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Flightless buzzard ate good today #7042566
01/18/18 02:21 AM
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My still-alive ROW buzzard that canít fly found the big hog i shot two days ago. Man, he was like a fat kid on a donut, having 150ish pounds of pig all to himself to chow down on. I was observing with the hope a coyote would show up. No coyote, but 7deer and 3 turkeys strolled through the area.

Re: Flightless buzzard ate good today [Re: 603Country] #7043353
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Nice. You might call your local GW and ask if one of the charitable orgs might be interested in him.


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Re: Flightless buzzard ate good today [Re: 603Country] #7043355
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Why canít the vulture fly?

Good for him enjoying a meal and doing the cleanup work.

Re: Flightless buzzard ate good today [Re: 603Country] #7043408
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Turkey hunter, who would want a stinky buzzard. Jeffbird, it appears that he has a damaged wing. As I sit and wait on a hog or coyote, I watch that buzzard. I wondered what he normally ate to stay alive, and it appears that he eats a lot of bugs. He looks really goofy as he runs, but he really can get along pretty fast.

One rather odd thing iíve noticed is that the flying type buzzards wonít let him mingle and share the hog. They run him off, and heíll sit about 50 yards away and watch them eat. Kinda sad that heís excluded.

Also it appears that he no longer considers me to be a threat, though he does keep an eye on me. We arenít ever going to be Ďbudsí, but our needs are aligned. I shoot varmints and he eats them. Itís teamwork.

Re: Flightless buzzard ate good today [Re: 603Country] #7043455
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Originally Posted By: 603Country
Turkey hunter, who would want a stinky buzzard. Jeffbird, it appears that he has a damaged wing. As I sit and wait on a hog or coyote, I watch that buzzard. I wondered what he normally ate to stay alive, and it appears that he eats a lot of bugs. He looks really goofy as he runs, but he really can get along pretty fast.

One rather odd thing iíve noticed is that the flying type buzzards wonít let him mingle and share the hog. They run him off, and heíll sit about 50 yards away and watch them eat. Kinda sad that heís excluded.

Also it appears that he no longer considers me to be a threat, though he does keep an eye on me. We arenít ever going to be Ďbudsí, but our needs are aligned. I shoot varmints and he eats them. Itís teamwork.


He probably got hit on the road feeding. Post up some pics of that ugly new friend of yours.


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Re: Flightless buzzard ate good today [Re: 603Country] #7043466
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Nature would cull him. That's why the other buzzards don't let him eat.


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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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Originally Posted By: 603Country
Turkey hunter, who would want a stinky buzzard.


https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/rehab/list/


Pick your county. Check nearby counties. You might be surprised.



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Re: Flightless buzzard ate good today [Re: Nogalus Prairie] #7043510
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Nature would cull him. That's why the other buzzards don't let him eat.


Yep. Can't waste resources on the dying.


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Re: Flightless buzzard ate good today [Re: 603Country] #7043521
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NP, nature hasnít culled him yet. I expected him to be dead in short order, but the months pass and heís still around.

I havenít taken any pictures of him yet, though a video of him running would get a laugh out of you guys. But Iím not gonna follow him around with a camera for that shot though.

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If you ever watch Lone Star Law, game wardens collect injured birds and take them to rehab facilities. He may not be able to fly, but he may make a good addition to a teaching collection of live birds. Call the GW and see if he will collect him. After all, the buzzard is a survivor.


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