There has been a bit of discussion a few phone calls about a couple of images in the May Field & Game magazine, we were not surprised that you were worried about what appeared to be a semi-auto shotgun being used at Sandhill Lake on opening weekend.
Actually, given what we observed on the day, we should have anticipated the inquires.
The hunt was closely watched by enforcement staff from a hill and when the hunters walked from the water they made a beeline for camp because they too thought a semi-auto was being used.
What they discovered (and what is pictured) is an SHS STP12 Straight Pull Shotgun owned by Paul Klein and purchased from Rehfisch & Co. in Ballarat.
"Because we were rolling it over to reload, from a distance it looked like a semi-auto" Paul said.
At under $1000 he reckons the STP is a good general purpose shotgun and with 4+1 shot capacity it suits his main hunting which is pest animals, particularly foxes.
"I'm probably hunting ducks as well as I have with any shotgun I've had," he said.
"The only drawback is having to walk around picking up the shells but for the limited amount of duck hunting I do it saves me buying another shotgun.."
Paul said the straight pull isn't as practical as a traditional under and over for duck hunting but he's happy to compromise.
"As a general purpose shotgun it's fantastic."