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Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by Chicken, Aug 30, 2018.
A shot of camo paint and you'd be set.
Is anyone in an area where steel shot is required ?
Yes, sir. Public land.
I choose to shoot it on my buddys private small field as well.
Cheap steel 7's.
Steel is required in some areas that might have seasonal surface water and waterfowl. I grabbed the wrong box in the dark the other day and did not realize it until packing up after the hunt. During the hunt I noticed that I was picking up more cripples and less outright dead birds, but they were short shots and the birds came down.
We’ve had to shoot steel for doves on state land (DE) for what must be 20 years now. Not that big of a deal, shoot 7’s or 6’s, but given the choice I still prefer lead 7 1/2’s or 8’s.
Fiochhi high brass #9’s
Public areas here as well...
I do not like steel #7's, as past 30 yards it is like shooting water. Steel #6's are fine on dove under 40 yards, and a wounded bird is easier to find on the ground anyways...
For valley quail, I have not had such success... A crippled valley quail is all but impossible to find, and the few times I have shot steel at quail, I was "discouraged" at best.
We were hunting next to a cotton field the other day and didn't have a dog with us; bird drops in there it was pretty much a lost cause trying to find it!