How do hunters remove birdshot from their kill?

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Question by chapstick: How do hunters remove birdshot from their kill?
let’s say they’re hunting ducks and get one with a load of birdshot. the duck will have so many tiny holes in it how do you remove all the BBs before you eat it? all i can think of is picking them out with a knife. it seems to be much messier than using a single cartridge, but of course more effective for low flying birds.

i’m just curious. what do hunters do?

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5 Responses to How do hunters remove birdshot from their kill?

  1. Pick out as many as you can, and eat the meat. You may find some stragglers- Just spit them out

    Mike Hawk
    January 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

  2. Chomp – ptew

    Desert Eagle .22
    January 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

  3. you invest $ 3 in a pair of tweezers. that is why we try very hard to hit birds in the head, so we can just lop it off and call it good.

    January 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

  4. Just a footnote story here. Does not answer your question.

    A few years ago I was grouse hunting in my native Pennsylvania. Had my trusty Browning Sweet Sixteen with me. A grouse took off from the laurel and I raised and shot – bang, bang, bang; emptied the gun. Followed up on my shot and there it was…laying on the ground.

    I picked-up the grouse and was so proud of myself. Then, suddenly, the bird came alive in my hands. So, I broke it’s neck. Then placed it in my game pouch.

    Later in the day I gutted the bird and that evening, I used boiled hot water to pluck the feathers. Upon examining the thing I realized – there wasn’t a single BB hole in the entire creature. Apparently when I fired at it, it became so startled that it flew into a tree branch and knocked itself unconscious.

    That was the only game bird I “harvested” that season.

    January 3, 2014 at 11:44 am

  5. For one, you don’t shoot them when they are that close so that the pattern is more open. Typically a couple of pellets in the edible part of a dove/quail size bird, and 5 or 6 in pheasant/duck size birds.

    January 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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