GPS and Outdoor Sports
Prior to the invention of the GPS, Figuring out
where he is, where he was and where he is heading is probably one of man's oldest pastimes. Of
course if he is man traveling with a woman he will not
have that problem as he will have already stopped and asked, right?.
navigation and positioning are crucial to so many activities and yet the process
has in the past has been quite cumbersome and time consuming.
In outdoor sports we can use
GPS’s to tell us where we are, where we have been, where we are headed, how fast we are traveling
and how long it will take to get there. All without having to consult a map,
road signs or stop and ask!
While doing game scouting
prior to the open season we can enter “waypoints” in the GPS hand held computer,
give them names and go back to these points (including the car location from which we started) anytime
in the future. Not only will it keep us from ever being lost we can input
locations for potential stands, rubs, scrapes(natural or made by us), water and food sources, licks (natural or man made),
bedding areas, trail intersections and etc.
Using a GPS receiver,
fishermen, pleasure boaters, SCUBA and skin divers can record, hot fishing
holes, deep water, sunken objects, reefs and other things which can not be seen
or permanently marked on the water’s surface. The coordinates of a site from a
map can be entered in the receiver and will show up as a waypoint and can be tracked
from wherever you are.
GPS units are not always
easy to use; in fact I rate my Lowrance handheld GPS receiver complexity as just a little easier to
use than my VCR clock setting process. However I have been successful in
recording many waypoints for my boating hazard, fishing locations in the Gulf
as well as many of the hunting uses outlined earlier.
If for no other reason, you should own a GPS Receiver handheld and
carry it with you for the same minimal reason to own a cell phone SAFETY. With the
you are never lost as long as the
I would strongly advise a new Global Positioning System receiver owner to spend the time required to become proficient and familiar with your unit before you need it.
discovered to help make navigation easier over thousands of years came about in
incremental improvements but one day the U.S. Military needed a super precise
form of positioning anywhere in the world. Fortunately by this time, electronic
and space technology had matured to the point it was possible at a price. and of
course with the help of the taxpayer it had the price. The result after spending
twelve billion dollars to place twenty four radio transmitting satellites into
geosynchronous orbit became the basis of the Global Positioning System.
Global Positioning System has already changed hunting, fishing, hiking, trucking, boating,
construction, farming, and etc., navigation and position locating forever.
Positioning System makes it possible to assign an accurate address to
every point on earth that anyone with a hand held unit can get to. The one
limiting factor is obstructions; GPS does not work well inside a structure or if
clear sight to three satellites is blocked by say, the high sheer walls of a