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best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Super Dave 32 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:53 pm

If a fella shoots a fall turkey that isn't totally dead when you get to them, what is the best way to finish them off? They are way too big to ring their neck like you would a wounded duck. I would hate to use an expensive turkey shell. I would do it but would not like it. Thanks!
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby rms516 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:42 pm

Use another shell and shoot it again in the head. If you have enough money to afford "expensive" shells then you could use them. If not simply back up your "expensive" shell with a pheasant load and finish it off that way.
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Super Dave 32 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:05 pm

Fortunately all nine turkey that I've shot in 2010 have been taken by one shot. Fall season opens for us Saturday and I hear that fall birds do not come in to calls very well and shots are sometimes longer than the 15 - 25 yarders that I get in spring. I appreciate your suggestion of using a pheasant load for crips and your extensive use of "quotation marks". :wink:
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby kyle916 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:01 pm

walk over to it and step on it's neck cutting off the breathing. it will sufficate very quickly. there is no need to shoot it again. and do not ring it by it's neck, turkeys will fight and can scratch you up pretty nasty. might not sound like it, but this is the most humane way.

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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Super Dave 32 » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:45 am

Thanks Kyle. That's what my long time turkey hunting buddies have been telling me. I just wanted to see if anyone has a faster way of putting them down. And there's NO WAY that I would even consider ringing one's neck. I can't imagine what kind of damage that a tom with 1" or longer spurs and claws could do to a guy. (Actually sounds like my ex-wife. I considered ringing her neck a couple of times!) :wink:
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby BigAL64 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:19 pm

I ring their necks all the time. The trick is to twist them till they won't turn anymore than pop them and toss them away from you. I have done this many times and never been hurt. I put my foot on one one time and it spured me.
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby keep_m_kupt » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:51 am

if you attempt to step on it's head or ring him careful of the spurs. Sounds obcious but once they get over 1" them spurs are SHARP!

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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Bgold » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:04 am

Smack it in the head with a rock...simple..quick
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby pete/pmr » Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:19 pm

Just like a goose,step on the back force the air out and it will be over in a minute or two! Or step on the neck,but I find stepping on the neck to be alittle harder,if the bird cannot expand its chest to take in a breath,it will die,step on the back between the wings,and pin the bird down it will try to breath,just add some weight and stop it that way,safe and easy,with less thrashing around(damage to the feathers)and quicker in my opinion!
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Maineduckhunter » Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:19 pm

Been doing it this way for years, Turkey goes down and is flopping, step on it's neck, with force, grab it's feet, and hold it up, basically stretching out it, wait till it stops, your done.
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:34 am

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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:35 am

seriously though, just step on his head...pinch off his air way and let him expire... :thumbsup:
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby FMFdevildoc » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:41 am

I learned that if your butt - stock / smash the neck & break the spine, it prevents a spurring, if the bird has a lot of piss & vinegar left in him.

I also learned that doing said dispatch technique got me hazed mercilessly by my friends :thumbsup:

"He was having military / Iraq flashbacks & butt stroked the turkey like it was an enemy combatant" was the joke...

I had to apply all those rifle / bayonet techniques to use someday right?

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Step on their necks if you dont want to smash their spine with your butt stock.
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Super Dave 32 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:32 am

Now I know the best answer from your advice and experience. My daughter's boyfriend (first time hunter) and I went to the turkey woods this weekend. He got nervous and shot the legs out from under a nice tom -- broke both legs clean! The turkey was flopping like crazy but couldn't jump up to fly.

I ran over, put my boot on the back of his neck forcing his head down and then applied all 262 lbs to the middle of his neck. About 15 seconds later he was in turkey heaven. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the advice and good luck to everyone!
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby bsracer11 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:38 pm

speak softly and hit it in the head with a big stick.
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby Pouledeau » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:29 am

I've always just ran to the bird at the shot and grabbed him by the head (if I think he's going to run) ... sling him over himself quick and fast and his weight will break his neck instantly, squeeze tight to shut off his lungs afterwards and he'll be done real quick.

Don't be sceeered ... those spurs aren't going to hurt you.
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby kyle916 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:43 pm

glad the advice helped! congrats on the tom! that's pretty funny shooting shooting the legs out :lol3: got myslef a big tom yesterday, stepped on his neck too. turkey dinner, here i come!
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby callumcuffumkillum » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:33 pm

Just step on there head and grab there feet, give it a firm jerk and it will snap his neck. Or you can just ring em like a duck, there not to big
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby tgs » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:56 am

X 2... Must be a Maine thing, exactly what I do too. :lol3:

Maineduckhunter wrote:Been doing it this way for years, Turkey goes down and is flopping, step on it's neck, with force, grab it's feet, and hold it up, basically stretching out it, wait till it stops, your done.
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby moneymaker » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:58 pm

i run over and use my bowie knife to cut there throat :lol3:
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Re: best way to finish off crippled turkey

Postby chrispbrown271 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:55 pm

I beg to differ about fall birds not coming to calls. Turkeys are social critters, especially in the fall. I had a hen come running to some soft yelps and a single hen decoy in front of me this past year.
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