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GDPolk
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I'm looking at possibly picking up a handheld GPS. I am NOT a big technology user but I am a mobile hunter and have a pretty complex system as well as a desire to share field notes with two other people.

When I scout, I typically use topography maps and aerial photographs extensively before ever going into an area. When I put boots on the ground I mark deer signs along the way, points of interest, etc. When I get on places that I mark as stand sites, I mark specific trees in the area by GPS and put field notes with wind directions, potential food sources around them, trails around them, ideal directions to face from them (if applicable), etc. When hunting I record deer sightings per stand to keep data on what I see at each location.

I currently have topography maps printed off at home with stand locations (I have NO stands that are permanently hung) marked with deer travel corridors marked and ideal travel routes to/from stands marked. I also have GPS tags on an app on my iPhone marked. I use my map, field notes, and weather reports to choose WHERE I go, then use my phone when I get close to the stand locations to pinpoint trees in the dark. The Trimble phone app is adequate for most of my personal needs, but I am unable to share stuff through it and I can't upload maps/notes to print them off. In addition to this the Trimble app sucks my battery life down VERY fast so I have to carry a big backup battery anyway that's about the size of a dedicated GPS.

I would like to be able to integrate all of my field notes, plot travel corridors and deer trails on the maps, and keep my GPS tags all in one place. I would like to be able to also be able to easily share all of this information with two other people that I know and hunt with. Is there a product out there that may allow me to do all of this in one pretty easy to learn ordeal?

An added bonus would be to be able to also put a tracker on a dog. I wouldn't need it to run more than one dog and honestly I don't think I would use the dog tracking feature much if at all but if I'm dropping coin on such a device that would be a bonus feature worth a small sum of cash to boot.

I'm also open to iPhone apps that may be better than the Trimble app. I really don't care what the hardware is so much as I'd like to find a way to integrate all of this information in a way that's easy to save, access, print off, and share with a select couple of hunting buddies.

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I would say the closest thing to meeting your needs would be a Garmin Rhino.
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I just got a gps unit myself this month. I also got a app on my phone its called onX Hunt. The app for phone works great so far, u can download it free and try it out for ten days, if you like it than its like 30 dollars a year or u can use it for out of state hunts for like 100 dollars a year. You can download topo maps for your hunting area and than mark hot spots, way points or treestands or deer sign. And what else is nice is you can send info and way points to your hunnting buddies, just pick spot on map and click share than it shows up on your buddys phone. It works with or without cell phone service, just put phone in airplane mode. Worth a try works great, best hunting app on phone i tried.

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babs
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U can also print topo maps on computer too, check out some youtube videos on this app, im still learning stuff myself but i love it. I bought a garmin 64st from cabelas last week, alot of features on this gps too. So far i just downloaded some topo maps for my hunting area and marked some waypoints and stuff. Its nice too and i have a backup for my phone if something would happen.

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Check out ďGAIAĒ. Awesome phone app. No need for another device to carry. Best map selection Iíve seen. Doc
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Ditto for Gaia app. on cell phone. $19.95..............GPS works off satellite so you dont need cell coverage......I have retired all my GPS forever

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How quick do the phone apps burn up battery?

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I can use it all day. only cut on app when i need directions then cut off. I also bought a rapid pocket phone charger for $49 that will recharge my phone 4 times. i am honestly telling you the truth... i will never use another gps again after using Gaia..

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P.J. Petiniot
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Joey, does the gaia app truly work from satellites ? Or does it use a cell signal and triangulate with a sattleite ?

I was going to buy a hand held GPS because some of the other phone apps Iíve used donít work well in the places I hunt because cell service is sketchy at best.

If this app works without cell service Iíll buy it tonight.

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Interesting thread.....curious about the Gaia app and the battery draining.

Appreciate everyone sharing. Thanks

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Right handed but left eye dominant.

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I appreciate all you guys input. I'm kind of new to this GPS ordeal

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You've got to ask yourself a serious question....how old are your eyes? Some of the recommendations mentioned are of relatively small GPS screens. Old eyes have trouble with small screens. For years I used a Garmin Oregon, which has a relatively small screen. And I struggled, fumbling with glasses. Then I got a hold of a Garmin Monterra ...schazam! Things make sense....my recommendation is the Garmin Monterra for it's screen size and ability to take GPS data laden photos.

If you get a GPS there are a few suggestions I'll make for you....
1. Trust the danged thing. I know we all have a great sense of direction that would put Lewis & Clark to shame but.... if you switch to GPS and it tells you to go left and your inner homing pigeon says go right....best to go left. Ask me how I know....
2. If you switch to GPS make sure you get a unit with a micro SD slot. OnXMapps will be your friend. The initial cost for a Mmicro SD chip (state specific) will be about $100 and data updates are about $25 annually. Well worth the cost of admission. OnXMapps is a proprietary mapping company which will tell you if you are standing on public or private land and the name address and contact info for the owner. It is marketed generally by state and updated annually for data.
3. If you hunt out of the trunk of your family sedan chances are you can do nicely with the GPS that is already built into your smart phone. But if you hunt out west where land is measured by the sq. mile you will probably lose the use of the GPS within your smart phone.
4. Understand that GPS is only as good as the knucklehead who is holding onto the device. There is a learning curve which is best mastered in the off season while scouting, hiking or just playing around town.

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To meet all of your requested needs the Garmin Alpha 100 GPS with the TT115 dog collar is the ticket. It is a full featured GPS that does everything the Garmin Montana and Oregon will do plus it will provide dog tracking AND e-collar features. It is touch screen, can track multiple dogs up to 9 miles away ( I have used it up to 26 miles) and does wireless sharing of waypoints to your friends with compatible Garmin devices.

In that it is also an e-collar controller, you can also train your dog with remote call back.

I use it with great confidence on my blood dogs and water dogs.

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I couldnít trust my phone battery when spending days away from electricity.

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