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Friday, June 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Friday, June 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Phil Bourjaily

Choosing the right choke for your shotgun

In the simplest terms, choke controls the spread of shot out of your gun, more or less the way an adjustable nozzle controls the spray of water in a garden hose. That spray can be wide open or very small.
The right choke makes it easier to hit a target. It provides a broad enough pattern to hit with, while also ensuring you put enough pellets on target for a solid break or clean kill. Taking time to pick the choke for the wingshooting chore at hand is well worth the effort.

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New ammo makes the 28 gauge shotgun more than a grouse, quail and dove gun

Last year, I turkey hunted with a 28 gauge. I shot a bunch of doves, a pheasant or two, a few ducks, and a pair of Canada geese with 28s as well.
The 28 is having a moment right now, and its popularity is only going to grow as more of the new 3-inch, 28-gauge guns become available, and as more loads are introduced for it.

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One smoothbore to rule them all: Five gun writers reveal their favorite shotgun

One of the best shots I’ve ever met uses one shotgun for everything. He does all his upland and waterfowl hunting with an old semi-auto, and it’s taken him to multiple berths on the all-state sporting clays team, too.
Not only does he own just the one gun, he neglects it almost criminally. One year he left it out by the side of his barn and didn’t find it until the snow melted in the spring. Clearly, you can do more than merely get by with a single shotgun, if you choose the right one. Recently I asked four gun writers what their choice would be if they were limited to one gun.

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Behind the Scenes: Phil Borsdorf’s new role with Illinois DNR includes maintaining hunter heritage

Illinois-native Phil Borsdorf recently returned to DNR to serve as the Hunter Heritage Program manager. Borsdorf previously worked for DNR as an associate wildlife biologist and district natural heritage biologist, where his efforts were focused on wildlife habitat and restoration. In his new role, he is working toward increasing public engagement in hunting and conservation.

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How to tame your shotgunning kick factor

Shotguns kick. Some kick more, some kick less, but almost any shotgun and load capable of making a clean kill hits the shooter, too. Too much recoil corrodes good shooting, building bad habits like head-lifting and flinching.
Choosing ammo wisely, holding the gun properly and using a gun that fits and minimizes felt recoil can make you a better shooter.

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Smaller shotguns now packing a big punch for wild turkeys

Thanks to new loads that pack a serious punch, the .410 shotgun has become a legitimate, lightweight firearm for chasing North Country gobblers.
You’ll get less of the weight and none of the recoil of a 12-gauge gun. If you’re willing to spend the money for TSS loads, you’ll still have a gun that can kill turkeys to 40 yards.

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