public land softwear for GPS

platapus

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Does anyone know if someone makes any softwear that indicates public land (state, BLM, ect...) on a hand held Garmin GPS. I know that Delorme make it but you also have to have thier GPS unit.
 

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Funny you should ask that question.

I am using such software as we speak. I am out in NW Wyoming on a doe hunt and 2010 scouting trip. I am hunting public land. I am using a new Garmin compatible public hunting land software on my Garmin Oregon 300 GPS unit.

I also used the MT version 10 days ago out in MT.

More on this later but I am now a dealer and can sell you a copy if you are interested.

It is amazing. The other day I had a guy challenge me while I was clearly on state hunting land. He thought I was on his buddy's private land that he had been hunting for 6 years. I pulled out my BLM map and showed him how my GPS matched my BLM map. Pointed at a fence line about 100 yards away and said "would you agree that my GPS shows us standing about that same 100 yards away from the public/private border. He relaxed his stern look and agreed.

Gotta go hunt, see you later.
 
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Funny you should ask that question.

I am using such software as we speak. I am out in NW Wyoming on a doe hunt and 2010 scouting trip. I am hunting public land. I am using a new Garmin compatible public hunting land software on my Garmin Oregon 300 GPS unit.

I also used the MT version 10 days ago out in MT.

More on this later but I am now a dealer and can sell you a copy if you are interested.

It is amazing. The other day I had a guy challenge me while I was clearly on state hunting land. He thought I was on his buddy's private land that he had been hunting for 6 years. I pulled out my BLM map and showed him how my GPS matched my BLM map. Pointed at a fence line about 100 yards away and said "would you agree that my GPS shows us standing about that same 100 yards away from the public/private border. He relaxed his stern look and agreed.

Gotta go hunt, see you later.
Len, watch the state lands on that gps chip, there are a lot of state lands trades that have not been updated and included on it. there are many sections just here around me that are not correct that were traded by the state over 2 years ago. it could show you on state ground and you could still get a free ride to the courthouse. the blm seems fairly accurate.
 
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Iowaboy

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Len that software sounds awsome. Are you going to have it for CO also?

Another GPS question for you guys. I just purchased a garmin oregon 400t and was wandering where I can get satalight imaging maps for it. It says in the manual you can get satalight images for the area you are hunting so I am assuming someone has done it.

Thanks
 

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Len, watch the state lands on that gps chip, there are a lot of state lands trades that have not been updated and included on it. there are many sections just here around me that are not correct that were traded by the state over 2 years ago. it could show you on state ground and you could still get a free ride to the courthouse. the blm seems fairly accurate.
As with any map you are using - paper map from the BLM or digital maps, you can't completely rely on the map to show you the most current land trades. Always obey property postings and if there is a property in question, you must consult with BLM or State Land officials; whether you are using a paper map or a GPS map.

The HUGE difference between a paper BLM map and the GPS map is that the GPS shows you where you are on the map.
 

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Funny you should ask that question.

I am using such software as we speak.
Do you have a website we could look at what you are talking about to see if it's something we'd like to purchase? And is MT and WY the only two states you have available?

What GPS's do your maps work with?

The HUGE difference between a paper BLM map and the GPS map is that the GPS shows you where you are on the map.
As your name might indicate, do you have these types of maps as well?
 

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We have WY, MT, WA, ID, NM, OR, UT, and CO so far. More to folow.

Only Garmin compatibility so far.
 
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Can you run the Public Land Boundaries Overlay Map and the Hunt Area Boundaries Overlay Map at the same time?
 

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Yes, the transparent overlay maps are designed to be used in conjunction with one another. Think of them as layers of data on the map. As long as you use MapSource to load the data to your GPS, you can stack as many of these transparent maps one on top of the other.
 
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Len, watch the state lands on that gps chip, there are a lot of state lands trades that have not been updated and included on it. there are many sections just here around me that are not correct that were traded by the state over 2 years ago. it could show you on state ground and you could still get a free ride to the courthouse. the blm seems fairly accurate.
Bud,

We determined that those state parcels you were describing were actually owned by Montana State University, and had a classification of 'State Government'. I believe the 'state gov' classification means the property is tax exempt

It is possible that there are errors on the map, but I currently don't know of any. (the data is only as accurate as it is when we get it from the state, but when tax money is on the line the state seems to do a pretty good job of being accurate) Always obey property postings and visually verify boundaries.
 

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I dont know what parcels Bud is talking about, but I know there have been actual land swaps around here (Bozeman Area) in the last few years involving state land and NF land. Ted Turner owns a ranch called the Flying D, and he swapped some unaccessable to public sections for some public accessable sections of state land. I wonder who was representing the public in that deal??? Also some NF land in the Bracket Creek area N of Bozeman was swapped. To the best of my knowledge the new boundaries are not updated on the most current maps.

Mark
 

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I'm from Minnesota. Every time I go to MT , I come away frustrated, trying to figure out their maps . That is exactly how the MT land owners want it- absolutely confusing. They don't want outside hunters..... I'm confused what I just read and so are you. Even the Federals post state school land, MT sayes nothing. Map Roads are fenced over with posting signs or just no longer exist. Adjacent land owners all have the attitude " your not going down my public road to my public land. Whats the difference between a NY 'er and MT 'er ? the space between the people. I question if a GPS Fed land program would do anyone any good. Because they leave you hanging it could have changed last week.
 
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