How to Overcome Challenging Tracking Situations

Chances are that when you go out hunting with your dog you are going to run into some challenging tracking situations. Even with a new, state of the art GPS tracking system your dog will still most likely run out of range. This is even more true if you are hunting in dense woods or areas where the signals can get blocked. How do you overcome these type of situations and spend less time looking for your dog?

Check the antenna

If you have a traditional hand held tracking system with an antenna on the receiver, make sure the antenna is fully deployed before setting out. You will not be able to get accuracy with your tracking system unless the antenna has been fully deployed. When you are not tracking, you can collapse the antenna to prevent it from breaking.

Adjust the fine tune pitch

Take a look at the control panel on your hand held unit. If you start to see the signal is getting weak, adjust the fine tuning knob on your hand held receiver to get the strongest pitch. This will enable you to better zero in on your dog wearing the transmitter. Adjusting the controls to pick up the frequency pitch is sometimes necessary when you are using a dog tracking system.

Move laterally and bi-laterally

Don’t just move in one direction if you dog runs out of range. Chances are your dog will be moving all over the place as should you. Whenever your dog runs out of range, you want to move around in different directions to pick up the signal. By moving laterally and bi-laterally you have a better chance of picking up the signal from the transmitter.

Get in the clearing

If you are in the woods hunting, look for a clearing so that you have a better chance of picking up the signal. Do not assume that because the tracking system has a distance and range of 12 miles that you will be able to get this all of the time. In fact, there are very few times when you will be able to get the maximum tracking distance for your system as any barriers interfere with the transmission. You may be able to get up to 12 miles with a tracking system on totally clear land, but with trees, bushes and other obstacles, you are most likely to get a distance and range of about 5 miles.

If you are using a GPS tracking system, you can locate the place where the signal last dropped off and begin looking for your dog at this point. GPS dog tracking systems offer about 7 miles of distance and range, but allow you to pick up the last dropped signal.

When using a battery operated device, make sure that you have fresh batteries on hand so that you do not run into trouble because the system is low on power. Today’s dog tracking systems are convenient to use and offer you many options so that you have less challenging situations when you are out hunting.

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