SportDOG UplandHunter1875 Review

When it comes to e-collars, it’s a dog-eat-dog world.  I spent a lot of time researching the perfect e-collar system for my dogs Carrot and Mocha (aka Dumb & Dumber) before arriving at the SportDOG™ UplandHunter® 1875.

SportDog UplandHunter 1875
SportDog Upland Hunter 1875

I had a few requirements in mind when I began my collar quest:  I needed a two-dog system with beepers, a compact transmitter that controls the beeper units,  sturdy and light-weight components,  ease of operation, and all at reasonable cost.   Priced around $380, the  SD-1875 fit the bill on all counts.  SportDOG’s Add-A-Dog® system allows up to three dogs to be controlled at once from the same transmitter.  Extra collar units can be purchased from SportDOG for about $225.  I tested the unit extensively for two seasons.  Here’s my report:

The Transmitter

My favorite component of the SD-1875 system is the transmitter itself.  I despise clunky, bulky transmitters that require holsters to be carried afield.  The SD-1875 transmitter is neither.  The transmitter has a short but effective antenna that boats a range of up to 1-mile.  It is orange in color (so as not to be easily lost in the field) and features a tactile grip with edges smooth like a fine round-action double gun.  It is easily operated while wearing leather shooting gloves.  Two large rubberized buttons, one upper and one lower, dictate momentary or continuous stimulation with the former featuring a produced index nub for quick and positive identification.  A flick of the small inset silver toggle switch allows me to control either Carrot or Mocha in an instant.

The Collar

MochaThe collar strap is tough, flexible, and lightweight and can be ordered in a variety of colors (I need to order a pink one for Mocha).  The receiver unit itself is smooth and lightweight as well.  I purchased a second collar unit and I was pleased to see that it came with its own cradle charger (more on this later).   One issue though- the collar unit, if not properly configured, has a propensity to end up sideways on the dog’s neck.   A quick consult with SportDOG’s Marketing Specialist, Britney Starr, helped to solve the problem. To trouble shoot, I sent her a few photos and videos and explained the problem.  It’s good to know that SportDOG is responsive and helpful with consumer questions.  (See Britney’s collar fitting tips below.)

Britney’s Collar Fitting tips
  1. Slide the receiver on the collar strap so that it is positioned directly next to the buckle. Doing this helps to keep the center of gravity down.
  2. Lock the beeper in place on the collar strap using the beeper stay post.
  3. Place the collar high on the dog’s neck.  The collar strap and beeper unit should be positioned just behind the “top knot” on the dogs skull.
  4. The beeper unit and the receiver should be positioned  exactly 180° from each other with the beeper in the 12:00 position and receiver at 6:00.
  5. The indicator light on the receiver should be facing forward and visible when looking at the dog head on.
  6. The collar should fit quite snug around the dog’s neck- tight enough to be able to slip one or two fingers between the collar strap and the dog’s neck- but not so tight as to compress the dog’s trachea.

In addition to following the collar fitting techniques, I made a couple of simple mods to correct the sliding issue.  First, I cut the excess strap material on the underside of the collar strap next to the rivet allowing it to fit even closer to the receiver, thus keeping the center of gravity down.  SportDOG collar modNext, I cut and affixed a small piece of rubber anti-slip pad to the bottom of the beeper unit with double stick tape.  These mods helped tremendously in keeping the unit squarely in place.SportDOG 1875 beeper with friction pad

Stimulation

CarrotThe SD-1875 receiver provides 7 levels of stimulation and a dizzying array of combinations of stimulation, tones, and vibration modes for 1-3 dogs on the ground at the same time.  I like to keep in simple and just use the stimulation.  Level 1 is all it takes to get Mocha’s attention while Carrot can be a rock head at times needs level 2 or 3 to be reminded.

The Beeper

My ears are shot from years of loud music and gunfire and I demand a beeper that I can actually hear in the field.  The SD-1875 beeper unit offers  a full range of 9 tones- that’s “nione tones”, as Gary Dell’abate would say.  The tones include single, double, and triple beeps in low and high volumes, hawk screams, and quail calls.  Mocha is a 50 yard dog and the low single beep works perfect.  Carrot can hit 100 yards in the blink of an eye and requires the high single beep to be heard.  If I had one issue it would be that the tones are somewhat shrill and mechanical sounding.  I wish SportDOG offered a mellow low tone at reasonable volume.  The beeper is activated by means of a rubber plunger button and can be controlled in the field and on the fly with the transmitter.  I am able to turn the beeper off via the transmitter when I stop to take breaks in the field or when we get back to the truck.   There’s also a “locate” feature that allows me to sound off a series of tones to find Carrot when he takes off and goes rouge in the field which he’s been known to do from time to time.

Charged Up

The 1875 operates with a sealed rechargeable battery system meaning no packing batteries around in your vest.  Keeping the collar, beeper, and transmitter charged is achieved with a single cradle charger that plugs into a wall outlet .   SportDOG ChargerThe transmitter and receiver reportedly last 40-60 hours between charges while the beeper runs  60-80 hours on a full charge.  I set up a fixed charging station in my man-lair and mounted another in the bed of my Tacoma  pickup.  The SD-1875 comes with a separate car charging system but my Tacoma’s convenient bed-mounted power outlet is the perfect set up to keep the unit and transmitter fully charged when driving between covers.

Truck Charger for SportDOG 1875
Truck charger set up

I can easily remove the spare charger from my truck when I travel to my bird hunting cabin… it’s my mobile charging unit.

The YH Scoreboard

HITS
  • Smooth ergonomic design
  • Consolidated charging system
  • Solid and tough construction
  • Easy-to-program intuitive operation
  • Affordable price point
  • Handles multiple dogs with ease
  • Transmitter is compact and powerful
STRIKES
  • Collar unit is not entirely stable on dog’s neck and requires a few mods to stay put.
  • Beeper tones are somewhat shrill and harsh.
MISSES  None

Overall, the SD-1875 is an outstanding value and a valuable piece of equipment.  I give it the YH nod of approval.

Carrot on tailgate-YH

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