Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
The_King48

Tips for a beginner

7 posts in this topic

I have always hunted deer and fished both summer and winter, but I figured I would try something new this fall.... I would like to hunt grouse and maybe pheasant... My buddy has a dog so I could go with him even though its only his second year.... I have a 20 guage that my grandpa left me when he passed on... What type of shell should I be looking at??? 2 3/4???? Type of cover, time of day, and so on... Thanks in advance..... Oh ya, how do you tell what type of choke that is in the gun?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

well mornings are good because no one else has hit the trails yet and afternoons are good because the grouse come out to pick pebbles for their gizzards, but anytime is fine. I have the best luck in Pine/Poplar mix and edges of tag alder swaps. Grouse like clover, rasberry bushes, mushrooms, and later in the season treebuds after the snow.

for ammo I shoot No. 6 shot

for telling the choke it should be either stamped on the barrel or if you have interchangeable chokes the outside of it after you take it out. it will be abbreviated MOD. for modified, FULL for full. I don't know the abbreviations for SKEET, IMPROVED MODIFIED, OR IMPROVED CYCLINDER.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Give some thought to patterning the gun before you go, and spend some time shooting clays. If you're concerned about the gun take it to a real gun shop and have them check it out and make sure if functions properly and is safe to use. A full choke, particularly with some older guns, can be a real problem if you're shooting steel shot.

What is the make of the gun and what does it say on the barrel? Any idea how old it is?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its a win. 1200 ( fairly cheap gun I think??) with a FULL choke.... I don't think its the best choice for a grouse gun, but I think I will shot it this year anyway.... Will it harm the barrel with steel shot??? I bought 7 or 71/2 steel shot for this weekend...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Generally, you won't want to shoot steel shot through a full choke. Modified is plenty tight (in my opinion, anyway) for steel shot.

7 1/2 is probably all right for grouse...a 20 gauge is not likely to pattern well with anything larger than a #6 or maybe #5 anyway. 7 1/2 is probably gonna be a little light for pheasant...I'd suggest you go with a #6 there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You probably are looking at trouble if you use steel shot in that gun. If you're grouse hunting you can use lead in most areas except certain state lands. Hitting a grouse with a full choke pattern will also be a bit difficult. Improved cylinder is what most would use, maybe even more open this time of year when your shots are close due to the heavy cover still on the trees. But I wouldn't discourage you from getting out. Stop and get a box of lead shot and enjoy your time out in the woods.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can go grouse hunting any time of the day. Look for fairly heavy cover with the best beign aspen that is 3-10 years old. Try brush around wet areas as the birds probably will be attracted to the water. You probably can find books or magazine articles on line that give you more detail on tactics, locations etc. Some people just walk trails and go for the easy pickings. You'll be tempted, but a real grouse hunter doesn't pop one that's sitting on the ground or up in a tree.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Sent you a long-winded PM... you been out on Lac qui Parle at all?
    • What I have ben enjoying is watching the fourth line on the ice and sometimes they are the best line out there. Playing late in games and giving the top two lines a rest may not seem like a  big deal now but come crunch time that rest just might make the difference. I picked the right time to put the cable back in I think I have only missed one Wild game this season plus I am watching a lot of umd hockey!  As for Sutter I think he is having a banner year, great plus/minus rating. he is scoring a few goals which is another plus and in the Chicago game when he traded sides of the ice with his d partner he pretty much shutdown a tiring Kane. Best time to watch Wild hockey is halfway through the game, they seem to find another level to play at.
    • 23 IN THE BOAT HERE ON HIDDEN BAY again today. Sunshine Ray’s extended forecast is calling for rising temps and sunshine every other day. This would give us a warm melt for the snow that has gathered on roofs and the Lodge should get busy. I can see a lot of fishermen out on the ice and more then a few will be taking off time from work to get out there. As a mater of fact I am at the Lodge this morning. Was feeling pretty good with lots of energy so I thought I would come in and do some ordering and touch base with some of our suppliers who make daytime deliveries.   First thing I noticed when the wife dropped me off was a couple of old lawn mowers outside. When I came in I found Tiny working on a small carburetor. I had to talk to him and I found out that somehow we, the Lodge have become a drop off spot for old, gently used lawn mowers. I then remembered the tongue in cheek commercial I had made a few weeks ago. Looks like someone was listening and dumped their junk on us. Tiny did say he thinks he can take the parts from the two and get one running. The Lodge needs a push mower so maybe this will work out afterwards. Tiny also mentioned that someone dropped off a case of thirty weight oil, Gus took that he said.   Luge run is up and running, with all the snow we received last week and the use of Nytelyter front end loader a run was built. With a sunny day followed by a cloudy day we should be able to ice it down and it will last the rest of winter. Well Skinny and Hammering Hank will be doing that. I did get word from Ranger Rick that he had an accident yesterday and will be laid up a few days. He was out checking on the trails at Samantha Lake when he slid the Ranger he was driving down a hill and hit a tree. He cracked the windshield with his head and hit the tree with his hip or part of the Ranger. He is suppose to go see Dock Berrium today but is dragging his feet and everything else trying to get out of bed. The pine tree is still down on Trappers Trail but a detour has been put in around it. Ranger Rick was headed to the tree and the chain saw and other stuff might have been part of the balance problem with the Ranger.   Christmas tree drive is done here at the Lodge. Not as many trees collected as last year but they have all been taken to the Resort to be disposed of. Actually they will be tied in bundles, weighted down and dropped into the bay come spring melt out. Elmer and DOC and Vic will do it and will keep their new crappie spots a secret. Of course if you want to find out where they are all you need do is take a ride in Vic’s mail boat and check the seats. He writes down all his good fishing spots in pencil on his wood bench seats because he does not know how to read them on his handheld GPS unit. The idea of drifting over some of the brush piles sounds like a good idea about now.   Forty may happen on Thursday which is a lot better then minus 20 I will have a day spent at the hospital doing tests. Last years tests are now all bench marks and I have to repeat them now a year latter to see how much damage has been done. Hoping I come out pretty good but I have a lot of work to do before fishing season comes this year. Launching a boat by myself may not be something I can do till late in the season but I sure would like to ride along with Chuck come June. So from a cloudy day here at the Lodge at Lake Iwanttobethere
    • They make a rail that when it slides closed it drops about 1/4". I have these and they are nice for driving down the road but my 3 and 5 year olds can't open them up!   For the doors, I used an rv type style clip. To open you have to push in and then they pop open.
    • I can't imagine a worse job on earth than trying to wrangle a house full of 2-4 year olds with a baby or 2 thrown in for an added challenge...but thankfully someone wants to do it.   Around here the absolute lowest I've seen at an in home day care was $140/week and that was for any age, price didn't change based on age.  $175 is pretty common (again no price change for different ages, my 3 year old and 8 month old cost the same) but have seen it up as high as $225 and all of them were basically at capacity. When you get into day care centers they you can be looking at $300-400/week and the price does go up for infants and babies.    It seems a lot of people get into doing day care when they have their own kids.  They stay home with them to save daycare costs and then bring in other kids to bring in some income and then it goes from there.  Ends up being a pretty decent solution as long as the other person can find a job that provides the benefits. 
      If she does do in home day care just make sure to keep that in mind when buying a new house.  A friends wife does daycare out of their house and he hated their old house because the house layout required daycare to essentially be in the middle of their main living area so he'd come home from work and be in the middle of day care trying to relax with a beer. They ended up moving so that they could get a house that had a good basement set up for a daycare so they could more or less contain it to one area and not let it infiltrate the rest of the house.    
    • Tons of fish on Mille Lacs. LOL right. Must had a lot of people with u for a ton on Mille Lacs.    
    • Up here its not that much but at a home daycare you are still looking at 120 for a toddler 150 for an infant... This way we can save 1700 bucks a month! plus make a few dollars on top.. She was a teacher in a daycare while attending school.. She has a knack for a bunch of kids.. Me not so much. Thanks for the advice nofish!
    • It's that time of year again. Bassmaster Fantasy fishing started up today. I created a group again named HSO Bass. Password: mnbass Feel free to join. 
    • I have both.  The drawer slides work well, but they do open up sometimes going across the lake.  I don't think I've ever had a cabinet door open, though.    
  • Our Sponsors