While a GPS is an essential tool in my kit, I also want to have a map I can refer to that does not need batteries to function. Through the North American Hunting Club and their StuffStuff program, I was given the opportunity to test out the MyTopo mapping system. I tested out two different maps from two different areas. I ordered a waterproof folded topographical map and also a waterproof rolled topographical map. You can also order aerial photos of the areas if you'd like.
The MyTopo mapping service worked extremely well. You can search for a particular location or you can upload a GPX file from you GPS system. Pretty handy if you want a specified map of a place you have been researching and scouting. I opted to do a grid search through the website of a hunting spot I frequent. I also added the Public Land Boundaries feature for an extra $5.00. This was well worth the extra money in my opinion, but keep in mind that these borders can change in a moments notice.
I would recommend the folding maps over the rolled maps because they pack better and are very easy to use. The rolled maps are great to hang in the hunting cabin or man cave, but not practical when hunting. The waterproofing is great, too! A definite must for anyone hunting vast areas in different weather patterns. Plus, the shipping is much lower on one of the folded maps.
I utilized the 24" x 36" folded map on numerous occasions during the latter part of the 2012 hunting seasons. They fit well into my pack and also took a beating. The material that is used is tough and built like a thin plastic. I sprayed it down with water and it held true - no ink smearing or running and it dried quickly.
After countless opening and folding, packing and unpacking the map held up very well and looks practically new. The 24" x 36" folded map with the public land feature costs $19.95. Shipping was fast and the map came well protected. If it's an area you are going to hunt often the need for a map from MyTopo outweighs the cost considerably. I will be using my topo map from MyTopo this year and probably ordering another for a different area. Money well spent in my opinion!