Feeling safe is one of the best feeling you can have especially when you are stranded in the wilderness. A GPS is one amazing tool which can give you that feeling of ease when you most needed it. No doubt that having a GPS can help you to hunt effectively as well, where a GPS can aid you by searching direct routes to reach your favorite hunting spot.
Another tip is that you can use your GPS to determine which hunting tree-stand would be the most suitable to use for that particular time. Usually, we would want the help of the wind to increase the accuracy of our shots, and a GPS can help us determine which direction the wind is blowing. Besides increasing the efficacy of hunting, here are some ways a hunting GPS can increase your survival rate outdoors.
Knowing Where You Are When You Are Out In The Wilderness
Having a GPS is one of the most effective tools to know exactly where you are, and where you are heading. This is because when you have a GPS, you are informed about your positioning, the orientation you are taking and whether you are going to your intended direction. Your position basically is your awareness to your surroundings, your orientation is your alignment and your intended direction is the way you want to walk.
This is really important because jeopardizing one would mean jeopardizing the other. Losing touch in one of these three factors would cause the other factors to tumble. For example, starting with a wrong orientation would immediately mean that you are not walking your intended direction. To effectively increase your survival rate, you must have all the available information and decide as to where to go.
Doing Scouting Before You Go Out In The Wilderness
The ability to do scouting would be an effective method to allow you to understand your surroundings. Scouting means that before you go out to the wilderness, you would utilize computer maps to understand how the surroundings look like. If you have a path which you intend to travel, you can mark those paths and later transfer those waypoints into your available GPS.
These waypoints are extremely useful, especially when you are out hunting. Hence, you should always make sure that your GPS has enough memory capacity to store all of that information. When you scout on foot, you would be able to use these waypoints as a guidance. This is especially useful when you get overexcited when you are following a blood trail, and eventually lost your way.
Utilizing The Distress Signal
Basically, owning a GPS would be one of the most effective ways to keep yourself safe when you travel. One aspect which you can look for in a GPS would be having a Distress Alerting Satellite System (DASS).
This method is really effective because there are constantly twenty-four US navigational satellites which circles around the globe, allowing the tracking to be effective. Because of the accuracy of the system, it has a track record of saving adventurers that are lost in the wilderness.
Do note that a GPS can only apply the DASS system if it has an attachment to any transmission methods such as connecting it to a cell phone. You need something to transmit your location out because a GPS per se would only have a receiver and a logic chip.
Additional Navigational Aides
An alternative to the above method, you can choose to have either of the two types of transmitters, which are personal locator beacons (more similar to the one above) and satellite messengers. The personal locator beacons would send out distress signals, but these signals should only be used in extreme emergency situations.
For satellite messengers, it is usually for casual hiking, backpacking or hunting. Despite the signal being weaker, it still does the job effectively by relaying the user’s GPS coordinates to your rescuers, informing them of your coordinates.
Help You Have a Contingency Plan
A GPS is a really effective tool because of all the information it can give you including wind direction, landmarks, terrain and other key areas. If you hunt with a partner, you can effectively communicate with your partner on what both of you are required to do next with a two-way radio.
Moreover, having a GPS would give you the mental edge whenever you are lost by helping you to stay calm, cool and collected. It is only in this calm state of mind which you can effectively plan what to do, and get out of trouble!
Since a GPS is one of the most complex tool you would bring along, you may need to invest more time in considering your needs. A GPS can provide a variety of features and there is a huge spectrum of different models.
Some important considerations would include the satellite reception, which is highly dependent on the size of the antenna and the display quality of the GPS. You have to ensure that the screen of the GPS is readable in different situations be it sunny or cloudy. Other considerations would be ensuring that you brought sufficient batteries for your hunting trip, taking into account your backup plan if you got lost.
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Author Bio: I am John Lewis, a blogger, survivalist and outdoor enthusiast. You can follow me over at Epic Wilderness.