+1I personally use on-x, and download the offline maps while I have service, and it has worked well for me. With my phone in airplane mode, it lasts 3ish days, maybe more. We also carry a Garmin mini in case of emergencies so we can have contact, often times we are 40+ miles from phone service. It can track, add way points and markers with photos, and do pretty much anything a basic GPS can do. It costs money, but it is also useful for other things as well. Here are some photos of what it looks like and detail, you can have topo, satellite, or hybrid with both. View attachment 226334View attachment 226335View attachment 226336
Avenza is great. I get the pro version free for work but anyone can use up to five maps at a time (I think) for free. You can find almost any USFS map free online if you look hard enough. Or learn to use open-source GIS software and make your own using publicly available GIS data. Or find a friend who works for the Forest Service and have them make you maps...As a timber tech/wildland firefighter, I use OnX and Avenza a lot. There are a ton of free maps available for Avenza which the basic version is free. You can download free USGS quad maps of the area you plan to go into and use it on airplane mode to conserve battery. There are other maps you can buy too. They have USFS forest maps and some states offer detail GMU maps. Most maps cost 4.99 but then you own them.
Nice tablet holder. ???secure?? I just got a tab 5 SE and looking for something to hold it securely so it doesn't flop around and I can see it. What is the brand of the tablet holder?
@jebel gave a lot of good points in his post. Figuring out the tricks (especially with conserving the battery) keeps me using just the phone. If you're going backpacking you could bring along a battery pack, they work pretty well. OnX has discounts occasionally from places like camofire, I just get that one and think it's like 60 bucks a year.Thanks for the replies guys. I use an onx chip in my GPS for the two times I have went to WY. My other hunting is much closer as in home and one neighboring state. I believe with onx I would be dinged for each State. Was preparing for a hunt in a neighboring state on only somewhat familiar ground and only looking to mark my stand or maybe mark where tracking a deer. So battery life on my phone not a big deal. Now that I think about it some more, I have a smaller Garmin from a dog tracking system I no longer use. That would be pretty compact for me to carry and do what I need. Thanks again for the replies.