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    Locating shot deer using your GPS - long(ish) range shooting

    Any info on here or anyone in the know on the process for this, think I have it in my head but someone might be in the know, looking over open pockets of clay pans in a mass of Kanuka/ Manuka has me thinking it'll be hard to find them when needed, cheers in advance
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    i know for my garmin you cant mark a waypoint unless you are actually there. can take a bearing but not much use unless you want to go in a straight line

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    A number of the modern Garmin units have a function called "project waypoint".

    Using this, provided the onboard compass is accurately calibrated, you can point your GPS at the kill, and tell it to make a waypoint XX yards in that direction. You should already have the distance from the shot..

    Always check on the map to make sure this new waypoint looks roughly in the right place.


    The other option is just to look on the GPS map and go "that spot looks like the right one" and plonk a waypoint there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrikerNZ View Post
    A number of the modern Garmin units have a function called "project waypoint".

    Using this, provided the onboard compass is accurately calibrated, you can point your GPS at the kill, and tell it to make a waypoint XX yards in that direction. You should already have the distance from the shot..

    Always check on the map to make sure this new waypoint looks roughly in the right place.


    The other option is just to look on the GPS map and go "that spot looks like the right one" and plonk a waypoint there.
    That would be bloody incredibly handy for finding clearings across gullys - wonder if my garmin 62s has that feature. Might be too old

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB View Post
    That would be bloody incredibly handy for finding clearings across gullys - wonder if my garmin 62s has that feature. Might be too old
    Yes. Hit the mark button, then the menu button. Select the "project a waypoint".

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    Just don't do what I did. Projected the waypoint with the ranged distance, not the over the ground distance. Line of sight distances with an angle are less in your GPS 2D map. So much so that I never found the jap spiker I shot that day. Looked easy as to get down to
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    All good info guys, appreciate posting it up, have done it once but it didn't put us in the right spot, found the deer tho.
    Will have a practice in the field next time out, cheers
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    I have used this function on my 62s, may also be a "sight and Go" function

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    Quote Originally Posted by HNTMAD View Post
    I have used this function on my 62s, may also be a "sight and Go" function

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    Yep that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooza View Post
    All good info guys, appreciate posting it up, have done it once but it didn't put us in the right spot, found the deer tho.
    Will have a practice in the field next time out, cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by HNTMAD View Post
    I have used this function on my 62s, may also be a "sight and Go" function

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    Yep I use the sight in go feature.

    You can also estimate the distance using the projected way point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooza View Post
    Any info on here or anyone in the know on the process for this, think I have it in my head but someone might be in the know, looking over open pockets of clay pans in a mass of Kanuka/ Manuka has me thinking it'll be hard to find them when needed, cheers in advance
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    Well, thanks for that ! I've never used Project Waypoint before. It's under "Sight and Go". Also you can project a waypoint from a previously saved waypoint in "waypoint manager". This is on my garmin oregon It will also drop a waypoint wherever you want it.
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    I've found it very hard to identify the right side gully / spur using contours alone.

    A GPS or phone with satellite images, select a tree/bush edge/pan etc, is better but you need to preload them.

    It's a bit tricky to get a real accurate bearing using a silva compass. Would you take a prismatic compass you can sight through ? Maybe the compass on your phone held against the rifle barrel - would that work ?

    I guess to get over the slope problem you could use a TBR function on the range finder.

    Wont be very exact but enough to get you in the right gully.

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    I wouldn't put any compass near the rifle barrel if a reliable bearing is needed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    I wouldn't put any compass near the rifle barrel if a reliable bearing is needed
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    Wot You Talking About Willis?

    Can't really see any problems with this.

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