Ron Spomer

Ron Spomer

Ron Spomer began writing about his outdoor adventures in 1976 and has since been published in dozens of magazines. He's Rifle's columnist at Sporting Classics, Travel Columnist at Sports Afield, Hunting Dogs columnist at American Hunter and Guns, Ammo, Optics columnist at North American Hunter. You can learn more at and see his educational video reviews on the Ron Spomer Outdoors YouTube channel at .

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 21:55

Stepping Down in Gauges To Better Performance

Story | Photo by Ron Spomer

In the 1960s pheasants were big game birds in South Dakota, the upland equivalent of Canada geese. Tough, durable, armed with spurs and ready to shoulder through a dense swarm of shot. A big ringneck was no bird to fool with. The full-choke 12 gauge was the hands down favorite for taming South Dakota’s feral pheasants.

But I didn’t use one.