We'll keep this thread pinned to the top of the forum for quick reference to helpful topo map, GIS, navigation and aerial photo websites. Please post any websites here that you have found helpful. Thanks.
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This is our webpage on topo maps and compass. Info on map datums, Lat/Long, UTM, DRGs, how to use a compass, how to scout with a map and more.
This is our webpage on topo map software you can run on your computer. We have reviews on most of the topo map software like Delorme's TopoQuad, Maptech's Terrain Navigator, Ozie Explorer and Wildflower's TOPO.
This is our webpage on aerial photos, also know as orthophotoquads. There is info on what these photos are, where to get them and how to scout with them. <
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Although not a website if you are looking for topo maps for anywhere in the US you can get them at
966 North Main Street
They carry the entire collection of USGS topo, travel books, mining equipment.
Also try the USAPhotoMaps software on this page.
This program downloads free topo maps and aerial photos to your computer and can draw them at the same scale so you can switch back and forth between them. It will also interface with a gps for waypoints as well as realtime tracking.
You can get topos mapquest type and satelite photos when you use easy gps. You load up your way points and when you click on one you have the option to go to the web and choose , street map , topo , or satelite pic with your coordinates in the middle. Pretty slick and it's free or you can upgrade to expert gps and buy it!
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I was reviewing the Aerial Photos page and noticed that TerraFly was not listed. It is easier to use than Terraserver and you can get downloads of the areas you want quite reasonably. I downloaded several last year and can see individual trees and some trails depeinding on the sun angle.
A download of a 10K x 6K area at 1 meter= 1 pixle costs about $12- they enlarge to about 1: 800 scale before getting grainy. Less resolution costs much less. I spent $12 each for aerial photos and my buddy canned them @ 1200 dpi and that makes wonderfully clear photos that can be enlarged 800% easily- but Terrafly sure is simpler.
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for anyone looking to learn how to utilize a GPS unit along with
using a GPS with a compass and paper maps then check out these links
GPS Guide for Beginers
Using a Garmin GPS with Land Paper Maps
you will need acrobat reader to download or view them, below is a link to get a free copy if you don't have it
acrobat reader download
here is the actual link to Garmins website page showing the downloads for anyone wanting to bookmark it
Direct Link to Garmin Page
http://www.mytopo.com allows to to customize a topo map to your liking. It is a nice site.
Jesse, The links above must be to the old format- they seem to loop back to the main forum list now. There's lots of stuff I've been trying to access, like the Map/ ompass use tips tec.
Any chance they're still available?
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Geomatics Engineering is a new term incorporating what used to be called "surveying" along with many other aspects of spatial data used by hunters, like the Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment, digital aerial imagery (both satellite and air-borne), and computer-based geographic information systems (GIS). These tools enable the Geomatics Engineer to gather, analyze, and manage spatially related information to solve a wide range of technical and societal problems related to hunting.
Fresno State offers the course, if anyone is interested:
I tried a $7 membership to Trails.com last year. It wasn't the best because if it's not a trail or a point of interest, you can't search for it, you kind of have to guide yourself there from a nearby one that's searchable. It's ok though.