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#6925453 - 10/18/17 11:33 PM Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no
Michael Wilson Online   content
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Registered: 08/17/08
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Trying to decide if I should put a bell on my dog or not. This is my first year quail with a dog. Will be hunting some public land such as the Matador WMA and others. Thanks
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#6926395 - 10/19/17 07:57 PM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
nate33 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/16
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get a gps collar,,, I hunt with a guy with a collar that beeps constantly,,, it has to bother the dog.

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#6926505 - 10/19/17 10:01 PM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
The Point Offline
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Registered: 01/02/16
Posts: 45
Loc: Rowlett, TX
If you are on a tight budget definitely use the bell. It's better than being without help keeping up with your dog. If you got the funds go with a Garmin Alpha. It gives peace of mind and makes the hunt much more enjoyable. Best money your could spend

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#6926691 - 10/20/17 07:40 AM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
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how does your dog range? never used a bell, never had gps,that tell you how old I am?
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#6926770 - 10/20/17 08:38 AM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
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Registered: 05/13/17
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Loc: Denison, TX. / Texoma
I've wondered about this too just as a safety measure. I have a GSP who is obedient but does wander. Heard great things about the Garmin Alpha too.
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#6926801 - 10/20/17 08:58 AM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
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Nothing wrong with a bell until you get tired of listening to it.

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#6926820 - 10/20/17 09:07 AM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
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I've used bells but my hearing sucks so it didn't work for me.
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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.

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#6926878 - 10/20/17 09:50 AM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
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Loc: Wimberley, Tx
I tried last year but it was late in the season. The grass was a little over grazed in my opinion. She was out about 60 yards running long zig zags. She hit scent and cut back. She took a few cautious steps and the covey went up. 30 yards ahead of her. I ended up taking the bell off right there. I've tried it a few other times late in the season and saw the difference....I think.... Here's what I think...

If the grass is dense enough for the birds to want to hide it will work. If it's not the birds are going to run and get up. It's not about seeing your dog in the cover as much as wheather or not the birds will hold. I honestly quit using it. Get a light weight blaze orange vest for your dog. Keep them in sight. That's the silent option.

When I hunt public land I figure I have to do everything I can to be as stealthy as possible. It makes the difference in my opinion. I might try the bell again if I ever hunt grass taller then my dog or pen raised birds.


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#6926885 - 10/20/17 09:55 AM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
I've used bells but my hearing sucks so it didn't work for me.


^^^This... bells are old school and I used to use them all them time in heavy cover, but nowadays with GPS collars, I rarely see them used. Besides, unless the dog was running with the Liberty Bell around his neck, I'd never hear it.
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#6926948 - 10/20/17 10:41 AM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
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GPS is cheaper than replacing your dog

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#6927303 - 10/20/17 05:24 PM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
nak Online   sleepy
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Registered: 08/26/12
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Loc: DFW
After several hours of hunting with a guy that used a beeper on both his dogs, I was considering shooting him. Never hunted behind a dog with a bell, but it would have to be just as bad.
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#6927304 - 10/20/17 05:25 PM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: nak]
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No

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#6927334 - 10/20/17 05:47 PM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
Michael Wilson Online   content
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Thanks
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#6927347 - 10/20/17 06:03 PM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: Michael Wilson]
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Registered: 11/03/09
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Never.
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#6927605 - 10/20/17 10:20 PM Re: Hunting quail with bell on dog yes or no [Re: bill oxner]
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