I got a couple helpful comments about killing cripples, so thought I’d foreground the issue. The suffocation method was recommended to me a few years ago by a lifelong upland hunter and recently retired bird biologist for the US F&W Service. It’s worked well but does take a while. He told me that it’s the most humane way to do it, so I trusted him and have had no problems with it other than it prolongs the event.
Today, I had the chance to try the method recommended by two people (comments on previous post). Angus brought me a crippled chukar, very much alive. I grabbed it by its legs and really rapped its head hard on the butt of my stock. I used to kill trout that way so it made sense. I thought I’d used adequate force, but it didn’t kill the bird. I did it a few more times, harder with each swing, and the chukar did not go limp and its eyes still looked at me. I suffocated it. I tried again with the next bird, same thing. I must be doing it wrong. Or chukar are descended from Terminator.
Any other ideas out there? How do you kill your cripples?