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HuntingGPS Maps from Montana Maps & GPS Review
Submitted by Forest_Crawler
Brand:Montana Maps & GPS
Product Type:Mapping Software
"Ummm... I've seen that same tree three or four times. I think we're lost."
Ever hear your hunting buddy say that or have you ever thought that when hunting alone? Ever wondered if you were on public or private land? Now is the time to start using a tool that will help you with all of that, provided you own a GPS. If you don't own one and you hunt the back country, I highly recommend one.
For the past year I have been putting HuntingGPS Maps to the test on my Garmin eTrex Legend HCx. These maps work in tandem with my Garmin mapping software. I was able to download the California map and open it with MapSource. When owner/map developer Eric Siegfried and I spoke about the software and how it works, he also mentioned that the mapping software would be updated 2-3 times per year. Wow, really? Not many companies do that, but these guys update often because land ownership changes constantly and they want outdoorsman to know where they are and to be legal.
Installing the software was a challenge. You really have to know your mapping software and be able to load these maps, then find them and open them. I had to email Eric to figure it all out. I chalk it up to being a newbie to the GPS realm, but I wanted to give you all a heads up that it may be a bit frustrating at first, but don't give up! Read on!
Example map from my database.
The software is quick, efficient and most of all accurate. It shows the borders between public and private land and give you a color difference so you won't make the mistake of venturing onto private property.
Not only did I take this out each time I hit public land, but I also decided to take it with me to my pig hunting spot. It's on private land, with specific boundaries, and I wanted to be sure of that everything worked properly. Just before I left, I received an email from HuntingGPS Maps saying there was an update to my mapping software. I was very happy to see that not only did they update the software more often than other companies (many times once a year or never without having to pay a fee), but they also let you know right away. Shortly after that, they went ahead and updated the California map to add the CA-DFG Wildlife Areas. Awesome!
Each time I ventured out to a certain area, I loaded up the map from my computer to my GPS. I added whatever notes, waypoints or info I though I would want when hiking through the woods. Once I was at my location, I'd turn on the GPS and navigate. I could then add my waypoints and start hiking. I always turn on the tracking (breadcrumb) feature on the GPS so that if I do happen to get in a hard to push forward area, I can find my way back. Plus, if I ever get stopped by DFG, I will have a trail of where I have been if I am ever questioned about trespassing. I also leave the tracking on so that if I am hunting a new area or I just want to view where I traveled, I can go home, load the GPS data on my computer and see where I was and make a plan for me next trip.
This software is a great tool for hunter, but here is the downside - it's only available to Garmin GPS units. Here's the listing of units it works with. It's only my opinion, but I think Garmin has one of the best GPS lines out there. The HuntingGPS Maps would probably look fantastic on the Oregon. I know that I am constantly referring back to my maps on the computer and comparing land borders to my hunting areas each time the newest version of the software is released.
The investment is worth it in my opinion. $99.99 gets you the map on an SD card. $129.99 for the MapSource/BaseCamp Download. To me that is worth not venturing onto private land, getting a ticket or being shot at. Check out their website for more details on the mapping software and how it can work for you.