Here's a few step by step photos on how to properly finish off, and preserve your birds to be mounted. No neck ringing, head bashing,or spikes to the back of the head needed...
Simply put the bird belly down on a hard surface, place fist, or knee in the middle of its back and apply body weight, it shouldn't take much more then 30 seconds sometimes up to a minute and your bird is dead without any issues.
as soon as you decide you want to mount that bird you need to give it a good look over, check for broken bones, big holes, pin feathers, etc.
slick all your feathers down and place its head on its back. I would highly recommended getting a few 2 gallon ziplock bags, a few paper towels and a sharpie for marking who's bird it is and sticking them in your blind bag. Preserving your bird right away and keeping it away from dogs and weather is very important.
Last but certainly not least get your bird in the freezer ASAP! Do what you can to keep it out of direct sunlight while you finish your hunt. If you take the little time to do these simple steps I promise you your taxidermist will thank you, and will last a lot longer in the freezer. Making it a better quality mount.