The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old March 19, 2000, 07:34 PM   #1
DOCSpanky
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 21, 1999
Location: Ashland City, TN
Posts: 779
You have just taken what you thought was a great shot, but it turns out when you approach your small game, (i.e. squirrel, rabbit) that you have inflicted although a mortal wound, one that the animal is going to suffer from for a while. Lacking experience, and having only hunted 1 small game season so far, what is the most efficient way to end suffering? Is it to simply step back and shoot it again or is there a more preferred method? We must always strive to make every shot kill instantly, but this is not always the case, need input. Thanks

------------------
I thought I'd seen it all, until a 22WMR spun a bunny 2 1/4 times in the air!
DOCSpanky is offline  
Old March 19, 2000, 08:57 PM   #2
slymule
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 2, 2000
Location: Grand Junction, CO. USA
Posts: 113
DOCSpanky, I have two methods I use to dispatch wounded game. My preferred method is to leap on its back with my Bowie knife and stab it repeatedly in the chest until it expires!!! But watch it - some of those little rascals have alot of fight in them. If it looks like it might be an especially tough scrappy one, well then I whip out my .44 mag and aim for a head shot before they get a chance to charge. BE CAREFUL !!! I've had em leap off the ground near 5' when going for my throat before.
slymule is offline  
Old March 19, 2000, 10:04 PM   #3
Al Thompson
Staff Alumnus
 
Join Date: May 2, 1999
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 3,603
Doc, I usually opt for the head shot. Be careful - getting bit is not a fun thing.

Giz
Al Thompson is offline  
Old March 19, 2000, 11:47 PM   #4
Art Eatman
Staff Lead
 
Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
Posts: 22,458
Small game? Grab it (carefully) and wring its neck. That's about as quick as it gets.

It's a lot quicker than the strangling choke-hold of a cat.

Really.

Art
Art Eatman is offline  
Old March 20, 2000, 12:58 AM   #5
slymule
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 2, 2000
Location: Grand Junction, CO. USA
Posts: 113
Well, since nobody besides myself is gonna have any fun with DOCSpanky...I may as well give a proper answer. For feathered critters - I wring they're necks. For rabbits - I pick them up by both back legs and deliver a hard Karote chop to the back of their neck. If I can't get ahold of both back legs I simply step with my boot heel on the back of the neck and shove down on it breaking their neck. I use the same method (heel stomp) on squirrels. I've tried alot of other methods but none are as quick or as reliable every time. Art - can you give us more detail on the "strangling choke hold" of a cat? Was wondering if that was a one man or two man operation.
slymule is offline  
Old March 20, 2000, 01:11 AM   #6
gunmart
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 2, 2000
Posts: 551
slymule you still have me laughing.heheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheh
gunmart is offline  
Old March 20, 2000, 12:44 PM   #7
Art Eatman
Staff Lead
 
Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
Posts: 22,458
Slymule, strangling a cat CAN be a one-man job but: Ya gotta be quick! Real quick!

To get half-serious for a minute, mountain lions generally jump a deer, knock it down, and go for a mouthful of throat. Most other cats do the same sort of thing...And it ain't real quick.

, Art
Art Eatman is offline  
Old March 20, 2000, 01:05 PM   #8
Long Path
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 31, 1999
Location: N. Texas
Posts: 5,888
Meaning, of course, that Art considers it ill-advised to drop to all fours and grip your prey by the throat with your teeth, strangling it to death for 10 minutes.

Small game often means .22. If they're still mobile, I plug 'em again, head shot. If not mobile, the above methods of breaking their necks are advisable. As I just don't plan on getting bit again, I'm all for the heel-to-the-neck method, unless the ground is unduly soft. Then one may need to use a tool (long hunting knife works) to strike the neck. I have been known to dispatch small pests shot at night in a semi-rural area with a blow to the back of the head with the hard buttplate of my .22 rifle. This was to reduce noise, and was done with an open bolt and an empty chamber.

Regards,
Matt/L.P.
Long Path is offline  
Old March 20, 2000, 03:35 PM   #9
dZ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 31, 1999
Location: Exiled, Fetid Swamp, DC
Posts: 7,548
dad always pulls out the swiss army knife and thumps em on the back of the head

dZ
dZ is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07180 seconds with 7 queries