As we are entering some of the best days for waterfowling, a disturbing photo crossed my social media feeds last week. A fellow waterfowler had encountered a very strange experience with his Hevi-Shot shell while in the blind. Thankfully he was an experienced shooter, and immediately put the gun down after the first odd sounding shot, and discovery of something strange. Soon Hevi-Shot was receiving a report of the malfunctioning shell. Of course Hevi - Shot responded immediately, and launched an investigation, which resulted in the issuing of the following statement.
I strongly encourage everyone who uses Hevi-Shot to read it through, and absolutely check the numbers on your shell boxes.
We discovered last night that one of my hunting partners unfortunately has an entire case of the affected shells. There exists the possibility that a terrible tragedy could have occurred. I for one applaud Hevi-Shot’s swift and thorough response to the problem.
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM HEVI-Shot
At temperatures below freezing, our 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Metal® and HEVI-Steel® shotshell wads may crack on ignition. This may cause a “squib load”, with an off sound and reduced power.
While this squib load will not damage your gun in any way, it can result in a wad stuck in your barrel, because the force of some of these shells may not be strong enough to push the wad all the way out of the muzzle.
The danger comes if you fire again without clearing a stuck wad from your barrel. This can cause barrel damage or injury. If you hear an off sound with no power, please stop shooting! First, unload your gun – and then check your barrel for obstructions before you fire again!
Please do not shoot these shotshells. Instead, please contact us for replacement shells. We have fixed this problem in current production.
After we were contacted about squib loads, we began an intensive investigation that led to an understanding of the problem by the evening of 19 November. We want to get this notice out to our customers immediately. Please share it with your hunting friends.
The wads we bought between July and mid-November used a low-density polyethylene plastic. We switched yesterday to a linear low density polyethylene, which performs safely in all weather, including very cold weather. To understand the difference, please go to:
Only 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Steel or HEVI-Metal® shotshells with these lot numbers may have the problem:
201576 – 201584 301571 – 301609 401335 – 401345 500001 - 500016
201600 – 201637 301643 – 301659 401381 - 401422
201640 – 201659 301672 – 301689 401437 - 401463
201665 – 201671 301698 – 301701 401466 - 401486
201677 – 201680 301713 – 301722 401489 - 401504
201683 – 201699 301725 – 301726 401507 - 401519
201702 – 201722 301730 - 301734
201732 – 201736
The lot number is stamped on the inside top flap of your box of shotshells.
Whooee, I really should be grabbing a snack and a nap right now. It’s that time of year, when the decision to chase ducks or bucks is just too darn hard to make most days, so I split the difference by hitting the ground before sun up for the birds and chasing the bucks in the afternoon until dark. Makes for some long days before all is said and done.
The ducks - well what can I say except they really are just starting to arrive. It’s been more scouting than shooting most mornings. I’m hoping the cold friont that’s rapidly heading this way will bring them in by hundreds this evening and tomorrow.
I was relieved to see this just before sun up today though - better morning flight than I’ve seen so far.
And this made my heart smile when the sun got up and I could finally see what I’d been hearing.
Even if there haven’t been that many birds just yet, there sure have been some pretty mornings out there.
The bucks on the other hand have been pretty thick and pretty cooperative.
So now that I’ve used up my lunch time and my nap time to post, I reckon I’ll just full my zombie killer thermos with zombie killer coffee and traipse off to the woods to see how hard the bucks are chasing around today. Well, unless I get sidetracked by a batch of incoming birds….....ducks or bucks…ducks or bucks…either way it’s a grand time of year to be out there. GO OUTSIDE!
Photographers love photographing the sunsets from Wolf Creek Causeway
One of my favorite parts of attending Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days is that I get to have some extra time to photograph the sunrises and sunsets at Crab Orchard NWR.
Wolf Creek Causeway provides a great area to photograph the sunrise or sunset thanks to it’s easy accessibility and ample parking areas. Couple that with a an early morning or dusk drive around the auto wildlife tour just off of the causeway and you will find plenty to fill your memory cards.
A quick visit with the fine folks at the visitor center will also help you to find additional photo opportunities, learn about recent wildlife sightings, and anything of special interest that might be happening around the refuge during your visit.
Here are a few from this past weekends visit.
If you enjoy photographing the outdoors be sure to put a visit to Crab Orchard NWR on your list of must visit spots, and plan to be there at sunrise and stay through sunset! You won’t be disappointed!