Over a 45 year period, Bert Popowski killed nearly 90,000 crows. In 1949, he won the National Crow Shooting Championship, using a mouth call he personally designed, and by harvesting more crows than dozens of other competitors.
However, it was not Bert's shooting achievements that earned him this honor. His greatest contribution to the sport was his writing, and the sharing of his knowledge. Bert did more to promote crow hunting than anyone before or since. In a career spanning over half a century, Bert earned national acclaim by publishing at least 12 books focused on crow calling and shooting, as well as varmint and big game hunting. Many of these books are still available from a variety of sources, including www.CrowMart.com. In addition to these works, Bert also penned over 2,300 articles, many of which appeared in magazines such as Outdoor Life and American Rifleman. Several of these articles can be viewed by clicking the link below. http://www.CrowBusters.com/vintage.htm
Bert also assisted with the filming and production of "50,000 Crows Make a Movie", the first known crow shooting movie which debuted in 1947. He also published an article of the same name in Outdoors magazine, in which he reminisced about the hunt depicted in the movie. Bert reported that 527 crows were bagged on the final day of filming. The 50,000 figure is in reference to the number of crows Bert had killed at that time in his career. Sadly, it is doubtful that any copies of this movie still exist today.
In 1979, Bert graciously donated his library of work to South Dakota State University, so that future generations could continue to access his wealth of crow shooting knowledge. Bert's willingness to share knowledge and promote the sport he loved is a profoundly unique characteristic among crow shooters, as most tend to be protective of the secrets of the trade. This eagerness to help others and his pioneering spirit solidifies Bert's position as the 'Father' of crow hunting.