Which GPS to get for general hunting?

Discussion in 'General Hunting Topics' started by flyingbrass, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. flyingbrass

    flyingbrass Well-Known Member

    I think I would enjoy one but which one is best? $100, $200 or $500? I think I could use it to mark new locations to hunt.
  2. bird dog

    bird dog Moderator-Outdoor Recreation Lifetime Supporter

    Do a serch and you will get more information. I use a magellen "explorlist 100"
    Bottom of the line as for as price. $ 98, at wal mart back in Oct 04, but I really like it and it small and all that I need. The next step up Explorist 200 with maping, has just come down from $150 to , I think $117, at Wal Mart , of course.

  3. odocoi

    odocoi Well-Known Member

    got a garmin rino 120 for christmas but haven't had time to even try it out. I may mess with it some tomorrow and let you know how it works.

    Any opinions on it from others would be appreciated.
  4. Cache

    Cache Well-Known Member

    I got a Garmin etrex Vista for Christmas...I've figured out a few things on it, but have a lot of learning left to do. So far, its been relatively easy and fun. I can't really give any pros & cons yet, but will be able to by this summer.

  5. bird dog

    bird dog Moderator-Outdoor Recreation Lifetime Supporter

    Garmin seems to be a little more popular than Magellen, on some other boards that I have chatted with.Dont know what they cost?
  6. F B

    F B Administrator Staff Member

    Ive had a Garmin eTrex for several years now and it does a pretty good job.

    I bought mine to mark duck holes so that I could find em in the dark and it works great for that.

    Its a pretty basic model without any bells or whistles but its pretty simple to operate and was around 100 bucks if I remember right.

    Id like to upgrade to the Vista someday just because of the maps and other features it has.
  7. bwhntr

    bwhntr 2006 Spring Turkey Team Contest Winner

    I have an Eagle Expedition II. I've had it for a long time.Just find one that you're comfortable with, and read the manual, and learn it real good. And always carry a good compass when you're out, just in case your batteries go bad, and you don't have any spares with you, or you have trouble with it.
  8. deerhuntinglegacy

    deerhuntinglegacy Member<br>2007 Bowhunting Contest Team Winner

    I have a garmin etrex sport (camo) and it works good....shows sunrise sunset and moon rise and set and gives good and best times to hunt and fish and rates the day poor average good or best.....and shows what quarter the moon is in and is around a 100 bux
  9. arkansasbowhunter

    arkansasbowhunter Member<br>2006 Spring Turkey Team Contest Winner

    just my 2 cents but I have a magellan. an old map 330 model. good for what I do. be sure and to get one that takes AA batteries as these that have the battery packs could leave you stranded if they run down in the woods. I always carry a back up set of batteries. some of the newer ones use these battery packs. my father in law bought a set of walkie talkies that use a battery pack and they are constantly buying a new one seems like.
  10. DrakeTaker

    DrakeTaker Well-Known Member

    I have the Garmin E-TREX Summit..Great for hunting but it does not have the road maps...It has the electronic compass and I would not have one if it didnt.... JMO The electronic compass cost a little more but its worth every bit.I dont know if this is against the rules or not but I got mine from gpsnow.com
  11. CP

    CP Well-Known Member

    DT..on the electrontc compass..:thumb:

    I went through three brands and finally found what I wanted...a Lowrance i-Finder Hunt.

    I use the compass for putting my boat on the exact hole when I go Bassin..:biggrin:
    You can still work the buttons with gloves on during winter weather.
  12. beltcutter

    beltcutter Well-Known Member

    Just don't leave that GPS at the boat landing CP....never know who might pick it up...........:wink:
  13. DrakeTaker

    DrakeTaker Well-Known Member

    You might be able to find a gps if you just start looking on the ground in the woods...Especially on some of the NWR's..
  14. I have several the Garmin 60c is the only one that works under the trees and in these AR mountains. Lee
  15. odocoi

    odocoi Well-Known Member

    Used mine yesteday to mark some waypoints and and tracked back to them with the electronic compass. It's just awesome! Displays distance to location, speed of travel, time till arrival and ETA. Just follow the arrow.
  16. jde512

    jde512 Well-Known Member

    I'd vote for the Rino 120. Our group of 4 used them in Colorado last September and had effective radio communication up to 4.5 miles away in the timber and the mountains. The GPS is very easy to use the Rino line allows you to keep up with other members of your group at the push of a button. Being able to download the topo maps is a real nice feature as well.
  17. bds

    bds Active Member

    I have the Garmin Legend and like it. You can buy disks from Garmin that allows you to download TOPO into the GPS. I put all of south Ar in memory and have more room left. The topo allows you to find old roads and creeks plus you can connect to your computer and print off page or add to GPS. I got the info below from EBAY where they list for about $135.
    "The basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines. The eTrex Legend is also equipped with additional memory totaling eight megabytes. The added memory allows the eTrex Legend to accept downloaded map data from Garmin's entire line of MapSource® CD-ROMs, including Fishing Hot Spots®." Bruce
  18. brbowhunter

    brbowhunter Well-Known Member

    Garmin 60CS.... Has electronic compass (a must), maps, color, long battery life, and holds a good signal in the timber if you hold it upright. The Magellan's seem to hold a signal better than the Garmins but the map software on the Magellans sucks....
  19. turkeyhunter

    turkeyhunter Premium Member<br>2006 Turkey Team Contest Winner<

    What does everyone use a GPS for??? I'm not sure where I could use one???:confused: Just asking, I would like some ideas.
  20. OuachitaMtnMan

    OuachitaMtnMan Well-Known Member

    Turkey hunter, I think that's for when you get old and don't want any unnecessary walking. :razz: Seriously, I guess for finding fishing/duck hunting spots in the dark or just honey holes on the water in general they would be good. I would want one if I was hunting somewhere like Colarado also.