One of the best things about the best bird hunters is that they know what works. Not only have they spent decades walking the walk in every imaginable condition, but they always keep an eye on their buddies’ gear. Not that they’d ever admit it. But we will. — Eric O’Keefe
Photography by Russell Graves
Pete Delkus shoulders his Beretta Silver Pigeon III over-and-under in the field.
www.beretta.com | From $3,450
Rick Pope bought this Francotte 20 gauge from Collectors Covey founder Bubba Wood in the early 1980s. His next step? I put a sidelock on it and turned it into a redneck birdgun,” he says.
www.collectorscovey.com | (800) 521-2403
In the Box
Top-tier hunting operations such as the Mesa Vista routinely rely on Jones Trailer Company for bird dog boxes. Available in standard configurations or custom boxes such as this 10-dog rig.
www.jonestrailers.com | From $1,995
Look after your dogs’ health and their well-being with Lewis Bright-Sight Tail Protectors.
www.gundogsupply.com | $23.95 (3-pack)
Brown Baggin’ It
Filson manufactures several field bags, but not Rick Pope’s. At least not anymore. He bought this classic oilcloth model
“about 30 years ago.” Chokes, shells, spare gloves, spare glasses — that’s the sort of gear Rick totes around.
www.filson.com | From $182