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#2606325 - Sun Mar 04 2012 03:38 PM Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers?
Panhead Offline

Registered: Mon Dec 08 2008
Posts: 9
Loc: Beaver County
For years I wondered how much ground my GSPs cover during a day-a-field. Yesterday, I found out exactly. I fitted my 9 year old [censored] with a harness and duct taped my Garmin 450T to the harness and then turned the tracking feature on. The Garmin records time and distance every 1-3 seconds. While I covered 2.1 miles, she covered over 6 miles during the 2 hour hike. Just an interesting fact I thought I'd share.

#2606368 - Sun Mar 04 2012 04:14 PM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
thwho Offline

Registered: Tue Dec 27 2005
Posts: 2168
Loc: Perkasie
Garmin makes a Gps tracking collar for the dogs. On a typical full day hunting I will flip the collar back in forth between two dogs typically, rotating who hunts. The dogs will typically cover close to 30 miles! Granted this isn't one dog doing all that but its still pretty impressive!

#2606372 - Sun Mar 04 2012 04:17 PM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
longrangehunter Offline

Registered: Tue Jan 24 2012
Posts: 80
Loc: pa
i usaly run 3 gsp when i am out hunting and usally on a saturday i cover about 10 miles and they cover between 30-80 miles

#2606412 - Sun Mar 04 2012 04:56 PM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
Panhead Offline

Registered: Mon Dec 08 2008
Posts: 9
Loc: Beaver County
I have seen the GPS locating collars but, havent been able to justify the expense- so I took the down/dirty approach. Worked pretty well actually - as an experiment - to answer that long un-answered question about covrage. My girls are getting older now, so 80 mile days now only happen their dreams. These high tech facts gives some credibility to being 'dog tired' after a hunt.

#2606705 - Sun Mar 04 2012 08:20 PM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
joutdoors Offline

Registered: Sat Feb 12 2011
Posts: 122
Loc: pa, westmoreland
I was amazed when I got my garmin 320 this year for my 1 year old brittany. He wanted to run big all year and it was challenge to keep him close, so I got it for peace of mind and to help with his training. (it's great to know your dog is on point 80 yards away and not ignoring your whistle. On two separate grouse hunts he covered 26 and 28 miles. He was great in the house after those hunts.

#2606801 - Sun Mar 04 2012 09:43 PM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
Pointer Offline

Registered: Wed Apr 04 2001
Posts: 1773
Loc: South Western, PA.
It is amazing how far they go. The most I have ever seen one of my pointers go in a day was on a grouse hunt in Michigan in 2007. I walked just over 8 miles based on the Garmin assuming a straight line on the dogs field pattern during the day. He went 43 miles being on the ground all day. That is when I started taking five to nine dogs on extended trips simply because I didn't realize how much work they were doing if on ground all day.

#2608088 - Mon Mar 05 2012 09:24 PM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
Barberry Offline

Registered: Sun Dec 31 2006
Posts: 515
Loc: PA
Some of those numbers are amazing...but not surprising. I always figured but never knew how many miles they went. On a normal grouse hunt, I will normally go 6-10 miles so I always figured my setters probably ran a marathon in a day. Also, these dogs are not running on nice level ground. Most of it is either uphill or down and over rocks and logs...truly amazing animals.

#2608821 - Tue Mar 06 2012 05:15 PM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
Davy Crockett Offline

Registered: Fri Oct 22 2004
Posts: 1401
Rabbit hunt in NH recently, dog ran a rabbit (snowshoe) probably around an hour give or take a little. Guide said 4.1 miles according to garmin tracker collar and gps. Just on one drive. Some pretty thick woods too, since we were close to Maine and Canada.

#2609555 - Wed Mar 07 2012 10:29 AM Re: Ever wonder how much ground your Dog covers? [Re: Panhead]
Pine-Creek Offline

Registered: Sat Apr 02 2011
Posts: 2490
Loc: Pa Mountains, Life Member NRA
I own 6 Grouse dogs because long ago I was taught how much
ground our dogs really cover on each Grouse hunt,
over a 3 hour period, if you have a serious Grouse dog the dog will cover approx 10 miles minimum. You the hunter might walk 5-8 miles the dog 10 - 15 miles with no problem.
All this ofcourse depends on the weather and how spread out the birds are.
Pine Creek/Dave

Edited by Pine-Creek (Wed Mar 07 2012 10:31 AM)
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