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Pheasant/Duck/Goose combo?

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I hunt mostly Southeastern ma for pheasants and occasionally quail. Many times in the past I had ducks or a formation of geese fly over me well within range, but I always had to let them go since I was using lead shot. This year, I got my fed and state stamps, and plugged my 870 for 3 shots. I am planning on using 3" Blindside steel #2s for my upland hunting and if I get the opportunity to bag a goose or duck, I will. Does anyone else do this? Other than possibly having to let a pheasant fly a little further before shooting, is there any downside that I am missing? Regulations say that you can hunt upland with shot size no larger than #1. I think this is all legal.
 
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A similar question do woodcock need to be taken with lead free? They're technically federally managed waterfowl but how many grouse/phesant hunters are walking them with lead? Is this ok? I'll always pass on a phesant for a duck cause they're much tastier and more challenging to hunt. Pro tip get a collapsible fishing rod with a big weight and a treble hook for retrieval so you don't have to go swimming if you're dogless like myself.
 
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just looked it up in the abstracts. Non Toxic shot is NOT required for woodcock, snipe or Rails. You are good with lead on woodcock.
 
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Thanks Paddy for the tip about the rod with a snag hook. I was looking for big waders, but couldnt find any that fit good. I will bring my inshore rod with a snag hook when I just hunt waterfowl over water.
 

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You're good with lead for woodcock in MA but watch out in other states.. .Some states have restrictions hunting in certain areas with lead and with what's required for a permit. MA only requires a HIP for woodcock but CT requires a CT migratory bird stamp.
 
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