Updated: Sep 21, 2022
You’ve done it. You have finally made your way north of the border to hunt the pantheon of waterfowling. . . Saskatchewan. Everything is packed, waders, bibs, and layers for any kind of condition. What about your ammunition choice? Obviously, you will still be shooting non-toxic shots, but what size of shot?
You’ll see plenty of waterfowl, even in dry years. With a little luck, you will have opportunities at both dark and light geese, puddle ducks, and even Sandhill Cranes if you time your trip right. With all of that variety, is there really a ‘one size that fits all solution? How about a #2 steel shot for the one size that fits best?
Without providing a full physics lesson, #2 shot provides enough pellets per shell while also having the lethality in size for the larger birds like cranes and geese. Utilizing this combination in one shell with the #2 shot will keep you from having to keep switching out between flights of ducks and geese, using too big of a shot on ducks, or using too small of a shot for geese.
Of course, be sure to pattern your shotgun! You want to match which #2 steel shot with the choke for your shotgun. Take the time, do it right, and put the most pellets inside the ‘kill hole’ at 15, 30, and 45 yards.
Then go with confidence to Saskatchewan for any waterfowl you’ll encounter with #2!