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Shotshell and shooter effectiveness: Lead vs. steel shot for duck hunting

Wildlife Society Bulletin

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Abstract

Shooter and shotshell effectiveness were tested during the 1979 waterfowl season at the Schell-Osage Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Missouri. Hunters who participated in the study bagged 1,967 ducks with 10,587 shots. No significant differences in bagging, crippling, or missing rates were measured among 4 Winchester 12 gauge loads: #4 buffered and unbuffered lead and #4 and #2 steel. Shooter effectiveness declined as distance increased. Crippling rates were not influenced by distance. Hunters reported good shotshell performance for all shells but indicated negative attitudes toward steel shot.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Shotshell and shooter effectiveness: Lead vs. steel shot for duck hunting
Series title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume
10
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1982
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
121-126
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
First page:
121
Last page:
126