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Google Earth

In my opinion, Google Earth is the best program in the market. I have a Garmin Rhino 120 GPS and after I get back from scouting/hunting I am able to come home, plug it in the computer, open Google and then install evey waypoint and route that I have visited for that trip. If there is something out there that is better, please let us all know. I have found numerous tanks and springs that are not marked on other mapping systems, as well as finding htose honey holes that i believe game is hiding out in. The ability to also put the sun in motion and to see the areas that get stay shaded all day is also an outstanding feature. The advantages go on and on.

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bigalwapiti wrote:

In my opinion, Google Earth is the best program in the market. I have a Garmin Rhino 120 GPS and after I get back from scouting/hunting I am able to come home, plug it in the computer, open Google and then install evey waypoint and route that I have visited for that trip. If there is something out there that is better, please let us all know. I have found numerous tanks and springs that are not marked on other mapping systems, as well as finding htose honey holes that i believe game is hiding out in. The ability to also put the sun in motion and to see the areas that get stay shaded all day is also an outstanding feature. The advantages go on and on.

 

I also love google earth for my off season scouting.

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Google Earth is a good tool. 

Google Earth is a good tool.  One thing that drives me nuts though is when your following a trail/road or mapping out a region and it transitions from high-res to a lower-res.  Or moves from a scan that had winter cover versus spring or summer.  Hard to beat for its cost though...

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Hi-res

I believe the hi to low res. will soon be a thing of the past is what I am hearing. Alot of give information and forums on their site as well that you can read to stay involved/updated

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I agree that it's an awesome

I agree that it's an awesome tool. It's allowed me to feel like I know the country that i'm heading into without ever setting foot in it before.  I spend a ridiculous amount of time surfing around my units with it.  I haven't found anything else that compares.

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Yes Google Earth is a great

Yes Google Earth is a great tool to help in your scouting.

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Does it take the paid version

Does it take the paid version of Google Earth to utilize this feature?  If not could I ask for some pointers on how to do this.

 

On Edit:  Found it.  Duh, just never had looked that close.  Simple google search turned up more information than needed.

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Delorme Topo 7/8

I use the Delorme Topo 7 software. They have a current topo8 but I have not upgraded yet. It not only has aerial views in 3d/2d but you can layer 7 maps on the same area including aerials in color, B&W, USGS's topo, satellite, topo7's topo maps, High resolution city, then toggle between the maps. I can load all this onto my PN-40 GPS and carry the 7 layer aerial maps out to the field with me. It is great if I want to head to the nearest clearing, trail, or road using the Aerial color maps. I can switch to a topo map to go to the nearest saddle, or switch to satellite map to find water sources.

I also carry a rino 520HCX to keep in contact with my group, and as a backup GPS, but the PN-40 loaded with the DeLorme topo7 program is worth looking into.

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I agree, google earth is a

I agree, google earth is a very useful tool. I helps cut down how big a unit is before you get there and a good place to start. I didn't know you could download from you gps that pretty cool

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I love google earth but I

I love google earth but I also like my nat geo software, I can use it in 3d mode and see my area in 3d and plot an area and do a fly thru

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All this tech stuff makes me

All this tech stuff makes me wonder how we did it 40 years ago when all we had was some topo maps and a compass. 

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