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Greetings all,

I'm looking forward to the season opener tomorrow and I was going to head out and walk the state lands by where I live. but then I came to the realization that I was unfamiliar with them and realized I need to find a map to print off or one I can buy so I don't wind up on the news :p any idea where I would be able to get a map of local areas for hunting? ( don't have the $ for a GPS)
 

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Greetings all,

I'm looking forward to the season opener tomorrow and I was going to head out and walk the state lands by where I live. but then I came to the realization that I was unfamiliar with them and realized I need to find a map to print off or one I can buy so I don't wind up on the news :p any idea where I would be able to get a map of local areas for hunting? ( don't have the $ for a GPS)
Plat book or onX Hunt app.
 

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plat book?
It is a detailed property owner and boundary book. Shows all land public and private. Shows how much acreage in each section. Whatever county you are planning to hunt, check the county gov't website. They usually cost around $30. More detailed than a free map. Since I purchased the onX Hunt app, I don't use my plat book much anymore.
 

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I've found that printing maps to keep in my pack come in handy. Its a little late for this weekend's adventures, but never too late to plan for later. With the printed maps you don't need to worry about batteries or reception and they are quite light and easy to pack.

I like this place: http://www.mytopo.com
 

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I've found that printing maps to keep in my pack come in handy. Its a little late for this weekend's adventures, but never too late to plan for later. With the printed maps you don't need to worry about batteries or reception and they are quite light and easy to pack.

I like this place: http://www.mytopo.com
any idea on what the turn around time is for a map from them?
 

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If my memory serves right, it was just under a week and that was with the standard shipping. They always seem to ship within 24hrs, but the USPS is the slow part.
 

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If you have a smart phone nothing beats onx uses current county gis maps and owner information, and it's frequently updated. Plat maps just list the owner. Onx has addresses full names and tax I'd. Aerial, topo, and hybrid of both. You can download the maps of where you are hunting to use when you don't have cell coverage. And as many don't know the GPS on your phone works just like a handheld GPS you do not have to have cell coverage for GPS. All that and you can mark way points etc.
 

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Yes, I'd also agree that onx is the best if your going to use your phone. I'm more of a printed map guy, but onx is definitely worth it and the GPS infrastructure uses very little battery and no data. As was mentioned above.
 

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This is a useful resource:
http://gis-michigan.opendata.arcgis.com/

For instance, if you type in the search box State Game Areas you will find this:
http://gis-michigan.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/403b88ca6cc443a59e54eb28e4f4de98_5

Here is another one: HAP lands (public hunting in private lands):
http://gis-michigan.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/45eb3aa7cb014130b0d509b7f51b6918_2

You can download a klm file with boundaries ALL SGA and SFA of Michigan and then load it in your phone's google earth.

OnX is better, of course if you buy the MI maps. But as far of accuracy it is identical to these map because it is based on the layer linked there. As are all MI-Hunt maps.
 

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There is one more app that can be useful for those hunting more remote places that don't have good phone signal: Avenza maps. This is a gps app that you can use without having to have your data on.

THen you can add a georeferenced map of the area you are at. Several agencies (state and federal) out west are publishng georeferenced pdf that can be downloaded for free and pluged in the app.

Again: onX maps will have the off-line functionality too. But this could be used with a custom PDF as long as you take the time to georeference it.

If someone is aware of a source of michigan georeferenced images or maps, please share them.
 
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