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Buying a GPS

Im getting ready to buy a GPS for a Wyoming deer hunt this year. Whats your guys input on these. I have never used one so I am open to any info or ideas. Thanks

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I have a Garmin eTrex Venture

I have a Garmin eTrex Venture HC.  It is getting to be an older model, but it still gets the job done. My dad has a Garmin eTrex 20, which is basically the updated version of my GPS.  Both of these are on the lower end of the price and functionality spectrum, but they both do everything we need them to do and then some.  I wouldn't feel compelled to get the fanciest GPS out there.  You might want to stick to the main brands like Garmin or Magellan since it is more likely that 3rd party maps will be compatible.  That is my $0.0000000002.

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Thanks for the info. Do you

Thanks for the info. Do you use chips or download?

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I seen

the one I would love to have! I think it was the Garmin Montana! I think!!! Had the app you could get that actually told you the land owners. 600-700 bucks I think! Maybe someday!!

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The chips that tell you who

The chips that tell you who the land owner is a extra $100.00 from what I understand. My brother in law has a lower end Garmin and just picked up a chip for Utah which shows the land owners name. There are other states available on the chips but each one is a extra $100.00.

One nice thing on the chips is that they can be used in a standard PC with a SC slot and you can pull up the land owners on that even before you head out.

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I am looking for the easiest

I am looking for the easiest there is to use. I will be the first to admit that I am pretty dumb when it comes to electronics. Where would you guys recommend getting the chips and the unit from. I dont want anything fancy just cheap and easy to use. Thanks

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If you have a Bass Pro

If you have a Bass Pro Outdoor World or a Cabelas near you check there. If not they both have on line catalogs.

As for using it, they are no different than any other electronic. The more you play with it the easier they will get to use. Once you get one take a walk around your local area or local hunting area and use it.

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Thanks you.

Thank you. The reason I want one is because I am going to be hunting the Bighorn Nat Forest for deer this year and I have read about how hard it is to tell where your at.

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GPS

I've lived, worked, and hunted in the mountains of Colorado and Montana for most of my life. I've never felt like I needed a GPS or anything else for fear of getting lost, HOWEVER, several years ago I was hunting antelope in eastern Montana with some friends, and one of them had a GPS that gave land ownership, including the name of many of the landowners.

We found that feature very helpful as much of the public land (BLM, State, and Forest Service) is not marked. We also found some places where the private landowner had posted public land and public roads.

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Thats what I have read. The

Thats what I have read. The boundary line between private and public are very jagged. Also have to watch for staying out of wilderness areas without a guide in WY. Have any of you guys hunted the northern half of region y for deer?

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First off, if you're planning

First off, if you're planning on hunting the northern half of Region Y up in the BigHorns for mulies you're going to be very diappointed. The area is basicly noted for the excellent elk and moose hunting up there. The majority of mulies, and even more so the whitetails, is down in the lower elevations where the majortiy of the land is under private ownership. The better public land mulie hunting in Y is down in the southern part of the region in the Kaycee area. Even that is suffering like the rest of the state right now as far as the mule deer populations are concerned.
As far as getting a GPS unit that's easy to use, I would suggest the Garmin Legend HCx that I have. I used the old one for years and updated by purchasing the new one that takes a SD microchip last year. It was purchased for $153 from Amazon.com and they have some real good deals for GPS stuff if you watch their website. The chips for the Garmin units are only made by huntinggpsmaps.com and they also have the download versions for your PC that you can then transfer to your GPS if you want to go that route. I would suggest buying the chip from what you have told us about yourself. PS: I've hunted out in Wyoming almost every year since 1992 and usually spend from 4 to 10 weeks a year out there in the Fall since I retired in 2002.

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