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Top Early Season Upland Bird Hunting Gear for 2021

The best gear for you and your dog to start the season off right.

Top Early Season Upland Bird Hunting Gear for 2021

Everything you need for your early season upland bird hunting adventures.

Orvis: Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed

After a long, hot day in the field, your dog deserves a comfortable place to recover and rest. Enter the Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed from Orvis. The memory foam supports joints and muscles, while the three-sided bolster provides a backrest for your gun dog with ample room to stretch out. The quilted cover is extremely thick and soft, and the hypoallergenic liner ensures the memory foam stays dry. Once dirty, simply unzip and toss in the washing machine. Available in sizes S–XL.

$230–$350; orvis.com

Yeti: Silo Cooler

Yeti Silo Cooler

This water cooler from YETI is the perfect addition to keep you and your gun dog hydrated and cool in the heat of the early season. Keep it in the bed of the truck without a worry—the extra-thick walls hold up to two inches of Permafrost insulation, ensuring water and ice stay freezing after days in the sun. The Lipgrip handles make transporting a breeze, and the Neverfail hinge system prevents the hinge from ever breaking to guarantee reliability season after season.

$300; yeti.com

Danner: Pronghorn 8" Hunting Boots

Danner pronghorn leather hunting boots

For nearly two decades, the Pronghorn from Danner has been allowing hunters to go further in the uplands. The full-grain leather upper is strong and durable, and helps to provide excellent ankle support to handle rough terrain. The TERRA FORCE NEXT platform combines an internal and external system which helps to provide arch support. The GORE-TEX waterproof liner keeps moisture out and lets your feet breathe. For extremely cold climates, the Pronghorn is available with PrimaLoft insulation.

$230; danner.com


Patternmaster: Code Black Upland Shotgun Choke

Patternmaster Code Black Upland shotgun choke

Patternmaster’s Code Black Upland choke tubes will extend the effective range of your 20- or 12-gauge to out to 40 yards with plenty of power—perfect for wild birds. Because of the exclusive "stud ring" inside the choke tube, there is a much shorter shot string. This creates more shot on target, so your down range energy is sure to be lethal. Patternmaster’s Code Black Upland choke tubes can be used with steel or other non-toxic ammunition as well as lead, and with 2-¾", 3", and 3-½" shells.

$95; patternmaster.com


Mendota: Jaeger Dog Lead 

Mendota Jaeger Leather Dog Lead

This beautiful chestnut rolled-leather lead from Mendota has five different uses and is fully stitched with two swivel bolt snaps at each end, a D-ring, as well as a floating ring. The Jaeger Lead is a very useful tool for hands-free control of your gun dog while on heel. It can facilitate advanced training opportunities for you and your bird dog while another dog works out in front as well as general day to day practicality. This lead measures ¾" x 8".

$50; mendotapet.com

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