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#16633 - 01/11/07 07:19 PM HAND HELD GPS'S
mike243
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anybody have 1, any where to get topo maps for a magellan explorist 400 cheaper than $150 on their site or $115 on another just got it for xmas & looking at the software is mike243
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#16634 - 01/11/07 08:24 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S
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$71.99 at CDW.
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=746688
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#184397 - 03/14/07 07:19 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: mike243]
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
anybody have 1, any where to get topo maps for a magellan explorist 400 cheaper than $150 on their site or $115 on another just got it for xmas & looking at the software is mike243


Try this site: FREE just takes some time to figure it out!

USA PHOTO MAPS


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#184538 - 03/14/07 09:20 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: mike243]
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Check out Walmart.com I found them to have the lowest price for the Mapsource for garmin. I then printed out their price and took it to basspro and they did a price match for me. Saved me shipping costs, plus I was able to use a basspro gift card someone gave me. I think I got them for about $72.00. Basspro's original price was $99.99.
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#185105 - 03/15/07 02:26 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: pastorbmp]
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I'm in the market for a hand held gps unit - Looking at the Garmin ETrex Legend. Don't need anything all that fancy - Use it to pinpont stand locations and no worries to be able to make sure I find my way back to truck after walking for miles while looking for turkeys along with downloading decent topo maps.Any suggestions for a good, cheap one. I can get the ETrex Legend for $117 at Walmart or about the same price on ebay. Thanks!
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#185540 - 03/15/07 08:50 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: FISHHUNT4EVER]
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ive got just the etex and it works great!!

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#185594 - 03/15/07 09:29 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: rack'em up]
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#185949 - 03/16/07 09:09 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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What's really the difference between the CX and ETrex except color background and compass working while standing still instead of moving? Just trying to determine if it's worth the extra $$?
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#186107 - 03/16/07 02:16 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: FISHHUNT4EVER]
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I've had both. The Cx has a removable memory card and color screen. It is worth it to me. A buddy of mine recently got a etrex. When I showed him what the Legend Cx would do he about threw his Etrex out.

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#186192 - 03/16/07 04:15 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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The removable memory card lets you store your topo maps on the card. That is why I went with the CX. I can't speak for the Etrex, but the color screen on the Cx really makes it easy to see in daylight.
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#186196 - 03/16/07 04:17 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: pastorbmp]
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Check out Amazon.com for GPS. I got a real good price on mine there.
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#187695 - 03/18/07 04:07 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: pastorbmp]
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Thanks for the info...I might end up regretting it but I went with the Etrex Legend. Needed the extra $$'s for my Sportsman License.
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#188753 - 03/19/07 05:52 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: rack'em up]
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 Originally Posted By: rack'em up
ive got just the etex and it works great!!

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That's the one I've got and for my needs it does just fine.
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#195008 - 03/26/07 04:31 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: buzzr46]
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 Originally Posted By: buzzr46
 Originally Posted By: rack'em up
ive got just the etex and it works great!!

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That's the one I've got and for my needs it does just fine.



So far so good. I've even got the Mapsource CD's on the way from my ol' man so I saved a few $$'s there. Very easy to use I might add.

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#209061 - 04/10/07 12:29 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: ]
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I've been told the Mapsource's Topo map only had elevations at 50' intervals, not the 20' intervals that the USGS has. Is this true? If so, doesn't that really limit the usefulness of the Mapsourse topos?

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#209979 - 04/11/07 10:36 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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Topo's?....G.P.S.?.........Part of the CHALLENGE of hunt'n
is getting lost!...or, trying to keep from it...drop the
play-pretties, guys!...spend your money on your kids!.....

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#209991 - 04/11/07 10:54 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: bowhunter 51]
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 Originally Posted By: bowhunter 51
Topo's?....G.P.S.?.........Part of the CHALLENGE of hunt'n
is getting lost!...or, trying to keep from it...drop the
play-pretties, guys!...spend your money on your kids!.....


... and this helps this discussion how???
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#210936 - 04/12/07 10:04 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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Glad you should ask, Mike...This is a hunting forum for
hunters to discuss hunting gear...You know..Boots, camo
guns, ammo, knives, stuff like that...Traditional stuff..
Hunters need to know basic stuff from experience...I don't
like to see people in the woods with a cell phone in one
hand and a GPS in the other,and I certainly would advise
that you not become too reliant on stuff that Can fail or
be lost...hunting is a sport...lets play fairly...Give a
deer a chance...Note; not intended to help this discussion.
Thanks for having me.....Ta..Ta.....................BH51

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#211003 - 04/12/07 11:55 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: bowhunter 51]
Still-n-Quiet
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Ok, now, you've touched a nerve. All that drivle (and it is) is just an arbitrary line you've drawn. Do you hunt with just a big stick and a loin-cloth? No?!?! Well, then, you've accepted a certian level of technology. Others except a different level.

As to the comment about spending money on my kids, this was a gift FROM them, you twit! I honor them by using it.

Next time you feel like you need add something to a thread, please try to bring some value to it. If you can't (as you haven't as of yet), then please shut the F#$% up!
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#211679 - 04/13/07 10:55 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
bowhunter 51
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Goodness!..Mike!..I have touched a nerve, haven't I....
Name calling?...(Twit, you say?)...(Shut tha ---- up?)
You certain kicked my butt with your keyboard....Oh! I
see, your from Missouri..Well Mike, please accept my
apology...I may not have brought value to this thread but
I certainly have struck a blow for this forum and hopefully
to the challenge of hunting in the minds of many..(I hope).
Maybe some day, after you cool-off from your computor rage,
you'll come to understand my point...Probably when your
high-tech equipment fails you in the middle of nowhere..BH51

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#211683 - 04/13/07 11:04 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: bowhunter 51]
Still-n-Quiet
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I see... if hunting isn't done your way, it's wrong. I get it. Well, you and your type are exactly what's endangering hunting today. If you want to loin-cloth and club hunt, have at it. Stop passing judgement on the rest of the hunting community.

Period.
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#211692 - 04/13/07 11:10 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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... and another thing. How dare you come into a forum about hunting gear and hijack it for the sole purpose of denigrating those who choose to use legal equipment that YOU don't happen to choose to use.

Keep it up and I will do all that is possible to have similar activity ceased. This is not the purpose of this forum. Take it elsewhere. The original thread was ABOUT hand held GPS's. If you don't like that, do not bother reading.


Edited by Mike Lipsey (04/13/07 11:10 AM)
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#211705 - 04/13/07 11:26 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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It's not my way, it's OUR way...I am one of many...And thank
you so much for giving US your blessing to hunt with club and
loin cloth, and for passing judgement? (It's our type that
endanger hunting?) Not only is THAT judgemental, Mike, it is
without motive...Fact is, I don't know anyone more concerned
about the future of hunting, than me...Alot of young people
are strapped for cash these days, hunting is quickly becoming
an expensive pastime, as is...peer pressure to have expensive
electronics in the field IS NOT HELPFUL...I'm well aware there
will be no PERIOD to the end of this issue..Again, as before,
I'm sorry for ruffling your feathers....................BH51

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#211837 - 04/13/07 02:54 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: bowhunter 51]
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bowhunter,

I will type this slowly in hopes you get it this time:

1) This is a "Gear" portion of the forum.
2) This thread is about GPS's.
3) You have attempted to hijack this thread by telling people what they shouldn't use in hunting.
4) This isn't about "peer pressure." What are you? 18? Give me a break.
5) Who and where I give money is my business, not yours. If you feel strongly about donating your money to kids who can't hunt, feel free. Take the pitch somewhere else. Not in 'Gear' and certainly not in a thread about "HAND HELD GPS'S."
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#211976 - 04/13/07 05:34 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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#211988 - 04/13/07 05:59 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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This is a deer hunting gear DISCUSSION forum, Mike....
It's not a hijacking...I don't care what you do with your
money....and, I'm sure there is a few 18 year olds out
there don't take kindly to your statement...I have EVERY
right to be here as you...We are not off topic...perhaps
you should talk to an anger management counselor..Besides,
I thought you said "Period" back about 5 posts ago...
There are those, including myself, that see electronic
devices, cellphones, callers, GPS, night vision and color
TV's, etc... should be prohibited from hunting...We see
problems down the road...with stuff like that....BH51

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#212224 - 04/13/07 09:18 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: bowhunter 51]
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My Legend Cx works great. \:D A big help walking to the stand in the dark.

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#212986 - 04/14/07 08:11 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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Yeah...I personally don't think you ought:

1. Drive a motorized vehicle to the place area you are going to hunt

2. Pay for hunting equipment with debit cards...or even cash for that matter...to modern, you ought to barter with beads and shells

3. I don't think you should listen to the radio for a week before you go hunting.

4. You should never listen to the weather on radio or tv before hunting...definitely gives you an unfair advantage over the deer

5. I don't believe in carrying a watch...only a sundial - gives you an unfair advantage for patterning deer, feeding times and so forth.

6. I don't believe you should take a shower with hot water from a modern day hot water heater before going hunting...definitely not fair. Must boil water over a fire (of course, wood not to be cut with modern day chainsaw...must be cut with ax)

7. Certainly do not wash with anything but homemade lye soap before hunting, do not eat any canned or processed food - only homegrown with no modern fertilizers or pesticides - unfair to have strength to hunt from modern agriculture methods.

It is no wonder hunting is no fun anymore - with all the modern advantages we have...there is just no challenge to it at all!!!
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#213055 - 04/14/07 09:03 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: pastorbmp]
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my gps was a xmas present,sorry you cant afford 1,i've worked hard for the last 30 years to be able to have a few things in life.sounds like your here to cause trouble.your really scraping the bottom of the barrel for a argument over a gadget.mike243
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#213872 - 04/15/07 05:33 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: mike243]
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Well now hold on mike243, that last crack didn't come from me...
I'm sure pastorbmp, was just kidd'n...(I hope), I've tried the
sundial thing, it don't work too good on cloudy days anyhow...
Fact is, I got electronic stuff..I just don't use it...Didn't
mean ta tick Mike Lipsey off like that, just meant to create
some discussion, justification...from what I gather...Most guys
just use them a couple of times..say they find them cumbersome
in the field..Once they learn the lay of the land, their thru..
I was hoping to use the same people to go a step further on
other electronic devices...That's all...................BH51

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#218768 - 04/21/07 01:33 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: bowhunter 51]
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bohunter 51, a discussion of the validity of electronics in the field is welcome but is more appropriate in its own thread. This thread is clearly directed toward people who use a GPS.

I have a etrex legend CX. I'm a big fan. It takes a lot of the worry out of exploring new places. Just make sure to have spare batteries with you.
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#218958 - 04/21/07 01:09 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: infoman jr.]
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I use the Magellen 400 version 4.02... I love it, and download my maps for it off of USGS. bohunter, you were way off base thinking your opinion is that of all REAL HUNTERS... grow up
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#219035 - 04/21/07 05:23 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Chris Tripp]
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Garmin E-trex legend black and white. Works fine and is easy to use and was CHEAP. Gets me anywhere in the woods I need to go and will get me out as well.
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#220548 - 04/23/07 10:00 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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Bohunter 51. If you are worried about spending the money on the kids, why waste it on a license, bows, guns, ammo, and fuel to get you to the hunting areas. Seems kinda selfish to squander all of your money on" Play-pretties" for yourself when the kids need it so bad. You could buy meat a whole lot cheaper at the store than you can trying to kill the meat. Oh yea, I have an e-trex and topo maps and have even used them to find people that THINK they know where they were when they got lost.
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#220806 - 04/24/07 10:44 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: laserman]
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....another vote for the Etrex Legend - Wouldn't leave home without it!!
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#220813 - 04/24/07 11:07 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: FISHHUNT4EVER]
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If you use a garmin with the ability to download files to check out this page. http://home.cinci.rr.com/creek/garmin.htm

It is great for putting custom topo's of your hunting spot on your GPS.

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#221501 - 04/25/07 10:33 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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 Originally Posted By: PMC
If you use a garmin with the ability to download files to check out this page. http://home.cinci.rr.com/creek/garmin.htm

It is great for putting custom topo's of your hunting spot on your GPS.

Pmc


That is good stuff, Pmc! Hope I can get it all to work. Alot of steps.
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#221521 - 04/25/07 11:09 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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If you can't let me know. For a small price I'll do it for you.

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#222388 - 04/26/07 12:32 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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Pmc,

How big of an area do I dare create a map for? Could I do an entire state if I wanted to, or more?

Thanks!
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#222686 - 04/26/07 08:34 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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Depends on how big you memory card is.

Personally I don't like the idea of doing the whole state. Way too many places I'll never go.
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#224485 - 04/29/07 10:15 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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Pmc,

I got through step 2 and into step 3, but the map (the *.sav file) doesn't show anything in MapEdit (step 3).

Any clues?

Thanks.
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#224999 - 04/30/07 09:52 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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In step 2 did you save it as a .mp file? It has to be .mp

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#225801 - 05/01/07 09:14 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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Ok. Found out what I was doing wrong. Couple of observations:

If you select a large area (over a half a county or so), the file will most likely be broken up into chunks no bigger than 250MB. Each will have a button on the download page. Also, each additional bit of information you select will also have a button (streams, roads, railroads, etc.).

This is where my confusion began. I had mistakely assumed each button was just another mirror to download from.

Good news is that steps 1 through 3 have worked for me and I am pressing on. Bad news is that it is really limited to about 1/3 to 1/2 a county area. Meaning that I need to do this for each area I go hiking, hunting or mountain biking; which is quite a pain.

Thanks for all the help, though. I am going to get at least one of these done!
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#225867 - 05/01/07 10:42 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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Thanks for the update. I haven't done any topos as large as you are describing. Good Luck.

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#227824 - 05/03/07 01:33 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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Well, now I've successfully completed step 3 and the expected topo lines show up. I am having a bear of a time getting the "Import" working for the *.shp files. I tried to download the streams and lake data from NHD, but map edit doesn't like their *.shp files. I can import the *.shp files from USGS seemless, but the names are just generic names (like "Intermediary Road" and "Stream").

Did you follow these steps from this site? Where did you get the roads info and the stream/lakes info?

Thanks!
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#227831 - 05/03/07 01:41 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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I did not do the roads and streambeds. It was way more info than I needed for deer hunting.

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#229117 - 05/05/07 09:07 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: PMC, certified]
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I use a lowrance I-Finder with the National Geographic Topo Software. I think it is kind of a pain to use when you are trying to hunt and use it. I find it very very useful in trying to scoute pre-season though. This year I have collected about 300 plus waypoints for rubs, scrapes, trails,bedding areas, food sources, and water. When your walking throught he woods logging this info in your head you forget a lot of it and it is almost impossible to pin point the best hunting areas. I have been able to find three new stand locations that I think will result in a nice deer this year. If any of you need a topo map let me know.
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#241045 - 05/21/07 10:53 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: pastorbmp]
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good info, been thinkin of purchasing one for some time now
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#253005 - 06/04/07 10:59 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Boone 58]
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A couple weeks ago I received a new GPS that obsoletes about everything else available prior to now (at least for a reasonable price) - The Delorme Earthmate GPS PN-20 I've not mastered this one yet, but so far, I've been extremely impressed. And the viewing screen is the only one I've ever had that I could actually see well in bright sunlight.

This particular GPS is made by DeLorme (the map people), and it overlays real USGS 7.5-minute Quads along with aerial photographs.
You can check it out at http://www.delorme.com/PN20
I received a reduced price introductory deal on it (which included lots of accessories and aerial downloads), but the regular price is only $369.95 --- a real value considering . . . . . .

What I like about it best is that I now have "real" high resolution top maps (USGS 7.5-minute Quads) which are the same on both my handheld GPS and my computer, as well as aerial photographs. This solves my biggest past complaint with many other GPS units I've had in that their proprietary topo maps (by Magellan & Garmin) was not nearly as good or detailed as the Delorme maps I used on my computer.

Other key features include:

High resolution color screen with total clarity in conditions ranging from glaring sun to full darkness.

Outstanding signal retention under forest canopies.

Virtually unlimited data storage (uses SD cards in a waterproof storage compartment).

Electronic compass.

And it's completely waterproof.
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#253075 - 06/04/07 12:34 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: WesParrish
[b]A couple weeks ago I received a new GPS that obsoletes about everything else...

Other key features include:

High resolution color screen with total clarity in conditions ranging from glaring sun to full darkness.

Outstanding signal retention under forest canopies.

Virtually unlimited data storage (uses SD cards in a waterproof storage compartment).

Electronic compass.

And it's completely waterproof.


It doesn't have an electronic compass but a "compass type display" that only works when you are moving according to Delorme's website and the reviews that I've read. Still, it sounds like a neat unit. Three pretty good reviews are here: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/...%20GPS%20PN-20/

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#253620 - 06/04/07 07:43 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Hogbear]
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 Originally Posted By: Hogbear
It doesn't have an electronic compass but a "compass type display" that only works when you are moving according to Delorme's website and the reviews that I've read. Still, it sounds like a neat unit.
I've not experimented much with the electronic compass aspect, but it must work just like a compass even when you're moving at normal walking speeds.

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#290353 - 07/06/07 02:08 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: mike243]
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I have been very lucky with GPS. I worked with one of the original GPS Govt contract reps. He knew the original inventors of GPS. I spoke with him for hours on the subject. I have alot of insite. I have had numerous GPS devises over the years. Here's the bottom line:
Trimble is the grand daddy of them all. Magellan is a close 2nd. Garmin did not do research and development, but has a lot of good user friendly screens. No matter who you use, they are a tool to supplement Mr. map and compass. They can save your life, but don't bet your life on them. They have batteries. Batteries die. Just like anything, the more you practice, the better the tool is when you use it. Supplement your compass with GPS, not the other way around. I just bought 2 old/discontinued Magellans for my kids to learn on. They do not have map on the screens. If your do, then enjoy them. My point is that the old ones work great if you know how to navigate. Don't let the fancy new ones fool you, you have to use a map and practice.
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#290444 - 07/06/07 07:50 AM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Francis]
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If Trimble is the Grand Daddy, I guess that makes Rockwell Collins the Great Grand Daddy. We were using those suitcase-sized manpacks back in the 80's at 29 Palms and China Lake when coverage was very spotty. We got the Trmble Trimpacks later.
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#290972 - 07/06/07 06:02 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: mike243]
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Rockwell had distribution based on the govt. contract. Some of the inventors themselves were/are tied in at Trimble. They all had ties together before the launching of the block I sat's. It was the Navy's original request that started the whole GPS in motion. I'm just glad the civilians get to use the system. Hard to remember sometimes that it did not always exist, sorta like cell phones but not so intrusive.
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#291818 - 07/07/07 07:50 PM Re: HAND HELD GPS'S [Re: Francis]
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i finaly got a 2 gig sd card & loaded the whole state on my gps,looks like there's enuf room to put some more states in if needed,its great to be able to look at our lease & see the elevations,mike243
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