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Grantbvfd
03-25-2012, 12:38 PM
Would you guy recommend the SD card or the download? I'm leaning towards the SD card because our PC is older and has some issues. Also the SD card seems extremely easy to use. I'm also not too computer savvy. Im thinking there shouldn't be any issues referencing my existing topo maps to the GPS. Thanks for the help.

brooks
03-25-2012, 01:24 PM
I've got the sd card for mine. It's pretty easy just load it and turn the gps on it will show your location and who owns it if you get the plat map sd. I have heard the download ones are really nice because you can use your pc to view them but the sd cards are easy for sure and work great

BobT
03-25-2012, 06:01 PM
I had problems with the trial download so I got the SD card and it works fine. Be careful with existing maps, you can overwrite the card. I am not computer literate either so I don't know exactly how you can do it only that you can, the instructions give you the do's and don't's though.

dp1077
03-26-2012, 11:11 PM
Grant, Go with the SD card. It works great but get the Platmap SD like brooks said.Iam getting ready to order a second one for
Idaho to go with my California. Hows work been going?

Kevin Root
03-26-2012, 11:51 PM
The card sounds like you best option if your PC is older and your not wanting to deal with the download or the computer much. The download did not work well for a friend of mine as well. The best thing about the card is your operational and on your way quick and painless.

Grantbvfd
03-27-2012, 09:00 AM
Grant, Go with the SD card. It works great but get the Platmap SD like brooks said.Iam getting ready to order a second one for
Idaho to go with my California. Hows work been going?

That's what I'm leaning towards Danny. Works been going good. We had a 150 hours last check and 130 this check. How's it been down there?

Ikeepitcold
03-27-2012, 09:13 AM
I have the download maps and haven't had a problem. I think if I were to get it again I would get the SD also.

MOHunter
03-27-2012, 07:52 PM
I guess I'm the first to go the other way. I like the download for my ability to add other stuff to my own SD card. Specifically, I have a Garmin BirdsEye satellite subscription and have both satellite images and hunting gps maps on the same SD card. I can't view them on the GPS screen at the same time, but it's very easy to alternate back and forth. I absolutely love the satellite images.

However, for Grant I would recommend the SD card because the download does take a little bit of work to figure out. Like anything in computers, more power means more frustrations.

ChadH
04-01-2012, 12:54 AM
I guess I'm the first to go the other way. I like the download for my ability to add other stuff to my own SD card. Specifically, I have a Garmin BirdsEye satellite subscription and have both satellite images and hunting gps maps on the same SD card. I can't view them on the GPS screen at the same time, but it's very easy to alternate back and forth. I absolutely love the satellite images.

However, for Grant I would recommend the SD card because the download does take a little bit of work to figure out. Like anything in computers, more power means more frustrations.


Great idea, adding the Birdseye and Hunting gps maps to the same card! I will have to try that!

Can you download and make your own SD card?? If so, that would be that best of both worlds, though they probably wouldn't sync. you would still have the raw data both places.

MOHunter
04-01-2012, 09:03 PM
Great idea, adding the Birdseye and Hunting gps maps to the same card! I will have to try that!

Can you download and make your own SD card?? If so, that would be that best of both worlds, though they probably wouldn't sync. you would still have the raw data both places.

I'm not sure I understand your question. I add both sets of data to my own card. I don't put the Birdseye on a HuntingGPSmaps card.

8750
04-01-2012, 09:18 PM
Can you download the data from the SD card to the computer once you buy the SD card? Or do they put some kind of block on that?

ChadH
04-01-2012, 10:55 PM
I'm not sure I understand your question. I add both sets of data to my own card. I don't put the Birdseye on a HuntingGPSmaps card.

You answered it. If you can download the data and transfer it to your own SD card, then that would be the way to go for GrantBVFD.

Thanks for the idea about Birdseye.

Grantbvfd
04-01-2012, 11:23 PM
I'm thinking I might have to get a new computer. I'm sure I can figure it out and bein able to have garmins Birdseye sounds awesome!

Bitterroot Bulls
04-02-2012, 08:39 AM
Can you download the data from the SD card to the computer once you buy the SD card? Or do they put some kind of block on that?

Anybody got an answer for this? That would be the most beneficial to me as well.

Kevin Root
04-02-2012, 09:45 AM
Anybody got an answer for this? That would be the most beneficial to me as well.

I'd be interested in that as well. From what I've read on the site on the advantages and disadvantages, download vs. sd card it did not look like one could.

http://www.huntinggpsmaps.com/gps-maps/download-map-vs-microsd-chip-map.html

Another disadvantage on the card is getting updates in that you have to send them in. Same price for an update but one has to send the card in. I read that you can pay for an upgrade to the map products but have not seen a work around in getting the map update on the computer after getting the card.

http://www.huntinggpsmaps.com/gps-maps/gps-map-updates.html

MOHunter
04-02-2012, 09:05 PM
I don't think you can, at least without being very computer savvy. I have a chip for lakes in Canada when we go fishing. I just hooked it up to my computer and could not figure out a way to get the data onto the GPS device or the computer. It appears they have a block on it.

I seem to remember asking the folks at HuntingGPSmaps about. If you're looking into purchasing the software just call them up and ask. In my experience they don't care which way you go, they just want you to get what works best for you.

If you're interested in Birdseye you will have to download it to an SD card. Therefore, if you want any other maps you'll have to carry an extra card, which would be quite cumbersome to use that way. I love having my own SD cards to put whatever I want on them.

Just today I downloaded, from the KS Dept. of Wildlife website, all Walk-In Hunting Areas in the state. I know have 4 different mapping programs on one card and can cycle through which ones I want to access very quickly.

Kevin Root
05-31-2012, 12:09 PM
I just got this update from Hunting GPSmaps.com and thought I'd pass it on.

"We are very excited to finally announce that our preloaded MicroSD chips can now be viewed on your Computer and GPS. For those customers that don't want to deal with trying to download a map but want to view the map on their computer, we have the solution. The maps can be easily viewed in Garmin's BaseCamp software. When you do your MapUpdate this year your chip will come back with this functionality."

Bitterroot Bulls
05-31-2012, 01:43 PM
That is awesome Kevin!

One problem,

I have only had mine for a couple months, and now I have to pay the update fee to get this functionality .... AAARRGGH.

Kevin Root
05-31-2012, 02:18 PM
That is awesome Kevin!

One problem,

I have only had mine for a couple months, and now I have to pay the update fee to get this functionality .... AAARRGGH.

I know they do get folks on the update charge. I thought they would be working on the download vs. card and viewing the computer issue. The card is so much easier to install. I've been keeping my eye out for that update.

Bitterroot Bulls, do you qualify for the free update? I saw this on their site too :-)

"HuntingGPSmaps Calendar Year for Free Updates.

HuntingGPSmaps calendar year runs from Dec 1st - Nov 30th. When you buy a map you will receive free updates for the first year with the expiration occurring on Nov 30th. This will allow customers to buy a map at anytime and be assured to have access to the most current map available for hunting season. Download customers will receive an email notifying them when the new map becomes available in their MyMaps account. SD chip customers can use the appropriate forms below and disregard including payment. For any questions on updates please contact us at help@huntinggpsmaps.com or 208-GPS-MAPS."

Bitterroot Bulls
05-31-2012, 02:21 PM
I believe I do qualify for that, Kevin!

Thanks again.

BobcatJerry
06-25-2012, 10:46 PM
Good to hear that on Huntinggpsmaps. I've been looking at his plat maps. I know for a fact the SD cards you buy directly from Garmin, you cannot look at on you PC. I contacted them, and that's what they said. Funny thing, when someone stole my GPS from my truck, Garmin said they couldn't track it. So no home study of the maps if you buy their SD card.. Thats when I started to get in maps from gpsfiledepot.com and they are great and the price is right on most...free.