GPS & Range finders

Discussion in 'Hunting Gear (General)' started by beanpile, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    The previous post by Novice made me think more about this I'm going on an Elk hunt in the 4 corners area this October and its been made clear that I NEED among countless other things a GPS & a Rangefinder. The Later I can see a use for here in mo but the GPS will be a toy then try to sell it type of thing. To be truthfull I cant see myself affording both.

    My ?? is tho

    what kind of Range Finder do you have & your thoughts ?

    What kind of GPS do you have & your thoughts?.

    I think I'm going to call the Bushnell Factory outlet in Lee's Summit & Lenexa for the range finder.. I did'nt see they made GPS's:confused:
     
  2. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    i got a gps v by garmin.it is a great little tool.i hunted with a guy who had one last year and by the time we were through with the hunt i knew i had to have one.i use it alot for everything .i think i am going to put in my far away mushroom spots this year.the things you can use it for is unlimited.sure beats my old one to heck..i've got a bushnell range finder and use it alot to.but if your gonna go deep in mountains i'd go with a better gps and a cheaper rangefinder,but if your good witha compass and have faith in yourself just use it.:D
     

  3. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    I have heard there ae cheaper GPS wher you can puch in "home' go out a walking etc & it'll tellya how to get back. I ws thinking I could use a Topo for most things but use the GPS to be sure I get back "home"..

    I'm really:neuspeuter: on all this
     
  4. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    nto trying to persuade you are anything,but brien had just bought his gps v for 300 plus the extra map 100 at cabelas last summer they were closing them out,when i came home i got on ebay bought the gps and the download maps for 150 brand new still in the unopened box,just a thought.
     
  5. beanpile

    beanpile just a no body

    appreciate the input
     
  6. Vector

    Vector VECtor Custom Calls

    Feb 11, 2003
    N/C MO
    gps units are getting cheaper by the day. Don't mark them off of the list quite yet.

    I'd go to Bushnell and Cabelas and try out the rangefinders.

    You sure don't want to order this stuff out of a catalog and recieve a product that doesn't make you happy.

    Parker
     
  7. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    I don't have a GPS, yet. But I do have a Nikon 800 rangefinder, it's more of a guide for bow season. I range my area and try to remember which tree is 20 yds and which tree is 30. Kind of hard to remember which tree I picked out sometimes.
     
  8. I agree with the Ebay idea. I bought my Garin Emap for about $300 in 2001, no acessories. Here in 2006, the Emap works great and the software is current thanks to Garmin's free updates. You can buy an Emap on Ebay for with various accessories for under $100. I am trying to puchase a second one. The accessories seem to be the costly items.
     
  9. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    This is true....HOWEVER, when it is taking you back "home", it will take you straight line...which might be over a cliff, or thru a swamp, in the middle of the night!!!!! Keep a good topo map and compass with you, just in case!!!
     
  10. Chairman

    Chairman Senior Member

    Dec 2, 2002
    Henry County
    UNLESS you use the tracking function, where you can actually retrace your steps. But since you're talking about cheaper models, I'm not so sure they have that function.

    Mine does... :D (Magellan Meridian Platinum)

    It's already been said, but there's plenty you can do with a GPS, instead of just finding your way in/out. I've taken mine on out-of-town trips, and it's saved my hide quite a few times. From finding alternate routes, to seeing where I'm actually at, and where I need to turn to get back on track. Not to mention saving waypoints, which is great for hunting out of town, finding your stand in the dark or fog & mapping a property too.

    I talked wth some MDC officials lately, and I asked them if they used GPS technology, like if I radioed them my coordinates, could they get to me quicker. They said, "Yes ~ that would certainly be beneficial ~ to both us & you..."

    As far as a rangefinder, I have the Nikon Laser 400. A great tool, since humans are weakest in depth perception. Not to mention, if you're going elk hunting, I'm assuming you're gonna be glassing long distances. The Nikon rangefinder I have has a built in 8x monocular, so you don't have to be switching back & forth between binoculars & rangefinder...
     
  11. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    Yea, my garmin will let you retrace too, but the "Go To" function goes straight line..to the waypoint you have marked...Good idea with the MDC and coordinates too!!
     
  12. Chairman

    Chairman Senior Member

    Dec 2, 2002
    Henry County

    So does my "Go To" function ~ straight line. I've only used it once, and the only thing that was good for was finding out how far from the waypoint you are. And that only applies to "As the crow flies", if ya' know what I mean... :banghead:
     
  13. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Chairman... I have the same GPS and rangefinder you have!!

    GPS and map with grids was essential for offroading in the mnts of Colorado last summer.
     
  14. coyotehunter

    coyotehunter PURE KILLER

    Jan 19, 2005
    mexico,mo.
    oh yeah,mdc uses gps techonlogy,the guy i hunted with last fall uses his in the plane to get spotlighters,bait piles,etc.fly over it the cordinates send them to ground and they are on their way to bad guy place.plus if they know his name and address just put it in and it will give directions to house.:rotfl:
     
  15. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    They are nice for setting waypoints on your property corners. Tells you where you are, now much you have ect.
     
  16. Chairman

    Chairman Senior Member

    Dec 2, 2002
    Henry County
    I use mine to mark blinds, foodplots, trails, rubs & scrapes too...then upload 'em to the ol' computer, and print a current map of my property.

    Slicker than greased owl poop, on a brass door knob... :banana:
     
  17. River

    River New Member

    131
    Dec 7, 2002
    Beaufort,Mo.
    And i guess i don't have the time to learn, and i think i have a cheapie (magellan explorist 100 ) and have given up on tryin to figure it out. grr
     
  18. Some places (like Dicks Sporting Goods) have been advertising Garmin etrex Legends with topo map cds, charger, and dash holder for about $170. That's a pretty good deal. And it has 8 megs of storage which is plenty in most areas. If you are geographically challenged and get turned around like me, you'll go to places with the gps you wouldn't normally. And they have many uses out of the woods too.
     
  19. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    Bownly, that is a good price if they include the topo cd's...back when I bought my garmin, the cd's were going for 99 bucks!!!
     
  20. cfdjay

    cfdjay New Member

    Sep 5, 2004
    I have a Garmin Etrex Vista C. I absolutely love it!!!!