Does anybody know of a game shear that will work?

Discussion in 'Upland Bird Hunting' started by 700man, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. 700man

    700man Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    Went to Nebraska pheasant hunting in November , hunting was great but my game shears KILLED my hands. Does anybody know of a real good game shear, that will not hurt your hand when you clip the wings?
    Thanks for your help. Ron
  2. esshup

    esshup Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2008

    I use a pair from Chicago Cutlery that has a sort of hole in the 2 blades near the handles. I put the wing bone in there, clamp down real tight, then use my other hand to snap the bone where it's held in the shears. After that, just more the shears to the sharp cutting portion and cut thru the meat/feathers/skin where the wing snapped. I've lost count on how many pheasants I've cleaned, I would guess at least 1,000. You wouldn't imagine how many pheasants we go thru while training Springers!

  3. 3toes

    3toes Member

    Jan 29, 2009
    tried a few, gerber seemed to work best for me
  4. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    Go to a Lowe's or Home Depot garden department and get a small one hand shear that is used to trim small tree limbs. They are built twice as sturdy, some are even ratchet operated, and are 10 times more comfortable on the hands, plus they hold their edge a lot longer than the scissor type shears. The one I have used the last couple years has only one side sharpened and it closes onto a flat bar type surface on the other side. Use it one upland as well as all ducks and geese and have had no problem. You might have to wait a couple months till the lawn and garden stuff gets displayed .as this might be the wrong time of year to find much choice or options
  5. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    As a guide at a local hunting preserve I have used many types and brands of shears and cleaned in the high hundreds of pheasants. The best I have found are either the Pampered Chef except for cutting a leg bone or the Kershaw. The Kershaw shears I have are my personal ones and have been on 5 trips to SW Kansas where 4 or 5 of us would often due rather well and a few trips to Northern, IL and of course all of my preserve work, hunting and oodles of quail.

    But since I mostly breast out pheasants I don't have to cut a leg bone, wing bones are just as hard though and the kershaw shears work very well on them. Literally they are the best shears I have used. Alot of them may cut bone netter but are gapped too wide to cut flesh or feathers, the kershaw cut bone well and flesh/feathers are a dream.
  6. Kurt

    Kurt Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2009
    Use a little hatchet for wings and foot. Works great used on about 2900 pheasants this year alone.

    SOUTHPAWSHOOTER10 Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2010
    Take me with you and i'll clean your birds for ya. Voila, no more sore hands. Lol. Though seriously i get along fine with gerber, might be better out there but they work for me.
  8. sanjuandel

    sanjuandel Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    fiskar's. we use them on birds and goat hooves.