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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Handheld GPS

Going to be hunting some bigger woods this year in Central and North Central Pa and also out of state.

I am looking for any suggestions on a first time GPS user. Looking for something easy to get used to for a first timer.

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Well, I'v been using a Garmin 60CSx for several years and lot it. Sadly, they stopped making it and replaced it with a 62 series. I've heard good things about it and would get one myself if I ever needed to replace the 60CSx.

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Thanks Steve
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Re: Handheld GPS

I always used a garmin and was very happy with it until one weekend I forgot it. Then I looked for apps on my droid smart phone and love it. I use backcountry navigation pro. It has all types of maps and you do not need signal. I hunt a lot of backwoods with no signal and never had a problem, but my battery died once now I carry an extra one.
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I'll second the Garmin GPS 60 CSx and you can still buy them - check amazon for prices.

I got one last fall. I used the CD to down load and up load free topo of PA & it works great. I had an older E-Trex legend [which is STILL sold and really out of date.]so I was able to pick uo the new one and go, it works smoothly and re draws quickly! I found instead of 'north up' I prefer it to show track up, you can stand on a point and watch it redraw as you swivel around. I find I'm not marking way points like I did on my old unit, just reading the map compared to where I am...

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I'm still using the E-Trex
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Well, I'v been using a Garmin 60CSx for several years and lot it. Sadly, they stopped making it and replaced it with a 62 series. I've heard good things about it and would get one myself if I ever needed to replace the 60CSx.

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Well, I'v been using a Garmin 60CSx for several years and lot it. Sadly, they stopped making it and replaced it with a 62 series. I've heard good things about it and would get one myself if I ever needed to replace the 60CSx.
I think I read that this is still the best selling Garmin model.

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Re: Handheld GPS

i've got an old magellan mapquest with the topo maps and it still works pretty well but takes a while to lock on. i relied upon it heavily when i was scouting my new mountain hunting areas about 10 years ago.

one word of advice though for a new GPS user. Don't rely upon the GPS to the point where your internal sense of direction is "turned off". kind of hard to explain, but for me anyway, i have a really good sense of direction when i pay attention and think as i'm moving through the woods. when i first started using my GPS i basically stopped concentrating and let the GPS do my thinking for me. when i lost signal or battery, i was somewhat flustered. i now use it only for occasional reference and making waypoints.

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Pumpgun,
I understand exactly what you mean. I got into the dumb down situation with my vehicle GPS.

Thanks to all who responded.
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