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A GOOD GPS CAN SAVE YOUR BUTT
When it comes to GPS it will save your BUTT faster than any other tool in your bag except maybe a match if your GPS dies. I absolutely always carry my GPS even when I am on familiar ground because not everything always looks the same from year to year. Let me tell you a story about a hunting trip I took when I was younger. My friends and I were on some public land hunting and as you know public land can get crowded. So, my friend had scouted the area a few weeks before and had hunted in the vicinity for quite a few years. The only issue was I hadn’t!!!! Anyway, it was getting late in the afternoon and I said you know what, I have no idea where I am and no idea how to get back. That is when I did the unthinkable, I left the stand before prime time, however it saved my butt. I began to walk in the direction of the four-wheeler, or what I thought was the right direction. Come to find out I was turned around what’s worse is that I had wandered into a snake pit. Cottonmouth’s surrounded me and for the life of me I cannot tell you how I didn’t see them walking in. Because everywhere I looked after I got in there, I saw one, luckily it was winter, and they were cold and not trying to move. Good thing I left before dark!!
By the way it was muzzleloader season I had one shot and about a thousand snakes. Anyway, after scooting them with the barrel of the gun so I could make a path I stumbled upon my friend. We escaped there thankfully and from that day forward I now carry a GPS period ALWAYS!!!!
The best one on the market in my opinion is the Garmin etrex20. It is by far the best one I have ever hunted with. I have never had any issue with foliage causing blockage and throwing me of course. The battery life is amazing, and the screen and map are easy to follow. The other great thing is that it has terrain and TOPO map options, so you know the exact elevation of the place you are going. Believe that is a plus when you are Elk hunting and the next hill is 30,000 ft above sea level or so it feels. If you don’t have the Garmin etrex20 then you need to get one for your next NOT LOST hunting trip lol!