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Hunting GPS - Choose the Right GPS for Hunting

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Spending a productive day hunting can be one of the finest ways of spending your free time. It is an excellent way of getting away from the hustle and bustle - one of the few outdoor pursuits that specifically encourages being quiet. When you find a patch of hunting ground that you like, you will want to keep going back repeatedly.

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By their very nature however, hunting grounds are quite wide and lack identifying landmarks much of the time. By purchasing a hunting GPS system, you can help keep track of those patches of hunting ground that have been particularly kind to you in terms of your haul. Although GPS technology has become very much linked with motoring in many minds, its use in hunting is in fact one of its most perfect applications.

How many times have you been out hunting and stumbled almost by accident among a spot which gives you great vantage points, excellent cover and a steady supply of game and when you next go back, you look and look but you cannot find it again? Nature has its own landmarks, of a kind, but one thing it sorely lacks is road signs.

You will never see a sign saying "Good Hunting: 1 Mile" and pointing you towards that spot you found last time. This is where GPS hunting technology comes into its own. People who have used GPS devices to help out with their hunting report that it is ideal for navigating to their favorite spots, calculating distance to their kills and marking potential spots for future good hunting.

Finding the right device for hunting is important. There are so many GPS devices available, and it is worth shopping around very thoroughly to make sure that the one you buy is ideally attuned to your needs. A device that tracks at least 12 GPS satellites will give you the quickest position fix, meaning that you can generally lock on to a position within twenty seconds at most. Any fewer than twelve satellites and you will be waiting forever, and your enjoyment and the effectiveness of your hunting will be greatly reduced.

As well as this, you need to remember to carry spare batteries. A good device will have long battery life anyway - you should be looking for anything up to 25 hours of battery life - but having a spare set of alkaline batteries will mean that you are never caught in the awkward position of being on your way to your preferred spot and the device suddenly dying on you.

Not only is this a worry from the point of view of not being able to find your spot, but it can lead to you being stranded, especially if you rely on the "breadcrumbs" system supported by many devices which allows you to find your way back to your vehicle from whatever outpost you have set up at.

A lot of memory is also just about essential for a hunting GPS device, so that you can store as many significant points as possible. 25 MB of memory is ideal, but the very least you should be looking for is 14 MB. This allows you not only to set positions where the hunting is good, but also to place markers that will allow you to find your way to and from those. Finally, it should be lightweight and easily portable. You will have enough to carry when you are hunting, and a bulky, cumbersome GPS device will slow you up and cause innumerable problems where stealth is concerned.

For the best device, check out sites such as Nextag - devices made by the GPS gurus Garmin are held in particularly high regard by experienced hunters, and devices vary in cost between $200 and as much as $600. As one would expect, the more expensive devices have the more advanced features, so it is worth deciding for yourself what you need, what you want and how much you are prepared to pay for the best hunting GPS. You know better than anyone does what you need.

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