Field-Testing BaseMap’s New High-Speed Offline Maps
Offline Maps are Essential
Aoudad, also known as barbary sheep, are commonly referred to as the poor man’s desert bighorn sheep—and with good reason. Our daily routine consisted of long days behind the glass, and miles upon miles of hiking through rocky, uneven terrain in search of bachelor groups of rams. Being in an area that I had never been, I constantly found myself referring to the offline maps that I downloaded prior to the hunt. The morning of day two found us four miles into the backcountry and coming close to the Chinati State Park line. With no fence to mark the boundary, the offline map paired with the built-in GPS was the only indication we had of the property boundary and our location. We snapped a few pictures and continued our hunt staying well within the ranch boundary. Six miles later we arrived back at the truck parched, sore, and sunburnt, but grinning ear to ear, as we unloaded an incredible 32-inch ram off our backs that fell to one well-placed bullet from my dad’s 280 Ackley Improved.