Sunday, December 13, 2015
Being dependent on something is usually a bad thing. I found out a couple of days ago that as a chukar hunter I have become dependent on my Garmin Astro. I've owned it since the first year they came out and have loved it. My fear of losing a dog was almost completely gone. Within a matter of seconds I could tell you what my dog was doing most of the time and where he was. Most of the other advantages of the Astro I didn't use and didn't really care about. After using it for a while, I found myself searching for my dog in thick cover at times, even when the Astro said he was within 20 yards. So, I incorporated my electronic collar with the beeper to the Astro. If I couldn't see my dog I pushed the beeper and, voila, there he is. I also had the luxury of correction if I needed. Luckily for both me and the dog the stimulation isn't much needed anymore, but the beeper and the shock collar is an all in one unit.
The day started out great. I pulled up to the end of the road and was pleased to see the fresh snow that started where I parked and looked like even more snow up higher.
About half way back to Boise, my mind still going back to the mountain, I pulled off on a farm road with another idea. I hadn't tried removing the batteries. I had put a new pair in the remote before I started the hunt and didn't think that would be a problem. With the collar on I removed the batteries and then put them back in the unit. It seemed to be working. I put the collar on Jake and took a short walk. Everything worked as it was suppose to. I could now go home and not worry about explaining to Barb why I spent so much money on myself just two weeks before Christmas.
Yesterday, Greg and I went back over to the big pond with our dogs. I'm happy to say I had no issues with my Astro. I hope no one else has issues with their devices, but if you do, removing the power supply for a few minutes might just be the answer. It sure saved me.
I did have another problem on our hunt yesterday. It was shooting. If it rains as much tomorrow as it did here today maybe I can provide some form of laughter for you.