Are you ready to get outside and do some upland bird hunting? Here are our choices for the five best things about upland bird hunting.
While every form of hunting is unique, upland bird hunting has a very distinct flavor and culture that clearly distinguishes it from other types of hunting.
1. Working with a Good Hunting Dog
Getting to work with a good hunting dog is perhaps the best part of upland bird hunting. Not only does a well-trained dog usually make for a very successful hunt, but watching a bird dog work is just plain fun.
Additionally, it is incredibly satisfying to see a bird dog have so much fun retrieving birds. We would live in a very happy society if everyone loved their jobs as much as bird dogs love theirs.
2. Hunting with Friends
Unlike deer hunting, upland bird hunting is well suited for hunting in the company of friends or family. In fact, hunting with companions can really enhance your upland bird hunting experience.
3. The Challenge of the Hunt
No matter where you’re going upland bird hunting, it can be pretty physically demanding. The one thing that is consistent about upland bird hunting, regardless of the specific species or location of the hunt, is the fact that it will involve a good deal of walking.
Not only is it good exercise, but it is much more engaging than sitting in a deer stand all day waiting for something to walk by.
4. A Good Excuse to Shoot Skeet & Trap
There are few things more frustrating (and embarrassing) than walking for what seems like miles before getting a shot at a flushing bird, only to miss. For this reason, upland bird hunters need to keep their shooting skills sharp.
The skeet and trap range is a good way to do just that, which gives you another reason to break a few clays during the off season (not that you really needed an excuse).
5. Getting to Eat the Birds!
Upland birds, pheasant, chukar, and grouse in particular, have well-deserved reputations for being absolutely delicious table fare. In addition to how good they taste, there are few things as satisfying as sitting down to a meal that you (and your dog) worked your tail off to procure.
If that’s not a good reason to look forward to upland bird hunting, then I don’t know what is.
What things are you looking forward to about upland bird hunting this year?