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JLS

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And the upside for those with smartphones, even if there's no reception, one can take a death selfie . Leave a little somethin' should your carcass be found.............
Whoever finds my carcass will get the added bonus of a Wingworks vest and a well used 16 gauge SxS. The smartphone should have some pictures of a drahthaar on point or retrieving a bird. Might even be a picture of the cliff I fell off of.
 

thatsjet

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Beaverton, Oregon
I've owned both the Spot and InReach, I prefer the InReach hands down. Larger initial investment, but you can stop/start your service on a month by month basis. If you plan to be outdoors/off-the-grid at all even once per year, the InReach will save you money in the long run. I just activate it for the month or two I plan to be in the field (at $35/mo) and that's all I pay. The Spot subscription is for a whole year and runs over $100/year.
 

LuckyGoose

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NE Alabama
Right, but you can't forget the $25 activation that is charged each year on top of the monthly subscription. It's still the way to go PLUS you can get weather and it's a GPS and the Earthmate app for your phone is invaluable. I use it all year long.
 

onpoint

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Gallatin Valley, MT
Onx, sat phones, Earthmate, apps.......
Damn - I'm glad I was born when I was:giggle:.
At 13, took off on foot with a bolt action 20 gauge in the Superior National Forest, got lost a couple times, had to figure things out.
Not at all trying to ruffle fragile www generation feelings, just - there was a time (only a couple decades ago)....................................................

That Wingworks vest will likely still be usable by it's finder(y)

When bird, fishing, and hunter orange vests come with a power source and a USB port, that'll be really cool.
 

Focus

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Onx, sat phones, Earthmate, apps.......
Damn - I'm glad I was born when I was:giggle:.
At 13, took off on foot with a bolt action 20 gauge in the Superior National Forest, got lost a couple times, had to figure things out.
Not at all trying to ruffle fragile www generation feelings, just - there was a time (only a couple decades ago)....................................................
It's a matter of choosing to embrace new (and in a lot of cases, better) technology or not. Do you travel to your hunting area on a horse or in a pick-up? Do you pull an -06 out of the case or a long bow? Do you wear wool or something by Sitka or First Lite? Do you use a war-surplus Marine knife hanging off of a scabbard on your belt or a Gerber Vital? Do you carry and know how to use a map-and-compass or do you use OnX and a GPS? We're all somewhere along the continuum of technology with every piece of gear we choose to carry.

I'm grateful for the ability to message my wife and tell her about what time I'll be home. I'm grateful for the comfort of knowing if I happen to slip off of a deadfall and break my leg 3 1/2 miles from the truck that I'm a button-push away from having Search-and-Rescue coming for me with the resources to get me the hell home safe and sound (eventually). I'm grateful for the ability to know what's public and what's private (and who owns the private so I know who to ask if it looks bird-y). I'm grateful for the reach of a 30-06 and the vision of a Leupold 2.5-8x. I'm grateful for the Benchmade in my pack and the Sitka gear that dries in about 5 minutes after I take it off from the sweat-soaked hike up the mountain.

And for what its worth, I started following my Dad on bird hunts in the 60's, spent many a day tromping around in leather work boots that Dad "water-proofed" with that silicone goo that had the little mop on the cap, spent many a day freezing my butt off wearing cotton everything while hunting birds or sitting in a tree stand in a rain or snow shower, gotten misplaced a few times in the deer woods (including a memorable morning when I family I never knew before or since took me in and treated me to breakfast!), spent many hours over a USGS topo map figuring out the best place to hunt (and where my "guardrails" were in case I got "misplaced" again)............do I miss those days when things were simpler, cheaper and sometimes more fun than what they are now?.....you betcha!........but I'm not giving up this new technology I carry around with me now! Makes the hunt and the time out in the mountains that much better!!!
 

BraidenR

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Utah
do I miss those days when things were simpler, cheaper and sometimes more fun than what they are now?.....you betcha!........but I'm not giving up this new technology I carry around with me now! Makes the hunt and the time out in the mountains that much better!!!
This was the best explanation I have seen yet. My father likes to tease me for the new pack, or the few articles of sitka clothing. But when he is freezing cold and I am doing alright, guess who gets to hunt longer or harder. Guess who came to me asking for help on a pack out cause of the pack was suited for the job. To me these things make me more comfortable in many different ways and allow me to focus more on the hunt and my time in the mountains.
 

Sytes

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