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    Default Garmin "Hunting Maps" vs. "Topo"?

    I just got a new GPS (Garmin eTrex 30) for hunting and would like to buy a map (on SD card) for it but am wondering if anyone on here has experience with both of these to give a side-by-side rundown of the differing features of each map. I understand that the "hunting maps" show land ownership, but is the topography shown in as good of detail as the "topo" version? Any other thoughts on which one to go with?
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    I have both on my GPS and find that the Topo has better detail for rivers and land features but the PLAT info is very important to me. I just switch back and forth to which ever is better suited for me at the time. If I could only have one I would pick the PLAT maps. It has proven to be worth the cost on several occasions. Very nice to be able to call someone on land ownership and have the proof in the palm of your hand. Also keeps me out of trouble by allowing me to know exactly who's land I on, you can also get owners names for areas you may need to ask permission to access. The data is current as the last last tax cycle, but one of the best tools that I have used.

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    Yah, it is all bogus. I use GINA from alaska mapped. It is free satalite photos and free topo!!!!!! Some things you have to download into google pro ( get the free version) and save it in the proper format, then check it in base camp. It takes. A little bit more time but is a heck of a lot cheaper. It would be cool to get. A few people together to split the cost of google pro some day!

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    And run a google search for free alaska topo map......

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    I use both and I provide them to my clients. I like having a hand held but for planning having the Topo in hand is the tool.

    4 years ago I started to look into a new Moose/Caribou area and we going in 100% blind the first year. I pulled a Topo out and made lots of notes on possible camp locations, Glassing spots and possible areas for game trails all based upon my knowledge of Topo maps. Well I have been working this same area for 4 seasons and have never came out empty handed and I still use the first camp site I located on my map to date. Maps are cool!

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    Just to be clear, the GPS maps with plat is not manufactured by Garmin (but is compatible) and costs about $100? Just want to make sure I'm looking at the right thing. Seems like a decent price for that much info.

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    Go here it is free:

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

    YEAH HA HA HAW knew i could find it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/ak/

    Go nuts man, most of it is freeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here is the one i use!

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/302/

    and this explains how to do it IN DETAIL

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorial...rmin-gps-unit/

    IF your desperate, maybe use this map, and download birds eye? Im not *SUPER* stoked about the arial photos, cabelas app for iphone dose a better job.....

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    Saving this for later

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    if you want the easy stuff, use the links i posted. If you want better resolution, get the mapsets from GINA

    here is the link:
    http://www.alaskamapped.org/

    click on the top right "Go to online maps" or use one of the menu items.

    Once you get in "tight enough" to the place you want maps/arial photos from just click on the bottom left hand side, and then see them in your cart.

    Dont worry, it is free to download them... even in an unlimited number.

    Some have to be laundered though google earth pro and saved as a .kmz file extension but that is no big deal. It is defanitly worth it for the landsat 7 files!

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    I've been using the free maps for years. There is a little learning curve at first on how to get them into your Garmin. Garmin maps are based on the same public data, it's not like Garmin has a cartographer running around Alaska updating maps.
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    This is how I did it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookum View Post
    Go here it is free:

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

    YEAH HA HA HAW knew i could find it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/ak/

    Go nuts man, most of it is freeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here is the one i use!

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/302/

    and this explains how to do it IN DETAIL

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorial...rmin-gps-unit/

    IF your desperate, maybe use this map, and download birds eye? Im not *SUPER* stoked about the arial photos, cabelas app for iphone dose a better job.....
    "I'd rather be fishing!"

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    I haven't tried the ones with plat maps... not really applicable where I hunt. But I have tried both the paid Garmin topos and the free AK topos. In my experience, the commercial topo map is better, but the free one is very usable if you don't mind some things being a little off. Some places along the Denali Highway, for example, the map has the road a few hundred yards from where it actually is. The Garmin topo's right on the nose. It also has shaded relief that the other one doesn't... an unnecessary luxury but kinda nice. So they're both usable but it depends what you're willing to pay for.
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    This is how I did it. I have these maps uploaded to several of my gps devices and have done several friends as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookum View Post
    Go here it is free:

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

    YEAH HA HA HAW knew i could find it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/ak/

    Go nuts man, most of it is freeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here is the one i use!

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/302/

    and this explains how to do it IN DETAIL

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/tutorial...rmin-gps-unit/

    IF your desperate, maybe use this map, and download birds eye? Im not *SUPER* stoked about the arial photos, cabelas app for iphone dose a better job.....
    "I'd rather be fishing!"

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    I would have to agree with what Stid said.
    I bought the Hunting Maps chip and I really like it.
    I really like knowing whose land is whose wherever I am at. Especially with all the native land,refuge land,etc.
    No it isn't free but neither is a trespass ticket or a fine from the refuge folks for being in a non motorized area with a snowmachine or ATV.
    "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

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    I've used this in Wyoming. Worked real well. Topo maps with the plat highlighted underneath

    http://www.huntinggpsmaps.com/hunt-alaska-garmin-gps

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