GPS Tracking Study To Protect Bighorn Sheep Population

The Teton bighorn sheep population in Wyoming faces many threats. One of these threats includes a nonnative mountain goat population, bringing disease and habitat competition to the region. Biologists are studying the bighorn sheep and goats in order to assess the danger and hopefully protect the native sheep. The research is part of the Montana State University Mountain Ungulate Project. GPS tracking devices track the herd movement and some are captured and studied more closely. Recently, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department tranquilized four mountain goats, taking blood and fecal samples as well as tonsil swabs to find out ifRead More

GPS Tracking Project Shows Bald Eagles Died Of Lead Poisoning

Earlier this month, the last bald eagle being tracked by a Kelly wildlife conservation group has been found dead. The Kelly group was conducting a study of bald eagles using GPS tracking devices in the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Kelly group, Craighead Beringia South, has been tracking bald eagles in the area for about five years and is leading the charge to identify a link between lead poisoning of the local birds of prey and hunting.   The last remaining eagle was named Taylor by the non-profit Kelly conservation group. The bald eagle was found deadRead More

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 Device Saves Life of Montana Hunter

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It’s every hunter’s worst nightmare: miles away from civilization, disaster strikes. You’re nowhere near a hospital, seriously injured, needing help sooner than dialing a cell phone can provide. What do you do? In John Chepulis’ case, it was a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger to the rescue.   Chepulis went out hunting with friends John Simmons and Scott Wittman at the base of Shedhorn Mountain on October 30. Everything was proceeding as it should: Chepulis and Wittman were riding their horses three-quarters of a mile away from Simmons while Simmons kept an eye on them through binoculars. The two were tryingRead More

Another Life Saved by GPS

Tracking Bear Populations

With all the fun things you can do with GPS, it’s easy to forget about its most important application, the one for which it was originally designed: saving lives. Nearly every military application of the system is geared, directly or indirectly, at keeping our soldiers out of danger or at protecting the lives of civilians who are close to targets. But civilians also benefit from the power of GPS, as a story from Montana vividly illustrates.   Hunting elk in the mountains of Montana is always a challenging experience, complicated by difficult terrain, sketchy cell phone service, and a lackRead More

Explore America with GPS and TOPO!

Hike Detail in Mountains

The fear of any outdoorsman is getting lost in the woods; however, in a world of global positioning systems and tracking devices, much of that fear is relieved. Now, Magellan and National Geographic have teamed up to provide outdoorsmen the ultimate in GPS navigational tools. The handheld GPS device series known as eXplorist can now download TOPO!, National Geographic’s full-color and exquisitely detailed topographical maps of the continental United States.   About Magellan Magellan, based in Santa Clara, California, has long been known for its Roadmate series of GPS systems for cars, boats, trucks, and RVs, not to mention itsRead More

GPS in the Hunt

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Where the Red Fern Grows is the compelling story of a young boy and the close relationship he has with his coon dogs. Though a work of fiction, the book demonstrates the reality of the emotional bond between man and dog. Now GPS technology is allowing man to better care for his best friend, especially in the world of hunting. Tracking the Hunt In less than 3 minutes, a hunting dog can be 1,000 yards away from its master, quickly out of sight and out of earshot. With a GPS enabled transmitting collar, hunting dogs can now be tracked byRead More

ViewRanger App Provides GPS Tracking for the Ultimate Outdoor Adventure

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Since the dawn of consumer GPS technology, users have been fascinated with the idea of using GPS tracking for outdoor adventures, whether they include hiking, camping, hunting or more. The growing ubiquity of smart phones in United States consumers’ hands has made the possibility for easy GPS tracking to aid in outdoor adventures. Now, Android and iOS users can take their phone’s GPS to the next level with a new app called ViewRanger GPS. Designed and released by Augmentra Ltd., ViewRanger GPS transforms the user’s smart phone or tablet device into a GPS navigator specifically for use in the outdoors.Read More

GPS Tracking Collars Simplify Coon Hunting

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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 Used To Count Pheasants

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In the land of the kiwi, GPS tracking is making the job of Fish & Game officers easier as they prepare for the game bird hunting season beginning in May of 2012. The government of New Zealand conducts field studies during the breeding season to gauge how hunting has affected game bird populations, and adjust regulations and hunting quotas accordingly. Pheasants are one of the most popular game birds in the country, and traditionally officers have counted them by listening for the calls of male birds. They have continued that method this year, and have used their findings to determineRead More