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Old 01-16-2014, 10:46 PM   #11
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Depends on where and what type of waterfowl. I use #2 steel on smaller rivers, swamps, #1 steel on larger rivers and BB in corn fields for Geese. We have mainly Mallards, but there are plenty of wood duck, Ruddy ducks, in swamps. My normal duck load when hunting Mallards is #1 steel, it works fine on geese up close also. Decoys and calls are a must! I have a dozen Mallards and 2 geese I use. Calls are standard Quacker, whistler for swamps, and goose for fields. H.S. makes some good ones for beginners. Shotguns, I use a Mossberg 500 24" barrel w/ an improved choke for rivers/swamps. For fields, full choke in a 28" Charles Daly auto. If you buy decoys, Buy heavy line and anchors. Ice fishing line (braided) works well. The anchors they come with are fine for a still pond, but a moving river, no way.

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Old 01-19-2014, 03:45 PM   #12
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I have hunted waterfowl for 40 years and the first thing that I would suggest is to stay with the largest shot that will give you a decent pattern.
While smaller size shot gives you more hits on target it is not a very lethal from my observations. Also the larger shot is easier to find in the birds, and that will save you an expensive trip to the dentist!!!!! Another thing is try to find ammo with some type of coated shot because it is easier to see in the meat. Lastly pattern your gun,and shoot em as close as you can because steel shot loses its energy quite quickly. Good Luck
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