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Must-Have Upland Items for Your Own Rooster Road Trip

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

LEER Minnesota

My name is Bob and I’m a gear junkie. I spent years denying this fact, but I’ve come to terms with my addiction. I love new hunting clothing, gadgets, dog products and shotguns. Lucky for me, Rooster Road Trip provides upland companies with a platform to show off their best products for the upland hunter through our gear testing. The following list includes items you simply can’t depart on your Rooster Road Trip without.

List of veterinarians in the area: This one is so easy to over-look, so I put it first. We all depart on our annual hunting road trip with visions of perfect points, shots and retrieves never imagining the tragedy of a snake bite, barbed wire cut or worse. It takes five minutes to search out and print the phone number, address, and hours of business for the nearest area veterinarian.  It may be a sheet of paper you throw away upon your return home, or it may help save your bird dog’s life.

Browning Tac Pro Leather Shooting Gloves: I’m old enough to remember when batting gloves became all the rage across major league baseball. I can picture Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies gripping his bat with a pair of white Franklin batting gloves as if it were yesterday. These Browning shooting gloves are every bit as badass and functional as Schmidt’s batting gloves. They provide skin-like feel of the safety, trigger and forearm while adding a little warmth on those chilly morning walks.

Irish Setter Wingshooter Boots: They say upland hunters are extremely brand loyal to three product categories; 1) dog breed, 2) shotgun and 3) boots. When it comes to a comfortable fit for an early season pheasant hunt, it’s impossible to beat this American-made classic.

Garmin Alpha: When America’s leading GPS manufacturer purchased Tri-Tronics electronic dog training systems, the Alpha was the natural offspring from their marriage. It provides tremendous peace of mind, particularly for the bird hunter who likes to get far, far away from the road.

LEER Locker: Do you own two dogs and have two hunting buddies with dogs too. Space runs out in one vehicle pretty quickly. And don’t you hate driving up to the farm house or wildlife area with a caravan of three trucks for three hunters? The LEER Locker is just the ticket to solve all your space problems. You can store all your guns, shells, e-collars, and gear in this hidden drawer that slides easily inside the roof of your pick-up’s topper.

Browning PF NTS Upland Shirt:  I love this shirt. I am a reasonable 170 pound 5’7” average-built guy, but this shirt makes me feel like a superhero. It’s a slimming base layer that is smooth on the skin, not overly constricting and even flatters a belly that’s had a few too many six-packs, as opposed to a six-pack set of abs.

Prairie Storm Steel 4s: On a public land hunt crossing multiple states with varying regulations, I simply find it easier to exclusively carry steel shot with me. And when you consider the speed and knock-down power of Federal Premium’s Prairie Storm, you can’t convince me that I’ve compromised any bag limit success with this decision.

Browning FCW Mountain Vest: Over the last few years, I’ve become a big vest guy. I like freedom in my arm’s range of motion. This very comfortable vest is fleece lined with a sturdy outer layer to block the wind.  I’ve found it to be especially versatile on those early morning hunts when you need just a little extra warmth under my blaze orange Browning Bird’n Lite strap vest.

Pheasants Forever Membership: Out of every dollar raised through Pheasants Forever, 92 cents gets right into the ground to fulfill our upland habitat mission. We are the most efficient and effective non-profit upland habitat conservation organization in the country. Your Pheasants Forever membership, merchandise purchases at, and support of our sponsors all helps us create habitat today and for future generations of bird hunters.

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Photo courtesy of LEER

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre and listen to Bob and Billy Hildebrand every Saturday morning on FAN Outdoors radio on KFAN FM100.3.

The Garmin Alpha is a Pheasant Hunter’s Tool of Silence

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Izzy & Trammell show off the new Garmin Alpha

Garmin’s new Alpha merges a GPS tracking collar with an electronic dog training collar system. I have owned the Astro, Alpha’s predecessor, for two years and was excited to give Garmin’s new gizmo a field trial this week along the Rooster Road Trip.

I was, however, hesitant about one thing; there is no beeper feature with the Alpha for pointing dogs. I have religiously run a beeber / eCollar combo with my Astro for the audible comfort of knowing exactly where my pup was at any given moment. In essence, I was using Astro’s GPS tracker to ensure my ability to always find a lost dog, but in reality I was only utilizing a small percentage of the collar’s benefits. Enter the Alpha and the added comfort of eCollar control.

After three full days of running the Alpha, I can say without reservation I’ve enjoyed the silence. As I’ve become more comfortable with the easy-to-use Garmin receiver screen and control for the electronic training buttons, I’ve noticed the added quiet to our hunting. There is little doubt the added stealthiest is helping our chances in cornering wily roosters accustomed to the sound of beepers, car doors and other abnormal sounds.

The other awesome feature of the new Alpha is its ability to track other hunters with Alpha units.  In other words, I’ve known exactly where Anthony & Andrew have been even when we’ve hunted some big rolling Nebraska prairies simply by looking at my handheld Alpha.

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing. Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.