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#7061778 - 02/01/18 12:03 PM GPS/E Collar Combos
rowdydog1 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/14
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What are the best options? What has been you're experience with your unit?

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#7061783 - 02/01/18 12:05 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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Garmin Alpha. Been using them for two years and they have worked great.
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#7061811 - 02/01/18 12:26 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: duckbill]
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Originally Posted By: duckbill
Garmin Alpha. Been using them for two years and they have worked great.


I still use two different collars. Cracker is my last dog. My friend has the combo and seems to have some trouble getting to the shock feature. He has a double and seems to have trouble getting to the right dog. I'd still go to the Alpha if I planned to continue hunting.
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#7061830 - 02/01/18 12:40 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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Loc: Texas
Alpha all the way
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#7061921 - 02/01/18 02:03 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
rowdydog1 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/14
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After doing some research it appears Garmin Alpha is the way to go, but they sure are proud of them. Dogtra has one but it does not look user friendly at all and you have to pair your phone to the device.

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#7061965 - 02/01/18 02:31 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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Registered: 12/06/12
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I have the garmin alpha and like it most of the time. The main issue is the accidently hitting the screen so it changes to a different screen all the time.

A friend of mine has the sport dog one and he likes it.

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#7062017 - 02/01/18 03:06 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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All I want out of my GPS is direction and distance. I plan to give my current one away when I'm done. My biggest complaint is the AA batteries rather than the rechargeable one in my handheld whatever.
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#7062222 - 02/01/18 05:38 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
Timn Offline
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Registered: 03/15/16
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You can lock the screen on the alpha. The alpha could be a little user friendly but I really like it. Thought I wouldn't use the shocking feature but I set up the buttons near the top for different dogs so all I have to do is remember which buttons go to which dog. I think right now garmin has a rebate going on.

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#7062495 - 02/01/18 08:41 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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Registered: 09/09/10
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Loc: Wizzerville/Mozelle/Seadrift
Alpha
Been using 1 since 2013
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#7062643 - 02/01/18 11:25 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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Registered: 08/26/12
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Loc: DFW
Alpha all the way...but spring for the watch too. My wife got me one for Christmas and it has totally changed my view of Garmin.

It is so much easier to read, even with three dogs out. No more need for bifocals in the field. (YMMV) No need to shift your gun around and fumble with getting back to the right screen. No more beeping from the screen lock every time the Alpha bumps your chest or pocket.
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#7062696 - 02/02/18 05:21 AM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: bill oxner]
arandy Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
Posts: 290
Loc: SW Arkansas
[quote=bill oxner]All I want out of my GPS is direction and distance. I agree with this. I could care less about anything that does not pertain to where the dog is and what it is doing. That is why I use and prefer Sportdog equipment over Garmin. I hunt with people regularly who use Garmin equipment and I can see no advantage. I find that the track and train feature on the Sportdog TEK1 much easier to use as well. Sportdog is coming out with a new handheld that is supposed to be an improvement that will use the newer TEK2 collars but still be a basic unit that tells you location, distance, how fast the dog is traveling, and on point. That's enough for me.

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#7063022 - 02/02/18 09:58 AM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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Registered: 12/07/14
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Loc: East Texas
I recently purchased the Dogtra Pathfinder gps/ e collar and have only used it on a 2 day hunt. I like it so far. My main concern going in was the battery life on my phone while using it but it didn't end up being an issue. It used about 50% battery for a half day hunt, charge during lunch and good to go for the afternoon. I only use 1 collar with it but could see how using multiple collars could be an issue when using the e collar.This is my first gps unit so I don't know how it compares to the others.It sure makes the hunt much more pleasant. I've been quail hunting for 25 years and don't know how i ever lived without one.

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#7063768 - 02/02/18 07:00 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
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Registered: 03/01/10
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Loc: Bishop, Texas
Thae comment about having a time getting to the shock feature of Alpha is not valid if you set it up right. I keep mine set where the button on the left bumps the dog wearing the black collar. The button on the right always bumps the dog wearing the red collar.
I only use the compass display, because, like Bill, I only care about what direction is the dog, and the distance to him. Everything else is fluff as far as I am concerned. It always has worked great for me.

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#7063884 - 02/02/18 09:11 PM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 1071
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
I own an Alpha, it's been good. I only have one dog and usually just need to vibrate her to come around or at least she will look back and I can direct her when I want to change direction or hit a sliver of cover she missed... my old pro trainer collar has a much better vibrate. The alpha is a little weak. I like vibrate cause I prefer to stay quite.

I use the middle button with the bump on it for vibrate. Left is for her warning...a weak momentary and right is continuos high shock.


I like looking at the map to see how we did covering the field. It's paid for itself twice when I went back and hit a corner or some cover and the birds were there.
I also like the map for when I'm in thick cover cause I can see where she is and be confident in not going to miss her on point. No more bells.
I don't have anything to compare it to but the alpha is good. I like the lights as well when we take her for late walks in town

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#7064236 - 02/03/18 10:26 AM Re: GPS/E Collar Combos [Re: rowdydog1]
fway Offline
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Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 40
Ok. Here is a dumb question....I've looked at the tracking collars from bass pro and like places....soooo expensive...all I need a tracking collar for is to find a lost dog, so why would a pet tracker from amazon not work? They have one that will go world wide for 79 bucks! Waterproof even.would that not work to find a lost dog?

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