use the wire cut-outs instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wire clothes hangers
  • Black electrical tape
  • Cardboard
  • Black spray paint
  • Wire cutters
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