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    A homing device

    It seems to me quite practical if one could have a homing device or a GPS marker that one could place on a shot deer so that you can continue stalking and somebody else, having a receiver/tracer, can collect it.

    Does somebody know if such devices exist? Or has a suggestion how to solve this problem?

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    a normal gps should do it most have a back track facility just store in the coardinates and carry on or send the coardinates to someone else ,you would need two gps devices though hope that helps,wayne

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    Just carry a portable GPS, and send the details to a mate - same as the GeoCachers do.

    Or learn to use an OS map, and a compass!

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    There is an app called Bsafe which when activated sends a text to selected persons with your given co-ordinates at the time of activating it. If they have a smart phone with Google earth they could navigate to the co-ordinates.

    I have it installed on my iphone in case I hurt myself whilst out hunting, but it could be used to trasmit your position at the kill.

    Here's a link to the webpage, you need a mobile signal for it to work.

    http://www.bipper.com/bsafe/

    YouTube vid of the app:
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    Quote Originally Posted by teabag_46 View Post
    Just carry a portable GPS, and send the details to a mate - same as the GeoCachers do.
    This is exactly what we do in Scotland. The stalker captures a waypoint by resting his GPS unit on the carcase and then calls/texts the eight figure grid reference to the ghillie in the Argo. The ghillie has another GPS on which he types in the grid reference and hey presto, instant carcase locator. It works perfectly, even at night or when the clouds drop.

    The only annoying thing (apparently) is when I turn to the stalker during a final approach and whisper "25 metres in that direction is where I shot my beast in 2004"

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    Quote Originally Posted by teabag_46 View Post
    Just carry a portable GPS, and send the details to a mate - same as the GeoCachers do.

    Or learn to use an OS map, and a compass!
    That is way beyond me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    This is exactly what we do in Scotland. The stalker captures a waypoint by resting his GPS unit on the carcase and then calls/texts the eight figure grid reference to the ghillie in the Argo. The ghillie has another GPS on which he types in the grid reference and hey presto, instant carcase locator. It works perfectly, even at night or when the clouds drop.

    The only annoying thing (apparently) is when I turn to the stalker during a final approach and whisper "25 metres in that direction is where I shot my beast in 2004"

    willie_gunn
    Thank you, just what I was looking for. And on top free advice how to make yourself popular with the stalker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barongcw View Post
    Thank you, just what I was looking for. And on top free advice how to make yourself popular with the stalker!
    If it helps, you don't need anything fancy, just a simple GPS that you can pick up on eBay for peanuts. I have a couple like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magellan-3...item43ae66f97c

    Just search for "Magellan 315" and you'll find them.

    The stalker uses a Garmin, which is a bit more sophisticated, something like this (though perhaps not this exact model): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Garmin-eTr...item3f154a8593

    So long as you can record, and enter, Ordnance Survey 8 figure grid references you'll be fine.

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    We have used this method in the urban area just stand on deer with mobile app phone and send GPS by txt the receiver your mate with deer dog goes to ref point and looks for your marker eg big stick with rag on top or in near hedge let dog go bobs your uncle. Great if you need to go to work and have a mate with time on his hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    If it helps, you don't need anything fancy, just a simple GPS that you can pick up on eBay for peanuts. I have a couple like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magellan-3...item43ae66f97c

    Just search for "Magellan 315" and you'll find them.

    The stalker uses a Garmin, which is a bit more sophisticated, something like this (though perhaps not this exact model): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Garmin-eTr...item3f154a8593

    So long as you can record, and enter, Ordnance Survey 8 figure grid references you'll be fine.

    willie_gunn
    Thank you for this, most helpful. Two further questions.

    How precise is the 8 figure grid reference? Within 10 meters or 50 or more?

    And do you know if for instance you track wounded wild boar in Germany and have a few to collect can you store the coordinates of each of them, transmit them together and then the pickup can go from one to the other or has the GPS no memory facility?

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