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Shot between the eyes with rifle, or use it for a broadhead test? If bowhunting is a humane way to kill deer, it should be ok for a cow, yes? I already know what I'm going to do if it comes to it, what would you do?
 

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Shot between the eyes. No sense is wasting an arrow on a cow, might be good target practice, but I wont ever see a deer that big so no sense in practicing on it. Plus the bullet should do the job much quicker than an arrow.. What are you going to do?
 

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I live on a dairy farm and we have had to shoot cows, shoot her between the eyes with a 22. or a 17.
 

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9mm will ricochet off there heads. guy I worked tried to put one of our dairy cows down with one and had this happen. Bullet to the head is more humane IMO. faster death.

Whats wrong with her?
 

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I've pulled calf with a comealong before. Cow lived.
 

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I've pulled calf with a comealong before. Cow lived.
Not a dead one from a cow that isn't dilated, you didn't. The decision was already made, 30-06 between the eyes. No way I'm shooting one with a bow, but I thought some might say they would. It's actually my father's cow, but he doesn't have the heart to shoot it.
 

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If I had to kill a cow, I would just do it without bringing lot's of attention to it..
 

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If I had to kill a cow, I would just do it without bringing lot's of attention to it..
I normally do. Just thought it would be interesting to see how many would use it for a chance to test their archery equipment. I did find one. Moot point now, anyway, cow died.
 

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If I had to kill a cow, I would just do it without bringing lot's of attention to it..
I agree, and for a couple of reasons.

1. Our cattle are not just a commodity they are our responsibility. I may just be weird, but we lost a 14 year old cow (Brown Betty) two weeks ago and it hurt my heart. Then last week we had a cow birth the largest bull calf we've had in years. She went off after we had brought her up to the barn so she could eat, which she did, but at some point in the night she separated back down to a ditch line and gave birth. We're not sure if she dropped the calf in the water or on the other side of the ditch and when he first got up he stumbled, but we found him under the water drowned. Again, it hurt my heart to see such a beautiful bull calf dead under the water.
2. I'm not real sure that the authorities would look kindly upon shooting a cow with a bow and arrow as a humane means of putting it down. If word got out about it one could end up with a fine, or worse.
 

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I agree, and for a couple of reasons.

1. Our cattle are not just a commodity they are our responsibility. I may just be weird, but we lost a 14 year old cow (Brown Betty) two weeks ago and it hurt my heart. Then last week we had a cow birth the largest bull calf we've had in years. She went off after we had brought her up to the barn so she could eat, which she did, but at some point in the night she separated back down to a ditch line and gave birth. We're not sure if she dropped the calf in the water or on the other side of the ditch and when he first got up he stumbled, but we found him under the water drowned. Again, it hurt my heart to see such a beautiful bull calf dead under the water.
2. I'm not real sure that the authorities would look kindly upon shooting a cow with a bow and arrow as a humane means of putting it down. If word got out about it one could end up with a fine, or worse.
My girlfriend just told me that one of her friends dairy cows just dropped a 150# bull calf. I say dropped but it died in utero, I am assuming it drowned because they said they could hear it bawling inside. They ended up having to pull it. I asked her the sire was and told them that I would not be using that bull anymore!
 

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I agree, and for a couple of reasons.

1. Our cattle are not just a commodity they are our responsibility. I may just be weird, but we lost a 14 year old cow (Brown Betty) two weeks ago and it hurt my heart. Then last week we had a cow birth the largest bull calf we've had in years. She went off after we had brought her up to the barn so she could eat, which she did, but at some point in the night she separated back down to a ditch line and gave birth. We're not sure if she dropped the calf in the water or on the other side of the ditch and when he first got up he stumbled, but we found him under the water drowned. Again, it hurt my heart to see such a beautiful bull calf dead under the water.
2. I'm not real sure that the authorities would look kindly upon shooting a cow with a bow and arrow as a humane means of putting it down. If word got out about it one could end up with a fine, or worse.
I agree I work on a ranch and have put down my share of animals just use a 22,cross the eyes with the ears done deal.....killed countless of hogs from traps with same technique no sence in making things sloppy.........
 

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My girlfriend just told me that one of her friends dairy cows just dropped a 150# bull calf. I say dropped but it died in utero, I am assuming it drowned because they said they could hear it bawling inside. They ended up having to pull it. I asked her the sire was and told them that I would not be using that bull anymore!
Got that right. Big calves equal big no no. Smaller calves that grow faster is much better. There's always the oddball, though.
 

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Low birth weight, high yearling weight is where its at. It all comes down to feeding. You can destroy a great calf with poor feed management and make a decent calf be a money maker.
 
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