FieldKing Avatar Upland Hunting Vest in Hunter Orange

By Alan Davison
Friday, December 2nd 2022

For about a year, we have been selling the Avatar Upland Hunting Vest from Pineo Outdoors. Many of you are familiar with Doug Pineo and his company Pineo Falconry. The development of the Avatar Upland Hunting Vest has been a 30-year endeavor of Doug’s and came from his original design of the Avatar Hawking Vest. As a side note, if you’re interested in the Avatar Hawking Vest it can be found at Rose Hawking.

Some months back Dogs Unlimited acquired the rights to the Avatar Upland Hunting Vest and we re-branded it FieldKing. It’s still manufactured in the United States with all the attention to detail and quality that Doug required. And honestly, it only makes sense. I never understood when a company would acquire another company’s great products and then dumb them down in either quality or features/benefits only to save some money in production. Customers are smart and they expect to get what they pay for.

For those of you who are not familiar with the FieldKing Avatar Upland Hunting Vest you can find it HERE on our website and look at the video HERE. It’s a classic strap-style hunting vest with some extra features that make it a unique and unparalleled hunting/gun dog training vest. You’ll notice first the 2 oversized pockets that appear to each have a zipper on the leading edge; there are actually 2 pockets side-by-side. The outer pockets, which have a divider and shell loops, are for shotgun shells, gloves, water bottles, scents, etc. The inner pockets, which are accessed using the aforementioned zipper, are used to carry training birds - think pigeons, chukar, quail, etc. The back panel of these bird pockets is made of heavy-duty mesh fabric, they are designed to give the birds fresh air so they are healthy, comfortable, and ready to fly.

When you’ve finally bagged your birds you’ll find an expandable, zippered game bag in the back of the vest. Unlike many other available vests’ game bags, this game bag is easy to access. You’ll also notice that the game bag is zippered on both sides to secure your game. Having these zippers allows you to maximize the number of birds that will fit in the bag. Great for hunting preserves and guides who are required to haul their guest’s birds. Additionally, if you’ve never experienced a shot bird that was only stunned and not killed alive in the game bag you’re in for a surprise. Another great reason for the game bag zippers. The game bag also has mesh panels for airing out your harvested birds.

Finally, where the adjustable shoulder straps meet the pockets you’ll find 2 oversized D-rings. These are great for attaching all types of equipment – training pistol lanyards, holstered e-collar or GPS transmitters, check cords, etc.

The FieldKing Avatar Upland Hunting Vest comes in 4 sizes – Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. Check out the Size Chart on the item page on our website to get your correct size. We had many discussions with Doug Pineo concerning what sizes to keep, and what sizes to eliminate and after looking at the cumulative sales over the last few years the obvious conclusion was to eliminate the SMALL size. The sales just weren’t there to support the cost of inventory especially when considering the minimum order quantity of each size of vest that we were required to commit to for the manufacturing process to proceed. After many thought-provoking discussions, intense internal deliberations, and finally a desire to appeal to a larger audience that we believe deserves access to a vest such as the Avatar Upland Hunting Vest we have decided to continue making a SMALL size. Many of our customers are women and we often hear that there is no vest available that was designed to fit them. We believe that our small-size Avatar Upland Hunting Vest will fill a need within this community. It’s also a great size for junior bird dog trainers and young upland hunters!