Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tcrocker, Feb 13, 2013.
My current garmin is an etrex. It gets your location very quickly but although I've been using it for about 2 years it hasn't got my trust. It will get you to where you're going within about 50 yards. Also, I use it to locate deer stands but I never seem to trust it to do the job. I would have bet on the GPS 72 to get me to my vehicle in the dark but I'm not so sure about the etrex. I feel better in carrying a manual compass when I use the etrex. The etrex has a toggle switch to work through the screen that is easy to use.
I've owned/used some of the less expensive units in the past that just didn't get the job done.
They are difficult to figure out at first and are not set up intuitively but I love mine. I don't need or want a camera or a radio on my GPS so the Oregon has less appeal to me.
PS: I had an old Garmin GPS II Plus that was rudimentary compared to today's units. It had 4 AA batteries. They lasted less than 6 hrs. The 76 Map that I have only takes 2 AA batteries and they last a day so battery life has improved but still needs improvement.
EATS batteries. Including Energizer Ultimate Lithium that last about 4 hours.
Have 2 different model etrex. Very useful. Accurate enough to find hunting locations.
large for carrying around and yes they love batteries. Ended up going small with a Dakota 20. I can add maps, even just down load a brochure from somewhere to add to it via the chip in the back. Easy on batteries, small size, works on my bike too as a speed-o-meter/odometer. the only thing I have against it is in Bright sun there is a glare on the screen. Hasn't been a bad problem but is there.http://https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=30926 (you can usually find it cheaper from other sources)
free maps http://http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/
What kinds of errors? I got the map pack for arizona and new mexico. I marked a water hole 2 miles from my campsite and walked right to it in the dark.
For less than $200, I can't complain at all.
There are many errors in the original US Topo from Garmin. RR tracks on the wrong side of roads, roads that don't exist and errors in location of creek channels. They have been informed of hundreds of mistakes and I thought they would correct them in their latest version. I haven't seen the latest version so I don't know if the ones around me have been corrected.
avs11054. Type in a small town name and see where the location shows up on the map. Several towns I use as references are not in the right place on the Garmin map. At least as far as currently occupied places. Example: Sargents, CO is currently located on US50, east of Gunnison. The Garmin map shows the location nearly 20 miles away, at the location of a narrow gauge RR watering stop, that was abandoned over a 100 years ago.
I do agree with you on spots you've marked and gone back to. Extremely accurate.
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