Though in meetings most of Day One of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, I was able to visit a few manufacturers’ exhibits. Innovation as always, is a keyword at this gathering and already one product jumps out at we dog folk:
Tri-Tronics’ TracerTM Light is designed to fit any G-series receiver. Hunters are able to turn the light on or off with a simple press of a button on their transmitter, and can choose between a blinking light or constant mode, which is visible from up to a half mile. It is inserted at the “base” of your collar battery unit and wraps around the entire battery. It doesn’t appear to add much weight or bulk to the collar, and won’t lighten your wallet too much.
If you let your retrievers “help” with decoy placement before first light, run dogs until full dark, or just want the added safety of light when walking Fido on a busy road, this might help. My guess is, houndsmen will find this item most helpful.
For hunters who run multiple dogs, the TracerTMLight is available in three colors: red, white and blue. It is available as a single accessory ($49.00 MSRP), already attached to the accessory receiver ($193.95 MSRP) or pre-installed in a Trashbreaker remote trainer ($514.00 MSRP).
[SHOT Show gossip you didn’t hear here: watch for another GPS tracking collar to compete with Garmin, this one with stimulation so your dog doesn’t need to look like a retail display mannequin for electronic collars. Maybe as soon as this hunting season.]