E-Collar Series Teaser by Kyle Ricks


Entry Level Teaser

Our first E-Collar blog post will cover "Entry Level" E-Collars which are ~$200 or less. These are collars we feel will meet the needs of someone buying their first E-Collar that has 1 or 2 dogs. We'll also touch on what is an E-Collar? How is it used? Do I need one?

While we have not finished our full write up just yet, we have compiled our list of collars that we'll be reviewing and wanted to let you do a little of your own checking them out and see if you come to some of the same conclusions as us.

Entry Level Collars

  • Garmin Delta XC - Link Here
  • Garmin Delta Sport XC - Link Here
  • SportDOG FieldTrainer 425 - Link Here
  • Dogtra iQ Plus Remote Trainer - Link Here
  • Dogtra 200C - Link Here
  • DT Systems R.A.P.T. - Link Here or Here
  • DT Systems Micro-iDT PLUS  - Link Here

New "Dog Stuff" Blog Series by Kyle Ricks

Here at Steady to Wing, we're dedicated to breeding the finest hunting dogs possible, and due to our presence within the hunting dog community, we frequently get asked our opinion about various hunting dog related products. I usually answer with a particular product I like or use, and at times recommend steering away from certain products I've had a particularly bad experience with.

The more I've thought about this particular exchange with my customers, the more I've felt this would make a great Blog post that could be really helpful for you and your new puppy.

With that said, Steady to Wing is excited to announce our new "Dog Stuff" Blog series, which will be dedicated to presenting our opinions related to hunting dog related products that we believe are worthwhile and useful (I'm not reviewing dog toys or pink studded collars...) My hope is that it will be entertaining and informative and help you pick the right "Stuff" (products) to make your life easier and make your Steady to Wing puppy the best it can be (Sorry, I had to get the shameless plug in there).

As E-Collars seem to be asked about a lot, I'm going to start with those. I intend to do the series as a three or four part series with a post dedicated to Entry Level (below $200), Mid/Advanced Level (~$200-$400), and Professional Level ($400 +), with a possible additional post for other related collars (GPS, Bark, etc...). My goal is to post a section a week starting with the Entry Level post on June 4.

Stay tuned!


Hunt - Success! by Kyle Ricks

The results

The results

We had an awesome hunt today (11/14/15), due to some unfortunate stomach problems (yuck!) I missed most of the opening day of pheasant hunt last weekend. Additionally, my work schedule has been very busy and in conjunction with that and good Ol' daylight savings, i'm not home until after dark in the evenings, meaning I can't hunt at all. Needless to say I was pretty bummed about it all week, and on top of feeling sorry for myself, I was also feeling pretty bad for not getting my young dogs in training out on wild birds.


Ziggy on point, the bird was in the thick patch.

Bo has it pinned.


Well, the bird god's decided to smile on us, and we had a very very good day considering the overall bird numbers this year (ie low, low, low). Ziggy AND Bo, put birds together and turned on like crazy. Bo showed big run and big drive and a ton of nose. On top of that, he retrieved to hand on every bird. Ziggy, showed a fantastic nose, and some fantastic bird sense, watching her work was eerily similar to watching her mom (Zoey) work. She also retrieved well. 

The thing that i'm thrilled about, is these dogs are pups, Ziggy is 7 months, and Bo is 9 months. This was their first real opportunity at hunting real birds, and they stepped up beyond my wildest dreams. They've solidified themselves as key parts to the future of Steady to Wing and our selective breeding program.

Continue to watch for BIG things from these two in the near future.