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Magellan eXplorist 350H

Montana fall hunting seasons

By Troy Paulson

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on-the-go marking. Its four push button controls are intuitive and easy to use, even with gloves, but I found the joystick took a little more practice to get used to. The screen has multiple brightness settings – a great feature for when I was in the dark or in direct sunlight. However, in some off-light situations it was harder to see.

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SouthWest Montana’s Region 3 has more than 40 hunting districts, each with its own legal description. Reading these sometimes leaves one scratching his or her head. For example, Montana Elk Unit 310: “…then in a northerly direction along said divide to Eaglehead Mountain, then in a westerly and northerly direction along the Portal Creek-Porcupine Creek divide…” and that’s just a small portion of one unit.

Compared to my previous GPS, the hunt-specific tools are a nice bonus. But I did miss having some of the more detailed track statistics like average moving speed, moving time and stopped time.

Having a good GPS can help remove this and other confusion – making sure you stay found, and on land legally open for hunting. I spent my 2013 archery season test-driving Magellan’s eXplorist 350H, a hunting-specific GPS released this fall. This unit is simple to use and is great for both advanced and first time GPS users. It came preloaded with all of Montana’s hunting districts (as well as other states), allowing me to see the district boundaries and also set an on screen or vibrating border alert when I get close to a boundary, thus keeping me in the correct unit. The GPS is lightweight, has fast satellite acquisition, and in my use was accurate within 17-25 feet. It also comes with 30 waypoints with hunting-specific icons to choose from, for quick,

The 350H comes with a free one-year subscription to DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, which you can download to your GPS. This is like having Google Earth at your fingertips in the backcountry, and finding that meadow or pond you’re looking for is much easier. Magellan also gives you a free download for Vantage Point, allowing you to download and upload data to and from your GPS unit. I would definitely recommend the eXplorist 350H to all hunters and new GPS users looking for a simple and easy to use GPS with hunt-specific features. Find more product details and information on where to purchase this unit at magellangps.com/ eXplorist-350H. $249.99

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Donate a hunting license to disabled vets, armed forces members A new Montana law allows residents and nonresidents to donate their hunting license to a disabled military veteran or disabled active duty service member, through organizations that use hunting for rehabilitation. The disabled veteran or armed forces member who receives the license will be a Purple Heart recipient and have a 70 percent or greater disability rating. Find more information at fwp.mt.gov, and click on ‘Disabled Veterans Hunt License Donation.’

Give to ‘Hunters against Hunger’ Anyone purchasing a Montana hunting license can donate to ‘Hunters Against Hunger.’ A new state law allows contributions to nonprofits that process donated wild game for food banks, according to FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim. Hunters can donate when purchasing or applying for a deer, elk, antelope or bison license or permit. About $7,000 has been donated since collections began in August. FWP will begin dispensing the money next year to help pay for wild game butchering and distribution.

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