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    Handheld GPS

    Hello all.
    Although I carry my smartphone with at least the State's official Hunting/Fishing software, I am considering purchasing a dedicated handheld GPS. I only bird hunt these days, but for my own peace of mind, and possibly finding some new spots while in the field, thought it might be worthwhile. I had first considered one of those GPS/2-way radio units ( such as the Rhino), but prefer the larger screen with more available options/maps etc., of a strictly GPS unit.
    My questions are...are they worth the investment?, and more importantly, for those with first-hand experience, which is the best/most reliable/helpful unit recommended?
    (Conversely, what to stay away from!)
    Thank you in advance for any guidance provided.
    Greg

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    I bought a cheap garmin e trex. Lets me scout new areas and i can find my way back. Can also drop way points in case i find a good spot and want to go back.

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    I have a garmin etrex vista that has served me well and saved my butt a few times. They are worth their weight in gold. I never go into the big woods with out my gps and compass and always mark spots I find along the way.
    "When it absolutely, positively must be destroyed over night" U.S. Marines.

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    I purchased a bushnell backtrack 3 yrs ago I think just for the very reason you have stated and have used it numerous times while grouse hunting bigger woods with my birddog all over central new york. I have the small compass on my vest but this thing puts me back at the truck when needed. Simple to use and under 75.00 when I purchased it. Have not gotten lost with my dog following birds since.

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    GPSMAP60CSX I've used it alot, Came in really handy a few times. wish I had one back in the 70's and 80's when I did ALOT of coon hunt'n.
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    I have a Garmin Etrex30 I believe and love it. You can download maps to it that are identical to google earth

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    There are many good units out there. I have owned 3 or 4 different Garmin's through the years and all have been great. You really need to look at the options that will
    most suit your needs. Some of the more expensive units may have more then you need being predominantly a bird hunter.

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    i bought a garmin etrex20 this year and always take it with me. God forbid I'm out in the woods and the batteries die I get turned around just walking 50 yards - I can't seem to walk in a straight line. Anyway Garmins are good because you can create and download your own maps as well as buy a subscription and get maps for it. There was one unit I was looking at (forget which) and it didn't have the ability to create your own maps or get any free ones from the web. You had to buy their maps which was like 100 bucks a pop or something.

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    GAMIN E TREX FIRST THEN Dicota 450 now I like the touch screen and it picks up satalites better. e trex worked but 450 is way better if you have the extra $100

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    I have the Etrex and Rhino also but use my Iphone with gps app mostly.
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