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Thanks

Thanks Kevin for letting the rest of us benefit from the time and effort you put into your research. 

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I'm not too bright. I've been

I'm not too bright. I've been hunting elk for 30 years alone. No GPS, maps,or even a compass. No way to get ahold of me, or a way for me to get ahold of anybody.

 

I guess i'm lucky, but there's no wife to worry either. I won't amuse you by telling you how I never get lost.

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my Wife

I am almost 60 years, i will be before next season, and i don't worry about getting lost, i have hunted the swamps in Michigan most of my life, and the Mountains out west sence 1986, but with my age now, and being 1600 miles from home, my Wife worries, if spending $275.00 on a PLB will keep her happy, it is worth every penny of it, because i plan on chasing Elk for at-least 10 more years.

There is a old saying, ( when Mama aint happy no one is happy ), when your married that statement is very true.

Kevin

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Yes, I remember that when I

Yes, I remember that when I was married. Probably why i'm single now.  Big smile

 

btw...10 more years for you will be easy. I'll be 69 in a couple of weeks, and i'm not close to quitting.

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Awesome

That is awesome, i will hunt them as long as i can, the hard part for me being a flatlander is adjusting to the elevation change. it is only 850' where i live here in Michigan,

if you don't mind me asking, what part of CO are you in ?

Kevin

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I'm in Buena Vista. Altitude

I'm in Buena Vista. Altitude is 8000ft. So, going to 11,000ft hardly affects me. Especially, since i'm always up there scouting all summer.

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safety first

Safety is first but if this is onetime deal is there the possibility of renting a device?

 

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Rent

There are places that rent the units, i don't remember how much for sure ?. but i think it would have cost me close to $90.00 a trip to rent one. so for me, i go out west every year, and i can't always count on having a partner. so just buying one is better for me.

Kevin

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As a suggestion to any out

As a suggestion to any out there that are thinking of buying one, take a regular GPS unit out into the woods where you plan on hunting and see if you can get a signal to lock onto it.  A friend had a SPOTS this year where I was hunting in 3 different areas and he could not get a good signal in any of them. 

You got to love hunting in the mountains. 

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YEP

In my research that was the biggest complaint with the Spot, that is why i wouldn't own one.

it is just like a GPS, a cheap GPS wont pick up a signal in some places. ( ie, over head cover )         a good one Will.

But you are right, it wouldn't hurt to check your area,

Kevin

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