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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Dog bell

When you go grouse hunting do you have your dogs wear a bell? Last year my dogs did and a group I came across looked at me like I was crazy.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 05:48 PM
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Re: Dog bell

To bad for them. I always had a bell on my Brits. A good trick with 2 dogs when hunting pheasants is bell one and no bell on the other. I believe the birds knew there were two dogs, hearing one and not sure of the other, and didn't run that much.
Plus I wanted to know where my dogs were at in thick cover.

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Re: Dog bell

Exactly without a bell I feel like my dogs are lost. When they told me they had no bells or anything I thought that was nuts
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 05:59 PM
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Re: Dog bell

Very common to have a bell on a dog grouse hunting. The Dogs that compete on grouse always have bells.

That said I have really enjoyed hunting my dogs with a bell and just using the garmin, but prior to the garmin I always had bells.
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Re: Dog bell

Switched from a bell to a beeper collar on point only mode 4-5 years ago. Like hunting quiet and although my dog is out of sight most of the time I trust her to hunt with me.

The essence of the shot is how you shoot the bird, not how many. George Bird Evans
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Re: Dog bell

I went from a bell to a beeper on point only and from that to a Garman Astro. I also run a bell on my dogs in the grouse woods only because Tom Gingher gave me one a couple years ago and hearing it reminds me of him. I'm a sentimental old fool!

"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" Paul Simon.
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Re: Dog bell

use a bell for young dogs. the cadence of the bell tells alot more than a beeper.
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Re: Dog bell

Beeper collar on point only here
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Re: Dog bell

The sound of a bell on a crisp fall day is something that just seems right, even nostalgic. But I've got to say, once you see your dog do a 300 or 400 yard cast on a tracker it makes you wonder about all those times you couldn't hear the bell. And as for beepers........if I want to hear a dump truck going in reverse I'll just make a trip to the nearest construction site!
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-28-2014, 04:10 PM
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Re: Dog bell

No bell for me and my GSP. Tried it one season and just didn't need it. My dog is a close hunter.

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