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#3664069 - 05/06/14 01:34 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: PalsPal]
go_okfishin
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Registered: 12/14/03
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I don't step on heads either but like the stories above ya never know. I shot a bird last year and he did the usual crumple,flopped around for a minute and then got still. I turned my back and went to picking up my gear. I started toward where he was and he was gone. I looked for an hour in every brushpile and hole I could find and never found him. I don't take my eyes off of them anymore after the shot.

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#3664084 - 05/06/14 01:50 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: PalsPal]
Setterman
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Oh don't get me wrong I've had to shoot several twice, beat one to death with a limb, slice their throats with a knife etc etc. crazy stuff happens from time to time but the vast majority are dead and don't need any neck stepping
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#3664087 - 05/06/14 01:52 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: go_okfishin]
woodsman87
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Registered: 09/27/12
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I don't step on their head unless their eyes are still open when I walk up to them. Flopping or not makes no difference to me. I usually shoot, they flop, then quit flopping, then I pick them up and I leave. Usually if you hit them in the head and neck, they are going to flop.

If you hit them low or more in the body (by accident, please dont think I body shoot them on purpose nor am I advocating it), it may drop them and they not flop, you walk up to him, eyes open, breathing and panting hard, I step on their head as hard as I can with the heel of my boot. It crushes their head, and they flop.

You can also step on their neck and suffocate them if they are not already dead.

Most of the times though, they are dead when you shoot them in the head.

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#3664091 - 05/06/14 01:59 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: woodsman87]
woodsman87
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I think the running to them and stepping on their head started back in the day of people using just regular six shot with whatever shotgun they had. Too many birds where stunned therefore they had to run to them quickly and step on the head to finish it.

I have shot at a gobbler before, was way too far I might add, that just kinda fell down, and looked around and flopped a little, then started to try to fly and ran around in circles. I caught him and stepped on his head to finish him off.

If you got them in range, and hit them with several pellets and break the neck and/or put some in his brain he aint going no where. But if it is too far and say one pellet hits his head but doesn't get the brain then it is almost just like punching somebody in the head hard enough it knocks them dizzy.

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#3664106 - 05/06/14 02:20 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: Setterman]
Thicketmaster
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Registered: 11/27/06
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: Thicketmaster
Don't step on the head step on the neck don't stomp just stand on him what your doing is suffocating him if hes not already dead put all your weight on him and stand there till hes gone a lot safers than choking him or grabbing him by his legs!


You're not suffocating a turkey with your foot. That's basically impossible


Setterman you don't think you can kill a turkey by standing on his throat? A 200 pound man standing on even a big turkey will kill him in a few minutes even if you had just knocked him out with the shot! He cannot breath with you standing on him. i usally put both my feet on him. You do what you want but when I shoot one I run over and stand on them till there gone if you don't your going to have one get away one day!
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#3664109 - 05/06/14 02:30 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: Thicketmaster]
BC
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Registered: 02/24/14
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So are we talking about stepping on the head? Or stomping on the head?


I will put my boot on ones head until he expires. For those of you who are stomping on ones head you are eventually going to wind up with a beak through the bottom of your foot.
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#3664115 - 05/06/14 02:41 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: Tennessee Lead]
SX3Mike
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Registered: 05/27/13
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Nitro H517 and a Rhino choke and they are 9 times out of 10 dead before they hit the ground.. In all honesty, I let them get inside of 40 yards before I shoot so there is not a need to step or stomp them. Got a pretty good scar on my left hand from trying to grab one "before the chicken in him came out". I learned after that to let nature work its course..
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#3664120 - 05/06/14 02:45 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: Thicketmaster]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: Thicketmaster
 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: Thicketmaster
Don't step on the head step on the neck don't stomp just stand on him what your doing is suffocating him if hes not already dead put all your weight on him and stand there till hes gone a lot safers than choking him or grabbing him by his legs!


You're not suffocating a turkey with your foot. That's basically impossible


Setterman you don't think you can kill a turkey by standing on his throat? A 200 pound man standing on even a big turkey will kill him in a few minutes even if you had just knocked him out with the shot! He cannot breath with you standing on him. i usally put both my feet on him. You do what you want but when I shoot one I run over and stand on them till there gone if you don't your going to have one get away one day!


By all means do whatever works for you.

Unfortunately I ended up trying to strangle one on my youth, using both my hands and squeezing as hard as humanly possible I could not collapse his airway, it always slipped to the side and out my grip. Ended up cutting its throat with a knife to finish it off.

My point is, if there is one \:D is that you are more likely cutting off the blood flow to his brain or he's just dying as a result of the shot and not suffocating as their airway is pretty "shifty" and it's hard to get it to collapse and stay collapsed.

By the way sorry for the unethical turkey death snippets, I don't like the fact they happened but you do this long enough and shoot at enough crazy stuff happens, and I'm not proud of anything other than a clean kill which thankfully is what occurs the majority of the time.

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#3664126 - 05/06/14 02:52 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: Setterman]
Trapper John
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Registered: 03/13/99
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If they're still eyeballing me when I get up to them, I step on the neck and use my pocket knife. One quick jab at the back of the head. Seems quicker that way.
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#3664133 - 05/06/14 03:02 PM Re: Stepping on the head? [Re: Trapper John]
TheRealSpurhunter
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I stopped grabbing them by the legs and or stomping, stepping or stretching years ago.

Shoot, approach the bird, grab him by the neck, and hold your arm out 90* till he expires and the life leaves him. I though the guy telling me this was a loon, till I tried it. You get way less kicking, trashing, wing beating and you never get spured. Every now and then you will get one that will get his toes up to your hand, but he cant pry you off unless your a candy-man. LOL
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