I read your post about which GPS to purchase. Let me give you my opinion. As all of the other members advised, there are many brands and models to chose from.
In my experience, there are times when depending solely on a GPS for navigation will get you into big trouble.
I always carry a GPS, topographic map, and at least one compass. Here in some of the swamps of Virginia (and eastern North Carolina), a GPS unit will often lose it's satellite signal, under thick foliage. A quality GPS, piggy-backed with map and compass, has it's capabilities enhanced many times more than either device used by itself.
Personally, I use just a simple Garmin eTrex Legend, available for as little as $114 from J & H Marine Electronics....................................... .................
Garmin eTrex Legend H GPS 010-00779-00
Radio Shack sells them for $149.
Already loaded with basic maps, and all of the marine navaids in the USA, I use mine in the swamps, and in my boat.
In my opinion, using a handheld GPS, with a ancillary electronic mapping program, really opens up navigation to those of us that spend a lot of time in the woods. In particular, I use MyTopo mapping DVD's for West Virginia, North Carolina, and Virginia, and cannot speak too highly of the versatility and ease of use these programs offer.
A. Print custom 8-12 X 11 topographic maps.
B. Print to any scale; even customize to match your pace count.
(e.g., one inch = 60 paces = 100 yards.)
C. Print in any system you want; D, M, S........UTM......MGRS.
D. With your GPS TRACK feature turned ON, walk a long, meandering game
trail for several hours. Save that track (the game trail), then load it directly
onto your map program. There it is..............the game trail, drawn accurately
on your topographic map.
E. Transfer stand locations to your map, from GPS MARK's.
F. Use the GPS TRACK feature to ride all of the new dirt roads in your hunt area,
and transfer the track, to "draw" these new roads on your map.
G. If you run a hunt club, print off custom maps of the hunt area for all the
other members of your club, showing stand locations, safety zones,
no-shoot areas, locations of groundhog holes, etcetera.
H. The handy size allows you to store the maps in a Ziploc bag, and carry
easily under your shirt, leaving your hands free, until you need the map.
There are many, many different way that electronic map programs will vastly improve your time outdoors. I do not sell, or work for MyTopo. I have used DeLorme, Map Tech, and now, MyTopo (used to be Map Tech), and can say they sell a superior product.
If any of you want to brush up on your navigation skills, or see some examples of customized maps, I live between Suffolk and Petersburg, Virginia. If you can get here, I'd be glad to help you out.
You can contact me at email@example.com
Spammers or salesmen need not bother E-mailing me.