We're going to be sticking with shotgun hunting for one more week on the GazOutdoors.com blog poll. But we'll be heading over to goose hunting, which is becoming increasingly popular across Montana.
Last week's poll had to do with upland bird hunting and asked, "For upland birds, what gauge of shotgun are you most likely to be carrying?" The results weren't too surprising, with 71 percent (32 votes) in favor of the old standby 12 gauge, followed by the 20 gauge with 20 percent (nine votes). Hardly anyone packs a 16 gauge (7 percent, three votes) or 28 gauge (2 percent, one vote), so we'll call them an elite group.
But with steel or other nontoxic shot being mandatory for duck and goose hunting, replacing the old standard of lead, it gets a bit more complicated to be a shotgunner these days. Many goose hunters, especially, are opting for longer shotshells, and gun manufacturers are obliging them with shotguns that will handle these bigger loads.
So on GazOutdoors.com, let's ask this question: "For goose hunting, what gauge of shotgun and length of shotshell are you most likely to be using?" We'll offer an array of options - but steer away from the elite group of 16- and 28-gauge shooters just to simplify things a bit.
Add your comments to the blog post, including how the price of shotshells may come into play. If you haven't looked at shotshell prices in a few years, they're a real eye-opener!