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Importing Hunting Data into Google Earth

Importing Hunting Data into Google Earth

Posted In: Scouting

Posted By: Jordan Ongstad (June 4, 2016)

We all know Google Earth is the number one scouting tool other than time on the ground, but did you know Google Earth can get even better? Google uses KML (KMZ is a zipped version) to allow users to bring more data and overlays into its interface. 

Where to Get Data

Finding data is one of the trickiest parts. Most reliable sources to get digital data (such as the government) generally keep their data in shapefiles.  Unlike KML files, shapefiles need pre-processing to add them to Google Earth.  Although a savvy user could use open source software to make the conversion, it’s not likely something the normal person is likely to learn. If you can, try locate data sources that have either a KML or KMZ option.

Due to issues with finding data, I have created a download page on DIYHuntingMaps.com to help you better scout for the fall.  To go to the download page, click on this link.

Downloadable KMZ Files for HuntingDIY Google Earth Download Page

To download one of the available files, just click the “Download” button and agree to the terms of use.  This will download the file to your computer.  After the download is complete, save it somewhere that you can find easily.

Getting it Into Google Earth

Opening the file in Google Earth is as easy as double clicking on the file in the location you saved it.  If you don’t have Google Earth installed on your device, you can download it for free at google.com/earth. When Google Earth opens, it will even auto-fly to the extents of the file.

If you guys have any other tips or would like me to add additional layers, feel free to comment below!

Step By Step

  • Download a KMZ File -> click on this link
  • Save it somewhere you can find
  • Make sure Google Earth is Installed
  • Doubled Click on the File to Open It in Google Earth
  • Check back to #ForTheHunt for more tutorials on doing even more with KMZ files and Google Earth
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