Those all look like ethical hits to me. Congrats on spending time to practice.
Nothing worse in my book than the 1-day-a-year hunter who pulls out his 'old favorite' and wounds several animals in a non-lethal way. Leaving them to die in agony over weeks if they are lucky, or worse spend years as a cripple with an arrow still stuck in their body or a non-functional leg.
We can be humane. Taking game is natural.
But too many kind-hearted people will stick a gun in their stepson's hands (who has never shot before) and put them on a deer stand. Just so he can participate.
The good news: the KSG is a very effective and capable weapon.
It can be humane with training.
Lol- some of the public lands here only allow the use of a shotgun w/slugs. I have an 870 with rifle sights, and that has taken a lot of pigs. This new KSG is at least as accurate as that shotgun. 100 Yds is about as far as my ethics would allow as far as any smooth bore ethical hunt.
I'm just pleased that the KSG is capable of the accuracy. Most shots in our woods ad up to 50-60 yards.
We don't have to be so ethical with the pigs because they're a nuisance animal. But I don't want to get run over by one either after missing a kill shot.
I have four Ithaca slug guns, one is with a rifled barrel and a 7+1 mag tube...oddly enough named the 'Hogslayer' It was a southern thing sold here at a local sporting goods store, it is a brute with a 3" mag. Probably could order one direct and ship to your FFL if you wanted.
Never crossed my mind to use the KSG for that purpose. I like it!
Good on you for the practice! The KSG is a scary accurate weapon with its favorite loads. I have shot fist sized targets at 100m with my T-1 Aimpoint using Winchester PDX-1 slugs(my KSG's favorite, although not my pick for hogs) I hunt in east Texas, on the ground with my uncles using a Glock 10mm with 230gr hard cast lead flat point gas checks from Double Tap. Biggest bull I got was a 380lbs Russian boar that we stalked 2 days and finally got the wind right. One shot at 27m broadside. He trembled and dropped where he stood. I never feel under gunned with my 16rd Glock, because there's not much worse than a pissed off 300lbs+ hair covered pointy sledgehammer!
Wow what a week- took off on Monday over to the Louisiana border to a WMA I've never hunted before. It's a Bayou. Since I've never hunted it before I figured I'd bring the KSG as a walk about. Canoeing into the remote areas was a no go. Cypress trees were too close together. Did a lot of walking first day, and was rewarded by a huge sounder of hogs, rolled up a sow and one of her piglets. The sow ran off, and it was close to end of light, so I picked up portable pork and walked out. A good end to the first day. Got it skinned and on ice - whole 27 lbs and fits in the cooler whole! (Minus head)
The KSG is amazing. It is handy fast on target and hard hitting.
Walked a different area yesterday. Scared up a few deer but had no shot. Found a permanently installed tree stand late after lunch. Went back to camp, with plans to be in that stand in the dawns light.
Got there this morning. Spooked off something big arriving.
Sat and watched the squirrels till 8:30, then the forest erupted behind me. Another huge sounder of hogs was boiling through. Could not see them except for the small trees swaying and dust rising. I'm detecting a bit of a hog problem here... lol. At 9am a deer began to come thru. Looked like a doe at 100m, walking left to right. Let it get closer... oooo horns! Spike buck. It's a doe cull, and was hoping for doe but a spike is legal too, and bigger!
Kissed at him, he stopped. Boom. Neck shot was easy at 50yds. No meat wasted. He was down hard.
Now he's quartered and in ice, and I'm on my way home.