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?.

Seriously, 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 hand held GPS receiver you are never lost as long as the batteries stay up.

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.

Every technology 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.

The Global 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 valley.