A story demonstrating the utility of GPS hunting maps recently made the national news about an hunter who got lost while pursuing a deer in the woods and was not found for over two weeks. He survived on water, squirrels and lizards. It's easy to get turned around and confused about your directional orientation when you are deep in the woods pursuing prey. With a handheld GPS navigation unit loaded with GPS maps, you can figure out where you are and find your way safely back to your base camp. A GPS device can pinpoint your present location and indicate the best route to take back to camp.
Many GPS devices come pre-loaded with GPS hunting maps of the most popular hunting areas and can be upgraded with additional local maps of your favorite hunting areas. This exciting and useful technology is rapidly becoming the newest must-have item for serious hunters' gear bags. The advantages to hunting with GPS hunting maps are many. These maps show the physical features of the terrain you are planning to hunt, such as the locations of any bodies of water like lakes, rivers, creeks, springs and waterfalls. The maps also show highways, roads, back roads, forest service roads and hiking trails. Some have topographical features that provide elevation data of high and low spots in the terrain. The GPS maps also contain data about state, federal and private land boundaries.
Simple Memory Cards Can Hold Mountains Of Useful Data
If you already have a GPS you have used for hiking and other outdoor sports, adding a hunting GPS map MicroSD™ card to it will revolutionize the way you use your handheld GPS for hunting. When you have the HUNT line of GPS maps and products you can determine your position in relation to land boundaries, both public and private, discover private land owners' names, find public land boundaries and discover which Hunt area or section number you are in. There is much more you can do as well. You can discover new access to lands you can hunt, query owners of private lands for permission to hunt, map your best routes, and access forest service roads and maintenance trails.
Garmin Is A Quality Company With Many GPS Options
If you do not currently have a handheld GPS for hunting, there are some excellent models available. Garmin produces several, including the Garmin Dakota 10, the Garmin Oregon 550T and 450T, the Garmin Rino 655T, the Garmin 62 SC and the Garmin 60 CSX. Garmin also has the Kirsch outdoor GPS mapping program. In a recent online forum discussion on www.predatormastersforums.com, the participating hunters recommended the Garmin 62 SC as one of the best hunting GPS units they have used. The Garmin GPS Map 62 SC Handheld GPS includes an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter. Garmin Connect™ allows you to share tracks, waypoints and routes wirelessly with other compatible devices from Garmin. The unit includes a worldwide shaded relief basemap. Birds Eye™ Satellite imagery is available through subscription and photo navigation. The Garmin 62 SC accepts MicroSD™ cards for storing additional GPS hunting maps.
The Garmin Rino 655T GPS is the best hunting GPS unit with a built-in 5 W radio. You can add GPS hunting maps easily to this unit through USB or MicroSD cards. You can also send unit-to-unit text messages to other Rino units in your hunting party. The unit has an altimeter, a camera, a compass and an NOAA radio. The color touch screen is glove-friendly and this GPS comes with a topographical 100K map. It also supports Birds Eye™ satellite images (with a subscription), allowing you to download the images to integrate them with your maps.
Scout Your Area From Home With Satellite Imagery
One of the best hunting GPS units for the serious hunter that has features most of the others do not is the Magellan® eXplorist North America handheld GPS for hunting. This unit is pre-loaded with Topographical and Hunt Maps. You can build a database of your own hunting areas with over 30 unique hunting specific waypoints. You are able to configure notifications to yourself to help you stay within the boundaries of the GMU/WMU hunt zones. The Magellan® eXplorist comes with one year's free subscription to Digital Global™. This satellite imagery will allow you to pre-scout your hunting areas. Some unique features are the calendar that identifies by moon phase and solunar positioning the best days to hunt, the times of sunrise and sunset, and the hunting border alerts. Use the GPS hunting maps to mark with waypoint icons known bedding areas, streams, food sources and game trails.
GPS Technology Has Become Affordable And Easy To Use
With handheld GPS technology to aid your hunting expeditions, you will be able to pre-plan specifics of where you want to camp and set up your deer stands. Knowing where the boundaries of federal and state lands are is very helpful in making sure you are hunting in the appropriate area. Know where you're supposed to be, navigate your way there with GPS hunting maps and easily return with the help of modern technology.