Dog training

Best Bird Throwers for Bird Dog Training







Bird launchers are a great tool for the DIY trainer who needs an extra hand to provide stability and progressive training for their precious hunting dog. (Photo by: Chris Ingram)


DT Systems – BL 509 Bird Launcher

DT Systems - BL 509 Bird Launcher
DT Systems – BL 509 Bird Launcher

This thrower from DT Systems is designed for quail and pigeons with an easy-to-load hatch that also allows valuable unused training birds to be easily removed without them blowing away. The silent release springs are ideal for young and more experienced dogs and can be activated with the included remote control up to 700 yards away. For more advanced training setups, DT has also designed optional add-on units (BL 505) so you can maximize your dog’s bird exposure.

$360; dtsystems.com

Dogtra – QL2 Launcher

Dogtra - QL2 Launcher
Dogtra – QL2 Launcher

Dogtra’s QL2 Launcher pairs perfectly with the RR Deluxe Remote/Transmitter for a compact launch system with an impressive range of up to one mile. The quiet launch design and large air holes are ideal for shy young puppies who are still discovering the scent of birds. Additionally, the RR Deluxe Transmitter offers realistic duck calls for retriever trainers/testers who are also looking to improve their dogs’ marking ability.

QL2 launcher $120, RR Deluxe $260; dogtra.com

Tip Up Bird Releaser

Tip Up Bird Releaser
Tip Up Bird Releaser

The beauty of the Tip Up Bird Releaser is in its simplicity. It’s incredibly easy to use, provides ample airflow, and is completely silent. The angled shape allows you to guide the bird’s hunting direction for more predictable training scenarios. This classic Tip Up is also extremely affordable for new hunting dog owners, but also used and even preferred by many of the top trainers in the country.

$37; gundogsupply.com

SportDOG – Launcher Remote Transmitter and Receiver

SportDOG - Launcher Remote Transmitter and Receiver
SportDOG – Launcher Remote Transmitter and Receiver

Do you train your pointer puppy to stay steady on the toilet? Honing your retriever’s marking skills? The SportDOG Launcher Remote Transmitter and Receiver are the ticket. The system allows you to launch birds or training dummies up to 1/2 distance when paired with most brands of launchers or launchers, and the SportDOG Throwing Basket. The transmitter can signal the receiver to emit a duck quack, pheasant cack or shotgun report to add realism to your practice. The transmitter can control up to four receivers. Each receiver can control up to nine devices, for a total of 36 devices.

$340; sportdog.com

Zinger Winger – Uplander G4 Launcher

Zinger Winger - Uplander G4 Launcher
Zinger Winger – Uplander G4 Launcher

Known for their catapult-style launchers in the recovery circuit, Zinger Winger also provides a powerful option in the Uplander G4 for added versatility when paired with one of the compatible transmitter/receiver options available. This launcher also features an exclusive servo-operated Sure-Shot Sound release mechanism (optional use) that fires a 209 primer to simulate a field shot for more advanced stability work. (transmitter/receiver not included)

$300; zingerwinger.com