If I need/choose to kill an animal I strive to do it as quickly as possible. I hate to see any animal suffer, let alone know that I caused it. I routinely tell people that the raccoon are just trying to earn a living the easiest way they know how, if they weren't causing damage and spreading disease I wouldn't bother them. Once they've found the horse or cat food in the barn there's no way to make them forget it though. That said, my methods do change a little bit between meat hunting and varmint hunting. If I want to kill a deer I try to use appropriate equipment and do the job with one well placed shot. If I have to kill a varmint I use whatever I have available and shoot however many times it takes. I'm not trying to save meat or hide so I just try to put them down quickly.