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Old 01-31-2008, 08:26 PM
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Bruce if it makes you feel better the card for my GPS chart plotter on my boats was 300.00 a pop. But I feel it was money well spent. I'm sure you will be very happy with that unit. The things you can do are almost endless. Very smart buy. It looks like those NH bucks better watch out because BruceBruce is coming!!
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Bruce,
Sorry you're off to a not so smooth start with Garmin. I've been told that some of the new units require the purchase of some software right up front. Too bad the clerk did not make you aware of this.

Here's a tip on a way that you can use your GPS:
When I get a long shot at an animal, I mark the spot from where I shot as a waypoint. Then I walk to the downed game and, from that spot, I ask my GPS to tell me how far I am from the shooting waypoint. It gives the distance in 1/100ths of a mile. Just convert that to yards: multiply 17.6 x (number of hundredths) For example, your GPS shows that you are .16m from the waypoint from which you took your shot, so multiply 17.6 x 16 = 281.6. Conratulations, you just shot a deer (or whatever) from 282 yards. Nice shot!
It really isn't a bad start, It was just the fact that a salesclerk from BestBuy said this particular unit came with all the softwares including the topo maps,
That was very attractive too because I was well aware of what the individual mapping costs were.
But it's okay, I know I'm going to put this GPS to good use, It will get me in and back out of the deep woods and that's what's most important...
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Bruce how well does it work with Vista?
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No problem at all with Vista, Once you install the Trip and waypoint manager it's just like plug and play...
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:32 PM
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Lucky dog!!!
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I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium

Are you having problems with Vista?

if so what is it doing?
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Just another thought on the Gps. If any of yall shop at wal-mart they have put all their hunting stuff on clearance. 2 of my co-workers picked up some Garmins. They were regular $160 and they paid $74. I went today but they were all sold out at mine. hang on stands were half off though.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:27 PM
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Bruce, Garmin has so many different ones how do you choose? How much memory does one need to download maps? Seen the 60Csx for $305 at Walmart but was leaning toward Etrex Venture. Any suggestions? No big adventures just don't won't to get lost again walking out in the dark. Plus figured it would make a lot easier going a little deeper in before first light.
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:29 AM
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Yeah the one I got is feature-packed, Is it all necessary? probably not as a GPS but my old eye's likes that big color display LOL, and I wanted the mapping feature also BUT the basic GPS's all have high ratings and all work well to get you in and back out of the woods.
I have no doubt the Venture will work great also because Phillip (girlfriends son) has the Etrex H series it's exactly like The Venture, it's simple, basic and easy to learn ...
So If you dont need the fancy bells and whistles I'd say go for it.
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I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium

Are you having problems with Vista?

if so what is it doing?
Nothing with the vista so much as that some of the software needs to be vista specific.
My Magellan wouldnt load the maps at first.I finally got a rep on the phone through Cabellas and they
walked me through it.On the Magellan site there is a section on how to download maps from the computer
to your GPS.I turkey hunt in big woods so its nice to park my truck at dark and chase turkeys all day.
When its time to leave just turn back on and see where my truck is and head that way.With the topo
part of it you can find likely strut zones close to ridges where their gobbling.Any way Im starting to ramble
on but you will find many good uses for a GPS.....Good Luck
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