Best GPS Collar & Tracking Systems For Hunting Dogs

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We put this guide together for people who want to find the best GPS Collars & Tracking Systems for hunting dogs.

SportDOG, Garmin and Dogtra all feature heavily, and for good reason.

Each of these brands make some of the top of the line dog hunting collars on the market.

We identify the best ones as well as outlining their main features, so you can figure out which one it most suitable for your dog/s.

Let’s check them out!

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

Best GPS Collar & Tracking Systems For Hunting Dogs

Our top picks for the best GPS Collar & Tracking Systems for hunting dogs are:

SportDOG TEK 2.0 GPS Tracking Collar System (on Amazon) – tracking only, and tracking + training models available. Has a tracking handheld

Garmin Alpha 100 (with TT 15 collar) Dog GPS Bundle (on Amazon) tracking and training device, when bought with the TT15 collar. Has a tracking handheld

Dogtra Pathfinder TRX GPS Tracking Collar System (on Amazon) – tracking system. Works with a compatible smartphone

There are also other GPS Collar tracking systems available which we outline below if the above systems aren’t for you.

 

Best GPS Hunting Dog Collars: Reviews

SportDOG Hunting Dog GPS Collars

SportDOG TEK 1.5

  • Comes in 2 models – a tracking only model, and a tracking + training model
  • For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 10.75″ – 23″
  • Has a 7 mile range
  • Track and/or train up to 12 dogs on this system
  • View your own location
  • View your dog’s location
  • View a tracking map that you can adjust from 100 yards to 75 miles
  • The update rate of the map is every 2.5 seconds
  • Has a tilt compensated compass screen
  • Set and save up to 20 waypoints
  • See each dog’s status: stopped (on point or treed) 
  • See other information like how far your dog has travelled, speed of travel, where they are travelling etc

SportDOG TEK 1.5 Review

 

SportDOG TEK 2.0

  • Comes in 2 models – a tracking only model, and a tracking + training model
  • For dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 10.75″ – 23″
  • Has a 10 mile range
  • Track and/or train up to 21 dogs on this system
  • More advanced with many more features compared to the TEK 1.5
  • Check out the review to see the extra tracking features, and the training options

SportDOG TEK 2.0 Review

 

Garmin Hunting Dog GPS Collars

Garmin Astro 320 

  • A Garmin handheld device used for tracking only (not training)
  • View your dog’s position, see dog info pages, see a dog tracking compass + more
  • Great for sporting dogs
  • Is best compatible with the T5 or T5 Mini collars
  • Also compatible with the TT15 collars, but you can’t use the training functions because the Astro 320 is not designed for training
  • You can track up to 10 dogs at a time from the 320 handheld, which means you can have up to 10 total collar devices connected to it
  • With the T5 you’ll get 9 miles range from the collar to the handheld, and with the T5 mini you’ll get 4 miles
  • The physical dimensions of the 320 are 2.4″ x 6.3″ x 1.4″
  • It weighs 9.2 oz with the batteries
  • The 320 comes with a preloaded worldwide basemap – there’s also optional BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and TOPO maps
  • It has a 2.6 inch color display screen (diagonally), with 160 x 240 pixels resolution
  • The battery life is up to 20 hours using 2 AA batteries (NiMH or Lithium are recommended)
  • IPX7 Water rating
  • 1.7GB Memory
  • USB interface
  • Storage is via a microSD™ card
  • Ability to have 2000 waypoints
  • Ability to have 200 routes
  • 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks for the track log
  • Has a barometric altimeter
  • Has a tilt-compensated 3-axis compass
  • Has area calculation
  • Has automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)
  • Allows geocaching
  • Allows custom maps
  • Has hunt/fish calendar, and sun and moon information
  • Runs of a MURS frequency band – The T 5, T 5 mini, TT™ 15 and TT 15 mini are only compatible with the Astro® 320 and the Alpha™ 100. T 5, T 5 mini, TT 15 and TT 15 mini can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 320 and the Alpha 100

Garmin Astro 320 Review

 

Garmin Astro 430 

  • A tracking only handheld device
  • See your dog’s location every 2.5 seconds – see where they are and where they’ve been
  • See a compass pointing in the direction they are going
  • See all or some or none of your dogs on a zoom map
  • Share your dog’s control code with another handheld Garmin device so they can see or configure your dog’s collar
  • See the number of times during the hunt when an “on point” or “treed” event was indicated
  • Count your coveys – mark where you found your catch, mark where your car or lodge is, mark tree or food waypoints etc.
  • The maps on the handheld allow a city navigator mode, and also a more detailed satellite mode for open areas where there are dirt roads, creeks and other roadways 
  • A handheld tracking GPS (GPS+GLONASS) device that connects to the T5 collars, or the TT15
  • Updates every 2.5 seconds
  • You get Hunt Metrics that let you see your dogs’ hunting patterns and behaviors (where they are and where they’ve been); view distance traveled, time afield and more
  • You can have up to 20 collars/dogs connected to the 430
  • Physical dimensions are 2.4″ x 6.3″ x 1.4″
  • Weighs 9.2 oz with the batteries in (batteries are Optional rechargeable NiMH pack or 2 x standard AA). The battery life is up to 20 hours
  • Water rated to IPX7
  • The display screen is 2.6 inches diagonally across, and has a resolution of 160 x 240 pixels
  • Has a 4GB memory capacity
  • Has a USB interface
  • Comes with preloaded maps – (TOPO U.S 100k maps)
  • Has the ability to add more maps
  • Has storage capacity with an additional microSD™ card 
  • You get up to 2000 waypoints
  • You get up to 200 routes
  • For the track log, you get 10,000 points, and 200 saved tracks
  • Has a Barometric altimeter
  • Has a tilt-compensated 3-axis compass
  • Ability for area calculation
  • Ability for automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)
  • Ability for geo caching
  • Ability to add custom maps
  • Has Hunt/fish calendar, and sun and moon information
  • Is Garmin Connect compatible
  • If you’re using the T 5 collar, the T 5 gives you 9 miles range from collar receiver to the Astro 420 whilst the T 5 Mini gives you 4 miles range
  • Has a MURS frequency band (The T 5, T 5 mini, TT™ 15 and TT 15 mini are only compatible with the Astro® 320, Astro 430 and the Alpha™ 100. T 5, T 5 mini, TT 15 and TT 15 mini can be configured for operation with either handheld but cannot be tracked simultaneously by both the Astro 320 and the Astro 430)
  • You get free 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription; compatible with Garmin HuntView cards
  • The 430 is compatible with many of Garmin’s other devices

Garmin Astro 430 Review

 

Garmin Alpha 100

The Alpha 100 is a a tracking + training system. It works best with the Garmin TT15 collars.

The Alpha 100 tracking features are:

  • It has the capability to track up to 20 dogs or other hunters – from up to 9 miles (TT 15) or 4 miles (TT 15 mini) away
  • It works by receiving signals from additional Alpha 100 handhelds, TT 15 and TT 15 mini dog devices (each sold separately). 
  • It can also receive tracking only signals from a T5 collar device
  • The handheld comes preloaded with TOPO U.S. 100k maps
  • It can measure a dog’s speed and distance travelled
  • It can track the direction your dog is travelling
  • It can receive notifications when your dog is ‘Treed’ or ‘On Point’
  • It updates your dog’s location as often as every 2.5 seconds
  • You can use the handheld and tap the screen with gloves
  • When using a vehicle to find or follow your dogs, the Garmin DriveTrack™ 70 dog tracker and GPS navigator (sold separately) provides an easy-to-watch “big picture” solution. The 7-inch moving map display shows dog positions overlaid on TOPO contours or satellite image views – along with navigation cues that help point you to your dog’s current location.
  • BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required) is an add on that allows you to have a better-than-real-life view of terrain, including roads, water, woods and more.
  • You can also get the free software – Basecamp. It allows you to view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks. This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers. BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
  • You also have the option to use your computer as a tracking station. You can load your laptop with BaseStation software to turn it into a field control center for tracking multiple dogs and/or buddies (up to 20 Alpha units, TT 15 or T 5 dog devices). View real-time GPS information on the larger display of your computer, making it ideal for canine search and rescue teams. And because it’s GPS and GLONASS, you’ll get safe, secure and more effective tracking, even where Internet and cell phone service isn’t available.

Garmin Alpha 100 Review

 

Dogtra Hunting Dog GPS Collars

 

Dogtra Pathfinder TRX

The Dogtra Pathfinder TRX is a tracking ONLY system. There’s also the Dogtra Pathfinder which is a tracking + training system.

The Pathfinder TRX features:

  • A system that functions with a collar receiver, a handheld remote, and your existing smartphone (has to be compatible)
  • It is a GPS tracking collar system intended for most working, hunting and competitive situations.
  • One of the best features is that it works with using cellular data in offline map mode (once you’ve downloaded the Pathfinder app), and you don’t need to purchase any additional programs
  • The Pathfinder app includes free maps and a compass
  • The range from your smart phone to the handheld remote/connector is 33 feet, via bluetooth
  • The range from the handheld remote/GPS connector to the collar receiver is 9 miles, via a MURS band
  • The app has a 2 second update rate, location sharing, a geo fence option and offline maps and compass
  • The system is fully waterproof (GPS connector and collar)
  • You get a belt clip included 
  • The batteries are 3.5 hour rapid charge batteries
  • The system is approved for AKC and UKC events
  • You can expand the system to track up to 21 dogs as long as you purchase add on TRX collars separately

Dogtra Pathfinder TRX Review

 

 

Best GPS Hunting Dog Collars: Buyer’s Guide

What Is A GPS Dog Tracking System?

A GPS/tracking system that usually comprises of a collar receiver or collar device, and a handheld GPS tracking remote, or smartphone app.

 

What Are GPS Dog Tracking Systems Used For?

They are usually used for two main things:

  • Tracking the location of your dog/s at any one time so you know where they are, and so you can find them
  • Tracking the activity of your dog so you know if they’ve been resting, walking, running, on the point, treeing etc.

 

Types of GPS Dog Tracking Systems?

There are two main types of Dog GPS Tracking Systems:

  • Dog GPS Tracking Systems for the everyday owner – these systems more so focus on tracking one pet at home and in the street. They are usually cheaper
  • Dog GPS Tracking Systems for the advanced owner, professional or hunter – these systems more so focus on tracking one or multiple dogs out in the open or in nature. They have expansive maps and advanced tracking metrics compared to the everyday systems. They are usually much more expensive

 

How Do GPS Dog Tracking Systems Actually Work?

It depends on the type of GPS system, but in general:

  • The collar receiver or device goes around the neck of your dog
  • You hold the remote handheld, or your compatible smartphone
  • The collar receiver or device sends data to the handheld remote or smartphone app. – usually relating to what your dog is doing or has been doing, or where they are
  • You are able to see the data in several different stats, modes, screen and viewing options on your handheld or smartphone app

The Dogtra Pathfinder TRX requires a compatible smartphone to work the system

 

Features To Look For In A GPS Dog Tracking System

The features really do vary depending on the type of system you get.

The best thing to do is to read through the reviews we’ve linked you to above to get an idea of the features each one has.

If you want a comparison of the advanced dog GPS tracking systems, you can read them here:

 

When Might You Use A GPS Dog Tracking System?

Advanced, Professional and Hunters

  • When you want to track pets out in nature or at an event
  • When you want to know what your pet is doing – standing still, walking, running, what direction they are heading etc.

 

What GPS Dog Tracking System Do I Get For My Dog?

You want to make sure of three things:

  • The collar is going to fit your dog’s neck size, or the collar device is going to be able to attach to the collar on your dog
  • Your dog weighs enough to use the system – usually dogs will have to be at least 8lbs 
  • The system has the features you need in order to track your dog as you require

 

Can Puppies Use A GPS Dog Tracking System?

It’s best to ask your dog’s vet.

The manufacturer should tell you the minimum age or weight for dogs using the system.

6 months old is an age given by some manufacturers.

 

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  1. You could add more information about the tracking collar for hunting dogs. Like the Garmin tracking collars. Otherwise very well made and organized website!

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