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Old Apr 20, 2008, 12:16 am   #1
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GPS Recommendation

I'd like to purchase a hand-held GPS in the next few days to use this year. While a professional computer "geek", I don't have any experience with GPS.

I'm looking for recommendations from those of you who have used or own hand-held GPS's. I will be using it exclusively for hunting, biking, hiking. Would like a unit that I can "bookmark" locations within a few meters and would like a color screen. Being a tech addict, additional features will also be put to use once I realize how I might use them.

Informed suggestions are much appreciated.

Thanks much,

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Old Apr 20, 2008, 12:29 am   #2
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Garmin products are the best by my books,mike
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:02 am   #3
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We bought a Garmin GPS 2 or 3 years ago for $100.00. My husband tried to use it, but we lost the satelites when we would go into the woods. He layed it down and never picked it back up. My daughter is trying to see if she can figure it out. I hope she can. I'd love to mark some of our spots in Mich. We can never remember from one year to the next. We can get to the forests, but never the exact spot. We have gotten lost about 3 times in the forests since we have been hunting in Michigan. Boy, that is really scary. We aren't the greatest at reading our compasses, so we always are a bit hesitant about getting too far back in the forests now. Sure wish there was a course on here how to read the compasses and the GPS systems. (don't know if a verbal course would be enough though...might have to get a group together for a class and go to a woods)

O.K. who's going to volunteer?????
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:03 am   #4
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Gotta go with Miker, on this one. If you are looking towards lower end (like mine) I would have to go with Magellan. Nothing out there is comparable for the bucks. I also have an e trex and it does not have the features I need.
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:07 am   #5
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Always a pleasure to have your input Mike.

In looking at the Garman products, there are many models to choose from. One of the etrex flavors maybe?

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16858108268

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16858108269

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16858108029

At least for morel hunting, I would like to save locations of finds for following years. I cover a lot of ground in a season and frequently forget exactly how to get to the new areas I've found the previous year.

The Magellan's I had bookmarked:

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16858108024

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16858191039

Thanks again!

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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:10 am   #6
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Mine is an older version of number 2, the e trex legend,mike
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:13 am   #7
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Mike, does yours do o.k. in the woods with thick tree coverage???? We lose the signal.
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:16 am   #8
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Yes it does Deb, reads well under the trees, unless it is a cloudy,rainy miserable day,mike
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:20 am   #9
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Very good post, great timing! Thanks Brett , I would like to purchase a GPS this year with the emphasis being Mushrooming but also fishing, which I guess? would have the same type of features ? While reading up on this there seems to be some neat maps you can download being lake specific? Any input would be appreciated . P.S I would like input on mushroom friendly camera's also. I am ignorant but want to learn and value all of your opinions!
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 1:28 am   #10
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The fact that you actually own an eTrex Legend, and recommend it, goes a long way for me Mike knowing that you have likely used the heck out of it.

I'm a whiz with electronics and software but really needed a jumping off point at which to start with these. Your seal of approval on the Legend is enough for me. I'm going to get one ordered so I can start using it next week.

Any additional software that I should bundle with it the purchase?

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