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GPS unit which one ?

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So I hear Garmin is the best. Which one for the type of hunting we do ?I'd like to keep the cost under $250.00.

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I think it actually depends on what you want. Lots of cool color graphics out there to buy on some GPS's. But there is also lots of good topographic information on a 1:24,000 map quadrangle. Like .45 Colt, I'll take a folded up map in my pack and a Silva compass around my neck or in a shirt pocket. I do carry a bushnell back tracker which is GPS based, it is a great piece of equipment for around $60 bucks. Check it out....http://www.bushnell.com/products/gps/backtrack/360053/

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Why did you sell it ?
Originally,bought it for the trip to Montana.Around September 7,2007,had an accident which resultedin not going at all.Happened on Saturday.Was to leave on Monday.BTW,the guy turned (left turn) in front of me.A failure to yield to the right of way.2 vehicles passed me going beyond 35 MPH.I was doing 35 on the nose.He didn't see me when I "T boned" him.No points taken off my record.The GPS sat around collecting dust.Figured someone else could make use of it.So out the door it went.

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I think it actually depends on what you want. Lots of cool color graphics out there to buy on some GPS's. But there is also lots of good topographic information on a 1:24,000 map quadrangle. Like .45 Colt, I'll take a folded up map in my pack and a Silva compass around my neck or in a shirt pocket. I do carry a bushnell back tracker which is GPS based, it is a great piece of equipment for around $60 bucks. Check it out....http://www.bushnell.com/products/gps/backtrack/360053/
I've got 1:24,000 topo maps on my Garmin Oregon, but it cost a hell of alot more than $200! The Garmin 60cx is one of the top rated hunting GPS's out there, but unless you buy used it is over your budget also...

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I got an older Garmin Street Pilot C550 paid a little more bcuz it was older but better features at the time, love it use it all the time. What ever you get make sure it is what you want. Spend the money but like the above reader suggested, keep a thomas guide ready, never count on them with all your heart. Maps and compasses worked for all these years master that first and keep the GPS for back up...lol Good luck just my two cents...

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I have had a Lowrance XOG for a few years and I just bought a Garmin Nuvi 500 for on and off-road use. The battery in the Lowrance crapped out and they wanted $150.00 to change the battery. They would not just sell me the battery. So naturally, I took it apart, ordered a 3.7 v 900 mAH battery from another source ($5.25) and I'll have that puppy working again in short order.The Lowrance off-road maps were great. I hope the Garmin is as good. We shall see. I called Garmin, told them what I do (hunting & off-road) and they steered me to that unit.

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Garmin 60CSX here with citymap software. It's awesome for off-road, even marine use; and with the citymap software, it's usable just like the ones found in new vehicles. But it'll cost you more like $550-$600 with the citymap software.

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If I was buying one for hiking/hunting I'd get the 60csx. Just a tad over your budget:http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-GPS-60CSx-Han...4420&sr=1-5

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Thanks CPC members Amazon .com has much better prices then any one else. Been reading up on those German 60 cx

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Thanks CPC members Amazon .com has much better prices then any one else. Been reading up on those German 60 cx
Wish I saw this thread sooner, could have helped you out. Cabelas had the Garmin 60 CSX for about $200 recently. I was in the Reno store last week and they had them there. Website for Cabelas shows them as sold out now.

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Love the Garmin 60Csx units. However, my new unit is my Android phone using Back Country Navigator. Cost me $10 and it rocks!!!Darren

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What if your phone says NO SIGNAL? :good:
I have downloaded the offline maps. That way no signal is required! All the maps are free. High res topos as well as color USGS aerial maps. And since it is on an SD card, lots of room and no moving parts to have problems with temperatures.Darren

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What if your phone says NO SIGNAL? :roflmao3[1]:
Excellent point S.J. My old Magellan Meridian Platinum GPS has got me back to my vehicle or campsite after following tracks or a wounded animal more than once. Things like night fall, fog, rolling sand dunes, thick brush/trees, etc., etc., off the beaten trails and in wide open public hunting areas make it easy for human error to play a big part in disorientation. I also use my topos and compass like many others for planning and location of areas.Happy Hunting,Rick :roflmao3[1]:

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