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#12536151 - 12/12/17 06:02 PM GPS question...
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
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Loc: Beckville, TX
Parks and Wildlife put out some condos on one of the local lakes and they printed the coordinates in degrees,decimal minutes. An example of their format is N 32 2.4594 x W 94 26.3802. I had no luck finding the condo with these coordinates but I used a map with the approximate location and found the condo using side scan. My coordinates (Lowrance) are N32 02.461 x W94 26.383. I've looked all over the internet trying to find a format like they are using but no luck there either. Can someone help me out with this format and will it convert to the format I use (one less digit)? I know the decimal minutes are very close but that can lead you a long ways off your target.

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#12536186 - 12/12/17 06:33 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
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#12536216 - 12/12/17 06:51 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
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#12536242 - 12/12/17 07:05 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
UJC Offline
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Registered: 01/12/07
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Loc: Plano, TX
Don't get stressed or over think this. It is a common problem with TPWD coords. They are usually not precise for a variety of reasons: weather conditions, winds (boat movement), accuracy of unit providing data, the user and a little 'intentional'. By my measurements of the coords provided, the BP was 58.85' off; pretty close considering everything.

The coords they provided were in degree, decimal minutes. Just make sure your unit is set for the same format (looks to me it was), key in TPWD coords into the unit and you'll be ok - then start (as you did) searching that area to locate the BP. Sometimes the coords will be spot on.

BTW, TPWD has been known to drop some without documentation - a little personal honey hole for them and any helping locals.
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#12536304 - 12/12/17 07:48 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
fishinman Offline
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Registered: 12/12/01
Posts: 1695
Loc: Texas
Aw man...TPWD would do something like that...makes me want to donate...

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#12536329 - 12/12/17 08:05 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
bush hog Offline
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Loc: Beckville, TX
Thanks guys. UJC I'm thinking I may not have entered the coordinates correctly. I'll try again in a few days. Kind of fun...like a scavenger hunt. It was so much easier just being a pot licker roflmao

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#12536345 - 12/12/17 08:10 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
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try www.earthpoint.us You won`t need an account to use it. scroll down to "Convert Coordinates" on the left side of page.I typed it in as N32 02. 4594 W 94 26.3802 and went right to it on the lake.


Edited by Fishbonz (12/12/17 08:39 PM)

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#12536441 - 12/12/17 09:16 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
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#12536443 - 12/12/17 09:19 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
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Registered: 11/26/02
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Loc: Yantis, TX
along with the conversion from degrees, minutes seconds, to degrees decimal,you must also convert within the same datum.

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#12536483 - 12/12/17 09:51 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
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Originally Posted By: bush hog
Parks and Wildlife put out some condos on one of the local lakes and they printed the coordinates in degrees,decimal minutes. An example of their format is N 32 2.4594 x W 94 26.3802. I had no luck finding the condo with these coordinates but I used a map with the approximate location and found the condo using side scan. My coordinates (Lowrance) are N32 02.461 x W94 26.383. I've looked all over the internet trying to find a format like they are using but no luck there either. Can someone help me out with this format and will it convert to the format I use (one less digit)? I know the decimal minutes are very close but that can lead you a long ways off your target.
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#12536798 - 12/13/17 08:32 AM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
BrazosRiverTom Offline
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Registered: 12/15/12
Posts: 639
Loc: Mineral Wells, TX
Thanks for the post, have saved the web site, in case I ever need to convert.

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#12536860 - 12/13/17 09:08 AM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
THarris22 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/15
Posts: 186
Loc: HENDERSON,TX
Was that the case on all the brush piles or just one of them?

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#12537239 - 12/13/17 01:28 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: THarris22]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 2577
Loc: Beckville, TX
Originally Posted By: THarris22
Was that the case on all the brush piles or just one of them?
I couldn't get to the ones on the south side due to the wind. All the coordinates have one extra digit whiched confused me. The map and coordinates are posted on the parks and wildlife site. Lake murvaul

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#12537250 - 12/13/17 01:36 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: Gamblinman]
UJC Offline
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Loc: Plano, TX
Originally Posted By: Gamblinman
along with the conversion from degrees, minutes seconds, to degrees decimal,you must also convert within the same datum.


Good point!
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#12537646 - 12/13/17 06:59 PM Re: GPS question... [Re: bush hog]
DJB Offline
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Registered: 09/01/11
Posts: 1916
Good info fellows. My Garmin won't enter any of those coordinates from tpw. I'll try again. THANKS

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