Posts Tagged ‘Garmin’

GUEST BLOG: Meredith St.Pierre Endorses (steals) Garmin vivofit

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Meredith St.Pierre is a fan of the Garmin vivofit

Meredith St.Pierre is a fan of the Garmin vivofit

Lucky me, Bob St.Pierre is part of Rooster Road Trip. No, I’m not lucky to be a hunting widow for the next week, I will miss Bob and our puppies while they’re on the road. I’m lucky because Garmin is a sponsor this year and they sent a vivofit for Bob to wear during the Rooster Road Trip. This means I got to try out the new vivofit because I  ”borrowed” it from Bob’s hunting supplies. You see, I’ve been considering getting something like it for the past six months and was very pleased it remained on the kitchen counter after  other gear was swooped up by Bob for test runs. I’ve looked into a variety of activity trackers, but never could pull the trigger because of the cost and I was unsure I’d actually like wearing one. After one month with my, I mean Bob’s, vivofit, I’m absolutely hooked.

In the past month, I’ve been more active which has benefited both me and the dogs, (a walk around our block is 2,000 steps). I’m also more aware of my actions throughout the day and what I can do to move. Those red bars (inactivity) start to build on the screen and my mind starts to think of what I can do to get them to clear away and it can’t be small, like a trip to the copy machine, you really have to move, this has lead to short walks during my workday. Lastly, it’s reminding me that I like to wear a watch, an added benefit I wasn’t expecting. Over the years, I’ve worn a watch here and there, but mostly I’ve relied on my cell phone to tell the time. The vivofit differs from other activity trackers on the market with this feature, among many others. It’s great to have the time, your step count, goal, calories burned and miles walked all at the touch of a button right on your wrist, no need to sync. You aren’t limited to what you see on the vivofit either, once it’s synced you can track much more on the Garmin connect website, including your sleep pattern and calories consumed.

As the Pointers get ready to hit the road, I’ve handed the vivofit over to Bob to wear. I’m interested to hear his take on it. I think the miles walked will be of most interest to him, since it’s the feature he likes best about the Garmin Alpha.

Until they return, I’ll have to follow along on Facebook and Twitter to see how many steps a day in the field he takes and compare it to my own. My highest step total was 18,694, and I reached 100,000 steps in 16 days. That’s one last thing, Bob has noticed the vivofit activated my competitive streak. I’m always trying to beat the daily goal and I love comparing one day to the next as well as activities. Now I get to compare my steps to his; let the games begin.

Happy Rooster Road Trip and Go Pointers!

This post is guest authored by Meredith St. Pierre.  Follow Meredith and the couple’s shorthaired pointers on Instagram @mstpete


The Garmin Alpha is a Pheasant Hunter’s Tool of Silence

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Izzy & Trammell show off the new Garmin Alpha

Garmin’s new Alpha merges a GPS tracking collar with an electronic dog training collar system. I have owned the Astro, Alpha’s predecessor, for two years and was excited to give Garmin’s new gizmo a field trial this week along the Rooster Road Trip.

I was, however, hesitant about one thing; there is no beeper feature with the Alpha for pointing dogs. I have religiously run a beeber / eCollar combo with my Astro for the audible comfort of knowing exactly where my pup was at any given moment. In essence, I was using Astro’s GPS tracker to ensure my ability to always find a lost dog, but in reality I was only utilizing a small percentage of the collar’s benefits. Enter the Alpha and the added comfort of eCollar control.

After three full days of running the Alpha, I can say without reservation I’ve enjoyed the silence. As I’ve become more comfortable with the easy-to-use Garmin receiver screen and control for the electronic training buttons, I’ve noticed the added quiet to our hunting. There is little doubt the added stealthiest is helping our chances in cornering wily roosters accustomed to the sound of beepers, car doors and other abnormal sounds.

The other awesome feature of the new Alpha is its ability to track other hunters with Alpha units.  In other words, I’ve known exactly where Anthony & Andrew have been even when we’ve hunted some big rolling Nebraska prairies simply by looking at my handheld Alpha.

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing. Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

The Garmin Astro 320 Fits your Bird Dog Lifestyle

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Garmin Astro 320 easily helps me keep track of my bird dog, Trammell.

I admit that when it comes to technology, I’m a laggard.  I still buy CDs and don’t own an iPod.  As a music fanatic, I still believe in the artistry of a good album from track 1 to track 12 and believe the sale of songs one at a time is destroying  . . . ah, but I’m digressing. 


What I like about the Garmin Astro 320 the most is its versatility to shrink to fit my needs and obvious capacity to expand as I become increasingly comfortable with the Astro’s multitude of capabilities.  As I see it, there are three distinct stages of the Astro user’s evolution.


First Stage

If you consider the bird hunter’s hierarchy of needs, there are two things that rise to the top;

a) Find my way back to the truck and

b) Don’t lose my bird dog. 

For a technologically-challenged guy like me, the Garmin Astro earns straight A’s. 


Whether you’re prairie stomping for roosters or combing the ruffed grouse woods, it’s pretty easy to get turned around.  I mean people are getting lost in apple orchards and corn mazes these days, think about how easy it is to get lost on the rolling prairies.   But with an Astro in hand, the path back to my Ford is as easy as following Astro’s electronic bread crumbs.


The Astro’s ability to prevent a lost dog is even simpler than finding my way back to the truck with it.  Not sure which feature my wife prefers more, but I know she doesn’t let me leave for any Rooster Road Trip without the Astro in tow.


Second Stage

The Garmin Astro is made with the statistical exuberance of a Sabermetrics infatuated baseball fan.  You want to know how many miles you walked today?  Check.  Want to know how many miles your dog ran today?  Check.  Do you want to know how many quail you flushed in the covey on this spot a year ago?  Check.  If you’ve got questions, the Garmin Astro 320 has the answers.


Third Stage

Live in New Jersey, but want to do a little pre-season pheasant scouting in Lyon County, Iowa?  With Garmin’s Bird’s Eye View technology, you can download incredibly detailed, Google Earth-quality maps to your Garmin Astro 320.  Not only does Bird’s Eye View make it easier for you to follow the habitat contours of the land, you can even view public lands boundaries. 


Be sure to participate in the Rooster Road Trip Facebook trivia contest on Friday for your chance to win a Garmin Astro 320 of your own. 



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The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.