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Well, I must say I am certainly enjoying all the posts and exchanging of Elk hunting information. I look forward to June 9th when the DOW lets us all know how we did in the draw and what areas we will be hunting. ... the keyboards will be flying.

Speaking of Topo maps and GPS maps... We were speaking of GPS topos, were we not?

I am thinking of buying a topo map application for my Garmin GPS. Now keep in mind that it is NOT the hunting model.... it is the kind I can use in my car - it is supposed to be portable.

Anyone with any comments or advice? The battery is supposed to last a long time, and I am sure I would not have the unit on constantly.

Thanks in advance.

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Mark,
I'd get a handheld GPS. I'm not very experieced with the vehicle mounted models, but I suspect they would eat batteries like it's their business due to the pretty screens. I also question their receiving ability without the external antenna.
Once again, I'm not very experienced with car mounted models, but I doubt they have as many useful features for hunters as the handheld models. Included in that would be waypoint storage, tracking features, sunrise/sunset tables and the like. I could be wrong.
As a former biologist, I have almost exclusively used Garmins for the past 10 years and I like them(used almost daily when chasing deer, sheep, sage grouse, etc). I personally own a Garmin Rino, which is both a radio and GPS, plus you can transmit your location to other Rino users within radio range.

Maybe try fiddling with your car GPS out of the car and see if you like how it performs. If not, you can get all these features on a handheld GPS, but they aren't cheap either.

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exbiologist wrote:
Mark,
I'd get a handheld GPS. I'm not very experieced with the vehicle mounted models, but I suspect they would eat batteries like it's their business due to the pretty screens. I also question their receiving ability without the external antenna.
Once again, I'm not very experienced with car mounted models, but I doubt they have as many useful features for hunters as the handheld models. Included in that would be waypoint storage, tracking features, sunrise/sunset tables and the like. I could be wrong.
As a former biologist, I have almost exclusively used Garmins for the past 10 years and I like them(used almost daily when chasing deer, sheep, sage grouse, etc). I personally own a Garmin Rino, which is both a radio and GPS, plus you can transmit your location to other Rino users within radio range.

Maybe try fiddling with your car GPS out of the car and see if you like how it performs. If not, you can get all these features on a handheld GPS, but they aren't cheap either.

Correct in every way exo. The batt. would be history quickly. It would have waypoint storage and,according to the topo program he purchased, sunrise sunset details but not as in depth as a hunters handheld. Id get a Hunters handheld if I were you jeter.

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You guys are on , as usual.I have a delorme 3 or 4 yrs old. It works with the topo usa software, very happy with it. You can put your waypoints on your PC and study the area, It goes through batteries if you leave it on . .I think they all do.The lithium ones seem to last longer but they are salty. You can put aerial imagery and usgs quads on it . I think their newer one has more capacity which it does need. That is a nice feature ( the radio) with the rhino, it would come in handy. I think there are several good ones out there.

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I too would have to agree with getting a hand held GPS. Like everyone has said, the car GPS would probably run its battery down pretty quick. With the hand held units, you can easily carry extra batteries with you (most take some number of AA) in case you need them - all of the car GPS units I have seen require recharging and can not use regular batteries. For years I used the lowest model Magellan hand held (model 110, I think) and it did just fine - no maps, b/w display, not many bells and whistles, but got me around and back to camp. You could probably pick up one of these for $100, or less. This last year, however, I did lose signal several times in some dense forest. I have since purchased a Garmin Rino 530hcx with the high sensitivity receiver - it locks on in a matter of seconds and stays locked, and so far the battery that came with it more than lasts the day. The radio feature is great too, one less thing to carry with me. For the Garmin, there are plenty of maps to purchase (street and topo), as well as many free maps that can be downloaded (check out http://www.miscjunk.org/mj/mp_cotopo.html). Now, if they can make a GPS unit that will actually tell you where the elk are, that would be the one to get Big smile

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I have a Rhino as well and it is about all I need. It's pretty cool being able to track where your buddies are, in relation to your position, as you're talking to them.

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