Garmin Hiking And Hunting GPS Buyer’s Guide

by Caribou Betty

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Each year millions of people hit the woods, trails, and wilderness areas in the United States, Canada, and other countries to hunt, fish, hike, or to camp. They hit the woods and the wilderness for sport, peace and quiet, to commune with nature, and for adventure. However, for hundreds if not thousands of people a year that adventure turns out to be a little more than they bargained for when they find themselves lost, with no idea which way to turn to find their way back to civilization. No one heads into the woods, the mountains, or other wilderness area expecting to get lost, but they should. Even the most seasoned hiker, or hunter can find themselves disoriented when every tree, mountain range and boulder begins to look the same. “Be prepared” is the boyscout motto and Garmin has taken this motto to heart by developing a line of GPS devices that are perfect for hikers, hunters, and anyone who enjoys the wilderness.

Garmin Hiking and Hunting GPS Devices: The Basics

Garmin Hiking and Hunting GPS devices are made to survive rugged outdoor conditions. They are waterproof and designed to withstand being dropped and banged. Many include compasses and other features to help you get your bearings and not only get you headed in the right direction, but know which direction that is.

Garmin Hiking And Hunting GPS Devices work great for Geocaching. For those who never experienced Geocaching it’s pretty much a treasure hunt played by people all around the world. You simply go to open geocaching, read up on the rules, and use your GPS devices to find a treasure or hide one for others to find. It makes for a great outdoor activity, and helps you to improve your outdoor skills.

Download Garmin’s basecamp and you can even plan some of those hiking and camping trips in advance of hitting the trails.

Hiking and Hunting GPS Devices By Garmin

There are basically 3 types of Hiking and Hunting GPS devices, Handheld, wrist-worn, and dog tracking. This section will discuss some of the products in each type.

Handheld GPS Devices

Many of the handheld GPS devices are designed not only for use in the wilderness, but can also be used in your car, on city streets, and/or on the water. Making them an all-purpose GPS and saving you from having to buy a different GPS device for every different activity you take part in.

Garmin Oregon 200, 300, 400, 450 and 550 Series

The Garmin Oregon Series is perfect for hiking and works well for hunting and geocaching as well. Some of the features of this series of outdoor GPS devices are:

  • Lightweight design
  • rugged to stand up to rough terrain
  • easy to use touch screen
  • Built in 3-axis tilt compass and barometric altimeter
  • 3.2 mega pixel camera that automatically geotags photos so you can come back to those scenic spots.
  • These GPS track in heavy cover and deep canyons.
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3inch diagonal screen
  • Built in basemap
  • Prices for the Oregon series start at around $250.00.

Garmin Montana Series

The Garmin Montana Series can be used for hiking, geocaching, hunting, boating, and even for getting around in the city. The Montana 650t is especially well liked by those who love to hunt. Features of the Montana series include:

  • 4” LCD touch Screen
  • 5 MP auto focus camera with automatic geo-tagging
  • 3 axis compass and barometric altimeter
  • wireless feature allows you to exchange information with other compatible GPS users
  • 650t offers a dual battery system
  • Comes with AC charger, USB cable, and quick start guide
  • Waterproof and rugged
  • The price of this series starts around $570.00

The Garmin Dakota Etrex Series

The Garmin Dakota Etrex series is a rugged GPS that is perfect for hiking on those rough trails. The features of this GPS device include:

  • 2.6 inch display screen
  • Waterproof
  • Preloaded with world wide base map
  • 3 axis tilt compass,
  • Barometric altimeter
  • MicroSD slot
  • Wireless sharing between compatible units
  • Price starts at around $220.00

The Garmin GPSMAP 78

Since not every wilderness adventure requires traveling on land, Garmin developed the GPSMAP 78 for those who want to explore those winding rivers, and mighty lakes. The features of this series include:

  • 2.6 color display
  • Waterproof and even floats in the water
  • Built in worldwide basemap
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 20 hours of battery life
  • Compass
  • Prices start at around $220.00

Garmin GPSMAP 62 Series

The Garmin GPSMAP 62 series is designed for all types of wilderness adventures. Some of the features of this series include:

  • 2.6 in TFT screen
  • Waterproof and can withstand bumps and bangs
  • Built in basemap (and the ability to download others)
  • Tells you how long you have until sunset
  • Camera
  • Compass and barometric altimeter
  • The 62stc is used for hunting.
  • Starts at around $300.00

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Garmin Rino 2 Way Radio

The Garmin Rino 2 way radio combines 2 types of outdoor safety equipment a 2 way radio and a GPS device all rolled into one. Features of this 2 way radio include:

  • Built in Helix Receiving Antenna
  • Basemap with automatic routing capabilities
  • 1.7X 1.3 screen
  • Up to 14 mile range on the radio
  • Waterproof
  • Works indoor and out
  • Starting Price around $425.00

Garmin Wrist Worn Series Of GPS For Hiking And Hunting

There are times when you are scrambling over rocks, rappelling down the side of a cliff, or simply beating back bush when a handheld GPS can seem to be in the way, so Garmin offers two series of Wrist-worn GPS devices, so you can use both hands to navigate difficult terrains and still chart your course as your go.

Fenix Series

The Fenix is a GPS navigational +ABC watch that has many fine features for the outdoor adventure. These features include:

  • Altimeter barometer
  • 3 axis compass with automatic sensor calibration
  • Worldwide base map
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Built in temperature sensor
  • Track back feature
  • Priced at around $400.00

Foretrex Series

The Garmin foretrex series is a rugged and dependable wrist-worn navigational watch. Features for this GPS device includes:

  • 5 ergonomically buttons to help guide you through functions
  • works in narrow valleys, dense brush, and even urban jungles
  • The 401 model offers a slimmer lighter design
  • built in electronic compass and barometric altimeter
  • Compatible with Garmin heart rate monitors
  • Includes sail race features
  • Calculates current and Maximum speed
  • Waterproof
  • Track back feature
  • Prices start at around $174.00

Dog tracking Series

Because man doesn’t always hunt or hike alone, but often takes along his favorite canine companion and Garmin knows just how much your dog means to you, they offer a couple of series of dog tracking GPS devices so that you won’t lose your 4 legged pal when hunting or hiking.

Garmin Astro Dog Tracking System

The Garmin Astro dog tracking system allows you to know your dog’s exact position even when he is out of sight. This system helps to ensure that you won’t lose your way or canine companion. Features of this system include:

  • handheld color screen astro 220 GPS Device and a wireless transmitter (the transmitter is attached to your dog)
  • Tracks dog in dense cover
  • This GPS also includes a covey counter that records exact location, time of day, and number of birds you flushed.
  • Has other hunting related items as well
  • Also has all of the features of Garmin’s other handheld GPS devices including compass, altimeter, microSD card, and is waterproof in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
  • Prices start at around $800.00

Garmin GTU Dog Tracking System

The Garmin GTU dog tracking system isn’t just for keeping track of your pets, this system can be used on backpacks, to help you keep track of your children and even your property (or at least some of it) when you’re not around. Features of this tracking system include:

  • Transmitter is lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Comes with 1 year of tracking (dependent on GMS wireless service in your area)
  • You use your computer to track the device
  • Starting price under $200.00

Description and Definitions of Features

Topographic Maps-often abrev. TOPO- a topographic map shows an area of the earth including natural and cultural features.

Saltwater Maps-Maps that show different areas of saltwater including lakes as well as oceans.

High Sensitivity Receiver- Is a receiver for your GPS device that can pick up even weak satellite signals.

Electronic Compass- Uses a magnetic sensors to detect the earths magnetic field and gives out the read out digitally.

Barometric Altimeter- allows you to know your altitude and allows you to chart barometric pressure.

Geocaching Mode- A feature that allows you to find your geocaching coordinates quickly and effortlessly.

Custom POI- Allows you to add your own points of interest to the ones all ready supplied by Garmin.

Hunt/Fish Calendar- Tells you when the best time to hunt and fish are. Gives not only specific days but also the best time of the day to find game or fish.

Tide table- Let’s you know when high and low tide is

Unit-to-Unit Transfer-allows you to transfer information to other like or compatible units.

Paperless Geocaching- allows you to download the information needed to find the treasure when geocaching without having to use paper to write down the information. You can load it right into your GPS device.

Geocaching- A kind of treasure hunt game that is played using a GPS. There is a whole community of geocaching scattered around the world and the website Open Geocaching is where you go to find out about the game and sign up to play. It’s all free.

Garmin Connect-an online community where you can analyze, categorize and share data.

Garmin Basecamp- A free online software that allows you to plan routes and prepare for your outdoor adventures in advance.

Please feel free to use this guide to help you choose the best Hiking GPS device for all your outdoor adventures.


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