duckplucker wrote:hmmmm... hardly seems worth buying 10 different boxes of shells and 5 chokes to try out to get the right pattern... might just be me though... but i like 7 1/2's. they aren't near as quick as a dove, but are built quite similarly so whatever you'd use with dove is a great load for quail. the only thing i like about using 6's is that if i am mainly pheasant hunting, its not too big of an overkill on quail, but you get the little extra power for taking down a larger pheasant.
Sagebrush wrote:In close : use #9 shot and skeet choke out to 30 yards
# 8 shot with a I/C choke is great for 25 - 40 yards.
7 1/2 shot can be used all the time with a modified choke.
I don't use a full choke with 7 1/2's ; if you "center" one, there is nothing left but feathers!
pointimgdogs wrote:I used those Lewis dog boots they are made in your state. I first wrapped a layer of vet wrap around their legs then duck taped the rubber boots on. They work great. I have a Brittany and an English Setter. It did not take them very long to get use to the boots but it does take some time to put them on the dogs. I am planning another trip back to New Mexico someday to try to find some Mearns Quail. Sorry but I do not believe in ground swatting (shooting birds on the ground ) it is very unsafe around dogs . Any impute on Mearns Quail would be appreciated. :getdown:
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