Here's another 'out of the norm' item we carry in the goose trailer for our convenience in finding the "X"
before light when Canada hunting in Sask.
I had been using these and this first method for 20 some years prior to aquiring my first handheld GPS and I must say, it's still as reliable as the new-fangled technology. Unfortunately, if it's real foggy, you may be SOL! They are still extremely handy for this and many uses.
These are some of those reflector rods I made up out of 8' fiberglass rods, some foam pipe insulation and some DOT reflector tape. Some of these, on the left, are over 25 years old and still being used. The DOT tape is extremely bright reflecting. This method may be old hat to some and is really
common sense, but younger, inexperienced hunters may find it helpful.
The old pre-GPS method, my Reflector Triangulation method, became necessary years ago, when we would spot a flock of geese feeding in a quarter section (160 acres) field during the day (morning or afternoon) and would need to mark that spot. Since the geese were still in the field and we didn't want to spook them, I used 4 reflectors to triangulate the location of the flock. By placing a reflector on the edge of the road, 90 degrees opposite the flock and then walking another reflector out into the field opposite/away, a hundred yds or so, and placing it on a direct line with the geese and the other reflector, I had a straight line between all three. I did the exact same thing on/off the road perpendicular to the first road. Then in the early morning hours, we would drive into the field, parallel to the road til we got to the first set of reflectors, turn 90 degrees so we were driving directly away from the two in alignment and drive with our spotlight shining toward the opposing two. When those opposing two were aligned, we would check back behind to assure the first two were still aligned and we were always standing in goose poop. (A compass was handy to have so we could run out directly perpendicular to the road.)
If, by chance, we were fortunate and were able to "put the geese to bed" the afternoon before, we would have driven into the field that afternoon after they had finished feeding and simply placed a reflector on the "X/goose poop" so we could drive directly to the "X" next morning and not need to use the road reflectors.
For those unfamiliar or unaware, the roads in Sask are laid out in grids, normally 1 mile apart from E. to W. and 2 miles apart from N. to S.. Land is owned by the quarter section (1/2 mile X 1/2 mile = 160 acres) so with that set-up with the roads, an owner can always access their quarter from a road. All roads run directly N/S and E/W with a few exceptions. The two sets of roads (N/S and E/W) enclose two sections (640 acres each) or 1280 acres.
The latest method for acquiring the "X" is to mark a waypoint with the GPS at the same location where I used to put the reflectors, a second waypoint at the corner of the two roads and a third waypoint where I used to put the 2nd set of reflectors. The GPS allows me to PROJECT A Location for the "X" by knowing the distance (from waypoint 1 to the corner) and the DIRECTION (180 degrees in this example) away from waypoint 2 (from the north road). The GPS will set for you the coordinates of the center of the flock (projected point) and you can just follow to it the next morning (or late that afternoon and place you reflector)
Clear as mud, right? It's really pretty easy once you do it a couple of times. I've been taking my laptop with me the last couple of years and projecting it on the laptop aerials which confirms the earlier gps points if you hadn't had a chance to put 'em to bed.
(edit...by the way, if you have a computer with you, there is a website (many) with app that will give you the projected coordinates if you have the direction and distance from a set of coordinates):http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/find-terminal-coordinates-given-bearing-and-distance
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