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#2914705 - 08/21/12 12:46 AM Kentucky Lake Guides

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 15
Loc: Nashville

Hey all - I am a first time poster on TnDeer and really appreciate you experienced folks helping us rookies out. As someone who is new to duck hunting, your opinions and tips are just invaluable.

I am fixing to learn to duck hunt and I like the advice of finding a guide for my first trip. Does anyone have any solid recommendations for a guide on Kentucky Lake this season? My buddy and I are both experienced shooters, we just never got around to learning how to hunt ducks. I want to make sure I enjoy hunting them before I invest in all the necessary decoys, calls, blinds, etc.

Also, does anybody know of a non-toxic ammo type that will shoot out of a full choke without damaging it? I would love to use my old wingmaster my first time hunting duck (sentimental reasons, of course), but I've heard mixed reviews on whether a fixed full choke will work for duck hunting. I realize it isn't ideal, but I'm wondering if it can be done without damaging the gun.

Thanks in advance for your help!

#2920312 - 08/25/12 09:09 PM Re: Kentucky Lake Guides [Re: godores]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

I would advise against the full choke. Steel and other non-toxic shot seem to do much better in less restrictive chokes. I made the switch from a modified in my A-5 many years ago to an improved cylinder, and my killing went way up. I've killed geese to 60 yds with that choke as well as doing better over the decoys.

I have seen reports of steel shot "bulging" a barrel with a full choke. I wouldn't risk a gun I cared about. And, IMO, you will do much better with a more open choke.
Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#2923657 - 08/28/12 03:43 PM Re: Kentucky Lake Guides [Re: scn]
6 Point

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 619
Loc: Ky Lake

As far as guides on Ky Lake, check with Steve McCadams, Garry Mason(Henry County), or Benny Latondresse(Benton Co.)
#2924591 - 08/29/12 10:02 AM Re: Kentucky Lake Guides [Re: Bullfrog]
14 Point

Registered: 06/27/01
Posts: 8065
Loc: Springville tennessee

Gary Mason is a good guide he has one of his guide blinds close to us on ky lake.Great guy.
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