Essential Gear Checklist for Your Next Pheasant Hunt

May 14, 2024

When you’re gearing up for a thrilling pheasant hunting expedition, being prepared is key to a successful and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or just starting out, having the right equipment can make all the difference. Here’s a comprehensive checklist of what to bring along on your next pheasant hunting adventure:

1. Blaze Orange Hunting Clothing

Ensure you’re visible to fellow hunters by donning blaze orange or another suitable bright vest. For those seeking innovative designs, our friends at Chief Upland have crafted top-notch hunting vests. Plus, use promo code DAKOTA10 to enjoy an exclusive 10% discount! The promo code can only be used one time, so make sure you stock up on all your hunting gear needs. 

2. Layered Clothing

It is not uncommon to have temps well above 100 in the heat of Summer and -30 or more below actual temp and -75 plus (if that can be considered a bonus) windchill. So, pushing a 200-degree difference in just the matter of a few short months. Having grown up in Spink County, SD, where it all started with the first successful release of the Chinese Ringneck Pheasant in 1908 and having the distinct honor of hunting on this hallowed ground; I am still absolutely amazed at how these birds manage to survive and indeed thrive through all the adversity.

3. Shooting Gloves and Eye Protection

Protect your hands and eyes with quality shooting gloves and eye gear.

4. Shotgun

We recommend bringing a Twelve Gauge gun for our wild birds. While lighter gauges can work, experience is key. Beginners are advised to start with larger gauges. Don’t forget to remove plugs before arrival and get ready to rack off some rounds at our roosters!

5. Broken-in Hunting Boots

Don’t let discomfort ruin your hunt. Break in your hunting boots before the trip to prevent blisters and sore feet.

6. Dog Supplies

If you’re bringing canine companions along, ensure you have all the necessary supplies, including food, water, and any required gear for their safety and comfort.

7. GPS Tracking Device

Enhance safety during the hunt by using a GPS tracking device for your dog. Stay connected and ensure peace of mind throughout your expedition.

8. Camera/Video Equipment

Capture unforgettable moments from your hunt by bringing along a camera or video equipment. Alternatively, let our professionals create a personalized documentary for you or your group. Check out our video packages for more details!


With this comprehensive gear checklist, you’ll be well-prepared for your next hunting excursion. Remember to double-check your equipment before heading out and prioritize safety at all times. Happy hunting!