As a waterfowl hunter, part of my daily duck season routine includes picking up spent 12-gauge hulls. If we don’t stay on top of it, hundreds, sometimes thousands of them can become scattered across the properties we hunt throughout the course of a season. Unless they’re salvaged, they’re simply rubbish – every one of them slowly rotting in a place it doesn’t belong.
Fortunately, they’re relatively easy to find and many even come right to you with a magnet. What’s harder to find and police, though, are wads.
Each shotshell launches a plastic wad some twenty to fifty yards out from the shooter while shells stay relatively close by. And since most hunters don’t bother to pick them up, they cause just as big a problem.
The first weekend after duck season you’ll find me making my rounds from property to property, searching for the illusive wads. It’s all part of the program.
What about you? Do you police your wads during and after the waterfowl hunting season?