• 4 Essential Items Every Bird Hunter Should Have

    Bird hunting is a sport of skill and patience, but it is also important to have the proper gear. Going on a hunt unprepared can end with too few birds bagged, or even result in injuries.

    Binoculars.

    The first item any bird hunter should have with them on a hunting trip is a good pair of binoculars. When choosing what binoculars to bring along there are three things to consider.

    First, can the binoculars withstand poor weather? A hunter never knows what situation they will find themselves in. It would be unfortunate to bring a nice pair of binoculars on a hunting trip just to have a little rain ruin them.

    A pair of bird hunting binoculars should also not be to too powerful. Binoculars with too strong a magnification can actually impede a hunter’s ability to sight birds.

    Also, make sure any binoculars are lightweight.

    You can check out HuntingNerds.com which features a great comparison chart of the best binoculars for hunting available online.

    Boots.

    A good pair of boots is a must have on any hunting trip. The key to a good pair of hunting boots is to find a balance between comfort and durability.

    Comfort is important for bird hunting as the hunters will be on their feet for along time. Standing around all day in a pair of uncomfortable boots can be miserable.

    Durability is also important. No one can say exactly where a bird will fall once shot, so it is important to bring a pair of boots that can withstand any terrain. This also means the boots should be waterproof.

    OutdoorLife.com has a great article on the best hunting boots which features reviews of the 17 best ones out there.  Check it out by clicking here.

    Sunglasses/Shooting Glasses.

    Sunglasses can be the difference between a bird and a missed opportunity.

    It is very likely that at some point a bird the hunter is tracking is going to cross in front of the sun. When this happens a pair of sunglasses allows the hunter to stay on target without missing a beat.

    Click here for more information on shooting glasses and picking the right pair.

    Scope.

    There is a fair amount of debate about using a scope for bird hunting, but regardless there are a couple of options.

    Most hunters who use a scope for bird hunting stick with a red or green dot sight. This style of scope makes it much easier to track a bird through the air and maintain accuracy.

    A basic, non magnified cross hair scope can work as well, though it is not as highly recommended as a red dot sight.

    For more information and reviews on the top rifle scopes on the market click here.

  • Hunting The Wild Turkey

    Turkey

    Today, turkeys are raised and consumed around the world in the millions. However, these birds are the domesticated version of a truly American animal; the wild turkey. To say that wild turkeys are a successful game bird would be to understate it. They have done well in most countries they’ve been introduced in, as well as in many US states where they aren’t native. This means that the numbers of these birds are great, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to be easy for the bird hunter to find and bag. In fact, despite the wonderful flavor of the meat, the fact that wild turkeys can be challenging to hunt is one of the biggest draws for bird hunters.

    To find and shoot your turkey, it is first good to know where to find them. These game birds have a wide range and they are quite adaptive so they can be found in many terrains. However, they prefer having plenty of shelter, and are commonly seen in conifer and mixed forests. The forest not only provides food in the form of seeds and tree nuts, it also helps with making the animal harder to see, which protects it from predators. The mixed browns, grays and white of their feathers can almost make them invisible against the forest background.

    Keys for finding them can be to look for movement; however an easier way is probably to listen for them. Turkeys aren’t quiet birds, especially if a big Tom is watching over his harem of hens. Their nickname of ‘gobbler’ is quite appropriate. Approach the sound cautiously. These animals are wary and if they see your movement, they may quickly scatter. Turkeys aren’t especially strong fliers, but if they are spooked, they are capable of flying a few hundred yards, putting them out of range. By the time you reach the spot they flew to, they’ll probably also avail themselves to any cover they can find, which makes them just that much harder to see.

    Once you have the basics down in regard to where to look, how to find and how to spot the gobblers, you are ready to try the sport. In most places, this is accomplished with the use of a shotgun because of the game laws. It is always the best idea to check the local bird hunting regulations before heading out. Here is an example of Missouri. The hunting season, regulations regarding whether only a shotgun can be used or if other firearms can be and even whether or not only Toms can be taken are usually listed in the game synopsis for each area and these can vary widely from one place to another and year to year.

    One of the most popular shotguns for turkey hunting is a 12 gauge and if you are using a rifle rather than a shotgun, you’ll probably want to try for head shots so that none of the meat is wasted. Where it is lawful, the choice of firearm is largely up to the hunter and can also depend upon the terrain and the prowess the hunter possesses. Since these are large game birds, there is at least some leeway.

    Turkey hunting is a fun and challenging sport. With just a few basics understood, you can have good success and may soon be able to eat a turkey you fielded yourself. Not only is there a point of pride involved, many hunters swear that wild turkeys taste much better than those that were purchased in a store. Take the opportunity to find out if you agree.