Upland-Specific Gear for 2019 Bird Hunting

Upland-Specific Gear for 2019 Bird Hunting

From shotguns to decoys, check out this new gear for upland bird hunting. (Photo courtesy of Federal Premium)

Modern gear that's changing the game for quail, grouse, pheasant, dove.

Whether you hunt for quail, grouse, pheasant, dove, or all of them, there’s some new modern gear that should grab your attention.

From shotguns to decoys, check out this new gear for upland bird hunting — specific to each species.

Text by M.D. Johnson and Scott Haugen

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QUAIL

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SHOTGUNS

BENELLI Performance 828U Upland

Expanding their 828U over-and-under lineup, this new model weighs only 6.4 pounds with a sleek design for efficient operation. 12 gauge, 2 3/4- and 3-inch chamber; 24-inch barrel. $3,499


FRANCHI Instinct LX

The upgraded model features a lightweight design that makes for a comfortable, quick-handling over-and-under. Twenty-eight-inch barrel with vented rib, fiber-optic front bead and extended chokes increase shot distance and accuracy. 12 and 20 gauge. $1,699


CZ Wingshooter Elite

Built on a one-piece receiver, the pistol grip stock, comfortable design and white bead expedite target acquisition. 12 and 20 gauge with selectable 28-inch barrel, 3-inch chambers; five flush-mount choke tubes. $1,059

WINCHESTER SX4 Upland Field

Improved ergonomics in the stock and forearm mean quick shouldering and tracking of fast-moving quail. Larger operating buttons make for faster and safer handling. 12 gauge. 6 pounds, 10 ounces. $1,109

REMINGTON V3 Field Sport

A semi-auto that’s sleek and easy to work with minimized recoil. 12 gauge, 22-inch barrel; 2 3/4- and 3-inch. $895


STEVENS 555 Enhanced

New 16 gauge over-and-under boasts an auto shell ejector, manual safety and selective mechanical trigger. At 6.45 pounds it’s fast and comfortable. $879

LOADS 

REMINGTON Express XLR

From 12 gauge to .410, a vast line of shot sizes and speed makes this Extra Long Range family very complete.$13-$23

FEDERAL Upland Steel

When hunting areas that require non-lead shot, the high-velocity payload of this shotgun shell is a good option. 12 gauge and 20 gauge, Nos. 6 and 7 1/2 shot. $8-$9


BOOTS

DANNER FullBore

Expanding along the lines of their popular Mountain Hiker, the FullBore features outsoles with superior grip on wet and dry surfaces. Water-resistant suede, breathable lining and cushioned foot bed. $150

CABELA’S Meindl Perfekt Light Hikers

This lightweight version of the popular Perfekt Hikers is a big hit with serious upland hunters. Durable, multi-grip rubber outsoles, waterproof, moisture-dispersing layers, efficient cushioning for all-day comfort. $240

Accessories

SURECAN Gas Can

For ATV/UTV users, the SureCan is the ultimate as it self-vents with a thumb-depressed lever that simultaneously lets fuel flow so airlock is nonexistent, meaning no spills. A fully depressed trigger lets fuel flow fast. 2-plus- and 5-gallon capacities. $40–$55

PELICAN Ruck Case

Western quail hunters encounter dust, dirt, rain and snow. Protecting small valuables is assured in this rugged new utility case. Three sizes, all fit into a hunting vest or pack; 4 colors. $40–$60

SSI KnockOut 2-Pass

This two-part gun cleaner is lightweight and easy to use. Use the nylon rope to pull the brush from breach to barrel, then follow it up with the finishing rope. Available in a range of gauges. $7-$8

GROUSE

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Shotguns

CZ USA Bobwhite G2

An updated, hardy black chrome side-by-side that has a CNC-machined receiver for a better fit and finish in an economy, upland shotgun. Two triggers. Comes in 12, 20 or 28 gauges.$655

BROWNING Citori 725 Feather Superlight

Browning’s lightest over/under shotgun ever made. The Superlight gives the hunter familiar handling with a gorgeous black walnut stock and an oil finish.$2,670

WINCHESTER SX4 Upland Field

This satin-finished, premium walnut autoloader is touted by Winchester as the fastest shotgun in the world, which could come in handy while staring down grouse. The TruGlo front sight will help, too. $1,110

BROWNING Cynergy Field

An over/under shotgun that has superb ergonomics to fit nearly any hunter’s body type. It pulls up as quickly and makei it more of an even playing field when you hit the woods. $1,910

AMMUNITION

WINCHESTER Xtended Range Bismuth

For those who do not mind spending more money and really want to connect on some long-distance opportunities, these new shells could be just the trick to make a missed opportunity a successful one. $38

REMINGTON American Clay & Field

This load offers hunters the dual usefulness for recreational shooting and hunting while employing Remington’s STS Primer and Power Piston for greater accuracy and consistent downrange patterns. $9

KENT Ultimate FastLead Diamond Shot

Kent uses their proprietary diamond shot in this load. The shot is highly polished and is designed to give more uniform and consistent patterns as well as more energy upon impact. $14

FEDERAL Top Gun Sporting

Utilitarian loads that comes in .410 through 12 gauge in No. 7 1/2 to 9 shot for your days at the gun range or out in the field hunting. $9

FOOTWEAR

LACROSSE Alphaburly Pro Realtree Edge 400G

Insulated to perform in -20 degrees and with a waterproof exterior, this boot is built to withstand harsh elements. $170

IRISH SETTER Havoc 801

This more traditional-style leather hunting boot is relatively light compared to many other highly rubber based boots, yet it still offers ample insulation. $225

DANNER Grouse

The clean stitching of this boot is tailored for grouse hunters who hit rough country, so no mud, water, or dirt reaches your feet, and you are less likely to snag on brush. $330

Dog collars

SPORTDOG Upland Hunter 1875

It ties together valuable traits, like its 1-mile range, waterproofing, bright orange color and ability to be used with three of your grouse-hunting dogs. $405

DOGTRA Pathfinder

This electronic caller can be linked to your smartphone and give you access to Google Maps, satellite images and terrain views. $400

GARMIN Delta Upland XC

The simple dog collar system has only three buttons on the remote, so you spend more time focused on your hunt than messing around with equipment. $300

Packs

ALPS OUTDOORZ Contender X

This pack has a hydration pocket for long days afield, padded shoulder straps,easy-access exterior storage and is constructed with a frame to always stand upright. $200

MYSTERY RANCH Guide Light Frame

A new lightweight carbon-fiber frame that flexes with your body and a beefy waist belt, the Guide Light is the guts of a system that is versatile for heavy loads or lighter pack outs.$275

KUIU Ultra 2200

Made by hardcore hunters who like to chase mountain goats. The Ultra 2200 weighs less than 1 pound and will not fatigue your back after long days spent chasing birds.$109

PHEASANT

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Shotguns

FRANCHI Instinct LX 20

With her satin walnut stock/forearm and long list of niceties, including auto-ejectors, auto-safety, and interchangeable choke tubes, the Instinct LX 20 is tailor-made for the dove field. It is also available in 28-gauge and .410, both with the same 28-inch stacked barrels. $1,299

CZ USA Bobwhite G2

This updated, hardy black chrome side-by-side has a CNC-machined receiver for a better fit and finish in an economic upland shotgun with two triggers to make quick-reaction shooting decisions in the field. $655

STEVENS 555 Enhanced

This new 16 gauge over-and-under boasts an auto shell ejector, manual safety and selective mechanical trigger. At 6.45 pounds and combined with a sleek-fitting design, it’s fast and comfortable. $879

Ammunition

REMINGTON Nitro Pheasant

Remington packs each of these tried-and-true shotshells with your choice of No. 4, 5 or 6 high antimony copper-plated lead pellets. $18/25 rounds

WINCHESTER Rooster XR

Rooster XR features Winchester’s patented Shot-Lok Technology that helps hold patterns together at those extended ranges pheasant hunters commonly encounter in the late season. $22/15 rounds

FEDERAL PREMIUM Hi Bird

Federal’s Hi Bird shotshells feature an innovative two-piece wad design that reduces perceived recoil and provides improved pattern consistency. $12/25 rounds

HEVI-SHOT Classic Doubles

Old shotgun? Non-toxic requirement on the wildlife management area you’re planning to hunt? Not a problem. $30-40/10 rounds

Footwear

DANNER Quarry USA

I wore Danner’s Quarry boot for 16 hours a day for 17 consecutive days during wildland fire season. Incredible. Rugged, comfortable, low maintenance and tough. $270

GEORGIA BOOT Farm and Ranch Lacer

I wasn’t surprised to find GB’s Lacer a tremendous upland boot; a pound apiece, and tough as nails, yet comfortable enough to walk many a mile. $172

IRISH SETTER Wingshooter 808

Designed for the rigors of upland bird hunting, the Wingshooter 808 Upland 9-inch boot combines durable-yet-supple and form-fitting leather with rugged, rubber prairie soles. $180

Clothing

FILSON Double Hunting Bibs

Their double hunting bibs are a fine example of the Seattle-based company’s quality. Tin Cloth. Shelter Cloth. Reinforcements. Pockets. Briars don’t stand a chance. $350

BOB ALLEN High Prairie Upland Shirt

Thanks to the legendary Bob Allen line of outdoor gear, looking good while staying comfortable is easy. The High Prairie Upland Shirt is a classic; strong enough for the field. $46

BROWNING Bird’n Lite Pack Vest

The Bird ’n Lite Pack Vest from Browning is that, and more. The front-loading game bag is fantastic, as are the REACTAR pad shoulder pockets. $130

Dog Gear

GARMIN Pro 550 Plus

The Pro 550 features both a traditional and versatile Tri-Tronics E-Collar, as well as GPS directional tracking capabilities. $649

DOKKEN Dead Fowl Trainer Ringneck

Available as a ringneck pheasant, along with many other bird replicas, the Dead Fowl dummy encourages proper bird pick up, while discouraging shaking. A must-have for all trainers. $25

MUD RIVER Dog Handler’s Bag

The Mud River Dog Handler’s Bag makes getting and staying organized easy. A heavy-duty, water-resistant shell keeps items dry, while myriad pockets provide space for essentials. $60

DOVE

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Shotguns

FRANCHI Instinct LX 20

With her satin walnut stock/forearm and long list of niceties, including auto-ejectors, auto-safety, and interchangeable choke tubes, the Instinct LX 20 is tailor-made for the dove field. Also available in 28-gauge and .410, both with the same 28-inch stacked barrels. $1,299

BROWNING Citori Feather Superlight 16

Sixteen-gauge fans rejoice. Browning’s Citori Feather Superlight is now available in a 6.4-pound 16-gauge version. Simple yet beautiful, the Superlight 16 is, unfortunately, a limited-edition piece; however, find one, and it’s sure to please. $2,500

REMINGTON Model 870 American Classic 20

There’s a reason why Remington’s Model 870 pump-action is often referred to as America’s Pump Gun, and that reason is reliability. Beauty, too, has become a characteristic of the venerable M870, thanks to the introduction of the American Classic. The 6-pound 20-gauge is all dove! $1,250

MOSSBERG Silver Reserve II 28-gauge

The proof is in the performance, and this wonderful stacked barrel truly performs. Currently, I own a pair — a 12-bore, and a 20-gauge — and use them for everything from tidal marsh mallards to California quail. And, come September, mourning doves, Eurasians and pigeons. $773

Decoys

MOJO OUTDOORS Voodoo Dove

The name MOJO is synonymous with spinning wing duck decoys, but the company’s reputation carries into the dove field. The MOJO Voodoo Dove is lightweight, effective and runs up to 16 hours on four AA batteries. Combined with MOJO’s Dove Tree, the Voodoo puts a spell on these fast-fliers. $45

SOAR NO MORE Pro Mourning Dove

Ultra-realistic decoys aren’t only for waterfowlers. Neal Hunt at Soar No More (SNM) make some of the most natural-looking decoys on the market. Each Pro Mourning Dove comes with a dual mounting system that allows it to be used either on land or aloft. $60/6

LUCKY DUCK Rapid Flyer

Unlike spinning wing decoys, the Rapid Flyer Dove Decoy uses a natural up/down flapping motion that takes in-the-field realism and visual magnetism to another level. Power is supplied by three AAA batteries. Each decoy comes with a fully adjustable stake and carrying bag. $30

Camou & Accessories

BOLDERTON Elite Sportsman’s Chair

A five-gallon bucket is so yesterday when it comes to dove field seating. The Bolderton Elite Sportsman’s Chair is a big upgrade on the typical bucket. In two different sizes and able to accommodate up to 500 pounds, the Elite is dove-hunting comfort at its finest. $109

PLANO 1812 Hunting Stool

No, it’s not necessarily the new kid on the block, but I’m willing to bet that Plano’s Model 1812 Hunting Stool has supported more dove hunter backsides than any 250,000 buckets! With over 2,800 cubic inches of interior storage and a rugged outer shell, the Model 1812 can haul it all. $48

AVERY Heritage Strap Vest

Good-looking, comfortable and utilitarian. That, in a nutshell, is the Heritage Strap Vest from Avery Outdoors. At home in the dove field, as well as the uplands, this fully-adjustable heavy-duty cotton vest features expandable pockets, a rear game bag and multiple attachment points. $119

Dog Gear

AVERY Quick-Set Travel Kennel

The Quick-Set Travel Kennel folds flat in seconds to an impressive — not to mention room-saving — 1 1/2 inches. Three sizes ranging from small to extra large are available. $69

DOGTRA Super X2 Collar

Even great dogs need a reminder to behave. With 127 levels of precise stimulation, the Super X2 offers a bright LCD readout, 1-mile range and 2-hour Rapid Charge lithium polymer batteries. $509

ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS Workin’ Dog Kit

Accidents happen. With the Workin’ Dog Kit, you can be prepared for any eventuality, big or small. From clotting gauze to cold packs, the kit helps put everyone at ease.$110

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