Hey CC, have you tried lookin glocally? There are tons of Wingmasters for sale around. Look at Gunbroker, or some of the other sites. That way you could probably avoid shipping.
I have 2 wingmasters, and a Benelli Nova. The Nova is a nice buy, if your budget allows. It's not alot of $$$$ like the top end guns, but it's nice because it will handle all the game around here, from doves to turkey to ducks.
We only have a couple of local stores and they JACK up their prices. I have been playing around gunbroker quite a bit the last few days. I did happen to find a good sale at Bass Pro shop but that's in Manteca, a couple hours from me but the 870 is only $269 right now. Might just be worth it though.
I have 4 twelve gauges that I would like to sell. I bought these to keep and have used them all, but need to pay some bills.
A vintage Vulcan Arms side by side with free floating hammers ($250) This gun points and patterns like you would not believe.
A Stevens model 311 sxs - forearm is mismatched but the gun has been upgraded to a manual safety so that it is ready to fire immediately when closing rather than the factory installed safety that needs switching off before firing.($300). Honest mans working gun. Not fancy but functional and solid.
a vintage outside hammer W. Richards damascus steel gun ($350) Classic beauty that you can use reasonable factory loads in for pheasant and partridge.
and a Tristar (Ducks Unlimited) semi auto black with black synthetic stock ($350). This gun just works. I have taken a dozen or so geese with it but need to pay for other things.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...