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    I am wanting to study different areas in regards to putting in a for a draw hunt. Where would a new-comer to the state find such maps? The maps I have been finding for free really do not have much detail. I have googled quite a bit and found maps that you can buy. Which ones are your favorites? If you don't want to put it on here, you can PM me. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by agoyne View Post
    I am wanting to study different areas in regards to putting in a for a draw hunt. Where would a new-comer to the state find such maps? The maps I have been finding for free really do not have much detail. I have googled quite a bit and found maps that you can buy. Which ones are your favorites? If you don't want to put it on here, you can PM me. Thanks
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    I live in Arkansas but I am moving to Kenai in December. I am looking for maps for the whole state, but mostly the interior.

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    http://store.usgs.gov/
    Your one-stop shop for all the topo map fun you'll ever need. Just click on Map Locator & Downloader and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agoyne View Post
    I live in Arkansas but I am moving to Kenai in December. I am looking for maps for the whole state, but mostly the interior.
    Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage is a great place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbone131 View Post
    Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage is a great place.
    How do I get maps from there?

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    By googled ... did you mean google search or use google earth.

    At risk of providing pretty basic recommendations, I would suggest:
    1) a copy of the current hunting regulations
    2) a copy of the draw permit application.
    3) the Alaska Atlas
    4) Google Earth

    Those resources will be pretty much as good as it gets. The Alaska Road Atlas will help serve as a bridging document between the regulations and google earth, you can click on some of the photos on google earth and see the type of terrain as desired.

    There is also a file that can be imported into Google earth that is essentially a copied USGS topo chart. As you zoom in, the detail gets better.

    If you want paper copies, yes the map store at APU has those, or you could buy the same maps from the online source that was provided by border collies. I rely on those hardcopies of USGS maps less than I did ten years ago... as the the charts for the areas tend to show swamp and more swamp with little relief in topo. When going into these areas, I just take a printout of the google earth screen shot and download the waypoints into my GPS.

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    The great thing about that online site I gave you is that you can view all of the maps for free too.

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    For some non-printable topo's, try ADF&Gs website. Nope, not the hunting maps. . . try the interactive andromonous fish waters maps. Cross-referencing them with Google Earth can give you a good sense of territory you may be interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agoyne View Post
    How do I get maps from there?
    They have a map store with anything you could possibly want. You have to pay for them but well worth it. I buy them and then laminate them so they last.

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    Thanks Alberta, I ordered that one today from Amazon. I will check out the other ones as well. Thanks fellas.

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    Here's an article on this site, with references on where to find maps and imagery,

    http://outdoorsdirectory.com/color-infrared-maps

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    Another good one for land status is:
    http://dnr.alaska.gov/Mapper/
    Science has a rich history of proving itself wrong.

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    For topo maps:
    http://mapper.acme.com/
    Science has a rich history of proving itself wrong.

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    Thanks I appreciate the links. This should keep me busy for a while.

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