Highland game hunting – where you use a dog to find, drive out and retrieve game birds – is so Great way to get outdoors And your watch (or guide) dog Working in the fields in search of sometimes elusive prey. After the dog locates or points to the bird (usually a chukar, quail, or pheasant), it is up to you to bring it down once it has flown by with one (or two) well-placed shotgun shots. But walking through the fields in search of a flying bird in the fall and winter presents a lot of challenges. Only good upland fishing gear can handle it adequately.
There are many obstacles that you must pass to successfully find a bird – wet grass in the morning, muddy terrain all year round, thistles and other thistles, and then some thistles, frosty weather that turns warm in the afternoon, dressy dogs that don’t want to obey . Fortunately, there is plenty of equipment out there that will help you conquer each challenge and make your time hunting for a blast (no pun intended). This year, hit the fields with the latest highland hunting gear that will help you take down more birds – and have fun doing it.
Here are our best picks.
1. Lightweight duck camp hunting shirt
Walking in fields and forests Hunting for birds will keep you sweating even when it’s cold, which is why the Duck Camp T-Shirt is a great choice. It’s sturdy enough to scoop out strawberries, has a UV protection factor of 30 to keep out bright sunlight, and has an integrated mesh ventilation system to keep you cool. Choose a Pin Oak Upland color with glowing orange flaps and shoulders to keep you visible to other shooters even if you throw in layers.
2. KUIU guide DCS jacket
For really cold days out on a game of highland hunting, layering with the KUIU Guide Jacket will give you the option to keep your heart warm if you decide to ditch other outerwear. Not only is the jacket treated with a water-repellent coating to keep the early morning dew away, but it’s made with special spiral threads that make the fleece pliable without stretching over time. It’s available in three camo options and six solids, including a fiery orange.
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