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Old 07-02-2018, 02:53 PM   #1
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A continuation of the Elk Prep series...

Is this a "must have" item, especially for the backcountry?
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:55 PM   #2
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I'm gonna buy the mini before my Colorado elk hunt
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:56 PM   #3
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I think it is definitely a must have for hunters who hunt where there is no cell coverage and have significant others back home that worry about them day and night.

In that regard, I am seriously considering getting one for my upcoming back country hunt.
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:59 PM   #4
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I have one. Easy to use. Light weight. Cool tech. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it, I think. I will rarely, if ever, truly need it. But if I do...
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:00 PM   #5
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Are we so soft as a society that spending a few days out of communication is such a terrible thing?
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:11 PM   #6
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Are we so soft as a society that spending a few days out of communication is such a terrible thing?
If youíre hunting alone in the backcountry itís just smart to have even if you never use it
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:13 PM   #7
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Are we so soft as a society that spending a few days out of communication is such a terrible thing?
No, not at all. But if you have an emergency of some sort, which a definite possibility, then being unable to communicate could definitely be a terrible thing.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:23 PM   #8
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My wife is soft...she made me buy it!




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Old 07-02-2018, 03:44 PM   #9
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I'm gonna buy the mini before my Colorado elk hunt

I canít decide if Iím gonna buy a mini or one with a screen. I think I am gonna get one with a screen just to double as a emergency gps and you can type msg on it. I use my phone for maps and to use the delorme but what happens if it goes dead and your backup charger isnít working?


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Old 07-02-2018, 05:37 PM   #10
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It's how I get signed off on solo back country hunts from the wife.
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Old 07-02-2018, 05:41 PM   #11
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Been using one for years now and it has paid for itself many times over. It is a must have for hunting out West. Not just the emergency portion but the maps and able to connect to other hunters in the area.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:10 PM   #12
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My diabetic son hunts in a place with no phone service. I’ll be getting on for him, just for my own peace of mind. You can call me soft all you want.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:16 PM   #13
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There are many, many reasons for some folks to have them. The least of which is your opinion of them being ďsoftĒ!
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:20 PM   #14
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I had one on my elk hunt and my moose hunt. I even had it when I packed my bull 4.5 miles solo last year. I felt like a ***** having it in my pack


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Old 07-02-2018, 06:48 PM   #15
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We have been using them for back country backpacking expeditions and they are infinitely better than the sat phones for emergency contact. Even used it in the mountains in WY when a road was closed and we were trapped for 6 hours and needed to let people know we were going to be late for an event that night.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:12 PM   #16
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Become incapacitated out there and you shouldn't just be relying on dumb luck for another hunter to find you and rescue you.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:15 PM   #17
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Iíve had one for a few years now. Cheapest peace of mind there is for love ones and bosses.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:16 PM   #18
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I have one of the delorme units before it was garmin. In my opinion one of the most valuable tools I carry in my pack. Call me soft but the ability to touch base with my family occasionally is worth it’s weight in gold to me.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:25 AM   #19
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I canít decide if Iím gonna buy a mini or one with a screen. I think I am gonna get one with a screen just to double as a emergency gps and you can type msg on it. I use my phone for maps and to use the delorme but what happens if it goes dead and your backup charger isnít working?


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I wanted the mini, originally, but I think it's worth the nominal extra weight to have navigation, even if just for backup.


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Old 07-03-2018, 10:33 AM   #20
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Iíve had one for a few years now. Cheapest peace of mind there is for love ones and bosses.
I'll probably get one to stay in touch with my wife while I'm on my elk hunt. I'm definitely playing the no cell service can't talk see ya in 2 weeks card with my boss though...
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:35 AM   #21
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I think it is definitely a must have for hunters who hunt where there is no cell coverage and have significant others back home that worry about them day and night.

In that regard, I am seriously considering getting one for my upcoming back country hunt.
You could not be more correct. I didn't get lost on my first bow elk hunt but I did walk in complete circle and end up right back where I started. I still do not know how it happened but it was a combination of dark timber/aspens and blow downs. And it was a spot I had hunted the day before. Literally all I had to do was, stand up, turn left and walk about 1 1/2 miles to my house.

I walked for about 30 minutes, topped a hill and there was the huge pine tree I had sat under and ate lunch.

I now take my Garmin, extra batteries and a backup garmin.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:51 AM   #22
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I don't consider it necessary. It would be nice to have, similar to having a a spotting scope, but not necessary.

That being said, I spend way too much time looking at trail maps, calling rangers, and studying the topographic maps before I leave on a trip than most. I am not particularly afraid to go anywhere without cell service. Just have to approach it a certain way.
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:42 PM   #23
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I don't consider it necessary. It would be nice to have, similar to having a a spotting scope, but not necessary.

That being said, I spend way too much time looking at trail maps, calling rangers, and studying the topographic maps before I leave on a trip than most. I am not particularly afraid to go anywhere without cell service. Just have to approach it a certain way.
I guess if you broke a leg climbing over deadfall you could use your spotter as a splint.

Getting lost is only part of the equation. I think I could eventually find my way out of an area (especially mountains) in a pinch (although it might require enduring some misery until I did.) There are other scenarios that, IMO, make an inreach type device a fairly essential piece of gear. Broken leg or severely sprained ankle or knee, accidental cut with knife blade while working on an animal, stumble and gash on the rocks (see Zach Griffith), severe altitude sickness or dehydration, severe weather, forest fire/smoke while you're in a remote location, etc. are all legitimate possibilities that could warrant the need for the "panic button" and SAR.

I may wish I had carried a spotter, but I wouldn't want to REGRET not having an Inreach.




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Old 07-03-2018, 03:59 PM   #24
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Hunted CO on backpack and horse pack in hunts for many, many years in the Weminuche Wilderness and never used one, BUT there was always at least 2 to 3 others in camp at the time that were friends.
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Old 07-03-2018, 04:07 PM   #25
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I use the older delorme version. I use my phone for gps but nice to have a back up. Makes my wife more comfortable knowing I'm
Ok. I have walked and climbed over enough blow downs with "widow maker " limbs sticking up that it finally dawned on me that having no outside communication was not smart.,
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