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Garmin Map60 series GPS receiver.


Map, compass and GPS go together in the wilderness. In remote settings I back up my GPS information with map and compass.


I find my mapping software’s topo- graphic, road and terrain informa- tion is much more usable.


Getting Ready The key to efficient land naviga-


tion is to keep it simple. I’ve learned a few techniques during my 13 years as an instructor and as a Search and Rescue (SAR) team member. I don’t use my GPS as a waypoint storage cabinet. At the start of every outing I edit or delete what is saved in mem- ory. It’s easier to work with a hand- ful of waypoints rather than a list of 300. Delete waypoints you will never use again. Log important waypoints (e.g., elk wallow from last year) on your PC or in a notebook. Visit


www.easygps.com for free waypoint management software. I begin every hunt by checking the


satellite information page. I look for a minimum of four satellites being received by the GPS. The darkened bars at the bottom of the figure to the left indicate which satellites the receiver is tracking. Give older units the time to capture satellite signals and develop accurate position in- formation. The unit may take a few minutes to acquire your position ac- curately if it has been a while since you last used your GPS or you have traveled over 50 miles. Give key waypoints names. Enter


names like camp and truck. It’s easier and more meaningful to find “camp”


in the list of waypoints than is way- point 542, or was it 245? There is nothing more frustrating


than determining your favorite loca- tion or hunting hot spot is not in the receiver’s memory. After marking a location verify that the way waypoint was saved. You can verify by check- ing the “map page” or your waypoint file. On the map page look for the waypoint name or number such as “FWOOD” (figure to the left.) To get to the waypoint list select “Find” or “Go To” or “Navigate.” At the way- point list, look for the name or num- ber of the saved location. Mapping programs have excel-


lent detail, continuously improve and complement my map and compass.


Keep the number of waypoints that are saved to the receiver’s memory to a mini- mum. Give important waypoints a name such as elk, camp and truck. I can verify if a waypoint has been saved to memory by looking for the waypoint’s name on the map page or in the list of saved waypoints.


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I begin every hunt by checking the “satellite information” page. I want to see at least four satellites. Frequent- ly, I track eight to 10 satellites. This screen shot was taken indoors which reduces the receiver’s reception.


Mapping software complements your map and compass. I keep my map view zoomed in to 800' to .3 miles.


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