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  1. I've got the older sport dog tek 1.0 on the lurcher. No problems with reliability at all, just switch it on it takes a few seconds to pick up the gps and it does everything automatically. Only criticisms are it's a bit difficult to tell which way the dog is headed if there's a lot of turns at full gallop and the collar is too big for a lightweight saluki lurcher, but doubt these factors would be an issue for hounds. Had the dog out at well over 2000 metres out on it, no problems losing signal even if I was near to having a heart attack trying to keep up over wet plough. Surprised more people don't use sport dog kit, it's solid, reliable and cheaper than garmin with none of the ballache with computer updates and regional radio frequency laws.
  2. Wheels made from glued together leather discs are good too. Make your own or you can get them ready made with a spindle to go in a drill chuck. Load them up with linishing compound or whatever. You don't need to be very precise with the angle of the knife to the wheel because they are just polishing the burrs off the edge. I use the top of the wheel, obviously with the edge away from the direction of rotation. Never been able to get the hang of sharpening with a flat stone but get stupid sharp edge with the leather wheel. Also bodged up an axle for an 8" carborundum grinder wheel. I run it in water (cut the side out of a plastic milk bottle to make a trough) at slow speed so that it isn't flinging water about. Knives are held across the top like the leather wheel. It's really good for sorting out chipped edges and there's no way you can blue the steel. Suppose it works like an old school hand cranked water stone.
  3. The original poster doesn't say what part of the world he's think about, but I would have thought sight hounds and going to be very limited because they can't gallop in deep snow and will smash their feet up running on frozen ground. Saying that, wasn't there an American poster on here that ran coyote hounds somewhere bitterly cold like (I'm guessing) Minnesota in the winter?
  4. queen guitarist 'shredded his bottom' in a gardening accident https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/brian-may-hospital-gardening-accident-queen-instagram-a9504956.html
  5. Mine was an utter twat for putting things up then hunting on. Eg put up a pheasant, chase the flying bird over a field or two then feck off into the distance looking for other things. GPS was the first step so I could find her (sometimes would take an hour to get close enough to call her in and I've seen 2000 metres on the gps a few times) I eventually worked out that being more involved what the dog is doing when out is the answer. Beating cover for the dog really gets it to listen, focus and look to you for finding game, it's an ideal time of year to do that early morning in long grass. Even just doing occasional a few pointless recalls and letting it go straight out again seems to help, or quick retrieve if it likes doing that. Playing with a tug also really fired mine up and got her to focus. Unexpectedly hiding from the dog in familiar areas when it expects you to always just be there is another one that gets it looking to you. It's hard to explain, but you are aiming to get the dog to feel that all is well and at peace when you are there and worried and unsure when you are absent, obviously with the exception that it needs to feel safe and relaxed when in the kennel or van. Mine still tends to work her ground further out than I would like but she comes back looking for me from a run as soon as unsighted now. There's several motorways and busy roads dogs can get onto round here so I have to keep things under closer control than if I had access to more remote land.
  6. Mine had similar on the inside of the tips of the ears, hair falling out, irritation and crusty skin. I ended up taking her to the vet who scraped some of the crusty skin and checked it under the microscope to check for mange mites but couldn't find any. They prescribed nexgard spectra, an internal and external parasite treatment and it looks to have cleared up after a couple of months. However, I'm not sure it was a parasite and suspect it was some sort of irritation that cleared up by itself. I feed good quality raw and the dog is normally very healthy (apart from running injuries) but she hasn't looked that clever since giving these once a month parasite tablets, bringing up iffy looking bile and sh1t too sloppy.
  7. @jigsaw SAK = Swiss Army Knife. I've got one of their multitools that I must have had for 30 years and the mechanism is still tight and the blade holds a decent edge, even if I've lost the tweezers and bent the corkscrew I was looking at their range for a smaller one as mine is now deemed 'illegal' in the UK and noticed they also produce a single locking blade hunter designed for the US market which might suit your needs. I'd be confident about the quality and the wood and rubberised handles look ok. https://www.knifecenter.com/series/victorinox-swiss-army/swiss-army-hunter-pro
  8. I live on a livestock farm and so the lurcher has to be trustworthy and I've thankfully never had any problems although the current one took a while to earn my trust. However, any dog around new lambs sets me on edge. Their jerky movement and rushing around has to be a big temptation for any predator, especially a running dog, and I'd rather just keep away from them.
  9. Hares are coming back now round here, they get a hard time here over the winter being the only permission of an enthusiastic marksman. This one came in quite close to see what the dog was screeching about, dog wasn't happy
  10. Well looked after second hand kit can be good value for money, especially for occasional users, but it's a bit of a lottery with ebay. Ideally collect from the buyer to check it's decent condition and not nicked. My neighbour had a second hand stihl ms261 in very good condition for about £250 I think it was. One of those would be fine for coppicing with a short bar and would cope with ringing small and medium trees for firewood. Those battery chainsaws look ideal for pruning or even coppicing and no need for ear defenders must be a bonus.
  11. When the kung flu panic is over, go to doctor and ask for blood test for uric acid levels. It's an underlying hereditary condition, not caused by eating venison and prawns - that just makes it worse and brings on the attacks. Get it treated because the uric acid crystals can chew up your body from the inside even if you feel ok. You might have to go on tablets for life, but that's better than wrecking your joints or dying early from heart or kidney diseases that gout is now understood to cause.
  12. I've got the Sportdog tek 1.0, they don't use maps but work well enough in the midlands although I can see how useful maps would be in more mountainous terrain. It just works, none of the bother with maps and updates. The downside is that they are designed for US trail hounds and the collars are really big on a lurcher, the collar just about stays on my skinny saluki x and I can see it bouncing around a lot as she runs. It would fit fine on big bull xs and suchlike with big necks. Also the signal transmits something like every 10 seconds and struggles to keep up with the speed and the rapid changes of direction in the way a lurcher runs. I've done a lot of work with mine bonding, playing tug and make sure to do a few recalls every day and make it a positive experience for the dog and let her go straight out again. Sounds stupid, but hiding and waiting for the dog to come looking also seems to help. Mine was a nightmare for hunting on when she got unsighted and although she still runs out much further than any other dog I ever had, she comes back looking for me much quicker now. Still gives me a few frights, but don't end up wandering around the fields for an hour or two worrying what has happened to the dog
  13. To answer my own question, the vet sold me afoxolaner / milbemycin oxime tablets which are tablets which kill a wide range of internal and external parasites and are safe for collie blooded dogs. Can't say I'm all that keen on giving the dog a tablet strong enough to kill parasites for a month, particularly when the vet couldn't find mange mites in the skin scrapings.
  14. What's the best way to treat for lurchers with collie blood so can't have ivermectin? I've got one here I'd better get tested, she has irritation / scabs / flaky skin on an ear and elbow. I thought it was a bit of thorn I couldn't find but it's gone on for a few weeks and she's in the hay barn every day where she could have picked up mange.
  15. People find it difficult to conceptualise how energy dense petrol is - I recently spent the day cutting oak for a friend that had been left for 5+ years and was so hard it was more or less impossible to split and had to be sawn into burnable size lumps. With a well set up 70cc stihl chainsaw I filled 4 cubic metre bulk bags with logs using about 5 litres of petrol. To cut and split that much by hand would be days of work, but most drivers wouldn't think twice about using that much fuel for an unnecessary journey. The £200 billion HS2 is going to end up costing could have been used to develop infrastructure and hydrogen cell vehicles for a transport system people actually want and creating kit and technology the UK could sell to the world.
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