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Old 09-21-2013, 06:12 PM
Ned Ned is offline
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Originally Posted by NVM View Post
Within reason I think gauge/shot/choke selection for pheasants is as much about what you have confidence in. My dad always shot federal 6's and so that is what usually shoot. Much of that may have been due to the fact that where we hunt we would traditionally find quail as well.

On a side note, the only scientific study I have ever seen on shot size and effectiveness on birds was done by Tom Roster. He studied non-toxic shot and for pheasants he recommended steel 2's or 3's for pheasants in IC (20-30 yards) or MOD (30-50 yards) chokes. In hevi-shot he recommended #4's. In general he found fewer/larger pellets put more pellets in the vitals than more/smaller pellets (I think he did his testing on dead birds at ranges of 20-50 yards). Based on his data, one could infer that lead 4 shot would be better as compared to 6's. Now, like I mentioned I don't necessarily follow this as I rarely shot lead 4's for pheasants, but I found the study interesting.

Anyway thanks for everyone who has offered information and advice. I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do and so if anybody has any thoughts I am all ears.


Never heard of this study, but i shoot 4's exclusively.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:05 AM
reddog reddog is offline
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Originally Posted by Ned View Post
its %64 from last year, not %54. down %76 from the 10 year average.

From what I've been seeing these numbers are even conservative...


From what I seen hunting the Rez and scouting for 4days, it's very conservative.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:19 PM
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Got some more intel for whoever cares. I was eating dinner in platte SD and started talking to some orange fellows. They had their hunting lodge on their caps and such. Anyway I asked and they said they had to buy birds because their population is down. Said they have 200 hunters coming in this season with nothing to shoot.
They see very few adults but see quite a few young ones (about the size of a softball). They don't think they will make it through the winter.

Hope this helps
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:51 AM
T lazy H Ranch T lazy H Ranch is offline
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I am a local and if you want to come out at this time, X-mas to jan 5th it is a great time to hunt public, because everyone has left and you have a lot of land to yourself and your dog. If you have the drive to strap on your boots and take a little lunch pack with you and really walk deep into some of the larger public areas it is great in late season. Most people are too lazy to do this and cry about how they can not find a place to hunt private--------well I'm here to tell you there is a lot of public land in late season that is not hunted very much and if you do the foot work to locate these areas it is good hunting. Around Howard, SD and North of Huron SD near the glacial lakes area is a good place to start.
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