FAQs and Tips

FAQs and Tips


TRAXWest – 8 states vs 10

Kirsch’s Outdoor Products has always stated the states included for TRAXWest+ may change. As we have included more data over the last few years, the TRAX+ map sizes have grown as well. Due to Garmin restrictions on map sizes, ID was moved from TRAXWest+ late in 2012 to TRAXNW+. TRAXNW+ consists of ID, OR, and WA. For 2013, MN has been removed from TRAXWest leaving ND, MT, WY, CO, UT, NV, AZ, and NM as the states included for TRAXWest+.

With updates, our desire is not to decrease the number of states you purchased. If your product version is 5.3 or less, you can request an ID and/or MN individual state map to be sent to you at no additional charge. However, if you wish to keep them updated going forward, the $20 individual update fees will apply. Any person who purchased a version 6.0 or higher will not be extended this offer as these states were not available at the time of purchase.

Maps Won’t Display On GPS (Rino series)

This issue could occur in Rino Series GPS units but also to other Garmins. Over the years, Garmin has allowed memory cards to be formatted in many different ways as well as supported many different memory card sizes. As our maps work in Garmin GPS units ranging from new to as old as 10 years old, we are always doing our  best to produce cards which will work in the broadest range of units.

With the release of the Garmin Drive units this year from Garmin, Kirsch’s Outdoor Products changed their TRAX memory card format for the first time. This change has been mostly positive. However, recent Garmin GPS units, as well as recent firmware updates, have caused some of cards to no be unrecognized by the GPS. We are continuing to research to find a format that can again work in virtually any Garmin. The issues seems the most common in Rino 650 and 750 style units.

There are two options:

The first option is to please put your product in a bubble mailer, and send it to us at: Kirsch’s Outdoor Products, 7915 Aquarius Drive, Fargo, ND 58104. Indicate your maps is not working. Include your make and model number of your Garmin, and we will get you a different card size with a different format and send it right back.

The second option is to format your memory card if it is 1GB or larger. Only proceed if you are very familiar with working with computers and formatting memory cards.

  1. Make a folder called TRAX on your Windows PC. Copy all the contents of the microSD card to the folder. 
  2. Find the memory card drive in My Computer and right-click it, and select Format. Make sure it is the memory card as incorrectly selecting the wrong drive would erase all data on your computer.
  3. Select FAT for the type, and format the card
  4. Copy all contents inside the TRAX folder of your computer back to the card. This will only work for the original card purchased as the map is locked to that card.

When I zoom in on my map, I see an 8 digit number in the middle and a lot of lines on the map that aren’t roads what are these?

The lines you see are section lines or otherwise known as PLSS lines, and they are designed to only show at high zoom levels. The numbers you see such as T158n R098w S16 near the center of the section is the Township, Range and Section number. This can be used in conjunction with a PLAT book to determine ownership. The lines typically show as a purple line on a Garmin GPS.

Township 158N
Range 098W
Section 16

Can I get my money back, if the map doesn’t help me or is not compatible with my GPS?

Yes, all TRAX products come with a 1-year money back guarantee. If your GPS is not compatible or if you don’t feel the provided map helps you with your outdoor adventure, Kirsch’s Outdoor Products will return your payment. Simply send a proof of purchase and the map, and Kirsch’s Outdoor Products will refund your money.

Do you create custom maps for other states?

Kirsch’s Outdoor Products continues to investigate other opportunities. If you have any questions about custom maps, contact us.

Can I copy the maps in case my SD card becomes damaged?

THE MAPS CANNOT BE LEGALLY SENT TO ANY OTHER PERSON, DECOMPILED, OR COPIED IN ANY MANNER. THIS VIOLATES THE COPYRIGHT AND YOU WILL BE HELD LIABLE FOR THIS VIOLATION. This does not restrict the owner from allowing another person to use the TRAX memory card. In addition, the owner of the TRAX memory card may make a backup of their current card in case of damage. However, this backup will not be functional, and will only work as a means of restoring the data back on the original memory card. If the original card becomes damaged, the only means of getting the map functional is to send it to the address below. The memory card must be placed in a bubble mailer. If the map is not the current version, an update fee will be charged to either fix the map or replace it as is normal for any update.

Kirsch’s Outdoor Products
7915 Aquarius Drive
Fargo, ND 58104

I insert the memory card and nothing happens?

There is often no visual evidence anything has changed. However, when looking at the state, the first evidence is typically the hunting lands will begin to appear. The most common reasons for nothing happening include:.

  1. The GPS requires a SD card and the microSD has not been inserted into the SD adapter.
  2. The GPS requires a microSD card but the sliding lock securing the memory card is not slid down to lock the card down. This keeps the card from making correct contact with the GPS.
  3. The map is loading but the user simply is not zooming in far enough to see the detail.

If these tips do not fix your issue, check out the Garmin, Magellan, or Lowrance Tips for your specific GPS or contact us to help you with your situation.

Garmin Map Layers

The TRAX maps were designed to allow users the ability to turn off key areas/layers of the map. This allows a customized map experience with the level of detail desired. TRAX map layers are typically found under Setup – Map – Info. The navigation to this area varies for different Garmin units. Newer Garmin handhelds manufactured since 2013 may need a format change to view layers. You can read more about this option at the following page.
TRAX Layers:
Topo – Elevation data
Roads Major– Main highways and county roads
Roads Minor – Smaller roads and forest roads
Trails – Hiking Trails
Water – Water
Wetlands – Wetlands
Owners – Private land ownership
Detail – Labeling and points of interest
Sections – Section Lines and township range and section
Land – Public Lands
Units – Hunting Unit boundaries
Background – Additional information including TRS number, regional warden info, all hunting units, county, and wilderness area. This background layer serves 3 main purposes.
  1. Cover up many errors in base Garmin maps that show solid public land areas which often is not the case
  2. Makes the map easier to read against a white background
  3. Most importantly it allows handheld Garmins the ability to select a location on the screen and receive multiple pieces of information for the spot

I don’t see an option to buy a color map for a color GPS unit.

No special purchase is required. The GPS knows how to display the maps in color on a color GPS and grayscale on a non-color GPS.. I don’t charge the consumer any additional money for color maps.

What depth of contours exist on your lake maps?

A few states such as ND, MT, and MN include depth contours. NDTRAX maps range from 1 foot to 5 foot contours for various lakes. Instead of universally applying 1 foot, 3 foot or 5 foot contours to all lakes, NDTRAX maps vary depending on the lakes. For deep ND lakes with steep drops, 5 foot contours are used, for moderate depth lakes in ND, 3 foot contours are used and for shallow ND lakes, 1 foot contours are used. 1 foot contours on steep structures cause contour lines to be too close together and hides the track/trail from the GPS. Most Minnesota lakes are 5 foot contours.

Where Do Land Owner Telephone Numbers Come From?

Land Owner contact telephone numbers where added to the TRAX maps for all states which have private land ownership included in 2013. Without giving away any confidential information on how the telephone numbers are derived, we can say the private land ownership information comes from the individual counties. This does not include telephone numbers. The telephone numbers are derived from a totally different set of data. A matching system is used with a basis pertaining to the address information of the tax payer for matching. This has been found to yield the best results. However, the match may or may not be with the correct contact person as it is address based not person based. Kirsch’s Outdoor Produts has a higher degree of confidence in the ownership information in comparison to the phone number data. Please see our disclaimer below:

Parcel Land Ownership information is created and maintained at the individual county level. Phone numbers are derived based on an address matching process from an entirely different data source. No guarantee is made to the quality of any Kirsch’s Outdoor Products map data. The maps are not to be used as a primary source of navigation. They are to be used for reference, recreational, and entertainment purposes only. Kirsch’s Outdoor Products is not responsible for any inaccuracies and no responsibility is assumed for damages or other liabilities due to the accuracy, availability, use or misuse of the map data. In addition, any map or data found within is prohibited to be used to create any list of individuals for commercial purposes. “Commercial purposes” means that the person requesting the record intends the list will be used to communicate with the individuals named in the record for the purpose of facilitating profit expecting activity.

Land Owner Names Are Missing from the Map?

Only certain states contain private land ownership information. This data is obtained or purchased from each individual county of that state. If the state in question does have private land ownership included, there are a few reasons why a record may be missing.

  • The county may not have private land ownership information for this specific record
  • The county may not have GIS data, so it can not be included in a TRAX map
  • The county may be requiring a fee for the data that has been deemed too high so it was not included

There is no warranty made by Kirsch’s Outdoor Products to the quality of this data. It originates from the county and no warranties are made to the quality and accuracy of the data or to how current the data is.To see a list of the counties including private land ownereship use the Product Finder and the Access category under Features on a product page to see a listing of included counties.


Through 2013, Garmin TRAX maps were available as TRAX and TRAX+. The only difference was the + version had a 24k topo layer. However, the majority of sales were TRAX+. Due to this, to help alleviate confusion between products, for 2014 and beyond we discontinued creating TRAX maps which didn’t have elevation contours. If you wish to turn off topography, this is possible due to layering.

Starting with the 16.1 updates, we have brought back the TRAX and TRAX+ name set. The difference is + version products include private land ownership for select counties in their respective state. To reach a + designation, at least 50% of the counties need to include private land ownership information.



Oregon (any Garmin touchscreen) GPS Missing TRAX Data

One of the most common support calls we get has to do with all Garmin touchscreen GPS models with the Oregon being the most common. The calls vary but it typically has to do with some of the TRAX elements appearing but not all of them. Some examples of display issues may be where the land shows but no roads show or section lines do not show. Garmin does not have a good explanation of why this occurs but the fix is to do a Hard Reset of the GPS as there is an issue with the GPS settings.

On many touchscreen Garmins this is done by  by pressing in the left-hand corner of the touchscreen, while powering on the unit. A question will appear saying, Do You Wish To Erase All User Data. THIS MAY ERASE ANY WAYPOINTS OR TRACKS ON YOUR GPS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO LOSE THEM, BACK THEM UP USING GARMIN  BASECAMP AND RESTART THIS PROCEDURE. Upon saying yes to this option, the unit will reset and the display problems typically do not reoccur. Kirsch’s Outdoor Products has seen this issue with virtually all touchscreen Garmins including Rino, Oregon, and Montana GPS models. The method of doing a HARD RESET on your Garmin may vary.

Larger Capacity Cards

The largest capacity cards Kirsch’s Outdoor Products utilizes for development of Garmin maps are 2GB memory cards. We do not recommend or support having multiple maps on the same card. Some of the reasons include:

  1. Many Garmin units have a programmed limit of map sizes of 2GB.
  2. Many Garmin do not allow multiple map sets to exist on one card.
  3. The update tool and update process would not work correctly if multiple maps existed on one card.

Merging Garmin Maps

We get numerous requests asking if other Garmin maps can be merged to TRAX maps . Some of the common examples include wanting Garmin City Navigator maps on a handheld along with the TRAX maps. Kirsch’s Outdoor Products does not claim compatibility with any additional Garmin map sets. Also, it is highly recommended you do not write any additional mapsets to your TRAX card. This is due to the fact that Garmin maps do not merge, they overwrite, so you may be in danger of overwriting your existing TRAX map.

In addition, if you write other maps to our card (assuming there is room) and run the update process, all Garmin maps will be removed from the card.