Locator beacon

Bullcan

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Last year I had an incident where I did not get hurt, but got me to thinking what if I had and could not walk to get help. ( I usually hunt solo ). I have started to look into getting a locator beacon of some sort, but wanted to get others opinions good or bad of what is offered. Any recommendations ?
 

taskswap

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I use an InReach Mini. Smallest and lightest option for me. Battery life is "ok" - about a day if you actively use it for its GPS tracking, and two weeks if you only turn it on twice a day to "check in". I have a pre-programmed "I'm ok" message set to go to my wife for my check-ins, and an "elk down" that goes to my hunt buddies if I'm in a group and it's pack-out time.

In my opinion it's kind of a clumsy device, it has some features like weather reporting that are either frustrating to use or don't work well. But for checking the box of "I broke my leg and need help where there's no cell service" it's been great for me.
 
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buckbull

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Another garmin in-reach here. We normally just keep it at the cabin since we have no cell or line service. I should probably carry it with me when I go to the deer stand and hunting alone.
 

Hilltop

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I guess I embrace the back country experience knowing that I am on my own- having something like that would take something away from the experience for me. Not faulting anyone that does it, the thread just surprised me as those thoughts just don't cross my mind.
 

Bullcan

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Honestly it never did me either. I joined ski patrol recently and just responding to the injuries that "could never happen to me" also got me thinking about it more.
 

buckbull

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Honestly it never did me either. I joined ski patrol recently and just responding to the injuries that "could never happen to me" also got me thinking about it more.
We got serious about safety when my sister almost lost her thumb to a crossbow. this was 2 years ago and her thumb is still f'd up.
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tim

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I had a spot for years, just moved to an inreach.

personally i don't get the mini. I just recreate in wet environments alot. My phone screen just acts real funny when water drops get on it. So i went with the bigger inreach. it is not small, but a good piece of mind. I do not use the tracking side of things.