If you or a loved one enjoys bird hunting, these seven things are must-haves.
Upland hunters tend to fall into somewhat of a cult-like identity, as game birds and gun dogs unquestionably dictate their attention. Holidays happen a couple days late, deer hunting becomes irrelevant and off-seasons become much easier to make use of.
After shoring up the need for a shotgun, upland hunting still requires a great deal of equipment, however, as you're not only buying gear for yourself, but often a dog, too.
You can go cheap on some things, but bird hunting demands a lot of walking and even more work, meaning wear and tear is inevitable. While I usually prioritize saving over spending, upland hunting is the one exception; spending more for the good stuff tends to pays off.
So, if you're looking to up your wing-shooting game, or if you're looking for a gift for the upland hunter in your life, we're here to point you in the right direction.
Orvis Pro Series Hunting Vest
Perhaps the most important piece of equipment for upland bird hunting outside of a shotgun and a well-trained dog. Unlike most forms of hunting, the uplands demand a ton of mobility.
The ability to carry shells in bulk is as paramount as having somewhere to stow your birds on the go, which is why having a reliable vest is a must.
There are a lot of vests out there, but none boast the quality of the Orvis Pro Series hunting vest.
Using a strap system, you'll be able to wear virtually whatever you want without feeling tight underneath a traditional vest.
Irish Setter Wingshooter Boots
Behold the most iconic boots among all bird hunters. You won't find many outdoorsmen who haven't heard of the Irish Setter Wingshooter boots, and they built their fitting name on their performance in the field.
These hunting boots aren't only simultaneously rugged and lightweight, but they're also especially stylish.
YETI LoadOut GoBox 30
When you're packing gear for yourself and a hunting dog, having the ability to effectively organize your gear makes all the difference.
The YETI LoadOut GoBox 30 is not only the perfect size for an upland hunter, but it's also tough as nails, which is a game-changer when you're constantly shuffling gear around between drives.
It also offers you the ability to move or remove dividers and shelves to provide the perfect fit for your specific gear.
Garmin Alpha 100
Nothing is more important when trying to bag birds than making sure your dog is up to speed. There's no better training tool on the market than the Garmin Alpha 100.
It's essentially the do-it-all dog tracker and trainer, as it not only allows you to correct your pup with adjustable tones, vibrations and shocks, but it also tracks up to 20 dogs.
Best of all, however, is probably to the top-of-the-line GPS navigation system, which features more than 100,000 topographic maps.
YETI Trailhead Dog Bed
If there's one thing gun dog owners can all attest to, it's the enjoyment of spoiling your most loyal hunting partner.
YETI has gotten creative with the expansion of its brand as of late, but it's clearly staked its claim in the hunting dog market.
The Trailhead Dog Bed is one of the hottest dog beds on the market, as it maintains YETI's industry-leading durability and versatility.
Gunner Kennels G1 Dog Crate
Just above your dog's comfort is its safety. And, the Gunner Kennels G1 dog crate is arguably the best there is.
Using roto-molded plastic and an escape-proof door, the G1 ensures your dog will stay safe in the event of an accident.
The G1 comes in four size options, too: Small, Medium, Intermediate and Large.
YETI LoadOut 5-Gallon Bucket
If you've ever had a good day in the field, whether you were hunting upland birds, waterfowl or just doves during Labor Day Weekend, you know how essential a good bucket is.
However, instead of constantly replacing a cheaper bucket at the start of every season, you should invest in one that will last you for years to come.
Additionally, the fully loaded bucket comes with an organizer tray, as well as a utility belt, to keep all your bird cleaning supplies nearby.