Learn all the secrets of bird hunting
Bird hunting, generally speaking, is gaining more and more fans as it comes to the appeal of many hunters thanks to the numerous variations it offers: pheasant, turkey, duck, grouse, quail as well as other types of bird hunting. We are certain that the vast majority of hunters in the present have tried at least one of the above mentioned types to find out that it brings so much excitement and pure fun, a truly interesting and rewarding activity, regardless of the type chosen.
Among these types, wild turkey hunting seems to be the most popular subcategory which is why we will share some hunting tips for this type of sport. We recommend a distance of 100 to 150 yards and if you spot a gobbler that is located on a hillside, we recommend that you attempt climbing that respective hill and start the calling techniques from a position that is above the level of the turkey.
For duck hunting, we advise you to hunt in big waters and use a spread of minimum 50 decoys; 150 decoys will be perfect in order to create a natural environment. These decoys should be installed in a cove and a landing area should be left plus we advise you to extend one long leg of the spread out into the open water so that to attract the cruising ducks. We recommend that you start searching in sloughs, ponds and creeks because these are the main areas preferred by the ducks.
For those of you that prefer goose hunting, you need to know that the optimal load sizes are 1, BB, BBB and T steel. As far as the goose decoys placement is concerned, they should be placed in family groups of a minimum 5 to a maximum 12 decoys, and separated by 2-3 yards, give or take 1 yard.
Grouse hunting enthusiasts should know that for the first few weeks of the season, the shots are made from inside 20 yards which is why the gun and the ammunition should be chosen according to this distance. During the fall season, it is quite easy to locate grouse because you have to search for those areas that have food that these birds will eat during this period.
For pheasant hunters, we recommend that you learn more about their daily basic activity routine because only by doing so you will be able to discover which are the most efficient times as far as shooting is concerned. Pheasant hunting is done in most cases using a hunting dog. Training such a dog is not a very difficult thing to do plus the results it brings are quite impressive in a short amount of time.
The most common gauge used for quail hunting adventures would have to be the 20, but the 28 model is earning more and more enthusiasts. The more open chokes and the shorter barrels are recommended for this type of activity, getting very popular in the United States. We strongly recommend that a quail hunter must not take a shot at a quail that is flying very close to the ground because it will cause him to lower the muzzle of the shotgun below a horizontal plane with the terrain.
Bird hunting would not be the same without the proper use of a hunting dog, trained specifically for this sort of activity. The basic bird hunting dog must know before everything else, basic obedience commands because otherwise it will turn out to be quite useless in the hunting field, where you will need him the most. The key to proper training would be to let the future hunting dog to practice on pigeons because only so the hunter will have the ability to train the dog to stay locked up or make him learn retrieving methods, crucial to any bird hunting activity. Bird hunting dogs must be well trained before going hunting for the first time that is why hunters need to spend a great amount of time with the dog and have a lot of patience with them.
For those of you that are willing to give bird hunting a serious try, we recommend purchasing the proper hunting clothing which is why a suitable vest that has practical features like large cartridge pockets and game pouches is recommended. The vest must also provide maximum comfort which means that it must have large armholes and a 2-way zip or even a padded neck. The bird hunting vest must be multi-purpose clothing, as it must provide not only protection and safety, but also camouflage and the canvas equivalent of a support vehicle - a combination shell holder, transporter of water bottles, game carrier, dog treats, leashes, cell phones and others. There are many good quality products available on the Internet, we will let you discover them and try them out.
Besides vests, boots are also worth mentioning. Leather is the most popular material used in bird hunting boots: cow hide, boar hide as well as other types of leather. The most common one would be the cow hide as it offers strength plus it costs less money. Fabric is also an alternative, made out of polymers and nylons or even natural fibers. The most popular fabric would have to be cotton but it is not used in highly quality boots because it retains water which leads to rot and mildew. Rubber is another way to go, quite efficient in turning waters, but it can be torn apart by sharp items.