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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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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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Great article

Thanks for the fantastic article.

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Great article. I mean really

Great article. I mean really great. Gave me some things to think about planning my first elk hunt in Colorado solo.

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me too!!

One of the first things I tell new soldiers to the unit out here (Carson) is that ANYTIME they go into the woods they need to have a survival kit with them.  There are too many varibles to just go on the "It'll be FINE!" mantra.  With the firemaking/starting portion- VERY important to practice.  I am a flint and steel man and also carry several cotton balls soaked in Vaseline (fit in zip loc snak bags).  A good fixed blade knife and means to sharpen it are also important.  My 2cents.....SFC B

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Good information

On thing not covered so far are “Personal Locator Beacons” (PLB's) that are used for ocean going boats/ships, downed pilots and mountain climbers, to name a few. One person talked about using a “Spot”, the only problem with them you have pay a monthly charge and runs on second generation satellite technology and not very reliable. If you read the reviews on them, they are not rated very good. PLB's start a $250 and the batteries last four years, unless you need to deploy the antenna and use it. They are samll enough you don't even know you are carring one. If used or the battery goes dead after four years, they can be sent back and fixed. Once you buy one you have to register them with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with all your family information/emergency numbers at no cost. Then NOAA has you update your unit every four years to keep your contacts current. Some PLB's have strobe lights built in and when deployed, they send your exact GPS location to NOAA via satellite. NOAA then contact contacts emergency personnel and provides them with your location and family contact information. I got mine when I went to Wyoming in 2008 and even use it here in Missouri, because in most areas away from the roads or in valleys there is no cell coverage. I wouldn't trust my life to anything else and a GPS to find my way home.

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PLB vs Spot

The disadvantage of a PLB is that it cannot transmit messages but it is a valuable tool.  The third generation Spot's are out that enable one on the data receiving end to track your movements and send preprogram messages.

I've been fortunate in that I own a personal satellite phone which is expensive to purchase and requires a plan like a Spot.  However, folks might not be aware that in order for the satellites to locate you or allow a transmission, you need at least three satellites as does your GPS to triangulate your location.  If you are in a ravine, this often is not possible.  But all three alternatives can be a life saver.  While most of you will not be trying to guide a helicopter to a snake bit porter in the remote mountain jungle of Central America, the Rockies can be equally unforgiving.  Each year we lose hunters in blizzards and falls who end up being found during Spring thaw...not a good end to a hunt!

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