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1.) Swamp Fox - 10/13/2017
Okay ... At the risk of getting made fun of for seeking a lot of opinions on a big question from our vast audience, here goes:

I've mentioned before my difficulties getting a GPS signal in the woods with some good but now older equipment. For people who have newer units, do you have the same issue? Can you make a comparison to older equipment from experience?

I have never tried to rely on a GPS to find a stand in anything but the most general way because I found my units unreliable, but I might want to attempt it in the future. By find a stand, I mean be able to walk right to it, or within 10 yards, say.

I know people who talk about using their GPSs to navigate to their stands, but if I tried a GPS by itself, it would be a total disaster.

Speaking of which, is there anything new that's extra stealthy in the world of trail tacks, markers, etc?

I'll hang up and listen.

2.) crookedeye - 10/30/2017
my garmin 60 csx works pretty good under thick canopy i dont think they make it anymore, my other one that i bought years ago wasnt bad but you had to walk at a fast pace to get an accurate reading, thats pretty hard at night in the colorado mountains...but it did get me back to camp...thank god..
3.) crookedeye - 10/30/2017
i was only about a mile from camp , but thats a long ways in the mountains, had a elk bugle so i stayed there until dark.. i decided to head back when it was almost dark..once it got dark i had no idea where i was at.. i had no idea where i was when it was light matter of fact. i was in the mountains of colorado somewhere..everytime i hit an opening i would walk fast and get a reading on my gps actually took me right to camp but that was a stressful hike back..
4.) Swamp Fox - 10/30/2017
I'm not sure there's anything worse than being lost on a mountain in the dark ... unless it's being lost in flat woods in the dark ... LOL

I once had to come off a mountain stand in a thick fog. You know what your headlamp does in a thick fog? Screws you all up, is what ... :tap:

I missed the trail somehow and it was a little hairy there for a while, but since I knew the road and my truck were at the bottom, I couldn't screw up too badly. Down was good, up or sideways bad. I think I popped out within 75 yards of where I parked, which is pretty good for me sometimes, LOL

No GPS on that hunt, but it wouldn't have worked up there anyway, even if I'd had it with me.
5.) DParker - 10/30/2017
[QUOTE=crookedeye;52801]i was in the mountains of colorado somewhere.[/QUOTE]

A ski lodge in Aspen, sipping hot toddies?

6.) bluecat - 10/30/2017

Todd was there?
7.) Swamp Fox - 10/30/2017
I do remember something about a hot tub on that trip.
8.) crookedeye - 10/30/2017
9.) luv2bowhunt - 10/31/2017
[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;52325]Okay ... At the risk of getting made fun of for seeking a lot of opinions on a big question from our vast audience,[/QUOTE]

Who are you talking to? No one cares................:wink

I have an old Garmin works fine, canopy or not. I have used it to get to stands, but once you've been into a spot a couple times you know where you're going. Unless you have no wood skills, you do still have skills...........don't you?

Not sure what you're looking for in the exciting world of trail tacks. Best advice I can give on public land is make sure you remove ones that guys left behind from days gone by. Really annoying to be following the wrong trail in the dark.

Reminds me of a story where I moved someones tacks to 'help' them find their way on opening day. Funny to be leaning against that tree in the dark and watch the flashlight head over the hill to the dead end in the laurel thicket.

Hehe, course that was back in my wicked youth.
10.) Swamp Fox - 10/31/2017
LOL ...

I have managed to miss a familiar stand or exit in the dark a time or two. Missed a trail, couldn't find a marker, fog ... or whatever. I think it's worse in flatwoods where you don't have any reference marks. So that's my excuse...

A while back I invested in some pyramid-shaped tacks that came in white, amber and one or two other colors (red and/or green?). The were supposed to not reveal themselves unless you held your light just right, plus the non-white ones were harder to for the enemy to see during the daytime. They were expensive compared to BrightEyes and not always the easiest to use, but they had their place. Just was wondering if anyone's built a better mousetrap since.

I always like hearing about remote-control strobe lights and reflective this and that, too :-)... It keeps my mind occupied, LOL.

I had a bottle of flourescent/reflective liquid a long time ago that you were supposed to spray on trees. I never used it for deer hunting because it had an odor, but I did use it for turkeys when I wanted to find my way in or out of the same place two days in a row. I bet they don't make it anymore, but maybe I'll go looking.
11.) luv2bowhunt - 10/31/2017
I had that reflective liquid too. Invisible by day and invisible by night. Didn't work for squat, I think it washed away with the first rainfall.

I agree with you on one point for sure, hunting hilly terrain is much easier to navigate in the dark than flat ground where everything looks the same. Easy to get turned around on flat land in the dark, especially if it's thick.
12.) Swamp Fox - 10/31/2017
[QUOTE=luv2bowhunt;52825]I had that reflective liquid too. Invisible by day and invisible by night. Didn't work for squat, I think it washed away with the first rainfall.


Ha! I thought I was the only one who had trouble with it.
13.) bluecat - 11/01/2017

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