Good morning to you too, Dennis! Sister-in-law - Mobridge, sez lots of snow in the past couple of day's. Same with you?
Hope your bird population held up well this past winter...
Do you use a bell for pheasant or grouse.
I would never put a bell on my dog while pheasant hunting.
I purchased a cheap small cowbell from Amazon for my dog when grouse hunting.
This fella hasn't/or doesn't hunt switchgrass or big bluestem. I have a couple spots I wouldn't want a dog in it without a bell, more than 15 feet away and you can't see your dog, if the wind is blowing you can't tell where they are. I keep my bell on a snap swivel, only use it when neccessary and take it off when not needed. Can't prove it hurts, but I "feel" without the bell, the dog has an advantage.
John, that's one of the most diplomatic statements I've ever read on this site. I agree 100%. With wild, educated birds....ANY noise is too much noise. For me, anyway, because shooting pheasants is my goal. Are there legitimate reasons for bells? Yes. Can a bell ever make you MORE productive? I suppose anything's possible. But more often than not, with birds that have played the game before, hunter/dog noise is to the pheasant's benefit.I doubt a bell would be beneficial.