Field notes from Northeast Texas.
I only started grouse hunting a handful of years ago, however I could never get an aerial grouse shot to save my life and I was missing half the grouse I could shoot on the ground.To figure out what I was doing wrong I started reading "Grouse Feathers" by the great Burton L. Spiller who told his readers to use the most open choked shotgun and the smallest shot (he personally used no.9 shot) that they could get their hands.Lo and behold the moment I started only using cylinder and skeet chokes all of a sudden I started getting the mythical aerial shots on my noble fluffy friends.Then all of a sudden I started using a 28 gauge and a .410 shotgun and you know what happened? The birds died just as easily as they did with my 12 gauge! B-b-but the internet told me that a .410 was unethical and the minimum I should use is a 1 oz 20 gauge load! So now, to my benefit, I get to carry a sleek 5.0-5.5lb shotgun instead of carrying a 7.0lb+ 2x4.The more I grouse hunt the more I start to understand that 99% of people on the internet are full of %^!@ whose hunting experiences are limited to opening day and who couldn't hit the side of a barn 7 feet away with a shotgun.
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