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New to upland hunting

Hey guys I love to waterfowl, but don't always have a chance to get out on some water but I do have a chance to pheasant hunt 5 mins from were I live and would love to get into it next year. I was wondering what you need to get started. I'm looking at some over and under shotguns but I figure my pump would work as well. Is there any clothing that is a must have. I already hunt a lot so I have a decent amount of equipment, but I also don't want to have a miserable experience because I didn't get something. Thanks for the advice.

If an inline is just like a flintlock why don't you get a flintlock so you can hunt more seasons?
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Re: New to upland hunting

A friend with a dog helps.

You really don't need much. Some decent brush pants and waterproof boots may make the hunt more enjoyable. Your pump will work fine unless you needed an excuse to buy the O/U..

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Re: New to upland hunting

You need an upland coat or vest with orange, an orange cap and a good pair of boots. Brush pants are helpful but not essential. A pump shotgun is good in 12, 16 or 20 gauge. A good dog is a big help too.

There is a lot less gear needed compared to waterfowl but you are going to do a lot of walking. There will be plenty of trips where you don't get anything but don't let that make you miserable.
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Re: New to upland hunting

Springer... don't worry I'm used to not getting anything. I have been deer hunting for 12years and only have gotten two doe. So sounds like a good pair of boots is the biggest item.

RuffedG... I do need an excuse to get the over under, I'm getting married this summer ;-) I am also getting a dog, still haven't decided which breed yet (that's another post all together)

If an inline is just like a flintlock why don't you get a flintlock so you can hunt more seasons?
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Re: New to upland hunting

If you water fowl and go upland a versatile dog will do.I think all the basics were covered brush pants and small game vest. I would add a pheasant call so when you get in good cover you can let a cackle off and get your buddy all fired up like mine does. And sometimes you get a response from a rooster.HaHa
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Re: New to upland hunting

I never used to wear shooting glasses while bird or small game hunting, but now I always do. Are a big plus to protect your eyes when busting thru the thick stuff. Get polycarbonate ones, and usually they're not expensive. If you're hunting a field it's still a good idea but not as critical.
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brush pants will save u from cut up legs and good boots! As far as a dog goes remember a retriever can pheasant hunt as well as duck hunt and give you the best of both worlds! good luck!
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Re: New to upland hunting

You definently need a dog to flush out the pheasents. The pump should work well, that's what i use. Definently get some brush pants if you dont have any, it will be thick where the pheasents hide. Also, get orange so the other hunters know you are there. I hope you have success on your first hunt wiht these tips

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Re: New to upland hunting

Yeah, a dog is a big help but I hunted for years without one. I flushed a lot of birds. You just have to go into the thick stuff and pause every so often. I was in better shape then.
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Re: New to upland hunting

A Lab would be perfect for your waterfowl and upland hunting. Since you "need" and over under I would recomend Beretta or Browning.

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