Game Changer - Hunting GPS Maps!
One of the newest tools I put in my pack is Hunting GPS Maps. This little chip will change the way you hunt. I have hunted with a GPS for the past several seasons, and have previously used mapping software that showed where public and private ground is at, but not to the extent I can now. With the new addition of knowing who the landowners surrounding the public ground has helped a ton. I now hunt with total confidence as their site says.
I think the biggest help I have gained from this software is the PLAT maps for Google Earth. This addition has helped by allowing me to scout without leaving home. Recently on their website there was a blog added about locating elk with their products and is a great read and resource. It can be as simple as looking for things that any animal needs; food, water, and cover. In the past it was hard to do this with just Google Earth or putting your feet on the ground and finding those areas. Now with the Google Earth overlay maps you can do it right from home and know right where you are at. You can also create trails you want to try by simply using Google Earth components and hooking them up to your GPS. After hooking up your GPS you can take it in the field and follow the trail you just added on your computer.
I hunt public land the majority of the time and this is one product that has allowed me to go where I never thought was possible. It makes hunting and accessing single section areas a breeze. It can be difficult trying to navigate effectively guessing and thinking that you are in the right place. I never second guess where I'm at now and have no fear of going onto ground to follow an animal. In MT most boundaries are not marked at all and if they are it can be tough distinguish where you are at. It can get very costly by trespassing on private land and I'm one who respects private land and understand why it can be such a huge issue.
The maps are only compatible with Garmin GPS line. It is best to get a GPS with a color screen as the maps are colored for specific areas. They have a list on their site for the models that will work as well as an area where you can purchase them. They have several state chips so you can pick and choose what areas you want maps for. For a minimal cost you can get yourself on the road to becoming a more efficient hunter down the road and help you hunt areas untouched in the past. Take it from me this is the best tool out there to accessing more land and having the confidence to travel further from the road and know where you are at, at all times. This is one purchase you won't regret and make you wonder why this stuff wasn't available in the past.