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    astrauch01
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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:02 PM    Post subject: Handheld GPS? Reply with quote

    I have been looking for a good handheld unit with so many on the market not sure what to get? I would like one that will let me download new maps and get the so called hunt maps. What else should I look for and what is everyone using??
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    Ajax5240
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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:36 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    The Cabelas App is pretty darn cool, and does all those things.

    $2.99 or whatever it costs, is worth a try before you spend the cash on a GPS if you have a smart phone. It can even download and store maps so that you can use them when you dont have service and only have GPS signal to your phone.
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    jxepolis
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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:39 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    but you have to have cell reception
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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:06 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Ajax5240 wrote:
    It can even download and store maps so that you can use them when you dont have service and only have GPS signal to your phone.



    Ummmm... no
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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:14 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Garmin 60CSx! Absolutely love mine! Funny, thought I had lost it, so I had recently replaced it with the exact same unit I liked it so much!

    My fav part though, is that once you download your way-points and trails, you can open them up in Google Earth and go into Flight Simulation mode in either a jet or a bi-plane and fly around in 3d! SAWEET!


    Actually, I might part with the new unit for $200 if you are interested. It is ONLY the unit though! I had all the cords and manuals still, so I only bought the unit off of e-bay. It looks brand new, not a scratch on it. kiss It uses standard USB type cords though and you can get them off E-bay real cheap
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    PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:30 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    The app is now called Trimble GPS hunt. Looks like they split from cabelas.
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    PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:17 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Trimble GPS will get you lost. 7-10 times it had me 3 miles out of town. Be a sweet app if it would work. Thanks for all the input. Going to go with a garrmin Oregon 450 or the 550.
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    PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:23 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    astrauch01 wrote:
    Trimble GPS will get you lost. 7-10 times it had me 3 miles out of town. Be a sweet app if it would work. Thanks for all the input. Going to go with a garrmin Oregon 450 or the 550.


    Good choices! Those are saweet and nice big screens! !!

    FYI...With the bigger screen, color, more light...you'll go through batteries faster, so be prepared! ...and not "in the truck" like my buddy did!!! He added a couple extra miles back UP the road after his died and he went back down the mountain via the wrong drainage
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    PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:28 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Thanks for the heads up. I will make sure to pack a few more
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    bldmtnrider
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    PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:39 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

    astrauch01 wrote:
    Trimble GPS will get you lost. 7-10 times it had me 3 miles out of town. Be a sweet app if it would work. Thanks for all the input. Going to go with a garrmin Oregon 450 or the 550.


    Disagree with that statement. Trimble GPS lead me through dark timber with a failing head lamp. Couldn't see 10 feet in front of me, but I walked out of the woods not 20 feet from my quad. I dowloaded the aerial images at home, turned it on at the truck, placed a marker where I parked the quad, and headed out for a 5 mile hike.

    The only complaint I have about it is it seems you need a cell signal when you start the app. Once it is running, you can leave cell service.

    That said, you should never rely on electronic to save your life. Have a backup plan if the batteries die. Where I hunt, worst case, any drainage will take me east to a jeep trail and I can navigate from there.
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