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I have used Bells since the mid 60's at that time I had a solid little female who was bound and determined 2 find Briar Rabbit and she would search until she did -as most of U know this was WAY B4 E-Collars it was the only way I could keep track of her
Now as far as Coyote's NEVER seen it was told by a ANTI that it could also serve as a Dinner BELL
ON pups I use two different ones the "Sleigh" bell and the "Cow" bell it lets me keep up on who is where---a lot of guys don't like the Sleigh bell B cause they say the front Dew Claw can get caught and tear off NEVER seen it Both types are useless when snow gets on the ground as they Freeze up

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My opinion: I think bells are a noisy nuisance. There’s a nice basset pack in France with some great videos on YouTube. Except he uses bells and I hate the extra racket. I run a big pack -16 to 18- and don’t want to sound like Santa’s reindeer coming through the woods. If you are worried about coyotes, just run in daytime.
 

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I WOULD NOT RUN IN THE WILD WITHOUT BELLS!! Yes as was stated by another poster. Bells serve as a poor mans tracker!!! I do believe they do help in keeping the coyotes off the dogs. We use to run every Wednesday night. From sundown and sometimes to right at sunrise. We could hear coyotes all around us, but never had any attack our dogs. Of course the coyotes did know we were there also. We stayed as close to the dogs as possible. I kind of got away from the bells since now most of my running is done in enclosurers. We have pups that will be ready to start in a couple months, so time to get them use to bells. Until we know they will handle for us the bells surely help keep track of them. I never noticed that it made a difference on how the rabbits ran. I do think they may make the rabbit leave their squat earlier.

Just an old Cajun Man's opinion LOL!!!!
 

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My opinion: I think bells are a noisy nuisance. There’s a nice basset pack in France with some great videos on YouTube. Except he uses bells and I hate the extra racket. I run a big pack -16 to 18- and don’t want to sound like Santa’s reindeer coming through the woods. If you are worried about coyotes, just run in daytime.
Coyotes will still hit the pack during the day, had it happen on a few occasions.
 

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First beagle was semi silent on cottontails, he wore a bell every time we hunted. If he jumped a rabbit he would open, and all I heard was the jingling while he circled the rabbit. It sucked during the winter as the bell was silver, and open on the bottom, every time he put his head in a track the bell would fill with snow, then they were useless.
The bell never caused a problem while running, rabbits didn't mind. I would use again if I had a semi silent dog. JMO
 

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Coyotes will still hit the pack during the day, had it happen on a few occasions.
We have plenty of coyotes here. I have had beagles continuously since 1977 and never had a problem with them. Always run in daytime so I can watch the hounds. My big pack probably scatters them. I don’t even think about coyotes.
 

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We have plenty of coyotes here. I have had beagles continuously since 1977 and never had a problem with them. Always run in daytime so I can watch the hounds. My big pack probably scatters them. I don’t even think about coyotes.
I glad you never had problems with the coyotes, where we hunt its very thick, and dense. We can not always see the dogs and the yotes can sneak in. Running a smaller pack or 1-2-4 dogs coyotes think its dinner time. 16-18 in a pack is a mob mentally and if I was a coyote I would not try to come in.
 

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I glad you never had problems with the coyotes, where we hunt its very thick, and dense. We can not always see the dogs and the yotes can sneak in. Running a smaller pack or 1-2-4 dogs coyotes think its dinner time. 16-18 in a pack is a mob mentally and if I was a coyote I would not try to come in.
Most of the time I cannot see mine either, and sometimes they get quite a distance from me. I just don’t hear of anyone in this area having coyote issues. But if I ran one or two hounds at night, especially in springtime when coyotes have pups, I would want to stay very close to them. I don’t think bells would help deter them.
 
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