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StauntonSteve

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I've never had a GPS, so my knowledge of them is limited. My hunting has changed though, and I'm probably going to be spending some time in some pretty remote public land. There is no cell service in the areas I intend to primarily hunt. I have an opportunity to buy a NIB Garmin Montana 650 (no T) for $250. MSRP on these is around $500, but I think they've been discontinued. Anybody familiar with this one? Would it be relatively easy for a non-techie like me to figure out? Does most of the useful stuff you need come installed or do you need to download other stuff, free or otherwise? Thanks in advance.


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WVUPSC

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I have a GPS unit (forget the model). The base maps that came with mine were pretty rudimentary. I bought the downloadable aerial photography and installed it for the areas I thought I would be needing GPS. That made a huge difference.
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Get an OnX chip in addition to your GPS... worth its weight in gold if you ask me. 
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I started off with a Garmin 12 over 20 years ago and moved up to a Garmin Summit 10 years ago.I was intimidated by the technology until I bought a book called GPS Made Easy by Lawrence Letham. It helped me understand the science behind GPS and how to use it in the outdoors with and without maps. The second edition was published over 20 years ago but a lot of the information is still useful. There are probably more up to date books out there and probably some good youtube video's. Like WVUPSC said the base maps are crude and a downloadable map makes a big difference. I use TOPO USA(1:100000 scale) and it is more than adequate for my use. Once you start playing with it, you will be amazed by how simple it is to use it.
 
Edit: I just looked the book up on ebay and you can get it for $4 with free shipping. Well worth the money.
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I am a Delorme inreach guy. I have had mine since 2015. My main draw to it was satellite texting and the SOS function. I used it on a caribou hunt to northern Quebec back in 2015 where there was not cell service. It was great to be able to shoot the wife a quick text to let her know all was well. It does require a subscription or can be paid month to month like if you only use it during hunting season. The inreach itself does not have maps, but you can download maps to your cell and pair it with your cell. The inreach will also send waypoints back to the delorme website where you and anybody that you invite can log into your web page and see where you are if you have the inreach on in tracks mode. It might be a bit much for the less tech savy, but a nice unit. I carry mine even on my farm in WV where cell service can be spotty.
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StauntonSteve

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Thanks for the information guys. I went ahead and bought it, I looked at the manual on line and think it will be something I can work with and use. When I get it in hand I may have more questions.
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As Bum said get the on x chip. It is fantastic plus will come with a year of their online maps and can be used on your cell phone. My group all had on x when we went out west and it made staying on public land easy. Even had a CWP officer talk with us during a license check and say that he would not give a ticket to anyone using that app to stay off private property. He felt it was that good. 
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A bit of advice. I've use GPS's since they came the market and love them. However like any tech gadget they can break or batteries die. Carry a topo map and compass and know how to use them. Also, from time to time mark your location on the map in case you have to use it. A map and compass won't get you home if you don't know where you're at. Enjoy the remote back country and be safe.
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Steve - That Garmin 650 is an excellent device but you will need the "T" for your
intended purpose. Their Topo maps are available direct from their website. They were
$59 to $99 the last time I checked. The 100k is excellent and the 24K has even more detail.
You can download them direct or get them on SD card from Garmin.

I've had the Oregon 550T for years and still use it very often for hikes, floats, fishing and ATV/SxS use.

Even with the additional $100 or so for Topo maps you still got a great deal.
With just a little care it will last you decades.

Also look into Basecamp app from Garmin. It will let you use your laptop/computer/device to
send, receive, share and edit info to and from your Montana on the big screen of your chosen device.
Its also a great app for planing a trip, marking waypoints and routes etc....
Basecamp is simply a must to get the full benefit and enjoyment from your Garmin.
Its a free download from Garmin.

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Originally Posted by Paddler
Steve - That Garmin 650 is an excellent device but you will need the "T" for your
intended purpose. Their Topo maps are available direct from their website. They were
$59 to $99 the last time I checked. The 100k is excellent and the 24K has even more detail.
You can download them direct or get them on SD card from Garmin.

I've had the Oregon 550T for years and still use it very often for hikes, floats, fishing and ATV/SxS use.

Even with the additional $100 or so for Topo maps you still got a great deal.
With just a little care it will last you decades.

Also look into Basecamp app from Garmin. It will let you use your laptop/computer/device to
send, receive, share and edit info to and from your Montana on the big screen of your chosen device.
Its also a great app for planing a trip, marking waypoints and routes etc....
Basecamp is simply a must to get the full benefit and enjoyment from your Garmin.
Its a free download from Garmin.


Thanks Paddler. Looking at the manual had shown me that Base camp is where everything starts. This site was recommended for free maps https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/432/
The onX maps as recommended look like something to strongly consider too, the area I hunted last year has a lot of private land adjoining National Forest close to state/forest roads. I intentionally tried to stay close to private land in that area, it's only about a mile from the property I hunted for years.

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