Best Handheld GPS for Waterfowl Hunting
Whether you hunt waterfowl by from a boat or blind, or simply go pond hopping, chances are that when you’re heading to your coveted spot, you’ll be covering a lot of land (or water) under the cover of darkness. A handheld GPS should not be considered a luxury item for the avid waterfowl hunter, but rather a necessity. Here are a few of our favorite GPS units for our trips to the duck blind and our reasons why.
The Rino 650t handheld is a great unit for hunting on or near water, due to the peace of mind it gives you and your hunting party. Pair multiple units together and communicate via its built-in radio, and also have the ability to see their position in case you get separated. Other features include preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps, a high-sensitivity antenna for precise GPS locations, IPX7 waterproof rating (incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes), and a built-in NOAA radio for severe weather alerts. Be sure to check your state’s hunting regulations to determine whether the use of two-way communication devices is permissible.
For those of you who hunt the coastal marshes, the GPSMAP 78sc is the perfect unit for you. It is IPX7 waterproof rated, and best of all it floats! It has preloaded U.S. coastal charts, and the ability to add more detailed maps if desired.
The GPSMAP 64st is an awesome all-around unit that includes preloaded TOPO 100K maps, a GPS and GLONASS receiver with a quad helix antenna for superior reception, and gives you the ability to add Bluechart g2 or LakeVü HD mapping. It’s also IPX7 waterproof rated in case you accidentally drop it in the water, however we do recommend that you use the included carabiner clip when not in use.
While it’s not a handheld, do check out the epix for rugged, wrist-based navigation and detailed TOPO 100K mapping. You don’t have to worry about getting it wet or in the way, and best of all, it functions as an everyday smartwatch and activity tracker.
Good luck on your waterfowl hunts and be sure to check out garmin.com for our full line of handhelds GPS devices.
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