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Best Bird Launchers for Bird Dog Training

If you're building a bird dog, check out our top pick launchers and releases to support your bird work this summer.

Best Bird Launchers for Bird Dog Training

Bird launchers are a great tool for the DIY trainer who needs an extra hand to ensure steadiness and progressive training for their prized gun dog. (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

DT Systems - BL 509 Bird Launcher 

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

This launcher from DT Systems is designed for quail and pigeons with an easy to load trap door that also makes it simple to take out valuable unused training birds without them flying off. The quiet release springs are great for both young and more seasoned dogs and can be activated with the included remote from up to 700 yards. For more advanced training setups, DT also has 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

The QL2 Launcher from Dogtra pairs flawlessly with the RR Deluxe remote/transmitter for a compact launching system with an impressive reach up to one mile. The quiet launching design and large vent holes are ideal for young, timid pups still figuring out bird scent. Additionally, the RR Deluxe Transmitter features realistic duck calls for retriever trainers/testers looking to improve their dogs marking ability as well.

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 is incredibly easy to use, provides ample airflow, and is completely quiet. The sloped shape lets you guide the bird’s flushing direction for more predictable training scenarios. This classic Tip Up is also extremely affordable for first time gun dog owners, but also used and even preferred by many of the country’s best trainers.  

$37; gundogsupply.com


SportDOG – Launcher Remote Transmitter and Receiver

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

Training your pointer pup to remain steady on the flush? Honing-in your retriever’s marking skills? The SportDOG Launcher Remote Transmitter and Receiver is the ticket. The system allows you to throw birds or training dummies from up to a 1/2 away when paired to most brands of launchers or throwers, and the SportDOG launcher basket. The Transmitter can signal the Receiver to emit a duck quack, pheasant cackle, or shotgun report to add realism to your training. 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-like launchers in the retriever circuit, Zinger Winger also provides a powerful option in the Uplander G4 for more versatility when paired with any of the compatible transmitter/receiver options available. This launcher also features an exclusive servo actuated Sure-Shot Sound release mechanism (optionable use) which fires a 209 primer to simulate a shot in the field for more advanced steadiness work. (transmitter/receiver not included)

$300; zingerwinger.com

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