Handheld GPS

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  1. P&YChaser

    P&YChaser Weekend Warrior

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    Hey everyone, I'm looking to pick up a handheld GPS for next year to use while bowhunting/scouting that will allow me to mark the spots I find while walking around so that I can come back to them later on. Just starting to do my research, but figured I ask you guys to see what you would recommend. What are some things you like about yours, what is essential to have, and what isn't necessary. Any info would be helpful.
     
  2. JMann11

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    Do you have a smartphone? Because that would be easiest, there are a couple really good apps that you can use.


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    Cold weather affects smart phones batteries. Drains it very fast. I wouldn't rely on it as it won't last all day. I recommend the Garmin GPSMAP 64st
     
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    JMann11, What apps are you referring to?


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    I have used HuntStand, but now I use OnX Hunt, both work great for mapping and marking locations and seeing exactly where you are, while having a satellite image.


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    I'd recommend almost any Garmin handheld GPS unit, but for hunting I'm partial to the Garmin eTrex 30. It small and easily carried, or clipped to a pack strap. It's a color unit, no touch screen, but the toggle can be easily worked with gloves on. It uses both NAVSTAR and GLONASS satellites, and therefore gives great accuracy. Waypoints, routes, and tracklogs are easily managed with available PC software. Check out the following links for more information:

    NAVSTAR - Navstar: GPS Satellite Network

    GLONASS - GLONASS - The GPS Alternative You Never Knew Existed

    Garmin Outlet - Garmin eTrex Hand held GPS Navigation

    The Garmin eTrex 30 can be had for less than the outlet price...check around on-line.

    I am NOT affiliated with Garmin, but have used many of their handheld GPS units since 2000 when Selective Availability was lifted.
     
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    rick-florida Weekend Warrior

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    I second the etrex. am still using an older version but am a fan of that family of GPS.
     
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    Awesome, thank you for the info!


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    i bought the garmin etrex 2 yrs ago. its the base model but it will do everything you are asking and its not crazy expensive.
     
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    I just use my smart phone and carry an extra battery or power brick if I think I'm going to need more juice. There's nothing you can do on a GPS unit that you can't do on a smart phone. The only time I would consider using my GPS unit is if I was looking at a mulit-day back country hunt where I wouldn't have access to a power source.
     
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    Thanks for the info so far guys, I really appreciate it. I was definitely leaning towards the Garmin line of handhelds, and will now take a close look at the eTrex line.
     

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