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Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby sns2 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:41 pm

Have to order a remote launcher. In Canada, I have the choice between DT or Dogtra. Any thoughts? All would be appreciated. Thanks folks.
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby ForestDump » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:14 pm

They all work the same now days, whichever you can get the better deal on go with it.
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby bhennessy » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:05 pm

I've got a couple dogtra quail launchers and my complaint is that they won't loft a pigeon very high (2 feet or so). The spring mechanism can be monkied with to get a bit more tension, but suspect the pheasant version would work better with larger homers. However, I can't speak to if the pheasant version would be too large for pigeons and the lack of lift with the quail version isn't too big a deal with strong flyers. I've had a few weak ones however cartwheel down 10 feet from the launcher. Fortunately I was firing a blank gun for conditioning each time so it wasn't negative training.
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby Coveyrise64 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:18 am

I prefer the Dogtra launchers because of the transmitter/receiver unit. Better quality than the DT.

Captive birds won't fly well unless conditioned....I free fly my homers every other day whether I'm using them or not. My Dogtra launchers are set on the minimum spring tension and I've never had a bird fall back to the ground.

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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby ryanr » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:30 am

Definitely go with the Dogtra. For years we used the DT (loved the rear trap door for loading birds after launcher was set) and still do sometimes but the Dogtra holds up better, specifically the spring system is more reliable. The DT relies on a plastic arm & gear to move a thin wire to release the spring. Grass or twigs can interfere with the wire to either cause it not move to release the spring. This will also wear out the plastic gear over time and cause it to begin to fail as well.The Dogtra uses a stronger metal arm and gear mechanism and simply holds up better to the wear and tear of training use. It is also simpler to set the trigger.
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby Doc E » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:06 pm

Dogtra --- pheasant size (does pigeons well too).
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby Doc E » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:06 pm

Dogtra --- pheasant size (does pigeons well too).
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby sns2 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:58 am

Dogtra pheasant size arrived last night. Seems like a quality unit. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby bhennessy » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:39 am

Let me know how they work with pigeons sns2 as I'm thinking of adding one more launcher. Thanks
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby Birdog72 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:01 am

Can you put two pigeons in this launcher to stimulate a multi bird flush?
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Re: Remote Launcher: DT or Dogtra

Postby ANick » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:54 am

On the launchers, a couple more tidbits.
1) Back when I was looking for new ones, I was a bit stuck on which. Finally called Gun Dog Supply and asked which launcher they had the least number of calls or returns on... landslide Dogtra. The young fella did say there weren't many problems with any of the ones they sell, but the Dogtra just didn't have any.
2) Loading birds. Dogtra does not have a reset button activation in the loading process. Dogtra has no Reset button. I love this. You grab the bird, place it, close the trap over the top of the bird, flip the arm over the top and push the release arm over to engage. Go load your next..
Others have a wee reset button on the receiver you have to use to reset the release arm or set the launcher into battery ... each and every use. I hate that little button on those.
* Now, that reset sounds like a small thing. It is. But, if you are loading units WITH that damned reset button, after you are used to the Dogtra, you WILL forget to hit the damned reset button and there WILL be a loss of function when that launcher's number is called to release. Not exactly an ego building moment.
Not that I have a personal experience like that or anything....


Birdog72 wrote:Can you put two pigeons in this launcher to stimulate a multi bird flush?


You can plug in an extension wire from a second launcher (one without a remote receiver) to the receiver mounted unit. Those are individually controlled with the Left and Right launch buttons, effectively doubling the number of launchers you can control: Transmitter will pair with 8 receivers, each receiver can run 2 launchers.

This might be a little handier than two birds in a launcher. That said, you *might* get two in a phez launcher, physically.

I would tend tho think that the process of loading two at once.... well, I'd watch a video of folks learning how to get that process sorted out. :)
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