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    Ill never forget up at deer camp in northern Wisconsin 20 some years ago, one year one of the group got turned around and was lost for like 6 hours, no radio or gps or compass. The next year he was awarded by the older guys in our group with a Copenhagen tin with a mirror glued in the lid, that way next time he got lost he could look at it. It didn't show where you've been or where your going, only shows you who's lost. It was pretty dam funny when I was 13.

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    For 20 years I was in the Coast Guard Aux. I held several training certs, one was in navigation. The thing they teach you is to use all the old, tried and true instruments eg. compass, sextant and charts. In the situation today with all the electronics you might ask why? Well if all the electronics fail and you are out of sight of land....where do you navigate to and what do you do?

    In the field I carry a compass and a map. I have never had to use either in 60 years. I notice landmarks when I leave camp or my truck, where north is and watch the sun. Night is a totally different situation, that's why I try never to walk around at night withour prior knowledge of the area. I do carry a GPS, but for a different reason. It has a land status chip in it and I want to know what the lands status is where I'm hunting, and it does this for me.
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    I have used all of the methods, and my preference has now become my phone. However, I have become very partial to InReach after using it for a week in some really remote country.
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    Used the "AntlerInsanity " app in Utah last week. It worked perfectly. I had no idea it would work without cell signal. I also made a mental note of which direction would get me back to a road when leaving the vehicle. The compass is always with me.

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    We used OnX last week in Wyoming that had NO cell service at all, I was absolutely blown away how great it worked and how little battery it used. We did notice when using the tracking feature it sucked more battery life down but was an absolute god send. Never going back out west without OnX on my smart phone.

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    Since my post back in March, I have used the OnX phone app on two phones for about 1 1/2 months. OnX is still a bit short on features that I need but as far as actual use in the field I found the following..

    My Iphone has limited memory and was used for the initial testing. I found it to work error free "provided" I took certain steps. I turned off cellular data for the app, always placed the phone in airplane mode, then opened the app. Closed the app then took the phone out of airplane mode for other uses. I only used wifi for downloading maps and as stated, never used cell data. I found cell data caused the app to be extremely slow and occasionally appear to lock up.

    Once I saw what I felt was needed and realized the memory problem I had, I grabbed one of the kids old G3 out of the junk drawer. It has a much bigger screen than the iphone5 and has 32gig internal memory. OnX will not write to an SD card so that memory was a big deal. This G3 is locked to a carrier we don't use so is wifi only. This phone has worked flawlessly from day one. I turned off all cellular data capability I could find, used wifi when downloading maps, and otherwise, the phone lives in airplane mode. If I download a map, I close the OnX app, turn wifi on, then open the app again.

    On our archery hunt we biked an average 20 miles on our morning hunts and 5+ on the evening hunts with tracking enabled. Battery usage was increased but the tracking feature was within a few feet. The direction of travel arrow worked well too but we didn't use it too much.
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    I use a gps but I would like to learn how to use a compass more effectively
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    I haven't packed a compass in about a decade but I know which way I need to go if the electronics quit.
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