Bird Hunting Help

So I've been hunting small birds with a really nice skewer gun I've made recently, It's fairly accurate and there's plenty of birds around, but I need help learning how to get close enough to shoot, what time of day is best to go any tips you've got. Also if anyone has a good Instructable for making a bird snare that would help allot to. The birds I'm hunting could fit easily in a 1 by 1 foot box so that size and smaller is what I'm dealing with. BTW this i my first post.

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Kiteman9 years ago
Welcome, danster. Can I ask why you're hunting the birds? For food? Or just fun?
if you use a pellet gun/ air rifle dont use the lead bullets to kill birds if your going to eat them use the PBA ammo
well so is snaring, but really if u live in the uk u shouldn't be hunting any way.
? Oh, it's fox-hunting that's illegal, and there are loop-holes in that law.

Actualy, I have no problem with hunting, as long as it is with the aim of eating the quarry (or passing it to somebody else who'll eat it), and as long as the kill is performed as humanely as possible.

(Which rules out fox-hunting, which is done purely for sport and kills it's target with a combination of blind terror and being ripped limb-from-limb by a pack of dogs.)
. As a fellow carnivore, I don't have a problem with hunting for food, but, like Kiteman, I don't like "sport" hunting. If the kill is not humane, it doesn't matter what the reason is, it ain't right. I have a hard time believing a 13 yo with a "really nice skewer gun" can effect a quick, clean, humane kill. And I have strong doubts that he will be eating what he kills.
skunkbait9 years ago
I hunt on a regular basis. Waterfoul, deer, rabbit, squirrel, etc. This skewer gun sounds a bit unsportsmanlike. If you need the birds for food, get a pellet rifle. If you just like "killin'stuff" please get some professional help.
same here i have a gamo bigcat air rifle and it is great for killing birds to eat or killing crows i shoot crows all the time because there eating our plants in the garden if your in UK is it illigel to kill birds if they do that P.S. im from the US
LannyPlans9 years ago
I use to hunt a lot and I loved it except I always got a lump in my throat when I made a kill. Later on someone gave me a bird identification guide. It sat on the shelf for a while until an unusual bird landed in a tree near my house. I grabbed the book an identified the bird as a yellow shafted flicker. I was amused, so I bought a pair of binoculars and put up a feeder. It was not long before I could identify a dozen species or so. Soon I was viewing my back yard more than the TV! Then I started venturing into the wild to find new species and discovered that birding satisfied my hunting instinct and I did not have to kill anything, or carry all the heavy guns. It was actual being outdoors that I really enjoyed not making a kill. Birding goes well with any outdoor activity where it is hiking, canoeing, camping, or just sitting on the back deck. Now I can identify several species by sound. To me birding is the ultimate outdoor activity, even when I am at a jobsite eating lunch in my truck, I park near some brush or some trees to see what is there. Some of my redneck associates think I am a nuts, but screw them, they are a bunch of morons and I am having much more fun. One guy came up to me the other day and said he saw a pileated wood pecker in his back yard. He was excited, I think my interest is rubbing off! I have had a thousand times more fun birding than ever I did hunting, so give it a try. I had a yellow billed cuckoo in my yard this morning, did not see it but identified it by ear. LannyPlans
It's illegal to hunt most songbirds anyway. I usually take binoculars with me hunting and spend 80% of my time watching wildlife that I'd never drop the hammer on anyway. We live near the place where they seem to have spotted the Ivory Bill a couple of years ago, so the Pileated woodpeckers always get me excited too, until I fully ID them.
70s flashback alert

Right on, brother!

My dad has been a birder, well, forever, but I've only been really getting into it for a few months (my parents bought me some very nice binoculars for my 40th), now I'm a member of the RSPB, and becoming a regular at a couple of local reserves (especially Minsmere, the RSPB's flagship reserve).

A lot of birders seem to ignore common species, but I enjoy watching a chaffinch as much as a chiffchaff. Just yesterday, I spent time standing on my front doorstep, watching a female blackbird scolding a jackdaw that had decided to perch on the chimney containing the blackbird's nest. I wish I'd had batteries in my camera, she was in a text-book pose.

That reminds me, I'm free this weekend, I wonder if there's anything on at Minsmere...
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