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In the UK you should probably contact the RSPCA or RSPB. I think RSCPA is probably best as they actually do welfare stuff whereas RSPB is about conservation. They should have the best knowledge of whether the bird needs to be killed and how best to do it. I presume other countries have similar charities. If you need to kill the bird yourself I think the ...


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Unless the animal had entrails spilling out or was dragging its paralyzed hindquarters, probably best to give it the benefit of the doubt. It might recover.


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unfortunately, you have limited choice. My suggestion is to hold the rabbit body in one hand, and the head in the other, quickly snapping the head up and backwards will break the spinal column and kill the rabbit quickly and painlessly.


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Compare a human skull to that of a deer. The human skull is dominated by the brain, so a shot to the head is likely to penetrate the cranium and brain. On the other hand, a deer brain is very small compared to the skull and presents a very small target. Furthermore there are bony stuctures which might deflect away a bullet or arrow. See this picture of a ...


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The head tends to be a harder target to hit than the vital organs in the center of the body, but a penetrating hit there is more likely to take a human or animal to unconsciousness and inability immediately. That's more important to do to a human who may have a weapon that can hit you back quickly, than it is to a nearly-defenseless animal you are hunting ...


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No! Don't do this with your own hands. You can't kill him instantly without pain and without blood. If you try to break his neck, very surely you won't know the correct moves which is needed for that, and you will cause only terrible pain for him. His neck is much stronger as you would think. The surest way is if you take him to an animal ambulance and let ...


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As a rancher, I routinely have to dispatch injured birds. If you don't have a knife handy, there are two ways: Grasp the bird by the head and use a whipping motion to decapitate. The body separates from the head. Toss the head. Another way is to do pretty much the same thing and rapidly rotate the body of the bird, but with less force - this breaks the ...


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Well, urine has a strong smell, and rabbits are very sensitive to smells. Too sensitive, in fact - human urine will repel, not attract rabbits and is sometimes even suggested as a means to keep them out of gardens. Rabbit urine, on the other hand, could definitely work, there's a good chance that rabbits in the vicinity would come to inspect what strange ...


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It would probably be best to leave the task of euthanizing the animal to the professionals, unless you are absolutely certain that the animal is enduring intense pain and suffering, and has no chance of recovering. If the animal is clearly dying a slow and painful death, you can ease its suffering, but if you're uncertain or uncomfortable doing it, you'll ...


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It does apply, in some cases - it's actually a preference. For small game such as rabbits a neat little shot to the head with a high powered air rifle will kill the rabbit and save you from having to get the shot out afterwards. This is also most likely with small game that it's going to be much harder to pick out heart or lungs to aim to, the head is a ...


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You can still buy those coolers at area grocery stores. If you're headed out of San Diego (where I'm at), I could give you the names of specific locations. There are also processors that will be waiting for you at the dock (in every major sport fishing location I've seen) that will chop and paper your catch. I think you could go from there, to a grocery ...


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When I was younger, we would use a plastic garbage bag and put in the depression for your feet in the back seat. This was back in the days of rear wheel drive and drive tunnels going down the center of the car so the depression would easily hold 5 or 10 pounds of ice and 24 cans of cool beverages. The bag would keep the melt water from leaking into the car. ...


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You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Hunting dogs are trained from pups, you wouldn't necessarily confuse your dog, but you might discover that it doesn't do the best job of what you want it to do (rips your birds apart while retrieving them, isn't fast enough to catch rabbits and foxes, leads you to a steaming pile of poop instead of following a blood ...


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You shouldn't shoot steel shot through a shotgun barrel that isn't designed for it. Steel shot builds higher pressure than lead and could seriously damage both your gun and your face if the manufacturer didn't design for it. This kind of warning will be written on any box of steel shot ammunition you buy. You say "by law I can only fire steel shot", but is ...


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TL;DR Know the season Know when and where hunting is allowed Know the time hunters are most active Make some noise Most important: wear the right colours Answer Good question! Staying safe from hunters is rather the same thing in every country and doesn't apply to hiking or bird-watching only. However, I've added France related information whenever ...


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When I used to go hunting with my brother he used to kill injured rabbits using a pulling motion, I asked him about it today, it's called chinning! I Googled it and found this (http://www.how-to-hunt-rabbit.com/killing-rabbit.html) Simply hold the rabbits back legs (in your strong hand) and place your other hand around the rabbit’s neck. Press your ...


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If you don't already have the tools, skills and knowledge to complete the task of quickly dispatching a wild animal, then you should not attempt it. As mentioned in some of the existing answers, it may be against the law and it is a task that can easily go wrong. Not mentioned in any of the existing answers is the risk to you personally. Rabbits (and ...


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Go to the local supermarket butcher, ask if he has any shipping styrofoam coolers from incoming meat suppliers. Same as the cheapo ones, but Much more sturdy.


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Chances are you'll be doing a lot more tracking. Blunt tips are for very small game, intended to knock they prey out cold or cause death by blunt trauma. Hunting tips are intended to increase depth of penetration as well as doing continuous damage to the vital organs once full penetration has occurred. Hunting tips will almost always penetrate deeper than ...


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I can't find any immediate answer regarding rabbits in the mountains, but I was able to find a "mountain goat action plan" from the National Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/management/upload/Mountain-Goat-ACTION-PLAN_2011_Final.pdf Of particular note is that the mountain goats have become nuisances, and will stamp and lick human urine ...


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I was told the following by an old chicken-farmer when I was young: 'humane' is our (humans) notion/idea of the least amount of pain/stress/fear (which we believe takes place in the brains). He believed that the brain in decapitated heads (and broken necks) remain operational for about 30 seconds (probably based on well known guillotine stories where the ...


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If it were a wild bird, I would call the nearest wildlife rehabilitator for instructions. Sometimes a bird can be saved, or at least they will gain information about what is going on with the local populations, which is valuable not just for them, but for others who may use their data. Scientists and government are increasingly finding that wildlife ...


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A headshot is a high percentage HIT if done perfectly, but it is not a high percentage SHOT to do perfectly. The brain (which is the actual intended target) is a small target, a miss of the exact target leads to a very ineffective alternate hit, it moves more, and it is more armored (which on glancing shots can increase the chance of ricochet, this is ...


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If your reason for not wanting camo is that you want to be obvious (maybe to other hunters so you don't get shot) then you can always flash a backpack with reflective material, or use a hi vis pack cover such as those recommended for cyclists. Home-modding a rucksack to incorporate the barrel ties and stock pocket probably wouldn't take you too long if you ...


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In situations like that, I wring the neck. Just grab the bird's head and twist it around and around. The skull will detach from the spinal column and kill the bird quickly. You have to actually kill the animal with your bare hands, but that's better than letting it suffer.


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Decapitation. Cut the head with a cleaver, machete or axe. It is gruesome, and the body will flap (so I suggest you tie the legs and wings). But the bird will almost instantly die. Check your local laws if the bird is endangered or protected. You do not want to be on the wrong side of the law when trying to be humane.


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This question arises basically for one reason. Movies are wrong. Any cop or soldier (even snipers) are trained to shoot center of mass. This is because it's far easier to hit, and still highly lethal. The head is a relatively fast moving, and smaller target. The skull also provides much more armour than the ribcage. As well demonstrated by @mikeagg the ...


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Other than the stated back to nature (if you can count it as that as most hunters use compounds) it is generally considered both quiter and cheaper. It is a lot cheaper to buy a bow and arrows than a silenced rifle. Especially as, if you are lucky, you can reuse arrows. It is down to preference however, as to what a person wishes to use.


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The outcome in the use of the set up you speak of, will also greatly depend on the size of the game you are considering hunting. On small game a field tip will penetrate, and in most instances, pin the game to the ground unless shooting at extreme angles. While this would work to harvest a smaller animal, I would definitely not recommend it on any size game. ...


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I would have tried picking it up and taking it to a wildlife rehabilitator (WR), if I had had something to wrap it up and carry it in (e.g., sweater)because we have quite a few WRs in my local area of the US. Are there wildlife rehabilitators in your area of the UK? Last year we trapped and took an orphaned raccoon (it was ferociously defending its ...



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