Reviews by PF & QF Staff

Photos by Aaron Black-Schmidt

Don’t mind the dirt or grime. From pre-season dog training to post-hunt meals, these are some of the products that round out our personal upland kits.

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Weston Vacuum Sealer

The best way to avoid freezer burned birds is to eat them fresh. The second-best way is to invest in a vacuum sealer. This unit from Weston is small enough to bring on trips but still features convenient bag storage and cutter integration.

» Waltonsinc.com | $122.99

Weston Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

The term “set it and forget it” probably hasn’t been uttered in many upland recipes, but that’s exactly what a sous vide allows you to do. Set the touch screen to the perfect temperature and know you’ll have the exact doneness you’re looking for.

» Waltonsinc.com | $189.99

Leatherman Raptor Medical Shears

Overbuilt for medics, EMTs and firefighters, the Leatherman Raptor Shears has also become a favorite indestructible tool for quickly and easily breaking down birds. For a limited time, if you renew with Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever at the $150 level, we’ll send you one for free.

» QuailForever.org/renew | $150 (includes membership)

InterState Batteries Charge & Go

You don’t really think about the importance of a portable vehicle jump starter until you need one … while hunting alone in the middle of nowhere. Plan ahead, don’t let yourself become stranded this fall or winter.

» Amazon.com | $99.99

CUGA Dog Vest

Safeguard your best friend in the field with this protective dog vest. A Velcro top and nine different sizes makes this an easy and effective safety measure for when your dog hits the forests, fields, or accidentally some barbed wire.

» CugaVest.com | $74.99

There’s only so much room available in the back of a truck. If a piece of gear is going to be hauled across the countryside it better serve a purpose — and serve it well.

Wonder Lead by Delmar Smith

When training a dog to heel and stay under control in exciting situations, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better tool than the Wonder Lead. The stiff rope responds immediately when your dog moves too far out or back, resulting in instant pain-free correction and quick response.

» Gundogsupply.com | $29.95

Tourbon Genuine Leather Game Strap

Tired of seeing the same old grip-and-grin hunting pictures? This 12-bird adjustable game strap can be clipped nearly anywhere and is perfect for taking well composed post-hunt photos.

» Amazon.com | $17.99

Yeti Crossroads 40L Duffel

When packing for an extended upland trip, your luggage is at the mercy of roto-molded kennels, coolers, water jugs and other non-forgiving items that can cause real damage when shifting or jostling down a dirt road. This carry-on sized Crossroads Duffel’s foam walls, structured build and internal or external compression straps create peace of mind that your precious cargo will reach your destination in one piece.

» Yeti.com | $199.99

Yeti Loadout GoBox 30

We probably can’t legally say that the LoadOut GoBox is “bomb proof,” but it is waterproof, dustproof, stackable, and ready to organize all your electronics, shells, camera equipment and other gear that can’t be compromised. This is a favorite piece for those of us who have had a tendency to bit a bit rough on our gear.

» Yeti.com | $249.99

Thorogood Infinity Boots

Employee-owned and based out of Wisconsin, Thorogood has been producing industry-leading footwear for over 125 years. The craftsmanship, quality and comfort provided by the Infinity FD Rubber Boot and 8-inch 1957 Series Flyway USA (that’s right, built in the USA) are unrivaled in any conditions and will keep your dogs from barking in any upland hunting conditions.

» Thorogoodusa.com | $180

Ruffland Water Hole

Spilled water bowls at the tailgate, or even worse in the hotel room, are a thing of the past with the Water Hole. This stores up to a gallon of water in the tower that automatically fills the bowl via a vacuum as your bird dog drinks. Another added bonus? It’s made of durable roto-molded construction and won’t crack or break if the water freezes.

» Rufflandkennels.com | $45.95

SoundGear Phantom

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the SoundGear Phantom has become one of our favorite pieces of technology to use afield. The world’s first custom, Bluetooth- compatible and rechargeable hearing aid and protection device allows you to easily have conversations while protecting you from loud sounds, like shotgun blasts, and also features 16 hours of streaming life and 23 hours of continuous use between charges.

» SoundGear.com | $1,399

SportDOG Brand TEK 2.0 GPS Tracking + E-Collar

The first to combine GPS tracking with e-collar training, SportDOG Brand has continued to raise the bar with their TEK 2.0. Its incredibly intuitive glove-friendly controls are bolstered by the fact you have a 10 mile range using HopTek™ technology for total control of your dog, or even up to 21 dogs (by simply adding TEK-2AD collars) with premium training features and feedback on their locations via preloaded, full-color 1:100,000 topo maps.

» SportDOG.com | $799.95

Leupold Packout Sunglasses

The Leupold name is synonymous with quality, and the Packout sunglasses are no different. Specifically designed for hunters and shooters, they provide ballistic protection that exceeds ANSI high-velocity impact standards for eye protection, Diamondcoat scratch resistance, UV protection, and all of this is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

» Leupold.com | $179.99

ECOXGEAR EcoDuo Speakers

Bluetooth speakers on a bird hunt? You bet. Being quiet as the hunt gets underway is important, but adding some life to a tailgate lunch or a bird cleaning station at the end of the day keeps moods festive and attitudes primed to keep the good times rolling all weekend. The EcoDuo is a crowd pleaser and features paired studio sound, seven hours of battery life, IP67 waterproof rating, and shock resistance.

» ECOXGEAR.com | $49.99

Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watch

This is not your typical watch. For the upland hunter, this rugged unit works within the Garmin “eco-system” so it can receive smart notifications, pair with compatible inReach devices to trigger an emergency and receive messages, and track your dogs by pairing to compatible Garmin tracking and training devices. In addition, Instinct Solar’s battery lasts up to 56 days in smartwatch mode with necessary solar charging. If your hunt can outlast that, consider us impressed.

» Garmin.com | $399.99

Do you have something to add or favorite gear that we missed? Drop a line to Andrew Vavra at avavra@pheasantsforever.org and let us know.

Reviews by PF & QF Staff
Photos by Aaron Black-Schmidt

This story originally appeared in the 2021 Upland Super Issue of the Pheasants Forever Journal. If you enjoyed it and would like to see more content like this in the pages of the Pheasants Forever Journal, become a Pheasants Forever member today!