I have not made as much of a study of this crow/turkey thing as some of y'all.
Being a shaman and all that, I'm used to having spirit messengers in my life. It was funny, back in 2002, we had the state wildlife biologist out to look at the place. I was taking him around the back of the property and he suddenly stopped and pointed to a tree.
"Look!" he said. "There's a hawk!"
"Oh him." I said. "Don't pay any attention to him. We're not talking to each other these days." I'm sure he thought I was nuts. However, that particular hawk, had been following me around the farm everywhere I went. When we first met, I'd called to him and I guess I'd piqued his curiosity. I'd call and he'd call back. Then one day he got tired of the game or honked off at what I'd said to him and started flying off whenever I'd call to him, only to follow me at a distance. I figured that if I ignored him, he might continue to follow me, and he had.
The point is birds can have funny ways about them, and crows especially. It is my belief that crows have the rudiments of culture. That is, there are behavior patterns in crows that will persist in an area for many generations, but you won't see that behavior anywhere else. They're quite intelligent.
I have never hunted the crows on my farm, and over the years they have come to recognize that we're not a danger to them. There are two games the crows play around our farm. One is "I found the hunter!" Early in the morning, if I am out in my turkey blind or up in a tree stand, a crow will come by and sit on a limb and call boisterously to the others and then take off. There will be a few others that come by and fly over, as though they're checking on the first's claim, but then I am pretty much left alone. It's funny, but now that Moose has come of age and hunts on his own, I can usually tell where he is just from the crows. They pinpoint his stand some mornings as good as a GPS.
The other game is "Here come the turkeys!" This one requires several crows to play. This usually happens after a round of "I found the hunter!" Basically a flock of turkeys will break cover and come out into the field to feed. As soon as they do, several crows will sound off as if they're announcing the arrival of the turkeys. The crows are all located in about the same spot, so it appears they have gathered in anticipation of the event.
I've wondered if the two games are sort of linked. What I mean is these crows seem intent on finding me and then announcing the turkeys. Do they see the possibilities? Could they be warning me? The turkeys? I'm not sure. What I do know is the "Here come the turkeys!" calling pattern is kind of unique. It is not something you hear quite the same way under any other circumstance. It always comes from the general direction of where turkeys have roosted and flown down and it always precedes turkeys showing up in a pasture.