What to Look For When Having a Bird Hunting Experience 

When having a bird hunting, locating a prime spot to hunt is critical. It takes time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. 

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If you can find areas that provide a mix of cover types, from thick brush to open grassland, it will help your chances of finding and shooting quail, pheasants, chukar, or other game birds. These species are adapted to the varied habitats available and require that their food sources provide high-quality nutrition year-round. 

Use maps, GPS and Google Earth overlays to find places that other hunters have overlooked. These areas may be known as “parking lots” or “parking lot strips.” Usually, they are areas that have been used by other hunters and can provide excellent bird habitats. 

Locate the roosts of your target species and mark them. Often, these roosts can be found in the same area for several years. This can make locating them easier and can give you an idea of where to look for them in the future. 

When it comes to bird hunting, timing, and hand-eye coordination are essential. These skills can be learned with practice. Quick exercises like juggling, playing ping-pong, throwing darts, and shooting hoops are all excellent ways to keep your eye and wrist sharp. 

Getting out and practicing with your shotgun is a great way to improve your ability to hit upland birds. The more you shoot, the better your shot placement will become, and the more confidence you will have to take a bird down. 

Be careful when shooting low-flying birds, as this can create a dangerous situation for you and your partner. Ensure that your muzzle is pointing down and parallel to the ground. 

Avoid hunting areas where there is a lot of thick brush, or in which there are other potential hazards, such as streams. These types of areas can be difficult to navigate and can cause you or your partner to stray from the lineup. 

Consider bringing a dog with you on the hunt to help you locate birds and flush them out. But be aware that not all dogs are created equal. Some are “flushing” dogs, meaning they run up on a bird, flush it out of the cover and into the open, then return to you with it. 

A “pointing” dog, on the other hand, sneaks up on a hidden bird, pauses, and uses its nose to point out its location. This will often result in a better kill because you can get the bird into the air and not have to worry about the bird jumping out of the cover and flying away. 

If you are looking for a good dog to join you on your bird-hunting adventure, be sure that it has been properly trained. There are some excellent bird-hunting books and DVDs that will help you learn to train a good dog, or you can visit the website of the National Association of Guided Sporting Hunts (NAGSH) for a list of dog trainers.