Bagging the Bear with GPS Tracking

Thanks to GPS tracking, hunting has become easier than ever but with considerable expense. Basic hunting dog tracking systems require two (or more) components—a handheld GPS device for the owner to track his hunting dogs and a GPS-monitored collar for each dog. For instance, systems by Garmin start at around $500 for both components with an additional cost for each collar needed for multiple dogs (up to about ten on one handheld GPS tracker).   How does GPS tracking aid bear hunting? With the GPS-monitored collars securely in place, hunting dogs can run ahead to scout out the woods forRead More

GPS Tracking Collars Simplify Coon Hunting

Hunting Dogs

Coon hunting has been a popular pastime for decades, and with the advent of GPS tracking, a productive night of hunting can be brought to a close long before dawn. Unlike their hound-chasing forbears, today’s coon hunters can track the movements of their dogs from the comfort of a truck. Using a handheld device that picks up a signal from the dog’s GPS-equipped collar, a hunter can see not only where his dog is, but how far he has traveled, what direction he’s going, and whether he’s still on the run or planted in front of a tree. Perhaps theRead More

GPS + Hunting: Good or Bad?

Authorities are moving toward a very restrictive position on the use of GPS when hunting. Regulations have always emphasized the importance of the “fair chase,” preventing hunters from using tools that give them an unfair advantage over the animals they hunt. Although some states have come down heavier on cell phone use than others, if a hunter is caught using a phone to notify other hunters of the positions of hunted animals, he is hit with a fine. GPS tracking systems provide an even more efficient way of pinpointing animals without relying on traditional tracking skills. Officials and rangers takeRead More