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How to Pick the Best Shotgun for Duck Hunting

Learn how to pick the best shotgun for hunting ducks and other birds from big game hunter "Killer Keith" McDonald in this Howcast hunting video.

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Hello, I'm Keith McDonald, nickname, Killer Keith. Been hunting my whole life. 45, 50 years of deer hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, turkey hunting. You name it, I've hunted it. I'm a licensed main guide. I've hunted Alaska, I've hunted Canada, I've hunted Newfoundland. I've been everywhere, everywhere hunting. If you're gonna go duck hunting, there are different guns out there. There are 2 type actions, which is pump action or semi-automatic. That's gonna cover 99% of the duck hunt. Semi-automatics cost more than pump guns. Two or three times as much, probably. If you get a good pump shotgun to go duck hunting with for 500, a little under 500. Automatic, you can buy a good quality automatic for a litte over 1000 to 2000...in that range, 1500, maybe. So, either one will work equally as well, both great guns. Generally speaking, 12 gauge is the gun of choice. So if I was gonna recommend a gun to somebody, brand new, getting into duck hunting. I'd say 12 gauge pump. Great way to go. Not spending a lot of money, good gun, great way to go. That all being said, I always said there were two types of people in the world. People that owned Over and Under shotguns, and they people that wished they owned them. Over and Under shotgun's the Cadillac, the best. I own a couple of Over and Unders...great guns. You don't have to worry about maintenance. You can just shoot them. I mean, I do clean them, but you don't have to clean them that often. Very dependable, and they're a great gun, but they're a little pricey. Over and Under shotguns, to buy a decent quality Over and Under shotgun, you're gonna spend anywhere from, oh, $1500 to 55, 60 thousand. You decide how much you want to spend. So, as you spend more, you get prettier guns, better working guns. Not necessarily get more game, but they look nice.

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