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Location: Meridian, Idaho
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Spot

I invested in a spot this year and would highly recommend getting one. So far I have not had any problems with it not getting a signal. I have the newest generation 2 I think they call it. It is a little slow sometimes taking upwards of 10 minutes to know they have sent a signal. But if nothing else and it's your last chance at survival it's worth a shot.

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Survive

Until you are in a pickle in a remote place you do not realize how tricky it can be.  That is not the time to think of solutions.  I have only been out west a couple times but it amazed me how unprepared some people were for anything but the best of situations.

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Excellent article! Hunters

Excellent article! Hunters should always go out prepared for the worst! I know of a guy that got lost the night before opening day. He walked a little ways from camp and didn't return back until search and rescue found him the next afternnoon! All he was going to do was do some scouting and all he took was a bottle water! Lesson learned, put some jerky and granola bars and always take plenty of water. You can still pack lightly and have enough stuff in your pack to survive a night or two. Take at least two lighters and waterproof matches and a flint. You never know whats going to work when you need it.

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GREAT article and ADVICE!!!!

GREAT article and ADVICE!!!! I am in total agreement with what everyone has said. I make sure in my back pack that I carry the following, matches(waterproof), lighter, space blanket, firestarter, a sharp knife and stones, compass, fishing line and hook, and game bags( the bags will help keep you warm if needed). And also carry plenty of snack food(at least enough for overnight). There are some items that i will be adding to my pack, thank to the article!! For myself I dress in layers, due to the sudden change in the weather here in Co. Thanks to everyone and May everyone be lucky this year on their hunt BE SAFE!!

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Water

+1 on the water.  Never stop drinking it.  I keep my camelbak hose right next to my face while sleeping.  If at any time I wake up in the slightest subconscious state throughout the night, I've trained myself to take a long draw from the hose.  It makes all the difference 12 hours later in the middle of the day.

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It is important to drink not

It is important to drink not only in hot weather, but cold weather too.  You can easily get dehydrated when it is cold so drink up in all weather conditions.

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Location: Colorado western slope
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Be prepared for everything

Be prepared for everything and most importantly be aware of your own limitations.

I drew a mountain goat tag a few years ago and due to all my preseason scouting felt sure I would get one in a couple of days. After three days of nothing my friend was forced to go home. I had a few opportunities on some good goats after that but was forced to call it off after several hours of stalking because of the terrian. I'm sure I could have made it but knew if I slipped going farther or coming back down it could be days before they found me. That was not the place to be hunting alone and I was not prepared for it.

Maybe in another 15 years I'll get another chance.lol

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SPOT

Good tips.  Back to the basics of safety is always a good idea. Let people know where you are going and when you plan to be back, carry water and a means of making fire, plus a shelter - can't argue with any of that.  I also pack a cell phone but hunt where coverage is not always available.  I also just picked up one of those SPOT satellite beacons - just in case.

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One of the biggest things you

One of the biggest things you can do in the Rockies is just let someone know exactly where you will be hunting or fishing.  I always tell a couple of family members and even some friends.

The buddy system is always a good bet as well!  There is nothing that beats the Rockies!  I have hunted there my whole life.

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While having a survival kit

While having a survival kit with all the bells and whistles is very important, how many people who carry this equipment actually can effectively use it when called for.  Always remmber to practice with your survival gear.

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