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Can You Hunt with a Sporting Shotgun?

Posted by Bill Miller on Nov 15, 2018 10:08:00 AM

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What is the ultimate purpose of a hunting shotgun?

It’s not a trick question. Don’t overthink it.

The purpose of a hunting shotgun is to solidly hit the flying game at which you are shooting it.

So then … what is the purpose of a sporting clays shotgun?

Again, it’s to solidly hit the moving target at which you are shooting it.

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Topics: hunting - waterfowl, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

Shotgun Tips: How to Crawl Out of a Shooting Slump

Posted by Tom Keer on Nov 13, 2018 8:35:00 AM

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The season was a quarter century ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. The woods were thick, lush and green, and in the air was the smell of drying hay from the last cut of the year. I lit up the Opening Day woods like a house of fire. It didn't matter that the foliage was full or that the grouse and woodcock were dodgy. I hit most every bird at which I fired. I was unstoppable, or so I thought.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

How to Unstick Your Shotgun's Choke Tubes

Posted by Tom Keer on Nov 7, 2018 9:36:00 AM

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My buddy laughed when I pulled out a can of a product that plumbers use called Nev-R-Seize. He watched me jack up my new boat trailer, remove the wheels, and coat the threads and lugs. "That's a waste of time," he said, "mine always pop off when I change a flat tire." Well, he got a flat on our way to launch his boat for a sea duck hunt. And guess what? He was right. We jacked up his trailer and with one strong torque with his lug wrench, and he snapped one cleanly off. "Next time I'll try your goo," he said.

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Topics: hunting - waterfowl, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Turkey, Hunting - Duck

Why We Miss Birds in Upland Hunting

Posted by Tom Keer on Nov 1, 2018 7:58:00 AM

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The pointer was facing me, and I could see that he was locked up tighter than a tick. His head was high, his tail set was ramrod straight, and there was no question there was a covey of quail under his nose. The birds were between him and me, and since it was my turn to flush, and I whistled my pals on either side to get ready. When the big covey erupted, several on the edge flew straight away from my pal. He missed with both barrels.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

What Dog Best Suits Your Hunting Needs

Posted by Tom Keer on Oct 26, 2018 9:24:00 AM

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The search for a hunting dog is always a mixed bag. Of course, it's exciting, and the process requires a tremendous amount of research. When you're looking at 8-week old pups there is a dash of luck required when you make your pick. It's a big time commitment, for there is hunting to be done. But care and training take up a big chunk, too. The fact that you'll likely have your pup for over a decade puts a lot of pressure on your pick. No one wants to make a bad choice because when the pup comes home, you're committed.

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Topics: hunting - waterfowl, Hunting - Upland

As Easy As Pointing Your Finger

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 16, 2018 9:44:00 AM

 

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On some days – all too rare days – wingshooting seems so easy. It’s as easy as pointing your finger and thinking, “bang!” When that happens, it’s because the clays seem as big as trashcan lids or the pheasants seem to fly in slow motion.

While such days are the ultimate in shotgunning fun and the stuff of the best glory days’ memories, at some point I usually remember that glory never happens without paying for it!

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, hunting - waterfowl

Safety First! Avoid Hunting Accidents with These Gun Safety Practices

Posted by Tom Keer on Oct 10, 2018 8:16:00 AM

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Hunting seasons are opening up across our country, and everyone is excited. Dogs shake with nervous excitement to get out of their kennels, and we hurry up to get back into the fields where we belong. There is no shortage of enthusiasm anywhere. You all know the drill, but it makes sense to do a quick refresh of some commonly missed safety practices.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, hunting - waterfowl, Hunting - Duck, Hunting

On the Job Training for Wingshooters

Posted by Bill Miller on Sep 6, 2018 10:38:00 AM

 

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There was a time in North America when it was possible to learn the skills necessary to become a great wingshot by shooting live birds. But we’re talking a long time ago – think of the heydays of the passenger pigeon, which was the early- to mid-1800s. Think of the days of market hunting for waterfowl, which ended in the early 20th century.

The bottom line is, it takes a lot of shooting to become good at it. Championship caliber shooters in any shotgunning discipline shoot tens of thousands of shells a year to develop and maintain their skills.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

One-Gun or the Golf Bag Approach?

Posted by Bill Miller on Aug 30, 2018 9:55:00 AM

 

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There are two different ways to look at shotguns for hunting … and to some extent for shooting clay targets. Neither is right. Neither is wrong. They are just different.

The first view considers a shotgun as a tool, and a means to an end. Nothing more. Nothing less. In this philosophy, a shotgun is simply the implement used to make it possible to take game – most often birds, but sometimes furred-critters or even big game. As a craftsman recognizes the importance of maintaining his tools, this shooter is just as pragmatic about maintaining his shotgun.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Turkey, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck

A Clean Shotgun is a Happy Shotgun

Posted by Tom Keer on Aug 27, 2018 9:58:00 AM

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The argument of shotgun cleaning took place in bird camp. In one corner was my buddy who cleans his shotgun like clockwork... which is once a decade whether it needs it or not (it needs it). In the other corner was a pal who meticulously cleans his shotgun at the end of each day. On some days I wonder if he'd like to clean his shotgun after every shot. I'm in the middle and wipe my guns after each hunt and clean them once a month or at the end of the season. My only exception is that I do a thorough cleaning after hunting in a heavy downpour or after use in a saltwater marsh.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, hunting - waterfowl, Hunting - Turkey, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck