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    Default Where Can I Get Game Unit Topo Maps?

    Yet another question for you good folks if you don't mind....anybody have any links to places one can get topo maps of specific game units. I looked around on the ADF&G website but keep going around in circles.

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    The GMU's are huge, so a topo by GMU wouldn't have enough detail to be of use.

    Figure out what areas in the GMU you want to see, and then go to a USGS to get the specific topos. Or you could go to REI and have custom topo's printed of whatever area you are interested in.

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    Default a few suggestions...

    There is likely someone who knows better than I... But my suggestion is to locate the particular game unit (gmu) and then find a topo source that covers that area.

    I've never found a specific topo generated gmu maps that was worth my time.

    There are numerous sources of good topo maps:

    http://store.usgs.gov/b2c_usgs/b2c/start.do

    http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/products/atlas.htm

    http://www.topozone.com/states/Alaska.asp

    http://www.delorme.com/

    http://www.topo.com/

    http://earth.google.com/

    Good luck...

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    Default Ya what he said....

    Hey Paul you stole my thunder... My fingers are just to slow...

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    $9.99 sportsman's whse. print your own. have lat long and gps grid on them... you can zoom in on the section you wish and available for all 50 states. they print on site and are water/ wear proof... tough maps to carry afield...
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    Default there are several tricks using several software packages

    You can use http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ to add topos on top of the area you see in google earth. IF you could get the gmu in something like an ESRI (www.esri.com) shapefile and use several types of software to write the shapefile out as kml format, you could overlay all layers in google earth. The only limitation is you end up with a jpeg file that can be printed out and to be really useful you have to work at a small scale (less than 1:100k).

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    Default GMU Maps

    Quote Originally Posted by Fr. Joe View Post
    Yet another question for you good folks if you don't mind....anybody have any links to places one can get topo maps of specific game units. I looked around on the ADF&G website but keep going around in circles.

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    Joe,

    The short story is that there aren't any. You should get the 1:63,360 series topos of the area and place the GMU boundaries on them yourself. No easy way to do it at the present time, though there are some electronic solutions on the way--

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    Joe,

    The short story is that there aren't any. You should get the 1:63,360 series topos of the area and place the GMU boundaries on them yourself. No easy way to do it at the present time, though there are some electronic solutions on the way--

    -Mike
    Partially true... Mike, you can purchase the Nat Geo Topo software and then download the GMU boundaries here. I assume that you have a computer since we are discussing this online. All you have to do then is print the map you need off and either laminate it or put it between 2 pieces of clear contact paper.

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    Default Accuracy?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Partially true... Mike, you can purchase the Nat Geo Topo software and then download the GMU boundaries here. I assume that you have a computer since we are discussing this online. All you have to do then is print the map you need off and either laminate it or put it between 2 pieces of clear contact paper.
    LuJon,

    Thanks for the link; I was not aware that this dataset was available. I know in the past there were concerns about accuracy of these data files. Have you had a chance to verify this set?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Partially true... Mike, you can purchase the Nat Geo Topo software and then download the GMU boundaries here. I assume that you have a computer since we are discussing this online. All you have to do then is print the map you need off and either laminate it or put it between 2 pieces of clear contact paper.

    Use the Topo! waterproof paper. It is pretty tough and holds up well.

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    Default gmu to google earth help

    If someone has the ntl geo software to view these gmu files and can export them as esri .shp files (shapefiles) or kml files or mapinfo or arcinfo or most anything really, I can help with google earth overlays. Otherwise I would have to write to the individual state wildlife agencies(which I have done in the past). Some agencies post the gmu's in .shp format on www gis servers for me to search for, but that would be painful. So thanks for posting the gmu site.


    P.S. I have tried to attach a jpg of an area I plan to hunt in colorado with forest service roads on top of google earth and a topo. Hope it helps describe what I am talking about.

    P.S.S. I still might experiment with these files (i.e. search the internet for a converter) in case I can find a workaround to getting them in google earth. I will update all with whatever I find. By the way, I am a professional mapping nerd (how I make a living) so just helping out fellow hunters.
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    You might read thru this thread for ideas.
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=29070

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