Shell and Shotgun Choice
Ruffs aren’t exactly known for their toughness and ability to survive. That said, we owe them our best efforts to kill them quickly and efficiently. For October or November hunts, I tend to use a lightweight over/ under 20-gauge shotgun for a couple of reasons. First, it’s not only easier to tote around while busting brush, but it also comes to my shoulder quicker than my heavier, longer 12-gauge shotgun. The split-second difference might not seem like much, but it matters. With that over/under, the first barrel is stuffed with #7 ½ shot and the second with #6s. Getting plenty of pellets into the air is a good thing, and since the shots will be close, there isn’t as great a need to use heavier hitters like #4 shot.