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Hunting GPS Maps

Are any of you using the hunting GPS maps ? for you GPS, if so, what do you think of them ?. i have been looking at them and they look nice, they look like they show everything that you could ever want, but i would like to hear some oppions before i spend a $100.00 on it.

Kevin

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I use them and they are nice

I use them and they are nice but they don't show all the landowners names in all the counties of each state.  You have to check and ask if the county you want has that info.  I was didapointed when I got mine and the one county I really wanted didn't have the info like they said it did.  They say they are updating them but I havn't seen anything yet.

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Yeah I've heard the same thing.  Not all the information they boast is available in all areas.  It's as if their products is still a work in progress. They should have that info already compiled for the prices they're charging for their product, instead of just using it as a selling point.

Personally I've found the Garmin Topo stuff pretty good as well as the newer BirdsEye View imagery download. BirdsEye View is a $29 subscription for 1 year and you can load all the sections you want within that year.  Only major drawback is that few PC's will have enough memory to hold all the US imagery within one year. Also the larger an area you load on your GPS unit the more memory you need to buy in the form of a micro SD card. 

But just for loading 15 square mile area around the place I hunt and I found that the $29 subscription was well worth it just for that.  I hunt all public land anyway and what's most important to me in my GPS is having a zoom in/out satalite view of my entire area.  Helps me to search out certain habitats that no topo map can show you. 

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I've decide to buy the $79

I've decided to buy the $79 version of Wyoming next week for my new Legend HCx.  It doesn't have the owner names, but all I care about is knowing I'm not on private property.  I will still make maps with either my Wyoming BLM CD ROM and/or the Topo 9.0 North America from DeLorme that can do the entire North American continent and will still put waypoints on them as always.  That way if I want to know how far I am from where I'm standing to one of those waypoints, I can just look at the map and input that waypoint, hit go to and know exactly how far it is instead of just guessing.

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Maps

i have been hunting MT the last few years, and the Delorme topo USA sucks for the part on MT i hunt, and the topo i got with the new Garmin gps i just bought is a joke, it doesn't even show 1/2 the county roads, far less any trails, that is why i am asking about Hunting GPS Maps, i don't care who owns the land, i just want to know what is public land and what is private.

Kevin

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BLM

buckykm1 wrote:

i have been hunting MT the last few years, and the Delorme topo USA sucks for the part on MT i hunt, and the topo i got with the new Garmin gps i just bought is a joke, it doesn't even show 1/2 the county roads, far less any trails, that is why i am asking about Hunting GPS Maps, i don't care who owns the land, i just want to know what is public land and what is private.

Kevin

I would suggest just buying some BLM paper maps for the area you are hunting.  It's a lot less money to do so.  I know it's nice to have something like that in your GPS unit, but I'm just not sure how much information Hunting GPS maps has really compiled into it's product.  Give them a call and ask.  If it has what you want then buy it.  If not, then I say let that company get their act together before they charge you $100 for a product.

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Iv'e used thier maps for the

I've used thier maps for the last year in Wyoming and Colorado and in my opinion they are worth every penny they charge. Mine are both the platte maps and even though I just bought my property in northern Colorado 6 months before I got the map my name was already in it. I have used a lot of paper maps but when your hunting areas where you are in and out of unmarked public it's nice to just look down and know if your safe or not. And you will find out quickly that many fences are not very close to the actual property lines.

Again I think they are well worth and will never hunt without them.

The price of the map is far less than the cost of a tresspass ticket.

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that is why

that is why i would like it, some areas by where i hunt is a checker board of public and private, and now i am afraid to hunt it, not knowing for sure where i am.

Kevin

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Kevin, the maps will still

Kevin, the maps will still show what is private and what is public, they might not show you the landowners name.  But if that isn't important then they shoud work good for you.

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I used them last year in New

I used them last year in New Mexico, kind of pricey but worth  every penny of it. Hunted a lot of land we wouln't have hunted with out it. Hunter 25 was dead on about the fences not being on property lines. I would have been tempted to go after elk that were on private(without it it would have been tough to tell)  , but since I knew it was I didn't. I'll purchase again.

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The reason I mentioned

The reason I mentioned getting the $79 version is exactly what some have mentioned with the $99 one and that s that not all the private land has the owners.  I can't see having that version unless you want to contact a landowner to try and gain permission to hunt that land.  That can be done just as easily by contacting the county land office and many times you can get the information for free.  A guy I met while hunting out there last year had the same GPS I just bought and had the $79 version and it was great.  I do agree that the topo map that's loaded from the Garmin Mapsource that comes with the GPS is not much for other than major roads, etc. and they don't tell you that you really need to spend more to get microchips like we are talking about or ones you can upload/download on the computer back and forth to/from the GPS

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