Hunting game birds is a sport with a lot of nuance, and it is important to hunt for each type of game bird the right way. The right strategy for hunting one type of game would be ineffective for another, which is why you need to come prepared with the right knowledge and hunting gear, whatever quarry you are after. Tailoring your strategy, gun parts and gear to the game you are seeking will help you focus your energies and get the results you want.
Quail is one of the most quintessential game birds, and it is one of the most popular types of game in the Southern United States, from California to Virginia. Hunting quail, like hunting many other game birds, requires patience, precision and skill. It also requires knowing what to bring and how to use it. There are a few different ways to hunt quail, and the best method depends upon the terrain and the species of quail you are hunting. Nevertheless, most quail hunts involve the use of a dog to help flush out the small game birds from hiding. Unlike deer, which require stalking you game, sometimes for miles, quail hunts involve arousing the birds from hiding and shooting from close-range. Needless to say, a shotgun is a prerequisite. A 20 or 12 gauge is best, preferably loaded with a smaller shot size. These are small birds, and it does not take much to take them down.
Pheasant are a bit different to hunt than quail, though many of the same principles apply. Pheasant hunting is all about timing, so it is important to know when and where to look for them. As with quail, pheasant hunting involves flushing the birds out of hiding, so they can be taken down with a shotgun, as soon as they leave the ground. To do this, though, you must be patient, quiet and clever. Not only do pheasants behave differently at different times of the day, their behavior is also affected by the weather. For instance, Phil Bourjaily of Field and Stream claims that hunting pheasant at their roosting grounds on frigid, still mornings is foolish because they wake up early to feed. On the other hand, if it is slightly warmer, yet wet and windy, their nesting grounds will likely be rich with hunkered down pheasants.
One of the most popular game birds that is unique to North America is the turkey. Turkeys are a fairly large game bird, which is why they should be hunted differently than smaller birds, like quail and doves. First and foremost, you need to know where to look for turkeys. Though they require trees for roosting, you do not need to be near the woods to find turkeys. They tend to prefer habitats with only sparsely distributed trees. Finally, when it comes to hunting turkeys, it pays to dress for the occasion. Wear camouflage in order to get close enough to shoot.