It’s a moment that many hunters remember fondly: the day they got the first shotgun they could call their very own. Maybe it was a hand-me-down model from an older sibling, or maybe it was a new piece that was scaled down to fit better in small hands. Either way, it’s something that generations of hunters have enjoyed with their own children, passing down their own love of shooting sports to the next generation.
As with most sports, accurate shooting comes down to one critical skill: muscle memory. When you train your upper body to properly swing, sight and shoot, you are far more likely to be able to repeat that motion in the field, resulting in more accurate shots and more successful hunts. In theory, it’s easy. If only it was that easy to get to that point in practice.
A well-fitting, full-featured hunting vest is the American upland hunter’s best friend. Why? Because it is the one piece of gear that ties the rest of your field kit together. Your hunting vest offers protection from the weather, a place to store spare shells and tools, and—depending on the color and style—can help keep you hidden from your prey or visible to other hunters. It does it all.
The SHOT Show (Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade) takes place every January in Las Vegas and is the trade show where the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement communities come together to peruse the latest in firearms, ammunition, optics, outdoor apparel and more.
If it’s new and cool in the world of hunting, upland or otherwise, you’ll find it there.
There’s no question that taking your kids out hunting with you is one of life’s great pleasures. Being able to share that experience with the next generation is one of those things—just ask any hunter—that really hits home. And it’s important for the sport too.
Children are, quite literally, the future of upland hunting. Without their interest, without getting them out into the field early and often, shooting sports may not find their next generation of supporters. Taking your kids out on your own hunts, even if it’s just once or twice a season, is an investment in the future of the outdoor sports you love.