.22 in the field?

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.22 in the field?

Postby thewisteron » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:05 am

I am probably going to get blasted for making this my first post :-)

I hate killing wounded ducks. I just do. A dove is easy enough. A duck isn't so easy. I've read about all of the methods including suffocating, breaking necks, biting heads, etc.

My question is, can I take my .22 pistol into the field with me and just finish it off with a BB game load to the head? Anything wrong with that? Are .22 pistols not allowed to be carried while duck hunting? I live in Utah if that matters.

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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:18 am

Are you chitting me. As OG would say GTFO

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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby whistlin_wings » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:22 am

If that was the case I'd just use a .22 and snipe my limit off the water. If you hate it that much just cut their head off or pick up a game like tiddlywinks
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:25 am

Would you believe this isn't the first time that this question has been asked on DHC?

As for your problem, it's part of the game. You can do everything in your power to ensure a quick and humane kill but eventually you're going to find yourself in a situation where you have to dispatch a wounded animal. There are a few methods for doing it and it sounds like you have discovered some of those already. If it bothers you to the point of not being able to do it, you probably shouldn't be shooting them to begin with.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby GomerPyle » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:42 am

it's just part of it....I don't think anyone honestly enjoys it, even if some may claim they do to sound like a "badass", but it's part of it.

I don't believe in needlessly and intentionally wounding animals but I also don't believe in prolonging any "pain" they may be in. sometimes you gotta do it, so just do it the quickest and most effective (and legal) way possible. and at the end of the day, if you still feel kind of bad about it, remember that animals were put here to be food. Many people (particularly liberal nuts) want you to believe that animals are equal (or at least close to it) to people. they are not. they're animals, they're food.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby ScaupHunter » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:09 pm

Depends on where you are and what the regulations say. If your state law doesn't say anything about specific gauges of shell you are restricted to hunting with, you could use a .22 pistol with bird shot to dispatch your birds. You will have to read your regulations book to find out what is allowed where you hunt.

I strongly suspect you are not allowed to use a .22 in your state.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:12 pm

ScaupHunter wrote:Depends on where you are and what the regulations say. If your state law doesn't say anything about specific gauges of shell you are restricted to hunting with, you could use a .22 pistol with bird shot to dispatch your birds. You will have to read your regulations book to find out what is allowed where you hunt.

I strongly suspect you are not allowed to use a .22 in your state.


Even if he could. It still would be lead
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby ks_waterfowler » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:51 pm

Straight from the Utah hunting regs. Man that took like 1 minute using a yahoo search

Nontoxic shot and use of
firearms and archery tackle
50 CFR 20.21(j) and Utah Admin. Rules R657-9-8 and R657-9-9
A shotgun with nontoxic shot is the only
firearm and ammunition you may have in your
possession while hunting waterfowl or coot in
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby ScaupHunter » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:55 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:
ScaupHunter wrote:Depends on where you are and what the regulations say. If your state law doesn't say anything about specific gauges of shell you are restricted to hunting with, you could use a .22 pistol with bird shot to dispatch your birds. You will have to read your regulations book to find out what is allowed where you hunt.

I strongly suspect you are not allowed to use a .22 in your state.


Even if he could. It still would be lead


Good point.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby OGblackcloud » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:01 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Are you chitting me. As OG would say GTFO

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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby tornadochaser » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:04 pm

If you don't like wringing necks, just carry a lead sap or 4" piece of rebar and thump them on the head.

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Re: .22 in the field?

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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby OmegaRed » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:17 pm

Get a dog. Teach it a kill command.

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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:23 pm

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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby thewisteron » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:34 pm

Lot of nice people on these forums. Lot of not-so-nice people too.

Anyway, I didn't think about the lead part of it. So that answers my question.

I do like the suggestion of a 4" piece of rebar or a small club. I'll try that. Thanks! (most of you)
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby luie b » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:52 pm

thewisteron wrote:Lot of nice people on these forums. Lot of not-so-nice people too.

Anyway, I didn't think about the lead part of it. So that answers my question.

I do like the suggestion of a 4" piece of rebar or a small club. I'll try that. Thanks! (most of you)

Sounds like somebody needs a new hobby, perhaps knitting. But seriously if you can't wring the duck's neck out how are you going to be able to handle cleaning your birds?
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby thewisteron » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:56 pm

Oddly enough, cleaning doesn't bother me.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby Professor_Leakey » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:17 pm

thewisteron wrote:Lot of nice people on these forums. Lot of not-so-nice people too.

Anyway, I didn't think about the lead part of it. So that answers my question.

I do like the suggestion of a 4" piece of rebar or a small club. I'll try that. Thanks! (most of you)


i think that people have actually been taking it pretty easy on you on this one. at least so far.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby TrapperRob » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:20 pm

thewisteron wrote:I am probably going to get blasted for making this my first post :-)



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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby teddysberna » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:22 pm

Was it Rick talking about stabbing them in the brain thru their bill/ mouth or something? I remember someone talking about dispatching them that way once upon a time
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:25 pm

teddysberna wrote:Was it Rick talking about stabbing them in the brain thru their bill/ mouth or something? I remember someone talking about dispatching them that way once upon a time


Rick's method is to bend their head straight backwards until the vertebrae snaps.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:26 pm

But you're right, another way to do it is to take a pocket knife and run the blade up through the roof of their mouth and into their brain.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby thewisteron » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:51 pm

TrapperRob wrote:
thewisteron wrote:I am probably going to get blasted for making this my first post :-)



You knew what you were getting into!!!
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Yes, I did. I think the only thing that would have been worse is if I had asked everyone where are the best places to hunt :wink:
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby apexhunter » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:56 pm

Like others have said, wounded birds are simply part of any hunting be it upland or waterfowl. Go buy an inexpensive pair of crimping pliers & use a section between the crimp holes (or the very smallest hole) and crush the neck. This severs the spinal column instantly rendering it deceased very quickly and there is no more pain & suffering to the birs. Or another way is to put the breast in your palm (the duck that is, not your hunting partner's) and wrap your fingertips around the meat and squeeze in with the tips, squeezing the bird's diaphragm- holding it for 30 seconds or so. This collapses the lungs & stops the heart resulting in a very humane and quick end.

OR- to the old Phil Robertson trick of biting the skull & crushing the brain- instant death.
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Re: .22 in the field?

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:08 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:
ScaupHunter wrote:Depends on where you are and what the regulations say. If your state law doesn't say anything about specific gauges of shell you are restricted to hunting with, you could use a .22 pistol with bird shot to dispatch your birds. You will have to read your regulations book to find out what is allowed where you hunt.

I strongly suspect you are not allowed to use a .22 in your state.


Even if he could. It still would be lead

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