Essential Skills: Impact of Magnetic Declination on Accuracy

Posted: 12/19/2014 in Land Navigation

Great write-up regarding the importance of Magnetic Declination when navigating. Update 12/24/14: Added a couple of you tube videos you might want to peruse at your leisure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN2NxjKQ1FQ&index=3&list=PLSPZuMMIIrzrLiBIJ9KmyHYwaToje6GOX   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glcE3-7ARVg

The Defensive Training Group

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Comments on the last post on Magnetic Declination disagree with, or at least minimized the importance of magnetic declination with the general feeling that, ” …’15 degrees’ isn’t that much of an error” or, “15 degrees will only result in a little bit of extra walking..,” or “I can get where I’m going…”

Now, I’m sure that guys and gals out there who’ve been hunting in one area or another (no matter how large) all their lives and have well used topographical 7.5 minute maps can get from point A to point B and so on with a cursory look at their map and shooting a general bearing with their compass.  The primary tool they use is familiarity with the AO (a good thing) and terrain association with the compass used as a back up.  Ergo, they may not think they need to worry about declination.  And, in that particular scenario, those…

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