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Tips For Introducing Newbie To Upland Hunting
Just some thoughts on bringing someone new into the uplands:
1. Camo is not appropriate. Wear blaze orange.
2. Wear appropriate footwear and have them broken in before you go hunting. Wear them around the house. My preference is the LL Bean type boot.
3. I like to wear shooting gloves. They are thin and although not warm offer protection from wind and thorns. And you can shoot with them.
4. Dress in layers. Fifty degree weather in the AM can turn into sixty to seventy degree weather in the PM.
5. Wear the right socks. I prefer wool.
6. I wear chaps because of the type of cover I hunt. Chaps are a good idea---they turn away thorns and keep your pants dry from the morning dew.
!. Keep muzzle in safe direction at all times.
2. Do not shoot birds on the ground. Do not shoot low flying birds.
3. Always know where the other hunters are. Lost sight of them? Shout out "Hey I don't see you, where are you?" You can lose sight of them in brush and other heavy cover.
1. These are not decoying ducks. These are rising birds and most will be flying up and away.
2. Shot size and choke should be appropriate for the bird and time of year.
3. When I use my dog I like to call shots. I will typically say "She's getting birdy. Dennis, get up on her and position yourself for the shot."
4. If Dennis doesn't down the bird, next closest person takes the shot if it is an ethical shot.
5. Tell the newbie that a bird can be killed by firing through tree branches and leaves. I had to prove this on one hunt by killing a chukar by firing through leafy branches. After all, 1 1/8 oz. of #6 shot has over 250 pellets. The front of the shot string clears the way for the pellets behind it. How many pellets do you think you need to kill a chukar? grouse?
6. When the dog gets birdy make sure you are READY. To me this means make sure you are using a port arms carry.
7. Take a step into the direction in which the bird will be flying. Remember, lead the bird, pull the trigger when in front of it.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Not a bad idea to take aspirins before you start hunting.
3. Got asthma? Make sure you have your inhaler with you.
4. Let the newbie know how your dog works.
5. I put a blaze orange collar on the dog.
DON'T ASSUME ANYTHING WITH A NEWBIE. OUT OF THE LAST SIX NEWBIES I TOOK OUT, FIVE OF THEM EXPECTED TO WEAR CAMO AND SIT FOR PHEASANTS.
Last edited by gdgli; 10-18-2017 at 10:14 AM.