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Best way to dispatch a wounded bird?

Old 03-28-2007, 08:27 AM
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Default Best way to dispatch a wounded bird?

I plan on hunting with a bow and because I am not planning on trying any head shots I can see where there could be the possibility of a hit that would allow for a good retrieve but with the bird still alive. Any recommendations on how to put it down cleanley and humanely?
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Old 03-28-2007, 08:34 AM
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Well, I don't know how clean and humane it is...but I bust me a$$ after the bird after the shot and step of his head until he dies. I don't know.
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Old 03-28-2007, 08:44 AM
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Yeah I usually squash his brains if he's still squirmin'.
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:02 AM
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I usually step on his neck and make sure the spurs are not gonna nail me, and then lift it by the head, and give the neck a good twist
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:14 AM
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I usually step on his neck and make sure the spurs are not gonna nail me, and then lift it by the head, and give the neck a good twist
Same here, thats what I do when a bird is flopping even if I cut him with the scattergun. I don't imagine that when I stick one I will do things much differently.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:25 AM
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Last year I just gripped my turkey by the head and firmly pulled. It separated the vertebrae and stretched the spinal cord (something like that). According to my prof at the time, this is the standard method of humanely killing chickens, ducks, and other poultry.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:09 PM
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I'd say let the bird die on it's own... I'm figuring that if you hit it good enough to let you run up and grab it's neck then it's prob not long for the world anyhow...
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:08 PM
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I'm not so sure Mr Longbeard, my 1st bird last year was a tom dropped at 35yrds, I casually left the blind and walked up to the kicking bird. He kept kicking so I lit a celebratory cigarette and waited, at the end of my smoke he was still kicking, then started to flop away, then gained his feet. I hit him again at 10yrds and pretty much took his head off, I wish I had just finished him when I 1st got there.
Waterfowl I just grasp the head and spin the body around, don't think that a good idea with a turkey, I agree that stepping on base of neck and pulling on head would be effective.
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:10 PM
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i give the turkey 30-40 seconds to expire on its own. if you put a vital hit on the turkey it will expire less than 30 seconds. if worst comes to worse grab the turkey's 2 legs in your left hand then use your right knee to pin down the flapping wings, flip out your knife and slit its throat. that is the fastest most humane way to kill a wounded turkey.
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all im using this year is a bow. have fun trying to draw back on them!!!
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:37 PM
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If you don't want to mess up the feathers just push down on his wings with your arms.Lay your body over him reach over pull one of your arms out and twist his neck.That way feathers don't fly everywhere.
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