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?
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.
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
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.
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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