How to Have a Good Bird Hunting Experience 

When it comes to bird hunting, there are a lot of things that can make or break your experience. If you’re just starting out or you’re a veteran hunter looking to up your game, here are some tips that can help you have a great day in the woods.

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1. Be aware of where birds are roosting, feeding, and flying.

It’s a good idea to spend a few days or a week in the area where you plan to hunt to see how birds are moving about and what their daily activity schedule looks like. This will give you an idea of where to hunt on a given day, Siler said. For example, if you know pheasants are roosting at a certain spot in the morning, then that’s where you’ll want to hunt on that same day.

2. Be prepared with a shotgun and ammunition for the species you’re hunting.

Whether you’re hunting grouse, ducks, or geese, it’s important to have the right equipment and ammunition for the game you’re shooting at. This can make all the difference in your success, as well as the number of birds you bring home. 

3. Be confident when pointing your gun. 

When shooting a gun, it’s critical to have confidence in your ability to shoot accurately and correctly. To do this, be sure to practice with the gun before you go out on a hunt, and don’t forget to wear blaze orange so other hunters can easily spot you in the woods. 

4. Be patient and focused on your target. 

If you’re trying to take a duck or goose, it’s best to wait a little bit for them to get close. This will give you enough time to focus on the bird, mount the shotgun, and take a couple of deliberate shots. It also will help you avoid flaring out of range.

5. Be patient and stay with one bird until it drops.

If you can’t see a bird through your scope, use your binoculars to help you locate the bird and to focus on it before shooting. 

6. Hunt at the right time of day. 

Pheasants and quail feed differently during the day, so it’s important to hunt them at the times they feed the most. For example, pheasants will be moving from their roosts to feeding areas in the morning, so it’s best to hunt these fields during that time of day.

7. Using a dog is important for bird hunters, as it can help them find birds and flush them out of cover.

For most hunters, dogs can be the single best tool in the bird-hunting arsenal. But if you’re new to the sport, it can be difficult to acquire and train a dog for use on bird hunts. Harris, a columnist for the Bangor Daily News and It’s a Bird Dog’s Life, use Brittney Spaniels to point her dogs when she’s on the cover. She’s also used a cocker spaniel to flush out birds and a black Labrador retriever for pointing her dogs when she’s in open areas.