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  1. Steve Foell and his twin brother Ryan Foell are avid hunters. A glance at their Instagram® feed shows them fly fishing in Idaho, deer hunting in Pennsylvania and duck hunting in Colorado. Following a serious injury during a recent elk hunting trip in the Eagles Nest Wilderness outside Vail, Ryan needed to assist his brother, and having an inReach® Mini device on hand was essential in communicating the need for a rescue. Photo Credit: Ryan Foell It was a Saturday morning in late September. The brothers spotted an elk and were approaching a shot. “Since I was the caller, I was trying to keep my distance from Ry,” Steve later wrote. “I had to crawl to not be seen.” As he crawled, a brush or branch pulled an arrow from Steve’s quiver, and the arrow went through his inner thigh, just centimeters from hitting an artery. “It was scary to be 6 miles from my truck and not knowing what was going to happen,” Steve wrote. At 10:28 a.m. local time, Ryan triggered an SOS on his inReach Mini. Staff at the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) responded 2 minutes later that they had received the SOS and confirmed the emergency. Within minutes, the IERCC contacted local agencies to initiate a response. Ryan asked if they should stay put and wait for help, and the IERCC advised that they should not move and relayed critical advice from emergency services to not touch the arrow and leave it in place. Ryan elevated his brother’s wounded leg, and they wrapped a belt around the area to minimize bleeding. Meanwhile, the mission coordinator at the local agency that responded to the emergency requested an air ambulance from Denver. The air ambulance team flew to the coordinates provided by GEOS from Ryan’s inReach device, but the crew was unable to land due to the rugged terrain. An alternative plan was then put into action. The air ambulance flew a ground team and 2 search and rescue paramedics to the area to hike in equipment to potentially carry Steve out by land or hoist him out via helicopter. “While I was waiting there for 5 hours or so, I truly didn’t know what was going to happen. When the team arrived, they were very professional, and I knew I was going to get off the mountain alive and safe,” Steve said. After the paramedics stabilized Steve, the rescue teams determined that a ground evacuation wasn’t possible. The Colorado National Guard responded, and Steve was evacuated by a UH-60 helicopter and crew. Photo Credit: Ryan Foell “I’m very thankful for the teams that came out to save me on their days off,” Steve said. “It’s awesome that Colorado has these teams, and they have the utmost respect from myself and my family.” Steve has fully recovered despite the fact that he has a scar from the arrow wound. Since the incident, Steve and Ryan have had a number of opportunities to return hunting. Their next planned trip is to hunt Coues deer in Arizona. They plan to have inReach devices on hand to provide them with additional peace of mind. “The inReach was easily the best item I have ever purchased in my life,” Ryan said. “If we didn’t have it, Steve would have lived, but I would have had to hike out 6 miles, drive 30 minutes to get into cellphone service and call someone to get help. It would have been 3 hours until we even got someone to start working on a plan. Anyone that backcountry hunts or hikes should get one.” To access the Iridium satellite network for live tracking and messaging, including SOS capabilities, an active satellite subscription is required. NOTICE: Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices. It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used. The post Getting Help From a Brother and inReach During a Hunt appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  2. Alaskan Joe Brewer set out for an extended hunting trip with his son and a friend in early September. Their plan was to hunt moose, caribou and bear in an area far off-road near the Canadian border, about 30 miles south of Eagle, Alaska. The early days of their trip did not meet their expectations. Despite changing locations and tactics, they saw few fresh tracks or signs of animals, with the exception of wolves. On the fifth day of their hunt, their persistence paid off, but bad weather and their remote location made returning home a challenge. Fortunately, Joe and his son both purchased inReach® satellite communicators before they left for the hunt. The devices proved to be indispensable to their safe return home. This is the story that Joe shared with Garmin about the final day of the hunt. Never Give Up We woke up on Wednesday with a sense of excitement and anticipation. Moose had been spotted — 2 bulls and some cows — far across a valley the day before, and we planned to head out to them. It took about 2.5 hours to get there, but we arrived about 7:30 in the morning. It felt good. The area was full of caribou sign. In the valley below us, my son had seen moose the day before. Finally, we were getting on some critters. We decided that I would stay up near the wheelers and call, while my son and friend went down a ridge to have a better vantage point of anything I called in. The day started out great. I called and glassed, and then glassed and called some more. I just knew something was about to show up. In between calling, I texted my wife from my inReach to let her know we were safe, and she again assured me she was praying for safety and success. Having these inReach devices was a new and comforting experience for us. At about 6 p.m., I received a text from my son via the inReach, “It’s over we are heading back.” I could feel the disappointment in his heart as I read those words. I called one last time, not sure why, but heard nothing and saw nothing. I simply sat and waited for their return so we could make our way back to the trucks or set up a spike camp for the night. As they approached, I heard a voice. I couldn’t tell what was said, but then, suddenly, BOOM, BOOM and after a short pause, BOOM, BOOM. I quickly texted to see if my son and friend were OK and what was going on. He responded, “Bull moose dead at my feet.” The shooting had started about 150 yards from me. They said I had called in a huge bull, and neither they nor I had seen it at first. It had never grunted. It had snuck in completely silent. We have no idea how long it was in the area. Fortunately, my friend had seen the moose and told my son, who quickly whipped his rifle into action and brought down the magnificent creature. After that, the real work began. By the time we unpacked our supplies, drove the 6-wheeler to the moose and quartered it up, loaded the meat, drove back up to the other wheeler and reloaded the supplies, it was about 12:30 a.m. It was raining, and my friend was wet to the bone. I could tell he was getting very cold. So, we decided to head back to the trucks and sleep in the cargo trailer again. We needed to get warm and dry as quickly as possible. Thankfully, our inReach devices accurately showed the day’s traveled route, which we used to navigate back to the trucks. This became very important as fog set in, and we couldn’t see more than 10’ in front of us. Following my son on the drive out, his tail lights were simply a red glow. I zoomed in the view on my inReach device map, so we were sure of our tracking and slowly followed our route back to the trucks. We arrived at the trucks at about 3:45 a.m. If it hadn’t been for the inReach devices, we would have spent the night on the mountain in the cold and rain. My friend was wet, shaking and close to hypothermia. The ability to navigate so accurately back to the trucks saved us from a cold, wet night in the mountains — and perhaps even worse. The next morning, we packed up and headed home with coolers full of meat and hearts full of memories. The inReach literally saved our bacon. To access the Iridium satellite network for live tracking and messaging, including SOS capabilities, an active satellite subscription is required. NOTICE: Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices. It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used. The post Persistence and Preparation Make for a Successful Hunt appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  3. “Sons of Fishes 2” Sweepstakes OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ENTER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding Puerto Rico residents) or the District of Columbia, are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees and their immediate families of Garmin International, Inc. (“Garmin”) and any of Garmin’s affiliated companies are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: Entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Garmin, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein in a timely manner. SPONSOR: Garmin, located at 1200 East 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062, is the sole sponsor of this promotion. The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. SWEEPSTAKES TERM: The Sweepstakes begins at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) on Monday, November 19, 2018 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, November 25, 2018 or such longer or shorter term as Garmin shall determine in its sole discretion (the “Sweepstakes Term”). Entries received prior to or after the Sweepstakes Term will be disqualified. Garmin is the official timekeeper for the Sweepstakes Term, and all timekeeping decisions of Garmin shall be final. ENTRY: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Eligible persons may enter the Sweepstakes by each of the following methods: (1) Entrants enter the Sweepstakes by following the directed Garmin Fish/Hunt account on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter; following the account(s) on Instagram and/or Twitter, liking the giveaway post(s) and tagging a friend(s) in the comment. (2) In addition to entering the Sweepstakes by the social media method, eligible persons may also enter the Sweepstakes by submitting an e-mail to fishhunt@garmin.com with “Sons of Fishes 2” in the subject line. Entrants using this alternate method of entry must provide their age, physical mailing address, and phone number in their email entries. Entries will not be acknowledged. Garmin and its affiliates assume no responsibility for any lost entries or any computer, internet, or technical malfunctions that might occur during the entry process. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service will apply. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to set up the Instagram account from which the entry was received, or in the case of the alternate means of entry, the email address from which entry was received, will be deemed to be the entrant. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder of the email address/Instagram account associated with the entry. ENTRY LIMITATIONS: Eligible participants are limited to one entry in the Sweepstakes. Each eligible participant may enter under one Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter account only, or in the case of the alternate means of entry, one email account only. Entries using automated means to generate entries, or otherwise participate are not eligible. Use of any automated system to enter as determined by Garmin in its sole judgment is prohibited and will result in disqualification at Garmin’s sole discretion. Additionally, anyone found to use multiple email accounts or multiple Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter accounts to enter will be disqualified from all participation in the Sweepstakes. ALL ELIGIBLE ENTRIES WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE SWEEPSTAKES. Entries by any method other than set forth in Section 5 are void. Garmin is not responsible for entries that it does not receive for any reason, or for entries that it receives but are ineligible under these Official Rules. Garmin will automatically disqualify: (1) any incomplete or illegible entry; and (2) any entries received that are in excess of the entry limit described above. PRIZE: Multiple prizes (the “Prizes”) and one grand prize (the “Prize”) will be awarded for the Sweepstakes Term, dependent upon social platform. The Prize will consist of 1 personalized “Sons of Fishes” leather cut, 1 Garmin Quatix 5 Stainless Steel with Blue Band, 4 Sons of Fishes adjustable caps, 4 Sons of Fishes hoorags and 4 Garmin stickers. The Prize has an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $1,010.55. 10 Facebook Prizes will be awarded, and they consist of 4 Sons of Fishes adjustable caps, 4 Garmin stickers and 4 Sons of Fishes hoorags. The Facebook Prizes have an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $60.56. 10 Twitter Prizes will be awarded, and they consist of 2 Sons of Fishes adjustable caps, 2 Garmin stickers and 2 Hoorags. The Twitter Prizes have an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $30.28. The ARV of prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded. The Prize and Prizes are nontransferable and non-refundable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Garmin, who reserves the right to substitute the Prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the Prize is not available for any reason as determined by Garmin in its sole discretion. Winners are responsible for any taxes associated with receipt of the Prize. DRAWING: The potential winners of the Prize and Prizes will be chosen in a random drawing from the pool of valid entries at 11:00 AM CT, Monday, November 26, 2018. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Term. The random drawings will be conducted by one or more employees of Garmin or an independent fulfillment entity. NOTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNER: Garmin will attempt to notify the potential winners by Instagram message, Facebook message or Twitter message (or in the event of an alternate means of entry potential winner, by email) immediately after the drawing. If a winner of the Prize or Prizes cannot be located or does not respond by 11:00 AM CT, Thursday, November 29, 2018, the Prize or Prizes may be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be drawn from the pool of remaining valid entries. Alternate potential winners will be notified by Instagram message, Facebook message or Twitter message (or in the event of a alternate means of entry potential winner, by email). Garmin and its affiliates, or their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, will not be liable for unsuccessful efforts to notify a winner. REQUIREMENTS OF THE POTENTIAL WINNER: Except where prohibited by law, any potential winners may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility (the “Affidavit”) within 2 days of being notified. If a potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit postmarked within the required time period, an alternate entrant may be selected in such potential winner’s place from all of the remaining valid entries received for the Sweepstakes Term. If a potential winner declines the Prize or Prizes, does not respond to the Prize or Prizes notification, fails to claim the Prize or Prizes, is unavailable for Prize or Prizes fulfillment, fails to abide by the Official Rules, or is ineligible, Garmin may select an alternate winner from all remaining valid entries received for the Sweepstakes Term. PRIVACY: Garmin will be collecting personal data from the entrants and potential winners in order to confirm Sweepstakes eligibility. Garmin will treat this data in accordance with its privacy policy, located at http://www.garmin.com/privacy/. In addition, Garmin may use and share an entrant’s personal data with third parties solely to the extent necessary to fulfill its obligation to administer and sponsor this Sweepstakes. All information provided is being provided solely to Garmin, and not to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Garmin reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Sweepstakes if any fraud, virus, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Garmin in its sole discretion. The use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed or like methods (including without limitation the use of any promotion/sweepstakes subscription, notification, entry or like sites or services that offer sweepstakes entry services “on behalf of” entrant) is strictly prohibited. In such event, Garmin reserves the right to award the Prize or Prizes at random from among the valid entries received up to the time of the impairment. Garmin reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any false information provided by any entrant concerning such entrant’s identify or mailing address or any non-compliance by an entrant with these Official Rules may result in the immediate disqualification of the entrant from this Sweepstakes. ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, GARMIN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Garmin’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. PUBLICITY: Notwithstanding any other term herein, except where prohibited by law, submission of any entry constitutes the entrant’s consent to use of entrant’s name, likeness, voice, state of residence, biographical and prize information, statements about the promotion, anything submitted to enter the Sweepstakes and/or the entrant’s photo for advertising and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter devised without review, notification, approval or compensation. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Garmin and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents, and Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (the “Released Parties”), from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including but not limited to: (a) any inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants or printer errors; (b) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Sweepstakes; (c) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to electronic malfunctioning of any website, network, hardware or software; (d) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries or winners; or (e) any injury or damage to persons or property including, but not limited to, death, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in party, from the entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt of any prize. Without limiting the foregoing, everything in these Rules and in this promotion, including, with the exception of Garmin’s standard limited product warranty, the prizes awarded, is provided “as is’ without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitations or exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to all entrants. Each entrant should check such entrant’s local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding these limitations or exclusions. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited by law, each entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Kansas; and (b) entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages, including attorney’s fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Garmin in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Kansas. WINNERS LIST: A copy of these Official Rules will be posted on garmin.com/en-US/blog/marine/garmin-stay-on-the-water-sweeps/. Interested persons can obtain a list of the Sweepstakes winner(s) and a copy of these Official Rules by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Garmin International, Inc., Attn: Social Media Department, 1200 East 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062. The post Garmin ‘Sons of Fishes 2’ Giveaway appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  4. Garmin’s Xero Bow Sight is already an innovative piece of technology. Now, a software upgrade can add exciting new capabilities. Here’s what you’ll get with a simple download: PIN STACK CALIBRATION Move your range pin stack up or down, so you don’t have to recalibrate the entire stack. KEEP YOUR SHOTS LEVEL Optional electronic level indicator pins have been added away from your aiming pins to make sure you always know your canting, so you can correct it as needed. PROFILE PIN SETTINGS This feature is helpful when using arrows with lighted nocks or when trying a different release. You can start with a known profile and make changes to it without affecting your original profile. TRACK YOUR PERFORMANCE Record practice sessions, and review stats for various ranges over time. During tournaments where range finders are prohibited, the competition file setting records shot dynamics for later review. Notice: Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of electronic bow sights for hunting. Always know and obey all state hunting regulations before using this device. The post Software Update Available for Xero Bow Sight appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  5. One of the more aggravating things about going to competition events is driving to the hunt to compete with your dogs and at draw-out time realizing you left your stopwatch at home. Yes, you have a drawer full of them at home and, yes, the vendors have many new ones to sell you, but you don’t really want to spend another $20 to keep track of the multiple things that occur while on a cast, when judging, or helping judge a cast. That $20 was part of your gas budget and “Momma” is already upset that you aren’t home with her and the kids!! If you have an Alpha 100, it does have a stopwatch on the “Dashboard,” or the drop-down page when you first turn on your handheld. It also has an alarm clock, calendar, waypoint manager and a bunch of other useful “tools,” but it is not easy to navigate through this page to find one, like the stopwatch, in the competitive heat of a cast battle. Perhaps the handiest feature on an Alpha for folks competing in events is “putting” the stopwatch on the front of the Map page. It is something that is very useful, very simple to do, but I never hear of folks taking advantage of this useful feature. To get a useful, convenient stopwatch on the Map page of your Alpha 100: Go to your “Map” page. On the bottom of the screen, press “Menu” (the three small lines in the middle) Press “Setup Map.” Press “Dashboard.” Press “Stopwatch.” When the hunt is over, and you are back home pleasure hunting, it is easy to remove the stopwatch from your Map page. Placing the stopwatch on the front of the map while out hunting takes away some of your view, so I don’t know if you’ll want to keep it there while pleasure hunting. But it is a good way to practice timing and get to know your dog better throughout the week if you keep it there. The good news is that it takes seconds to remove it, and you can easily put it back to the front page anytime you want with a few taps on the screen. To remove the stopwatch from the front of your Map page: Go to your “Map” page. On the bottom of the screen, press “Menu” (the three small lines in the middle) Press “Setup Map.” Press “Dashboard.” Press “Training.” The post Garmin’s Alpha 100 is full of handy features appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  6. Using the 900 Mhz radio frequency, Garmin’s Astro 900 is a GPS and GLONASS dog-tracking handheld that can track up to 20 dogs at a range of up to five miles — and can update their location every 2.5 seconds. “Canadian hunters no longer have to settle for second best,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Now they can have a robust, reliable, and easy-to-use dog tracking system, which is approved for use in their country. And since it also can be used in the U.S., it’s an option at large hound events where many systems may be in use near each other.” The Astro 900 is pre-loaded with topographical U.S. and southern Canada maps and turn-by-turn road maps for North America. In addition, the bundle comes with a one-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription. The new handheld also includes enhanced Hunt Metrics dog performance data. like distance traveled, time afield, and an automatic accounting of how many times a dog has treed or pointed game – valuable statistics in evaluating a dog’s performance. Built to take the rigors of hard-charging dogs and the outdoors, the handheld is IPX7 water rated and the T 9 collar is water rated to 1 ATM1. Battery life on the Astro 900 is up to 20 hours, and battery life on the T 9 dog device is 24 to 40 hours (depending on use). The Astro 900 must be used in conjunction with the T 9 dog device, as other Garmin tracking collars are not compatible. The Astro 900 works with Garmin’s new DriveTrack 71 in-vehicle dog tracker and GPS navigator. When paired with an Astro handheld, the large, nearly seven-inch pinch-to-zoom touchscreen display on the DriveTrack 71 makes it easy to locate a pack of up to 20 dogs and updates their location every 2.5 seconds. The DriveTrack 71 also comes preloaded with topographical maps for U.S. and southern Canada and 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription for enhanced in-vehicle dog tracking solutions. When afield, data from the Astro 900 can be viewed on any Garmin fēnix 3, fēnix 5, tactix Charlie or tactix Bravo series smartwatch, providing a hands-free glance at a dog’s distance and direction and immediate notification via vibration alerts when a dog trees or points game. The Astro 900 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to Garmin Outdoors. The post Garmin’s Astro 900 has it all — and it’s approved for use in Canada appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  7. By Mark Zepp, Garmin Regional Sales Manager When I look at questions or concerns relating to Garmin Astro and Alpha dog tracking and training products on the hound forum message boards or listen to issues or problems people are having with their gear when Iâm behind the Garmin table at the many events I attend, I would guess that at least 90 percent of the time simply downloading the latest software would quickly take care of any problems the user is experiencing. Garmin Express is a computer application for easily setting up, registering and managing your Garmin device. Garmin Express is free software that allows you to âupdateâ your Alpha and Astro handhelds as well as the collars that come with them, your DriveTrack 70LMT, and for that matter, any Garmin product you may have purchased. While youâre updating, you also can register any Garmin product for warranty purposes. I recommend updating your Astro 320, 430 or Alpha 100 and DriveTrack unit every six months. (Note: There have not been any updates for the Astro 220 since it went out of production.) Sometimes there will not be a new update to download for several months, and Garmin Express will tell you that you have the latest and most up-to-date software, but I also have seen two or three new updates occur within a month or two. When you download updates into your tracking equipment, you can count on your product running smoother and the update will take care of any âglitchesâ you may have out there in the middle of the night while running your dogs. Most of you have access to a computer to download the Garmin Express app by simply typing in âGarmin Express Downloadâ and clicking on the small blue box that says âGo to download.â Once you do that, another window pops up that says download âDownload for Windows.â Click on that box and the free Garmin Express software will download. From that point on, Garmin Express will open every time you plug your products into the computer for an update. Downloading Garmin Express is simple and easy and is quicker than the time it has taken you to read the last few sentences. One last note: Remember to update both your handheld and your collar. I have talked to a lot of folks who update the Alpha 100 or Astro handheld but donât realize they need to update their collars at the same time for their system to work as well as it can. I think it is really important to note that most of Garminâs dog products do not or will not up date with a Mac, or Macintosh, computer. Using a Mac to update any dog products other than our current mini collars, such as the T5 mini or TT15 mini, will cause your handhelds or other collars to âlock upâ until they are plugged into a PC, or Windows computer, for an update. So my advice is to be safe and not use a Mac computer to update any of your dog devices. Good luck and good hunting, friends! The post Keep Your Gear Up To Date With Garmin Express appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  8. <p>Garminâs <a href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/garmin-quickdraw-community-icast-2016/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quickdraw Community</a> just surpassed the two-years-going mark, and it continues to see incredible growth â both in usage and reach.</p> <p>In its first 365 days, data from nearly 700,000 acresâ worth of worldwide water travel had been <a href="https://connect.garmin.com/en-US/start/quickdraw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">uploaded to the Community</a>, coming via nearly 5,000 users and in an average of 400 uploads per month.</p> <p>Those numbers mushroomed in Year 2, with nearly 20,000 users uploading around 1,700 times per month, resulting in an additional 1.3 million acres added to the database, including 800,000 acres in the past four months alone.</p> <p>And with Garminâs fall 2017 unveiling of <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/573254" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ActiveCaptain</a>, an all-in-one marine mobile app, and its <a href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/garmin-acquires-navionics-marine-charts/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">acquisition of digital navigational-chart producer Navionics</a>, this Quickdraw Community data surge is likely just beginning.</p> <p>At the outset, the Communityâs upload process required a few steps and a desktop application. Now, with the Community included in ActiveCaptain, users can easily upload to and download from the Community the latest Garmin Quickdraw Contours â with zero button presses.</p> <p>Itâs become a totally user-friendly and streamlined process, which has given way to a global usage wave in the past year.</p> <p>In the first 12 months, for example, there was little Community data coming from outside of the eastern half of the United States and western Europe, but that has changed since. A quick glance at <a href="https://connect.garmin.com/en-US/start/quickdraw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Garmin Connect</a> reveals users now uploading water routes in all corners of the globe, from Russia and Asia to South America and Australia.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-27877" src="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-31-at-1.29.13-PM.png" alt="" width="2808" height="1400" srcset="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-31-at-1.29.13-PM.png 2808w, https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-31-at-1.29.13-PM-300x150.png 300w, https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-31-at-1.29.13-PM-1024x511.png 1024w, https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-31-at-1.29.13-PM-164x82.png 164w" sizes="(max-width: 2808px) 100vw, 2808px" />Significant use cases have been documented, too, with users seemingly taking it upon themselves to survey bodies of water big and small. Data points along myriad ponds and rivers now dot the Connect world map, and routes through much of the United Statesâ Intracoastal Waterway are prevalent, as is data coverage through much of southern Florida and the Caribbean after the area sustained heavy damage in 2017âs Hurricane Irma.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">â¦</p> <p>The Garmin Quickdraw Community on Garmin Connect is available now at <a href="https://connect.garmin.com/en-US/start/quickdraw" target="_blank" rel="noopener">garminconnect.com/quickdraw</a>. Quickdraw Contours comes standard on all current STRIKER Plus, ECHOMAP Plus and GPSMAP products and is available as a free software update for all other echoMAP and many GPSMAP series products. It can be used with any depth transducer, including Garminâs Panoptix line of transducers.</p> <p>For videos, tips from pros and articles to help you become a better angler, follow Garmin Fish & Hunt on social media on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/garminfishhunt/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/garminfishhunt/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/garminfishhunt" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a>.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/quickdraw-surpasses-2-million-acres/">Quickdraw Community surpasses 2 million-acres plateau</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog">Garmin Blog</a>.</p> View the full article
  9. Garmin has earned the coveted âBest of Showâ award for its new Panoptix LiveScope at the worldâs largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), held last week in Orlando, Fla. Prior to being selected as the Best of Show, Panoptix LiveScope was first voted by media and buyers in attendance as the âBest Electronicsâ in the ICAST New Product Showcase where 974 products were entered by 331 companies, all vying for the ICAST 2018 Best of Show award. âTo not only win the ICAST Best Electronics award, but the Best of Show award, too â itâs an honor weâre incredibly proud of,â said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. âPanoptix LiveScope delivers the best of both scanning and live sonar technologies and thereâs nothing out there even close to it. These awards solidify our commitment to giving anglers and mariners the most innovative technology on the water, and they further strengthen our desire to be the top marine electronics brand in the world.â Panoptix LiveScope is a live scanning sonar that gives anglers higher resolution and easier-to-interpret images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around the boat than ever before. Garminâs revolutionary Panoptix all-seeing sonar technology was the first to deliver live sonar images in real-time â forwards, backwards, sideways and below the boat â even while stationary. Now, thanks to the active scanning capabilities of Panoptix LiveScope, anglers can see images and movement so clear and precise that itâs even possible to distinguish between species of fish. âPanoptix changed the electronics game a couple of years ago,â said Jason Christie, Bassmaster Elite Series and Garmin pro. âNow, LiveScope is even taking it to the next level. The cool thing about it is the simplicity of it. What you see is what is there. The only picture that could be better is if you dive into the water with goggles, and Iâm not sure thatâs really even better.â Another Bassmaster Elite Series and Garmin pro, Fred Roumbanis, agrees. âNever before have you been able to tell what species of fish you are looking at like this,â he said. âYou can see the movement, you can see the profile. I was snapping a jig on the bottom and I saw a walleye and I could see the fins of the walleye! Thereâs no way I could have seen that before.â Like other Garmin Panoptix transducers, LiveScope features two modes in one transducer âLiveScope Down and LiveScope Forward â and can be installed on a trolling motor or the transom (recommended only for LiveScope Forward). Depending on the anglerâs fishing preferences and techniques, LiveScope can easily be adjusted to change views. Simply point the LiveScope transducer down to see directly below the boat, or forward to see around the boat. Either view provides incredibly sharp, real-time scanning sonar images up to 200 feet down or away from the boat, even when the boat is stationary. See Panoptix LiveScope in action here with Garmin pro Scott Martin. The Panoptix LiveScope scanning sonar system includes a compact GLS 10 sonar black box with an LVS32 transducer and a simple plug-and-play Garmin Marine Network connector for easy installation and integration with a compatible Garmin chartplotter. A trolling motor barrel and shaft mounting kit and a transom mounting kit are also included. Panoptix LiveScope is compatible with Garminâs ECHOMAP Plus 7Xcv/7Xsv/9Xsv chartplotter/sonar combo series, as well as the GPSMAP® 8400/8600 multifunction displays, GPSMAP 7400/7600, GPSMAP 10X2/12X2, GPSMAP 12X2xsv Touch and GPSMAP 7X2/9X2 series chartplotters. Available now, the Panoptix LiveScope system has a suggested retail price of $1,499.99. For more information, videos and images, visit www.garmin.com/panoptix. For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all of the latest Garmin Marine announcements, news and stories. The post Garmin Panoptix LiveScope wins Best of Show at ICAST 2018 appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  10. If you’ve been thinking about stepping up your fishing game by adding Garmin Panoptix to your arsenal, there’s never been a better time to upgrade! Customers who purchase a qualifying Panoptix transducer from April 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018, are eligible to receive $200 USD via mail-in rebate when using the official Garmin rebate form. Limit 1 rebate per customer. The product must be purchased in factory-new condition. All submissions must be postmarked by May 30, 2018. Qualifying Panoptix transducers: ⢠Panoptix PS21-TM ⢠Panoptix PS21-TR ⢠Panoptix PS22-TR ⢠Panoptix PS30 ⢠Panoptix PS31 ⢠Panoptix PS51-TH ⢠Panoptix PS60 This offer is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the attached rebate coupon. Also, visit Garmin.com/rebates to access the coupon online. Be sure to follow Garmin Fish & Hunt on social media for videos, tips from pros and the latest news about Garmin products. Facebook Twitter Instagram The post Panoptix Transducer: $200 Mail-in Rebate appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  11. <p>Purchase a <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/148922/pn/010-C1110-00#">LakeVü HD Ultra</a> card and a qualifying <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/c519-p1.html?sorter=featuredProducts-desc/?utm_source=garminblog&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=marine&utm_content=">GPSMAP, echoMAP CHIRP or ECHOMAP Plus series chartplotter</a> from March 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018, and receive $100 USD via mail-in rebate when using the official <a href="http://garmin.blogs.com/promotions/LakeV%C3%BC_HD_Ultra_Chartplotter_Combo_Rebate_EN.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Garmin rebate form.</a></p> <p>Limit 1 rebate per customer. The product must be purchased in factory-new condition. All submissions must be postmarked by April 28, 2018.</p> <p>Be sure to follow Garmin Fish & Hunt on social media for videos, tips from pros and the latest news about Garmin products.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/1SmzCZg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/1TpvYQ0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/1JkVqFX" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</a></li> </ul> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/garmin-lakevu-hd-ultra-chartplotter-combo-100-usd-mail-in-rebate/">Garmin LakeVü HD Ultra & Chartplotter Combo – $100 USD Mail-in Rebate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog">Garmin Blog</a>.</p> View the full article
  12. <div class="textLayer"> <p>Purchase a qualifying Garmin dog training product from Feb. 26, 2018, through April 15, 2018, and receive $30 or $50 USD via mail-in rebate when using the official Garmin rebate form. Limit 5 rebate submissions per customer. The product must be purchased in factory-new condition. All submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2018.</p> <p><strong>$30 USD</strong></p> <ul> <li>Delta Smart (includes dog device only)</li> <li>Delta Smart Bundle (includes dog device & Keep Away Tag)</li> <li>Delta Smart Premium Bundle (includes dog device, Keep Away Tag & remote)</li> <li>Delta XC Bundle (includes handheld & dog device)</li> <li>Delta Sport XC Bundle (includes handheld & dog device)</li> <li>Delta Upland XC Bundle (includes handheld & dog device)</li> </ul> <p><strong><br />$50 USD</strong></p> <ul> <li>PRO 70 System (includes handheld & dog device)</li> <li>PRO 550 System (includes handheld & dog device)</li> <li>PRO Trashbreaker System (includes handheld & dog device)<br />*Available in U.S. only</li> <li>PRO Control 2 Launch System (includes handheld & remote receiver)</li> </ul> <p>Read and complete the rebate coupon below. If submitting more than 1 rebate, please complete a separate rebate coupon for each submission.<br /><a href="http://garmin.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451bb7069e201b7c92deb4e970b-pi"><br /></a><a href="http://garmin.blogs.com/promotions/Spring_2018_Dog_Training_Product_Rebate_en.pdf">Download rebate</a> (English) <a href="http://garmin.blogs.com/promotions/Spring_2018_Dog_Training_Product_Rebate_fr.pdf">Download rebate</a> (French)</p> </div> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/spring-2018-dog-training-product-rebate/">Spring 2018 Garmin Dog Training Product Rebate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog">Garmin Blog</a>.</p> View the full article
  13. <p class="p1">Garmin is proud to announce the release of an all new paper map product.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>Garmin has partnered with Arrow Mapping, a Brainerd, Minnesota based mapping company that designs the highest quality paper maps in the United States.</p> <p class="p1">Arrow Mapping has created a line of paper maps for specific lakes in Minnesota using exclusive Garmin multibeam lake survey data.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>These are a first of a kind paper maps using this type of data, which is the most accurate in the marine industry.</p> <p class="p1">Dan Kavanaugh, President of Arrow Mapping states, “In the age of technology, which is obviously critical to the marine industry, it is not always easy to get the full overview of a lake. Using a paper map with a full view allows a customer analyze key structures to target, then key in on those spots using your Garmin chartplotter.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>The paper maps are a great, economical tool to be used with Garmin chartplotters, handheld units, smartphones or tablets.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>They also serve as a safety backup for navigation.”</p> <p class="p1">The new line of paper maps feature one-foot contours powered by Garmin’s multibeam datasets, printed on waterproof/tear resistant paper, marked fishing locations, GPS grid and aerial imagery.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>Finally, the maps also include POI’s (Points of Interest) such as buoy locations, lake access points and named features that have been collected from state agencies and local guides.</p> <p class="p1">The first release of Minnesota lakes includes the following:</p> <p class="p2">Cass Lake Chain, Beltrami County, MN (Includes Cass, Kitchi and Pug Hole Lakes)<br />Gull Lake Chain, Cass / Crow Wing County, MN (Includes Bass, Gull, Margaret, Nisswa, Round, Roy, Spider & Upper Gull Lakes)<br />Lake Bemidji, Beltrami County, MN<br />Lake Minnetonka, Hennepin County, MN<br />Lake Vermilion, St. Louis County, MN<br />Lake Winnibigoshish, Cass County, MN (Includes Big Cutfoot Sioux and Sugar Lake)</p> <p class="p2">Garmin and Arrow Mapping will be continually adding new map titles across the United States, especially southern and western reservoirs.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>To check out the new maps, please visit <a href="http://www.arrowmapping.com">arrowmapping.com.</a></p> <p>Be sure to follow Garmin Fish & Hunt on social media for videos, tips from pros and articles to help you become a better angler.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/1SmzCZg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/1TpvYQ0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/1JkVqFX" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</a></li> </ul> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fishandhunt/garmin-partners-arrow-mapping-bring-lakevu-hd-paper-maps/">Garmin partners with Arrow Mapping to bring LakeVü HD to paper maps</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog">Garmin Blog</a>.</p> View the full article
  14. Today, Garmin announced the next generation of its BarkLimiter automatic bark correction devices. The BarkLimiters are being announced in conjunction with the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, and can be seen at the Garmin booth (#3009). The new BarkLimiter 2 works right out of the box to deter nuisance barking, differentiating between real barks and other noises â which substantially reduces false corrections. âIncessant barking can be incredibly annoying â not only for the petâs family, but often for the entire neighborhood,â said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. âThe easy-to-use BarkLimiter 2 gently and consistently teaches the dog that barking isnât an acceptable behavior, which makes them a better family member and neighbor.â The BarkLimiter 2 features tone and vibration as well as 10 safe stim levels. Right out of the box, the device incorporates an Advanced Autorise algorithm that gradually and automatically increases as the dog barks. Users can expand the deviceâs functionality by downloading the Garmin Canine app on their smartphone, which allows them to remotely adjust correction settings â like setting a fixed stimulation level â as well as review the time and frequency of barking and the associated corrections. The BarkLimiter 2 is slim and unobtrusive, and is mounted on the provided black strap or any collar up to one inch wide and 0.12 inches thick. The unit comes with two sizes of extended wear plastic contact points to accommodate thick or short coats. The BarkLimiter 2 has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 30 days, depending on usage. For those who only want vibration and tone modes, Garmin also offers the BarkLimiter 2VT, which users can configure and review bark history through the Garmin Canine app. The BarkLimiter 2 has a minimum retail price of $99.99, and the BarkLimiter 2VT has a minimum retail price of $89.99. Both versions are available now. The post Garmin introduces the next generation of BarkLimiter automatic bark correction devices appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article
  15. Today, Garmin announced the Delta Inbounds, a wireless portable containment system that gives a dog the freedom to roam free in a designated area, while giving dog owners peace of mind. But more than a simple containment system, the robust Delta Inbounds also operates as a BarkLimiter, electronic training collar, and canine activity tracker. The Delta Inbounds is being announced in conjunction with the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, and can be seen at the Garmin booth (#3009). âMany pet owners enjoy being outside with their dogs, but they want to ensure their four-legged companions stay safe and nearby. The Delta Inbounds solves that dilemma,â said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. âPhysical fencing can be expensive and unsightly, and buried pet fencing can be time consuming to install and difficult to maintain. The Delta Inbounds takes care of those issues â and does so much more.â The Delta Inbounds is simple to set up and requires no professional installation or wires to bury and maintain. The system can provide a containment radius of up to 150 feet, for a coverage area of roughly two acres. For ideal coverage, the device should have an unobstructed view of the perimeter of the containment area. The included marker flags help a dog to quickly learn his new boundary. In the unlikely event that a dog breaches the boundary, the system will let a dog come back inside the boundary without correction. The Delta Inbounds dog device is slim and unobtrusive, and can be mounted on any collar up to one inch wide and 0.12 inches thick. A user selectable high intensity LED beacon allows for night time visibility. The unit comes with two sizes of extended wear plastic contact points to accommodate thick or short coats. With a second dog device (sold separately), the Delta Inbounds can contain up to two dogs. When paired with the free Garmin Canine app on a smartphone, users can unlock the true versatility of the Delta Inbounds. To deter nuisance barking, the collar can be programmed to act as a BarkLimiter, using either tone, vibration, or 10 stim levels. Users can choose the setting on the device that works best for their dog â advanced autorise that gradually increases as the dog barks â or a predetermined level. Garmin Canine also turns a smartphone into a full-featured electronic training collar â designed for dog owners who want to teach their canine companion new commands, or refocus them away from unwanted behaviors â using tone, vibration, or 10 levels of stimulation. The Delta Inbounds also comes with a Keep Away Tag, a wireless proximity sensor (adjustable from one to three feet) that is placed to automatically deter pets from entering undesired areas â like trash cans, flower beds, or comfy couches â even when family members are away from home. The Garmin Canine app also allows users to monitor their dogâs activity and help determine what Fido was up to all day. It records and displays a dogâs activity level, including when he was active, resting, barking, being trained, or went near a Keep Away Tag. Designed to withstand all the bumps, shakes and scrapes an active dog is likely to give it, the collar device is water-rated to 1 ATM (base unit is IPX7 water-rated). The base unit runs on AC power or two AA batteries that serve as backup power for up to four days. The dog device has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that works for up to two weeks, depending on usage. The Delta Inbounds is available now for a minimum retail price of $399.99. The system includes a base unit, dog device, Keep Away Tag, wall mount and charger cable, AC adapters, three collar bands, 25 boundary flags, long and short contact points, and an ownerâs manual. The post Introducing Delta Inbounds by Garmin: Wireless dog containment system and so much more appeared first on Garmin Blog. View the full article