onXmaps Hunting Premium Maps for Garmin GPS Units
A must have for Washington Hunters
I have not figured out all the features on the Garmin unit but I have figured out the most important ones. They are turning on the Hunting GPS Map system, zoom and color features.
There are 3 counties in Washington State that do not make land owner information readily available so that information is not available in those places. One of those counties happens to be the primary location I hunt in. I know most of the land owners in the area so this is not a big deal and I will not write my review based on that information.
One of the areas I am bow hunting is a 16,000 acre piece of BLM land with a section of State Land dead center. This land holds some of the biggest Muley's I have seen however there are very few points to access it from. The Topo features of the Garmin maps allowed me to pick out some areas that showed potential cover for the deer to move without being seen from high human traffic areas. I was also able to see property lines clearly, something that kept me away from edges and prime cover in the past.
Now where the system really shines is close to home. I have a route I run hunting coyotes throughout the year and have seen numerous deer, both Whitetail and Muleys. I just was not able to hunt the deer because I did not know where the public land is or the property owners I needed to contact for permission.
Today I went out and started to make my coyote loop. I was sidetracked by several 1/2 section to multiple section pieces of DNR and State land that I did not know existed. All of these pieces of land are less than 30 minutes from my home! All of them showed minimal traffic and all of them had fresh sign of Deer and Turkey. In fact I actually spotted several dozen turkeys on my little adventure.
To make a long story short, this map system combined with Garmin technology is a must have for anybody serious about hunting. Not only does it show you exactly where you are but it also shows land owner information, as well as public land information. In the Washington maps it also shows what GMU you are in so you can make sure you are following the regulations specific to that unit.
With this setup, my biggest decision is going to be what direction do I want to drive in when I hunt. Do I want to go North South East or West? Right now I am stuck between going out exploring to the North of town or going out to the DNR land that I found tonight with an old apple orchard smack in the middle of it. I also saw ELK sign on the land and that fits in perfectly with the elk herd I followed last season on private property about 2 miles away.
The bottom line is this is probably the coolest item I have in my hunting arsenal! Anybody who hunts should invest in the system. Put off buying that over priced gun for a little while and purchase a Garmin and map system from HuntingGpsMaps, you will agree it was a wise investment!
September 11, 2013
I was very happy to receive my micro chip and get it loaded into my GPS. This software has very concise and detailed boundary markers, landowner information, and color coded blocks. It is easy to see private land, state land, forest boundaries, corporate owned land, as well as the GPU numbers. Applying for tags will be easier each year thanks to this software.
November 24, 2013
Great navigational aid
I love this map. I'm always worried about staying on public land. With this map, I know exactly where I am and how far I can go. The owner names are a nice feature, but I'm sure some have changed since they were loaded. No problem, since I'm using the maps to ensure I'm not on private land more so than finding the property owner.
March 6, 2014
Love This Map
This map pack has allowed me to scout new areas from the couch over the winter. Spent two weekends in the back country and have spotted multiple good bucks in new areas that I identified while couch scouting.
June 13, 2014