magpies pretty birds but extreamly nasty. ask any older rancher in the western US they dispise these birds and shoot them on site. my grandfather sat and watched one pick out the eyes on a new born calf so that it would die. i realize that its part of nature BUT i shoot the birds on site and dont think twice about it. if he was feeding it to his cat i see no difference in me shooting a pheasent or a duck to roast for my table. it doesnt sound to me like it was a waste.