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therieldeal



Joined: 20 Oct 2010
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Location: Thompson, CT

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: GPS for both fishing & hiking Reply with quote

Can anyone recommend an appropriate GPS that could be used both for kayaking/fishing (marking fishing spots/structure) as well as for hiking (to save routes/camping spots/etc)? I’ve never used a GPS other than a typical turn-by-turn direction type for driving. I did some hiking this weekend in an area which is kind of “out there”, and at times on the way home (as the sun was setting) I wasn’t sure we were on the same trail, as these were all un-blazed dirtbike trails. Would like to avoid this bad feeling in the future!
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Fisherman100



Joined: 22 Nov 2011
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Location: Meriden, CT

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: GPS Reply with quote

Hey i advise you to go with the GPS' that have the emergancy buttons from dicks or cabelas becuase worst case you get in a jam and dont have a button to push for emergancy help
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PECo



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Location: Avon, CT

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're hiking within cellphone range and have a smartphone, a map app would work. I really like the MapQuest and Navionics apps on my iPhone.
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therieldeal



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not have a smart phone yet, but I was considering upgrading soon. I think my girlfriend and I may combine our separate cell phone plans. Do these map apps have features like I described above of being able to save routes and/or specific locations? It’s pretty unusual to be out of cell phone range in New England these days, after all.
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PECo



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Location: Avon, CT

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could drop a "pin" on a map at your starting location before you set off on a hike. I think that even the default Google Maps app on the iPhone is accurate enough for this to work well.
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perfect hook set



Joined: 24 Feb 2008
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Location: Danbury

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once you lose service you can easily begin to get lost though
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therieldeal



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Location: Thompson, CT

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true. Hmmm
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madkey



Joined: 13 Jun 2011
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Location: Torrington,CT

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey RD,
I have a Garmin handheld eTrex Vista HCx . I've used it for hunting and quad riding up north. Great little devise, it shows topo mapping and streets,I'm sure it does more than i'll ever know but it was easy for me to get started with. you probably will want to bring the manual the first few times you go out.
I even took it on the boat with me and checked it against my Humminbird and the tracks were right on.
Rich
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PECo



Joined: 06 Oct 2009
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Location: Avon, CT

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:27 pm    Post subject: Bushnell Backtrack D-Tour Reply with quote

This post got me thinking about getting one of these:

http://bushnell.com/products/gps/backtrackDTour/360310/

The ability to record and map your movements is really cool.
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Joined: 24 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not bad how much is it

only 5 locations are able to be saved though, that kinda stinks =/
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PECo



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen the D-Tour for sale online for as little as $70.
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