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Old 11-22-2017, 04:11 AM   #1
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How many of y'all use hand held gps and if you do what is a decent gps.. is it pretty much a necessity for scouting especially if not knowing what I'm doing?

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Old 11-22-2017, 04:22 AM   #2
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Just depends how deep into the woods u go. Depends how much experience you have on the property etc. I will admit, I've been lost one time after shooting a hog on public w my bow. I was smart enough to know when to say when and call 911. Depends on if your phone has cell service where u hunt too. If u shoot an animal and have to track it, you can loose your bearings fast. I carry one every time on public land
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:23 AM   #3
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I use a Garmin rhino
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info.. I'm thinking I should probably get one since I'm not quite sure what I'll be getti g my self Into. Plus wouldn't I be a me to mark down were i want to build natural blinds and stuff so I could get back there. I guess help with exploring?

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Old 11-22-2017, 04:39 AM   #5
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Look into the OnX products. I use the app for my phone and it works very well. You can save maps to your phone for places where you don't get cell service.


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Old 11-22-2017, 04:40 AM   #6
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Look into the OnX products. I use the app for my phone and it works very well. You can save maps to your phone for places where you don't get cell service.


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Ok thanks


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Old 11-22-2017, 04:42 AM   #7
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Oh, one more thing. Listen to a Randy Newberg podcast (or at least the first 5-10 minutes) and you'll get a discount code you can use at OnX's website.


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Old 11-22-2017, 06:16 AM   #8
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I have a Garmin eTrex 10 and it normally is all I need. But, I look at a map of the area too before I go if I'm unfamiliar, and take a compass as well. I at least want to know which direction to go to get me to something I can find my way out from. Road, pipeline, highline, fencerow, something...in east Tx there are some places thick enough I've seen a GPS not be able to link to the satellites. But if you know you went in south off a road you should normally be able to go back north and at least hit the road again. And at least with a compass you won't circle.
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:04 AM   #9
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i use the Magellan Explorist 110
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:42 AM   #10
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Bass pro has the Garmin 64st on sale for 219$

Awesome GPS
You can put chips in it for bay, Texas, other states. Even download your tracks on your computer to a program called Basecamp that is basically google earth with your tracks and points overplayed on it.
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Old 11-22-2017, 12:49 PM   #11
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I have a Garmin GPSMAP 64ST and Lowrance Ihunt (with Map Create topo).
I use the Lowrance 99% of the time just because of the hunting specific icons. The Garmin is nice too for the birdseye and instant direction(don't have to move to see what direction your headed)
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Old 11-22-2017, 01:27 PM   #12
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Ok picked up the Garmin Oregon 600 seemed pretty legit and it was 400 on sale for 199. Plus last one so I figured I better grab it.. My question is do I need to down load a map for shnf or should it already have it.

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Old 11-23-2017, 10:44 AM   #13
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OnX app, works well when u save the maps. Allows me to save stand and camera locations. Not ready to bite the bullet for a GPS and don’t know if I would get any additional features. Any comments about gps would be worthwhile to see what I’m missing.
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:11 AM   #14
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OnX app, works well when u save the maps. Allows me to save stand and camera locations. Not ready to bite the bullet for a GPS and donít know if I would get any additional features. Any comments about gps would be worthwhile to see what Iím missing.
I'll let you know how it goes when I get the chance to get out there

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Old 11-23-2017, 11:13 AM   #15
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I was looking into getting one also. I hunted public land couple days ago and i feared venturing away from main trail
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:15 AM   #16
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I was looking into getting one also. I hunted public land couple days ago and i feared venturing away from main trail
Cabelas has the Garmin Oregon 600 on sale. It was 399 on sale for 199. Save 200 dollars.. touch screen

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Old 11-23-2017, 11:18 AM   #17
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There are lots of android and iPhone apps that work well, for free. Even just a topo map app on your phone will work fine in many situations. This is what I have used on trips to Utah and Wyoming where I was totally unfamiliar with the surroundings. I also use it for tracking wounded game and leave a breadcrumb trail of waypoints back to my stand.

The GPS on the smart phone is a major battery hog, so you need to either take an extra battery or turn the GPS app off most of the time and just use it to get a quick fix. This is the only reason that I would consider toward a dedicated GPS unit.
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:44 AM   #18
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I have the garmin Montana 680t and the Dakota 20 ( I think it is) both do way more then I need. But the Montana has a mount you can put in the utv and use it, charge it as you drive. And it's got the biggest screen. I just bought one for my son for Christmas, cabelas has them on sale for 369.00 and free shipping. Normally 599.99. They had the 610t for 349.00 but I think it was only for one day. I am not " tech savey " and they can get pretty complicated. Why I bought my son the same one, so as he figures things out, he can show me.
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:55 AM   #19
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I have a Garmin 64st but I use onX app mostly now. Easier to use and see. I use my Garmin to mark camp or truck and then throw it in my backpack for a back up.
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Old 11-23-2017, 01:42 PM   #20
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Good luck fellas, the battery is a big concern being in the woods. Happy thanksgiving to you all!


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Old 11-23-2017, 07:11 PM   #21
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Just carry an extra set of batteries with you. I have used the same batteries all week on elk hunts with my DeLorme Earthmate. I do not leave it on. Just when I am using it.
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Old 11-23-2017, 08:05 PM   #22
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Another for Garmin gps. This is a track on one of my last mountain bike rides and the basecamp software mentioned earlier.

I use it for hunting as well. Hard to beat and yes bring extra batteries just in case!


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Old 11-24-2017, 11:30 AM   #23
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Nice... thinking about the birds eye view satellite map from Garmin. The hunter view seems cool to because it shows public and private land boundaryís. But I canít see myself paying 70 bucks for that one. I donít mind the birds eye itís only 30. Is there any satellite birds view for free?


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Old 11-24-2017, 07:33 PM   #24
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Old 11-24-2017, 08:38 PM   #25
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I think my Oregon 550t came with it but not 100% sure honestly


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Old 11-24-2017, 09:24 PM   #26
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Google maps is as good as any of em. Drop pins, take notes, etc.. I dont carry anything with me, but I use it to research areas beforehand.
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Old 11-29-2017, 12:36 PM   #27
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Always bring extra batteries.....
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:17 PM   #28
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Always bring extra batteries.....


No joke. Just got done with a ride this evening to find that my rechargeable batteries donít hold a charge anymore.

So now I have no data of my ride at all


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Old 12-04-2017, 10:06 AM   #29
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If I am going deep off trail in an area that I know is not surrounded by roads, fences, easements, etc. or that is really thick I take both a handheld GPS and my iphone. I also always carry a compass and many times a paper map as well.

On my iphone I use Gaia GPS and sometimes OnX. Gaia is awesome. Nothing I’ve found is easier to use than Gaia. I pre-download back ground maps and put my iphone on airplane mode. This saves battery life and the GPS on the phone still works in airplane mode. OnX is really cool too for public land boundaries, but the interface on Gaia is more like a traditional GPS unit and simpler to navigate in my opinion.

For my handheld, I have a Garmin GPS Map 60Csx. It is an older, but awesome unit.

If I really get deep in the back country, my phone goes into a safe dry location and I use my hand held almost exclusively. I protect my phone and its battery life in case I need to make emergency phone calls.

Note: On your smart phone you can save Google Maps back grounds as well for when you don’t have cell service.

Edit: I have had GPS units improperly store way points or fail to track. I've lost and destroyed iphones which are delicate. I'm a big believer in redundancy. Two is one and one is none. Also, always carry a compass and know the lay of the land before you set off.

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