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Old 12-10-2006, 09:03 PM
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I have a father in law that is a huge hunter in GA.....he does not have a GPS - would this be a good gift for Xmas? Do you all use one? He is very tech savvy.....
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:10 PM
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No for where I hunt here in MA. I know the land too well.

If I was hunting in Maine at the other house I would not leave home w/o it. I also would not leave w/o my area topo map and a compass either.
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I have a problem obtaining and maintaining coverage in the woods with my hand held. Unless you are on a large unfamilar track it is not really worth it.
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:20 PM
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I personally don't use one for hunting but I do use one for everything else. They're good to have around just in case. A GPS coupled with a GIS program like MapInfo or ArcView can enable a person to produce custom maps of anything you want. It's cool and simple.
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Old 12-11-2006, 05:26 AM
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My thoughts on the subject is, small property not really needed...However...a GPS is handy to track (rubs, scrapes, bedding areas) then you start to get a pattern of where they are moving into an area and what they seem to be doing...Nice way to keep info to mark on a topo later at home on a non hunting rainy day....

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Old 12-11-2006, 06:45 AM
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Glen E - 12/10/2006 9:03 PM

I have a father in law that is a huge hunter in GA.....he does not have a GPS - would this be a good gift for Xmas? Do you all use one? He is very tech savvy.....
Where and what kind of hunting does he enjoy Glen?
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Old 12-11-2006, 09:42 AM
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If he does not have a handheld then I would get him one. Give him something to tinker with over the holidays, he will love it
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:04 AM
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I think it is good to take a GPS with you when you are in any wooded area, Even if you know the area like the back of your hand. Also take a cell phone with you even if you think you may not have a signal there. If you get hurt and are not able to walk, it just might save your life. I read where a guy was fishing and he left his boat to go wade fishing and got stuck in mud up to his waist and could not move. He called on his cell phone but he could not tell them his exact location, and then his cell phone battery went dead and he had to spend the night stuck in the marsh before they found him. If he had a GPS he could have told them where he was, before his battery went dead. Remember when on Land or on the water, a GPS is a good idea. Safe hunting and boating to all.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:14 PM
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I use mine for moon, sun, tracking(we bowhunt deer, so lots of that) and game movement times. I enjoy comparing real movement with my hand held. The unit is an older Magellan SportTrak Pro my kids gave to me for Christmas. Fun toy...
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:56 PM
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i think a gps would come in very handy.....to find the local bar after i'm finished sleeping in my tree stand
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:00 PM
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every time...gpsmap76
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Old 12-12-2006, 03:45 PM
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I use one when I go on trips out of state and am not familiar with the lay of the land. I may be hunting with someone that knows it very well.....but something could happen to them and then I'd be stuck............. Buy him one, it'll broaden his horizons.......
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:13 PM
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I use one when I hunt big marshes, which is alot of the time. Love it.
With thousands of acres of marsh, it isn't hard to get disoriented, especially in poor visibility.
Plus, if you find a honeyhole, you can save it, and run right back to it in the dark.
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:20 PM
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I am primarily a compass guy....but I do use GPS out west.....there are not enough sighting points and too many deep ravines for standard orienteering out there. I think he would love one from your description, though.
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:32 PM
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I hunt northern New England and New Brunswick Canada Best tool there is for plotting deer movement in big woods Take all my waypoints put them on a topo or areial map and were to be will jump out at you
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:02 PM
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Glen, we don't use them much on small private, tracts, but it is nice to find your deer stand in the dark!


They are so cheap, now. Cool gift for a techy-guy!
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:48 PM
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I use one and it the radio also. It tells you where your buddies are if they have the same unit. It not only keeps you from getting lost but if you bow hunt and one of the guys is tracking you could easily meet him to help out just by following the gps.
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Old 12-13-2006, 07:15 AM
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I've got an older garmin GPS V that has the top maps loaded into it. Though I rarely find time to hunt at all anymore, however it is very handy for locating a deer stand in the dark, or to find your way back to the four wheeler/truck.

Another thing that I really like about it is that when you mark all of your stands on it, it gives you a much better picture of where they all are in relation to on another. This is handy for several reasons, it allows you to set up stands so that you can focus on particuar areas throughout the season. Also it insures that you won't have multiple hunters with high power rifles closer to each other than they think they actually are.

My recomendation would be a color unit like the Garmin GPSMAP76. This unit has the ability add a variety of maps for use in the field, on the road, or on the water. The basic unit would be a great starting place, and you would be able to give him various mapping software to go with it in the future as a birthday gift.
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