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    Whats the best hunting gps?😀

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    garmin gps are the go. rhinos are real cool with the built in radio

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    Late model higher end smartphone in a life proof case with NZ Topo maps installed.
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    The best hunting GPS for you is the one that suits "YOUR" needs best.

    I like the Garmin Rino650

    The Garmin 62 and 64 series are great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P38 View Post
    @greatshot

    The best hunting GPS for you is the one that suits "YOUR" needs best.

    I like the Garmin Rino650

    The Garmin 62 and 64 series are great too.

    Cheers
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    thanks do u no what they are worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmay View Post
    Late model higher end smartphone in a life proof case with NZ Topo maps installed.
    Have a Garmin 64s (cabelas on sale), but have nth and Sth island topo nz maps on the iPhone, which work really well on air plane mode, good for a backup and if in semi familiar areas I leave the gps at home, use the phone if required
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    Quote Originally Posted by greatshot View Post
    thanks do u no what they are worth?
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    I bought mine from here
    https://www.ja-gps.com.au/GPS-Units/Handheld-GPS

    They had a buy one get one free deal going, so I scored two for the price of one.

    Even with the exchange rate and shipping the single unit was cheaper than the same unit in NZ and I got another for free. :
    A bloody good bugger on here hooked me up with some maps and I was away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmay View Post
    Late model higher end smartphone in a life proof case with NZ Topo maps installed.
    +1 I use NZ topo 50 on my iPhone and it's excellent and give you signal where ever you are and show where you are and you can record your track so if for example you go through a difficult bluff system in the bush you can go back to how you got up it on the way in etc. cost me $5 and definetly worth it. Used it in the bush in the landsborough and I'm definetly sure it saved me from getting lost

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    Greatshot, if you are using your gps under a heavy bush canopy I think you need a unit with a good, high sensitivity antenna.

    I have not used a smartphone for this purpose but do wonder if their antenna is good enough, after all most people who use this function of their phones are not in thick bush.

    My son and I have been using his iPod touch with an app called Gaia gps, and as an iPod doesn't have a gps (nor internal compass), we use an external gps - a Bad Elf GPS Pro - that connects via Bluetooth.

    This combination struggles for some reason in the dark under a bush canopy - darkness shouldn't make any difference to gps. The point to me saying this is that I would be surprised if the internal GPS in a smart phone was a lot better than the Bad Elf as Bad Elf is a dedicated GPS manufacturer. I am not sure why it struggles, but I suspect it is probably due to the antenna design not suiting what we are using it for.

    For some reason in the dark this combination struggles to determine what direction we are travelling in, but does indicate where we are.

    Like most of you, I'm sure, we are trying to navigate to a hut or a car in the dark and in the bush, and need a bit more reliability, so I am looking at a more purpose designed unit - probably a Garmin Rino 750 - with a view to getting another one later to use their other features, primarily the two way radio and ability to locate the other unit.

    I am sure someone who uses a smartphone will correct me if the GPS in their phone works well in the bush.

    Also, I carry a magnetic compass as it makes it easier to walk a straight line in the bush than using the GPS, but found the barrel of my rifle was magnetised also and the compass liked to point at the rifle. Just food for thought.

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    I wouldn't rely on cell phones I reckon my one is shit iphone 6 hopless in the country even when it shows 2 bars I can barley ring someone id never trust it enough to fully rely on it in the bush pluss have to charge it everyday ..i have a garmin 64s its pretty good does the job but I wish id got a touch screen model something else to keep in mind to its suprising how many battery's you can go through always take spares .
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    I've got a Garmin 64s but like my smart phone more for a few reasons. Battery life is better and the screen is a much better size. Works in think bush, deep in canyons and seems to be accurate enough to be less than 10 ft out.
    My smart phone in the bush is my gps, camera, watch, mp3. The Swiss army knife of electronics
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    Smartphone has worked for me for the last 3 years everywhere I have used it. To be honest it has surprised me as to how good it is. Removes the expense and need for a dedicated device.

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    The one with all the good spots already marked.
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    I use my smartphone for general GPS use, but if I'm marking a point that NEEDS to be accurate or if I need to find my way out under lights then the GPS comes out, especially in dense bush or surrounded by mountains. I spent a couple times doubling back and searching for things before I got fed up with the bad accuracy.

    Also, I am confident that I could drop it, fall on it then throw it in a creek and it would still work. I can't trust a smartphone to do that, even with those fancy tough cases. My last phone broke in my pocket when I fell on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boaraxa View Post
    I wouldn't rely on cell phones I reckon my one is shit iphone 6 hopless in the country even when it shows 2 bars I can barley ring someone id never trust it enough to fully rely on it in the bush pluss have to charge it everyday ..i have a garmin 64s its pretty good does the job but I wish id got a touch screen model something else to keep in mind to its suprising how many battery's you can go through always take spares .
    The gps in cell phone is completely different to the cellular radio and doesn't require require reception to work.

    I still take a separate gps though because it's waterproof and takes aa batteries.
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