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Season Shot: Birdshot With a Twist

Lately it seems every time I open my computer to browse for things to write about, I more often than not find products that make me shake my head rather than make me open my wallet. The thing is, with this one, I can actually see where some folks might think it’s a good idea. Because I know from growing up in a hunting family if you’re using birdshot, you’re going to have to pick those stupid little pellets out of your meat for what feels like a decade before you can eat it with any confidence you won’t break a tooth. And then you still miss some, because they’re tiny and hide really well.

What Season Shot does is replace those little steel pellets with pellets comprised of seasoning blends. Which means not only do you get to bag your bird, but you don’t have to worry about finding all the little pellets before you cook it. You don’t have to find any of them, since as the bird cooks the seasoning will infuse the meat with flavour. That’s the idea, anyway. And on the surface it almost makes sense! But I’m one of those people who overthinks a lot of stuff, so I see several potential problems here.

First, how long do the seasoning shells last? I mean, sure, all ammunition has a shelf life after which it’s no longer a good idea to use it, but with a regular shotgun shell all that usually happens is it doesn’t fire. A shotgun shell full of seasoning pellets could spoil, and then you find yourself getting sick. No bueno. Second, how do they possibly compress herbs (and apparently liquids) enough that the shot will still kill the bird? Third, do they need refrigeration? That doesn’t seem practical out in the woods. But according to the diagram, the pellets melt in the oven, which would imply they’re frozen in some manner. Which leads me to my fourth question…how long do you have after shooting your bird before you have to cook it? Obviously you’re going to dress it out pretty much immediately, but do you have to have it for dinner that night?

See? Lots of questions, very few answers. What we do know is that it offers several flavours: Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic, Teriyaki, or Honey Mustard. It also is supposed to be comparable to steel shot as far as accuracy, and usable up to 45 yards. What we also know is that, while there is a website, Season Shot is still in development with no release date or pricing information available. Perhaps they’re working on some of those questions I have.


Source: Oh Gizmo

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