Is it safe to eat seriously damaged/hamburgerized grouse meat?
I shot one through the top of the breast and it messed it up pretty bad.
I was going to slow cook them anyways...think it'll matter?
Yeah, consensus from the mates seems to be go ahead. I finally got sloppy with my .22lr shooting and missed the headshot, but since they're faster bullets at closer range I don't think I have to worry about eating hemorrhaged meat- it seems in birds your biggest worry is consuming shot fragments.
Enh, if I get appendicitis from eating a bullet fragment I'll let you all know.
Are you using hollow points or something?
You really should switch to solid points if you don't want to completely fuck the meat up on small game.
Good point. I hadn't even thought about this.
I always buy the cheapest stuff available (almost always hollow point), but this will save me a lot of waste next time I decide to take a shot I shouldn't.
Nah this is shit-teir advice. Use hollow points for real man!
Had a few fucking grouse fly off, run off and generally disappear when shot with solid points.
Hollow points all the way for me!!
As long as no feces or nasty gut juices got pushed through the meat it'll be fine; it'll be bruised and less appealing, but the taste won't be much different.
Different story if you pushed guts, feces, and offal juices through the meat by pulping it with a poor shot with a shotgun.
Nope. This is shit advice.
Headshot only with hollow point for best results. A marginal shot will miss altogether or kill with a hit to the neck. Result is no wasted meat and clean kills almost every time.
Can guts and such not be washed from the meat? A good washing would surely take care of any surface contamination, would the nasty juices be absorbed into it to any depth?
I'm asking more in terms of rabbits, I've heard if the guts are pierced it ruins the meat but I always thought washing would surely fix it.
So you'd opt for a less damaging headshot? That's pretty autistic pal. Care to share your thought process?
Solid points result in more wounded birds that don't get recovered.
Hollow point = more damage...on a head or neck shot this is zero waste.
With a solid point, a marginal headshot could mean a grouse walking around with half a beak left to starve and die a long painful death. On a marginal headshot with a hollow point, poof there goes its head.
I'm a very good shot with my 22 out to 100m and I'll pick hollow point every time.
It's not 100% certainty, but it uos the risk of contamination.
Rabbits in particular are nasty because they have such an inefficient digestive system (they have to eat, poop and then eat the poop again).