Bird hunting vests
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:34 PM
Last year, I bit the bullet and bought an Orvis strap vest. It has been great. I love the metal spring ammo pocket closures. They will hold the pocket open or closed. that's the best feature I've found on a bird vest. But these vests are pretty pricey.
Recently, I heard about this other vest, made more for long distance chukar hunting where you need to carry more stuff. Looks pretty good. Again, a pricey vest. But it might be worth it for the hunter that has everything else.
What's your favorite vest?
Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:10 PM
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:51 AM
Somewhere, I have a Camelback vest with the water resevoir, I know I have a Cabelas Dog Handler vest which I put 8 roosters in on a pen raised hunt once in just the first hour...using a .410. But that's another story. TM85 reminded me that I have a Columbia waterproof coat with a bird pouch and shell pockets. Then there's about 3-4 belt type dove/quail thingies. A couple cheapo vests bought at country stores while on trips that I forgot my vest. I need to run a garage sale...
Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:19 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:45 AM
I fail to see why one would to carry more stuff to hunt chukar except for a 2oz chukar call and maybe more water. ...
Since you don't own or hunt a dog, it's pretty clear why you fail to see that. I needed that.
Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:32 AM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:33 PM
Recently, I heard about this other vest, made more for long distance chukar hunting where you need to carry more stuff
But maybe you need more where you keep talking about your "planted" birds. Ours are only planted by mommy and daddy bird on our hunts
Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:16 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:39 PM
Got lots of pics, like this one, but you will have to excuse the lack of fences. We only hunt open, public fields and wild birds
Personally, I prefer a lightweight vest like Cabelas Upland Game vest. I don't like fanny packs or anything around my waist because they always seem to start pulling my pants off. Seems I'm constantly adjusting/pulling them up. The vest works for me...
I am a vest guy myself, but it always seemed that a bottle or two of water really took its toll on back, neck, and shoulders (at least to mine). And I have almost always worn belts, so the water on the hip for me was a naturally easy choice, and it cured the stiffness immediately. But I admittedly also carry a lot more weight above the waist than a lot of guys even before the vest and water
Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:01 AM
Since you were providing advice to the fellow about the GSP he was given, I know you must have some insight here. He's likely to run into some steadiness issues (if the dog ever was steady), maybe creeping or even breaking, so do you advise going all the way back to barrels or just the whoa post? And how do you do that with wild birds and your barrels or whoa post?
Also, that dog may not have been hunted for quite a while and possibly not have much motivation in the field to cast an adequate distance and speed. How would you increase range and motivate a strong patterning work ethic with only wild birds?
I know I don't get much time in the field each year as I'd like and I certainly don't get as much time on wild birds as I'd like to, especially to keep the dogs sharp. Last season it was just a couple out of state hunts. So. Dakota and Kansas, both mainly pheasant hunts and some local quail and chukar hunts mainly in the Carrizo Plain N.M.. But I do get out on wild bird hunts as often as I can.
Here's the first day in Kansas. The new dog was good enough to get me 3 wild birds with that Lefever .410 that day. (It was 15F when this picture was shot)
The old lab got a couple more out of this field the next day, when I used the old Fox 12ga.
Down on the Mexican border of central AZ a year and half ago, the lab got on the scent and put up this relatively rare wild mearns even though she'd never seen one. I only took two with my Ithaca .410 out of respect for the population downturn they were having.
In South Dakota, the lab got this wild rooster, put down with the only pump gun I ever owned, that Win M-42 .410
In the early part of the season, a friend and I took these wild quail over (under?) the lab one day on the private land of a friend. I used my Lefever .410 again here and that's a friend's Parker GHE 20ga as I recall.
I'm always looking for better ways to train my dogs and keep them sharp, but I haven't been able to do it without supplementing my hunting and training with pen raised birds, especially in the off season. Maybe you could give those of us that are in this situation tips on a better way.
Also, I've been adding some basic firstaid stuff to my gear for my dog and I, when I venture any further than a mile from the truck. That's in addition to some needlenose pliers for cactus and thorns and some eyewash. I always thought it was good to take care of my dog's well being and any hunting partner or myself if it came to it. I've used this stuff occasionally, but you think I should leave it behind?
Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:33 PM
I'm seeing a pattern here. Is there anything else you would like to take entirely out of context, or add words I never said to?
Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:44 PM
So, you don't know.
There's your pattern.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:38 AM
hers a pic of a merns shot in n arizona, got a scale too. my faverite vest has been a pella upland lite, going to need a new one after about six years off heavy use!
Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:14 PM
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:16 AM
So get off your asses and email him. http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php Choose SB1221 and CON. Add your own personal comments.
BUT DO IT!
I think it is important to stop this bill. And lord knows bird dogs are next.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 02:10 PM
Agreed. And thanks for the headsup. I've sent what I believe is a compelling arguement to our governor.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 03:34 PM
Nice pics guys. My chukar hunting buddy got a bird dog now, so looking forward to not losing as many (or any?) birds. Really sucks, but we have trouble finding our birds without a dog- those chukar flush pretty far, and sometimes drop a loooooooong ways...
Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:41 PM
This year, I have two vials of injectable Benedryl and two syringes, in case the dogs get snakebit with this warm weather. They also got vaccinated for Western rattler this year because of the warmer weather. Just buyin time to get them to a vet. Still, it's just as likely the vet would give injectable Benedryl too.
Still, normally when I venture far from the truck, I'll have a few pills for pain that work for dogs and people, and anti-histamine pills, vet wrap, tape, gauze, eye flush, a surgical clamp/hemostat, needle nose pliers.
If you guys get that new dog up in the chukar rocks, I'd advise booting the dog before you even get there. Carry extra duct tape and innertube rubber to patch the boots up. A young dog new to chukar country is likely to run itself lame, possibly longterm injuries.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:48 PM
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