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    Hi Guys,

    I am new to Alaska and this will be the first year I can hunt. I am finding it hard to find people to hunt with since I am not from the area. So instead of getting super lost on an ATV I figured I would float a river or two this year to try to get my Moose, black bear, brown bear or caribou basically what ever I see. I feel more comfortable on a river than driving around on a four wheeler and who. My question is I am trying to find detail maps of rivers and finding that a little hard to be. But I thought I would feel better if I had a nice GPS to track location and make sure I don't get turned around. Is there a GPS that any one us, or topo map add on for GPS that gives good detail of the river. Any help would be great,

    Thanks
    Last edited by kingfisherktn; 08-29-2012, 12:27.

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    I've always preferred a good topo of the area folded into a see-through plastic map case. That way you have a much bigger picture to look at vs. the small screen of a gps. If I can't look at the map and figure out where I am, I can use my gps to just give me coordinates to cross reference on the topo map.

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    • #3
      I would agree, if you want detail you're better off with a good topo map sealed in a ziploc bag or some other waterproof container. If wanting a GPS, the Garmin 76CSx is tough to beat. It floats and is relatively water proof. That is, water proof if you drop it in water, I wouldn't try submerging it very deeply though. On my float trip last year I took a topo map of the river and loaded Garmin's MapSource base layer onto the 76CSx. The detail / resolution of the MapSource layer was not on par with the paper topo, but most major river features were discernable.

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      • #4
        Re: Good gps for ak rivers

        I have been happy with my Garmin Etrex Vista hcx. I got a 512mb micro sd card and loaded the free mti basemaps from http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/all .

        From what I've read the Garmin maps are based on this same public topo data. With the Garmin I use the free MapSource software with Google Earth. I mark my waypoint in Google Earth off the satellite maps and save them as a .kml file. I then use the free GPSBabble to translate the .kml to Garmin .gdb format. I can then add them into MapSource and upload to the GPS.

        It sounds hard, but after a few times it becomes real easy. I have a RAM mount for my jet boat and have saved tracks from low water runs. I use it for my speedometer and glance at it from time to time. Works good to make sure you stay on the right side of an island or see where the channel was last time.

        I wish mine had a bigger screen, although the smaller size is great for hunting and hiking. It is super sensitive and never looses signal and locks on instantly on power up. Price is definitely a plus with so many features in a waterproof unit.
        "I'd rather be fishing!"

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        • #5
          Good gps for ak rivers

          The Oregon/Montana are sweet map GPSs they are spendy and lack custom options the old GPSs had.

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          • #6
            Mfly
            I have only used 3 GPS . The oregon 450 is by far the most convenient . I have to keep it close to the body when it gets cold.
            Love the ease of navigation while underway. I do carry topo maps of the area I travel...but use the Oregon for most situations.

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            • #7
              My buddy showed me how to download the Garmin maps to a Nuvi for car it updates faster and has bigger screen than my handheld GPS. Works well running rivers in AK. Update rate is important when running downstream in a jet boat trying to follow your track!

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              • #8
                KK
                How does that Nuvi work in sunlight and cold temps?

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                • #9
                  Nuvi Downloads

                  KK
                  Were you able to download Topos to your Nuvi?

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                  • #10
                    Answered my own question on Garmin.com...Unless you know of any free downloads out there?

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                    • #11
                      http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/all

                      These are very comparable to the Garmin basemap, and FREE. I used MapSource to upload them to my Garmin.
                      "I'd rather be fishing!"

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                      • #12
                        Used map source and downloaded to Garmin Nuvi then select off road and downloaded maps.

                        Used it last Sept in cold weather and sunlight less glare than my Handheld and bigger screen. Was able to use winshield suction mount to stand up and navigate at chest level while running. One person driving the other insuring we were on our trackback, works great with a lot faster update
                        on backtrack while at speed.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Good gps for ak rivers

                          Just found a used Nuvi on CL for $40. Going to load it up with all my maps and tracks tonight and see how it works.
                          "I'd rather be fishing!"

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                          • #14
                            I really like the Garmin Rino series GPS. They have not only great GPS functionality with maps etc, but are also two way radios. I've done float hunting trips with my dad down in the Kenai and the biggest benefit with the Rino series is that they have position locators of where my dad was at all times. So when we went hunting in the woods, I could see where he was since he had a Rino as well. Not that I was using it for hunting, but rather that it is stupid thick in the woods and wanted to know where he was for safety reasons.

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                            • #15
                              Do let us know how that Nuvi worked out. I have one and I'm tempted to try this. I was looking for a new GPS and considering a 62s when I found this website. Seems like Garmin has it hands down. http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-gps-...hunting-alaska

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