WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — Wildlife advocates in Vermont are trying to stop a competitive crow shoot event.

The Burlington Free Press reports the Vermont Wildlife Coalition recently started a petition to ask the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to ban a crow shoot sponsored by a hunting group called the Boonie Club. Hunters will try to shoot the most crows during the April 7 event.

Vermont law allows crow shoots during hunting season.

Critics of the shoot say they understand “hunting for food” but are against “wanton killing.” Some have even urged residents to boycott a Vermont shoe store called Lenny’s. The store’s co-owner, Mark McCarthy, is president of the Boonie Club.

McCarthy says Vermont farmers have always managed crows to protect crops. McCarthy says the club may eliminate prize money from the competition.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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