For sure NVBird. Blood thinners are scary stuff, I have a relative who is on those. Life saving, but scary.
I carry quite a few safety/ survival items. Last year I started to carry a SpotII since I hunt alone for 7-10 days at a time . There is -0- cell service where I hunt and I will tell you the thing works. I was sending 1-3 messages a day letting family know all was well. Everyone of them were received. The coordinates were dead on when I checked them on the map and GPS.
I carry two space blankets in my pack and keep a few extra in my truck.. I have been known to stay on the elk and the space blankets are light and do a pretty good job when you sleep out in the open or at a makeshift camp at night. I have used them multiple times. I always carry two days worth of food in case I don't make it back to camp or something happens. Water I refill every time I have a chance as I go through lots of water and you really don't know when you might be able to fill up again. I always carry a first aid kit with whistle and it includes (Celox sp?) Two ways to start a fire. Extra meds if you use any. I always carry 550 cord extra batteries, one headlamp Streamlight 14512 that strobes, a small but good flashlight Fenix PD32. 1/4 roll of duct tape. Extra socks. I also carry a gps but always have a map of the area I am in in my pack with a small compass. I'm sure I forgot something but all the above don't weigh much.
The best rescue kit is the one that you have with you. If it gets too heavy and too complicated it gets left behind because "it was only a short trip". I recommend that everyone that goes off the pavement get one of the lightweight Storm Kits sold by the Tacoma Mountain Rescue Unit. The trip contents are sealed in a waterproof can, which is small enough to carry in your hunting coat, and doubles as a cooking vessel. The cost is $20, and the contents are as follows:
◾Paper and Pencil
◾Plastic tube tarp
◾Weight: 12.3 oz
Last edited by Sawfish; 03-27-2014 at 11:39 AM.
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You can get them anywhere, Walmart, Cabelas Army Surplus Etc. They are very inexpensive and small when packed, about the size of a bar of soap or smaller.
Last edited by NVBird'n'Big; 03-26-2014 at 04:56 PM.
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