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What shot size should I use for duck hunting a small pond and about 1.5 acres of marsh surrounding it? Does the area matter at all even?

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Whatever you use, legally, it will have to be "non-toxic".

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I have never thought of shot size as having any relation to the size of the body of water, but I am ready to stand corrected.

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

you cant go into duck hunting thinking like that unless it is teal only. i like 3's, because they can take down anything my marsh can throw at me, including big canadas.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Shot size would matter more only for fowl you were targeting and if you were limited in space where distance were of a concern. You would'nt use 2T for teal or Woodies and #4's for geese out to 50 yards. 1.5 acre of marsh surrounding a pond is pretty small in terms of distance to shoot.But what happens if they flare out at 50 yards, are you gonna pass on the shot? You want the best shot size for the conditions you are expecting to get shots. Bigger targets,longer distances ,bigger shot size.
Smaller faster targets ,closer ranges smaller shot size. It's not rocket science , it's common sense that put more game in the bag. Don't over or under gun yourself and it comes together easier then you'd think.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Gotta love Tungston. #6 heavi-shot is like real lead #6 and they will drop em hard. Nice answer Blackdawgz +1

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from idduckhntr wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Shoot 2s or 3s. Scout it out and find where they want to work and set up there just keep the sun at your back.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Steel 2 or 3 for up to mallard sized ducks, keep shots inside Imp Cyl range 30-35 yards and you will do fine. If you are a more accomplished wingshot, put in a modified choke tube and add 10 yards. Keep a pocketfull of steel 4 or 5's for mopping up cripples. Keep the wind and sun at your back, if possible. If you have to pick one or the other, always keep the wind to your back.

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from idduckhntr wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

You never want the sun in your face. And I would use a mod choke.

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from JGooding1 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

For teal season I use 2 3/4in #6 steel dove loads because it's usually in your face hunting. For larger ducks I use 3in #2 steel because it's big enough to knock down geese as well. When goose hunting alone I use 3in BB's. Go with 1 1/8oz shot but 1 1/4oz shot will work too just a little slower. Modified choke will most likely give you the best pattern.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Gotta love Tungston. #6 heavi-shot is like real lead #6 and they will drop em hard. Nice answer Blackdawgz +1

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from JGooding1 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

For teal season I use 2 3/4in #6 steel dove loads because it's usually in your face hunting. For larger ducks I use 3in #2 steel because it's big enough to knock down geese as well. When goose hunting alone I use 3in BB's. Go with 1 1/8oz shot but 1 1/4oz shot will work too just a little slower. Modified choke will most likely give you the best pattern.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Whatever you use, legally, it will have to be "non-toxic".

Bubba

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

I have never thought of shot size as having any relation to the size of the body of water, but I am ready to stand corrected.

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

you cant go into duck hunting thinking like that unless it is teal only. i like 3's, because they can take down anything my marsh can throw at me, including big canadas.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Shot size would matter more only for fowl you were targeting and if you were limited in space where distance were of a concern. You would'nt use 2T for teal or Woodies and #4's for geese out to 50 yards. 1.5 acre of marsh surrounding a pond is pretty small in terms of distance to shoot.But what happens if they flare out at 50 yards, are you gonna pass on the shot? You want the best shot size for the conditions you are expecting to get shots. Bigger targets,longer distances ,bigger shot size.
Smaller faster targets ,closer ranges smaller shot size. It's not rocket science , it's common sense that put more game in the bag. Don't over or under gun yourself and it comes together easier then you'd think.

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from idduckhntr wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Shoot 2s or 3s. Scout it out and find where they want to work and set up there just keep the sun at your back.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Steel 2 or 3 for up to mallard sized ducks, keep shots inside Imp Cyl range 30-35 yards and you will do fine. If you are a more accomplished wingshot, put in a modified choke tube and add 10 yards. Keep a pocketfull of steel 4 or 5's for mopping up cripples. Keep the wind and sun at your back, if possible. If you have to pick one or the other, always keep the wind to your back.

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from idduckhntr wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

You never want the sun in your face. And I would use a mod choke.

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