'HUNT for BaseCamp' Advanced Tips
Unlocking Your HUNT Map for Use With A 2nd GPS Unit
So you got a new GPS Unit and you want to view your HUNT Map on it? If you try sending a locked HUNT Map to your new GPS Unit without adding an unlock code in BaseCamp, then the GPS Unit will notify you that it Can't Unlock Maps. You need to add an unlock code to tell BaseCamp that it is alright to send the maps to your new GPS Unit.
You receive 1 unlock code when you purchase a HUNT Map downloadable product from us. You can buy additional unlock codes by logging into your Hunting GPS Maps account, navigating to the My Maps section, and selecting Buy Unlock Codes next to the HUNT Map you'd like to unlock for a 2nd GPS Unit.
Below you'll find instructions for unlocking your HUNT Map for use with a 2nd GPS Unit.
Generating your GPS specific Unlock Code using the MyMaps area of Hunting GPS Maps:
To unlock the map for your 2nd GPS unit, you'll need the Unit ID of your 2nd GPS receiver. The Unit ID is a 10-digit number which is absolutely unique to your GPS Unit.
Watch this video to get your Unit ID or read the written instructions below:
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There are two ways to find out your Unit ID:
- In BaseCamp simply connect your GPS to your computer and turn it on to view your GPS's model and Unit ID on the left side of the screen under Devices
- You may also visit this page for instructions unique to your GPS model
After you have your GPS Unit ID, please log into your Hunting GPS Maps account using your Email Address and Password and navigate to the My Maps section. In the My Maps area, select the Generate Unlock Code button next to the map you're interested in unlocking for a 2nd GPS Unit. In the following form you will be asked to fill in the unique Unit ID of your receiver (Note: You may also enter your GPS model number to keep your unlock codes organized.) (See Figure 1)
Select Submit and click the Copy Code button provided. We will paste this in BaseCamp later.
As soon as the code is generated, it will be sent to you via email. It is recommended that you store this email in a location you will remember. It will be also available in the My Maps area of your Hunting GPS Maps account at any time in case you need to retrieve it later.
Adding an Unlock Code for a 2nd GPS unit:
- Open BaseCamp
- Select Maps > Manage Map Products
- In the following window of the Map Product Manager switch to the tab labeled Unlock Regions and open the input form for new unlock codes by clicking Add.... Fill in the unlock code you've generated in Step 1 and add a comment (Example: Tom's Oregon 450)
- Click OK and the map will be unlocked for your 2nd GPS Unit. From now on, the map can be used on your Computer and also on both GPS receivers that you have added an unlock code for (Note:If you send the map to an external memory card with both of your unlock codes entered into BaseCamp, the memory card will work in either of those 2 GPS units)
- Close out of the Map Product Manager
- Transfer the map to your GPS Unit
Importing & Exporting Waypoints To and From Your GPS & Computer
Backing up your Waypoints and Tracks using a Garmin GPS and Garmin BaseCamp software:
Click play below to watch a video tutorial on this process. If you prefer, a text-based guide is provided below the video for your convenience.
Having trouble watching the video? Click here for the YouTube version.
- Download and Open Garmin's BaseCamp software
- Start by plugging your GPS into the computer (typically through a USB port)
- Turn the GPS Unit on
- BaseCamp will automatically detect your GPS and begin importing your data
- In approximately one (1) minute, your GPS will show up on the left-hand side of your screen under Devices
- The folder called Internal Storage is the Waypoint, Track, and Route data that was imported from your GPS. Right-click this folder, and select Send To. Then select My Collection (or any of your custom folders under the My Collection folder) and click OK. To rename the file, right-click the file you just created under your My Collection folder and select Rename
- You have now saved your valuable Waypoints onto your BaseCamp! If you lose your GPS or break it, you may import your data into your new Garmin GPS!
- Under the Internal Storage file at the left side of the screen, you may see a list of all the waypoints and tracks that were imported from your GPS. You may notice there are a lot of Active Log Tracks in the list (Note: an 'Active Log' is a term to describe the tracks that show up in a folder). These Tracks are breadcrumb trails of everywhere you have walked while your GPS was on. Every time you turn your GPS on, a new Active Log is created (as long as your Track Log setting is set to On on your GPS). (Note: Your GPS only has a certain alotted memory for this Track log, so after a week of walking around in the woods your Track log will start saving over itself and automatically deleting old tracks.) If you don't want to lose this data you MUST save it to your computer
- Many of these Active Log Tracks are Garbage data, so you may want to delete them. To delete a Track, select the track you would like to remove. Right-click on the highlighted track, and then select Delete. This will remove the file. If you wish to delete all tracks at once, Select the folder of which these files are located in. At the very bottom of your left-hand tab, you will notice an icon. If you hover over it, the title Show Data Filters will appear. Click this to set up your search filter. From there, select the Tracks icon (which is typically the fourth icon from the left).This will set up the filter to show only the active tracks you have in your file. To select them all, press CTRL + A at the same time. You may then right-click on any of the highlighted tracks, and select Delete to remove them from your file. (Note: Sometimes these Active Logs are just a circle around your home, from when you had the GPS on in your house. You may Delete these Active Logs)
- You may notice there are multiple trips from this data import, and you would like to organize them separately on your computer. Right-click on the My Collection folder under Library on the left side of your screen. From the menu that pops up, select New List
- Give your list an appropriate name for your trip. We recommend naming your lists with the date & location for easy reference (Example: '06162011 Wyoming Unit 104 Elk Scouting'). If you have more trips imported from your GPS, you may create another List (Add New List to Library) and name it
- With the Internal Storage folder highlighted under Devices, zoom into the area where you were on your trip and select the Select tool from the toolbar at the top of the screen. Now, left-click and drag to draw a selection box around all of the waypoints and tracks that are relevant to that trip. Right-click, on any selected waypoint and choose Send To in the available options. Now, select the list you created under the My Collection folder (Example: '06162011 Wyoming Unit 104 Elk Scouting'). Then select OK and these points will now be in the selected list. Repeat this step for the other trips you have in this data set
- You will want to save each of these new lists that you have organized onto a separate area of your computer as an extra backup. Select the list you would like to save under the My Collection folder. Select File at the top, and then choose Export. Save As a '.gdb' file to your My Documents or another location easy for you to remember. Name it the same name as your List Name (Example: '06162011 Wyoming Unit 104 Elk Scouting')
- Now that you have all your data saved in 2 separate files, you may delete the data from your GPS memory. On your GPS, go to your Trip computer and press the Menu button then select Reset. You may want to Clear Track Log and delete everything else. However, you might not want to Delete Waypoints — Your GPS should have plenty of memory to store your waypoints
- Tip: To make it easier next time you import data from your GPS, always download tracks & waypoints when you get back from a trip where you used your GPS. Then delete the track log on the GPS so the same tracks and waypoints are not transferred after your next trip. Stay organized and Stay Confident! Always Backup your Backup!
Importing Data you have Saved on your computer to your Garmin GPS using BaseCamp:
When you want to go back to Wyoming on your Elk Hunt, you may import the tracks and waypoints from your scouting trip into your GPS before your trip.
- Open BaseCamp and plug in your GPS Unit
- Go to File > Import Into My Collection and browse to the location where you saved your trip data. Open the '.gdb' file that pertains to your trip (Example from above: 06162011 Wyoming Unit 104 Elk Scouting.gdb)
- Right-click on your trip name under Library on the left side of the screen and select Send to and then click on your GPS's Name
- Zoom in to your area on the GPS to verify your tracks and waypoints have loaded
- You are ready for your trip!
Creating Tracks and Waypoints In BaseCamp To Send To Your GPS
To watch a basic video tutorial on this process hit play below or continue below to read detailed instructions.
Having trouble viewing the video? Click here for the YouTube version
- Open Garmin's Basecamp Software
- On the left side of your screen under Library, right-click on My Collection (Note: This is where the track and waypoint data you create is saved). From the menu that pops up, select Add New List To Library
- Name your list an appropriate name for your trip. We recommend naming your trips based on date and location (Example: '08162011 Wapiti Basin Elk Scouting')
- If you haven't already zoomed to the area where you want to take your trip, Select the map product you want to use by going to View > Map Product. Now zoom in to your area of interest
- To add a Track showing where you want to walk in BaseCamp, Select the drop down arrow next to the New button in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Alternatively you can select the File Menu > New > Track
- Now you can draw a line on the map by left-clicking at each point you want to travel — essentially connecting the dots. You can also left-click and drag to draw a continuous line wherever you move the mouse cursor on the map
- When you are done drawing your track you can right-click anywhere on the map to complete the track
- You will now see a Track in the My Collection area in the bottom left corner of your screen. From here you can Delete or Edit the track you just made
- To add a Waypoint, simply select the New button in the toolbar. Then click on the area of the map that you want to add the waypoint to
- Once you add the waypoint to the map you can Edit the name and symbol in the My Collection area in the bottom left corner of your screen. Right-click on the Symbol and select Properties. Here you can change the name of the waypoint and change the symbol to something more meaningful to you
- Continue to add Tracks as needed to show all the different routes you think may be beneficial for your trip. It might be ridges or fingers you may want to walk, routes to a specific lookout point, or different possible routes that you might want to take back to your camp or vehicle
- You can take a quick look at your Tracks and Waypoints in Google Earth on the satellite imagery to see if there are any major obstacles or clearings you might want to know about, or to find areas that may be good lookout points. Simply select View > My Collection in Google Earth
- Now we're ready to send our tracks and waypoints to our GPS. Plug in your GPS and turn it on if it doesn't automatically turn on. Give it a minute and your GPS will show up on the left-hand side of your screen under Devices
- Right-click on My Collection under Library on the left side of the screen and select Send to and then click on your GPS's Name. If you have a bunch of tracks and waypoints in My Collection that you don't want to send to your GPS, then you can manually select the items that you want to send to your GPS. Under the My Collection tab at the bottom of the screen you can left-click on a feature, or hold the Control Key on your keyboard and left-click to select multiple waypoints or tracks. Once you have selected all the waypoints and tracks you want to send, simply right-click on any waypoint or track that is highlighted in the My Collection Tab and select Send to and then click on your GPS's Name.
- You can now pan the map and zoom in to your area on your GPS and you should see the Waypoints and Tracks on your GPS.
- BaseCamp will automatically save the items you have in My Collection, but it's a good idea to save your own copy of your data to your computer and a backup drive. Under Library on the left side of your screen right-click on My Collection and select Export. Save a '.gdb' file to your My Documents on your computer. Name it something like '08142011 BaseCamp My Collection'. (Note: You can also click on each individual List you have created under My Collection and save them individually to help keep you organized.)