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    Question about GPS's

    I received a new gps for my birthday and want to add mapping option on it but don't know which one. I am looking at the hunting gps maps website that I found out about in an issue of the Eastman's hunting journal. Anyone have any experience with this type of technology. I'm an "old dog" and it's tough to learn the new tricks!

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    Get one that is for the state or one that covers the nearby states you are in, rather than the entire USA one. The latter is not detailed enough, Get the topographical version as it will give you a much better understanding of the terrain you are in. If you want it simply for the off-road ability, you can get the previous year's version and save a few bucks if budget is a concern. The terrain really doesn't change much year on year, unlike major road systems.

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    Thanks for the response

    My son and I are headed to Montana this year and that is the reason for the upgrade, hope to have a map program that can tell us private from public land.

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    Check this site out...huntinggpsmaps.com you can call them if you want to.

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    I have a Garmin and use the Garmin Topo USA software. Its excellent! Has very detailed topo maps and shows all the little lakes, creeks, trails with names, peaks, etc. for every state. Also shows Nat'l Forest boundaries in a light green color. I think it ran me about $110 which was well worth it.

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    I use the same Garmin software that Bigsurarcher mentioned and have been really pleased. However, it can be a bit pricey when you start adding states. Most maps seem to be sold as a single states. Some may come in a 2-3 state set. As Leveller said, don't get the version that covers the entire US, it's just not detailed enough.

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    checked out the huntinggpsmaps site and it looks like they a pretty good set up. What would be better, the card or the downloadable version?

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    Maybe it's me, but I have the Garmin state on my Oregon and while it looks real nice I've never found the map on the gps to be all that useful or great. I use a map of my area I've printed at home with Terrain Navigator and use the GPS to plot my position, head towards waypoints, or get a bearing. Maybe I'm doing it wrong?

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    I purchased the Wyoming version of the private/public boundary topo maps a couple years ago and am a big fan. I opted for the downloadable version over the card so that I can update my maps before I head to the field and be sure I'm in the right if I were ever to get into a dispute. They were a little confusing to get installed initially and take a good while to install eachbtime I update, but I couldn't be more pleased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenarrow View Post
    My son and I are headed to Montana this year and that is the reason for the upgrade, hope to have a map program that can tell us private from public land.
    I have the Garmin Rino Hcx530 and use the Garmin topo maps others mentioned. They do show the difference between public and private land by marking one in yellow and the other in green.

 

 

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