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Dog Tracking Collar Tamper Deterrent

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Frogsauce, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Feb 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM
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    Frogsauce

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    Hey yall, never had this problem until I moved to VA... But 3 times now I have had someone either turn off the Garmin tracking collar or take it off the dog and toss it in the woods.

    Very annoying. I'm not sure if they think they are doing the dog a favor, but they are not. It's also against the law to tamper with it in VA (and most other states).

    So here is my home job deterrent to give you enough time to catch up with the dog before someone removes the tracker.

    I used 3/32" cable and weaved it through the battery compartment, then through the GPS receiver unit, and crimped a loop on each end.

    When you put the collar on the dog and buckle it, loop the slack back around and then put a small (but well made) lock through the hole in the collar, slack, and both of the cable loops.

    I also bought a rivet on name tag and added a warning to it. I put in on the underside of the slack, so when I flipped the slack over the warning would be right on top of the buckle.

    It didn't cost much, so I made the cable to fit, with only a bit of slack. I can always go buy more cable to make another if he gets fat (not likely for many years).

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    Where were you when they removed the collars or turned them off?

    - Mark
     
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    It might also be a good idea to have your dog micro-chiped if he isnt already. that way if somone takes the dog the first time they go to a vet they will get nabbed.
     
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    Looks like a good set up. suck you have to do it in the first place.

    this is a great idea. or if you out and you find the coller and no dog. may call the police and have a list of all yets. sounds like they would be breaking more laws than just illegally taking the dog.
     
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    Must be people think it's a bark/shock collar and take it off the dog?

    You still have the dog so obviously they aren't taking it off to steal the dog and leave it untraceable.
     
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    Yeah seems like they are just uneducated hippies, so far no dog theft.

    I had it happen twice in Thompson WMA and once in Rapidan WMA. Makes me nervous to hunt the public lands. Talked to another handler up there and he said he has it happen too often. Though he was a bit more paranoid about the PETA theory than me...

    Micro-chipping ain't fool-proof either. Granted it only costs like 20 bucks, so that is easy. The problem is, dog thieves know about them too, and typically wont take a stolen dog to the vet. Plus they can tend to slip around or stop working. When I run to the vet I ask them to make sure it's still good. I have had a few go dead on me and the vets don't always check them.
     
  7. Jul 2, 2015 at 11:08 AM
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    Anti-hunters have been known to ditch a collar...other than just turn it off and then call the dog a stray.
    I know a fella lost a bear dog that way.....odd for a GSP tho.

    I realize that wild birds are scarce in the Mother Ship but those WMA areas can be targets for dogs who are friendly.....I would keep better note of the dog or hunt elsewhere.
    My setters can range out a mite if birds are few and far between but at 200 yards or so the issue would be much less away from those WMAs.
    At a 1/2 mile or so in the Kansas shortgrass or even in the U.P....never an issue.

    I have had one setter eat a dental floss coyote bait placed by a deer hunter....on Public land in Pennsylvania.
    Took one incision in his stomach and four in his intestines to remove it all....tough on a 12 year old dog but he made it.
    I fear more from the SS&S deerhunters than from anti-hunters these days....much more re their kill baits, poisons and snares.
    It's a different woods out there than when I began birdhunting in '64'.....sadly, much different.
     

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