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I'm overwhelmed. I just got in a bunch of traps and have been working on getting them set. Then today, I stumbled across a great price on a 17hmr and scope so I just had to and when I got home, my Garmin 60CSx was awaiting on me. I'm not sure how I am going to put all this to good use at the same time but I can wholeheartedly endorse your alls previous advice about being happy with a replacement Garmin for a unit lost long, long ago. I do believe I could have operated this one without even the quick start guide. Sure, I'd have missed a bunch of the finer points and newer niceties, but I could have created waypoints and routes. I can't wait to start learning more of the refinements and tomorrow morning will be the last day I aimlessly wander about trying to find those blasted traps. I had to get a unit because cable restraint season opens in the morning and those are cheap enough, I want to put out way more than I could have ever kept track of in my head. Now I can lay out a route, buzz it on my horse and if I see a squirrel on the other side of the pasture, well that bad boy will just be going home with me, too. Life is getting swwweeeeeeet.
 

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Yep......The garmin should be a big help in running your trap line.......
 

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I can see all kinds of application for your gps on a trapline, creating waypoints, and tracks. I would be creating maps, and downloading the waypoints and tracks to Google Earth Plus.

Let us know how it works out.
 

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I got waypoints created for all my sets and learned a bit. With a bigger view, I've got my traps a lot closer together than I realized. It sure seems further apart when you are meandering around looking for them. I find I also tend to have clusters of several and then a fair sized gap to the next cluster. I think this will make putting out a tighter dragnet much easier. In fact, I waypointed a bunch of new set sites while marking the others today and it sure is comforting to know I will be able to find the same spots again, even when the snow changes the way everything looks.

By the way, gecko smack is a ball, especially on a horse still learning neck reining--yet another new use.
 

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You might want to work with proximity waypoints. Especially if the area your are working has some special hazards in them that can be hidden by the snow. I use the skull and cross bones icon on high-risk waypoints.

Be sure and save your waypoints to a file on your computer.
 

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Sounds like Christmas got there early ;D Have fun with your new toys and keep us posted.
 

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I moved my trap line and lengthened it by quite a bit--getting braver and more trusting in my gps. I tried to create a route because I want to run my line in a specific order but when I tell it to navigate the route, it always wants me to start with the closest waypoint to my particular location rather than the first waypoint in the sequence I entered them. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?
 

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Unless you select a waypoint the gps will default to the nearest one. The following may not be needed.

I would have approached it a little different and created a TRACK and saved it for the trapline. Mainly because I use Tracks all the time. Currently I only have one ROUTE on my gps. I created the Route on my computer using Map Source US Topo and the Routing Tool in the tool bar. The Route goes into the backcountry from a state highway on to logging roads. To fit my navigational needs I created the first waypoint at the location I would leave the state highway and start my journey into the backcountry. If I planned on intersecting the Route off a different road system I would do the following.



Because I do not have a local Route I cannot give you a fix answer based on experience, but I will give you a couple of options.

If I planned on intersecting the Route off a different road system I would do the following.

Option 1 is to select the waypoint that you want to start at using your waypoint option. Select the waypoint>Enter>GoTo>and follow the Bearing Pointer (Compass to that waypoint) select OFF ROAD and the pointer will take you to the waypoint.

Option 2:Select the Waypoint Icon>Enter>Menu>Find Nearest>you will be given a selection of Waypoints nearest your current location. You can scroll down until you find the Waypoint you want to start at, select Enter>GoTo>Off Road>COMPASS PAGE and the Bearing Pointer will point the direction you need to travel and give you the distance. Once at your selected waypoint you can easily use the map screen and the arrow pointer to locate the next waypoint or enter it use the Find waypoint and navigate to the next location.

MY PREFERRED METHOD IS TO CREATE A TRACK WITH Trap Waypoints along the Track. You have already created your waypoints and you will not have to recreate them. The goal is to create a clean Track identifying your trapline. Before leaving home select the Main Menu Page>TRACKS ICON>ENTER>if OFF is not selected use the rocker to select OFF. If there is a current Track on your unit you want to save this is the time to do it. Use the rocker and select save and Enter and select Yes or No to the question.

I am starting you out with a clean track so that you can clearly identify this trapline. Once you get out to your parking area, go to the Main Menu Page>Tracks icon>Track Log page and select ON. If you want to clear your old track log which you shut off at home select CLEAR>Yes or No option. Back on the Track Log page there is a setup page, I normally leave it alone, and use the defaults. Because you will get the chance to select the track color when you save your Track. When done select the Quit button. Walk you trapline, and on returning to your vehicle go back to the Track Log page, select OFF>SAVE>you will be asked if you want to save the entire track and select YES.

A new page will popup and you can name your track, it will provide you with track information and you can select a color for your track. And you can select the option to show it on your map.

When you return on day II you might want to start at the waypoint that you have created out of order. Use method described in Option 1. Once you are at that option and you want to follow the track, go to the Main Menu Page, select TRACKS>and use the rocker to scroll down to you saved Tracks>select the Track name for your present trapline>make sure the show on Map box is checked>scroll to the TracBack option and select it. Your map page will pop-up with your track on it. A pointer arrow will show on the map. Using the rocker to scroll to the point that you want to track back too. (There will be an arrow showing your current location on the map.) When you are on that point select Enter. You will be given two options (1) Follow Road or (2) Follow Track? Select follow track. The arrow (you) will show your location in relationship to the track. I normally use this visual method of back tracking or you can go to the compass page and follow the bearing pointer.

Hopefully this is not like scrambled eggs and you can make sense of it. Print a copy and take it with you.

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