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Old 09-24-2012, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Best Hunting Vest

Hi all,
Looking for suggestions/recommendations on a blaze orange hunting vest for my V. After about 2 hours grouse hunting in the bush yesterday, the vest he had on was shredded. I had to take it off of him and tie some remnants around his collar for visibility.
Needless to say, he's now covered in scratches.

So, I am hoping someone can point me to a vest(s) that is tough enough to withstand the thick brush but also fits properly.

Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:54 AM
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Re: Best Hunting Vest

I am a fan of the cabellas brand neoprene vests with chest protectors. They have held up for my guy all last season. They increased visibility of the dog help me focus on the birds

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:11 PM
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Mine wear Blaze orange collars when upland hunting. I don't want them wearing anything that could cause them to over heat. I only put neoprene vests on them for waterfowl hunting in cold weather. Filson makes a chest protector and everything Ive bought from them holds up for years.

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:20 PM
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PIKE wears the Cabelas skid vest - blaze orange / reflective strips - $30 but usualy on sale for $15 - it is rugged and very adjustable - medium fit's PIKE @ 60# perfect - after fitting I have the strap tails cut and sewn so there are no loose ends
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:47 PM
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We haven't found anything perfect, but our favorite one to date for underbody protection is this one from LL Bean:

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/48166...oductId=831375

Link also includes several customer reviews that you might find useful. It seemed alittle clunky to me at first (straps and connectors) but it is very adjustable and it has held up very well. And the dogs seem fine with it. It is for underbody protection, so you don't see much of it when they are running heads down in the woods, so we also have them wear bright collars.

We have also used the one REM mentions from Cabella's. I really like the fit, but we had some issues with chaffing on our dogs arm pit areas. We also tried ones from Remington, but the sections connect via Velcro and we found they didn't work that well...plus the tummy section wasn't adjustable to be small enough for their waists.

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Old 09-26-2012, 12:55 AM
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Blue ? did your Cabelas skid vest have the elastic inserts in the arm pit area - their older models did not - PIKE can hunt for 3 days with no chaffing - No matter what skid vest you get - every time you can stop - take it off and check for objects that have gotton under the vest - be amazed what a hard hunting pup can pick up !
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:02 PM
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Hey REM - I don't recall it having the elastic inserts so maybe I did have the older model. I'll have to dig them out and check. Thanks!

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Old 10-16-2012, 09:57 PM
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Re: Best Hunting Vest

I've tried a couple of skid plates and found that they just don't stay in place very well on Lulu when she's tearing around in the woods. I recently found the Field Chest Protector from Howling Dog Alaska and LOVE it. It's not blaze orange and may be too much coverage for dogs that don't get cold, but it's perfect for Lulu. Great coverage, great protection from thick cover, it moves and stretches with her and it stays in place perfectly. Haven't had to pull it down or adjust it once. We'll pair it with her blaze orange collar when we go hunting next week. Can't wait!
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:17 AM
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Re: Best Hunting Vest

I have just ordered a pointer specialties orange tummy saver,dog chest protector. you cannot get stuff like that in the UK so I had to get it on eBay from Warner's sporting, Carlisle PA USA cost 25 dollar or 16 pounds in English money...
The Yanks appear to be able to get great kit for their dogs..

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