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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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