Personal Location Beacons, whats the best (service) out there.

0002s

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West TX
Going on a hunt this year and wanted to get a PLB or a service.

Anybody have any experience or there go to?
 

kiwikid

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This is what my wife uses here in New Zealand. They are available in the USA and are about the smallest unit available.


The batteries last 7 years and can be replaced. Here in NZ once you have bought it and registered it there are no further charges and I think the same applies in the US.

It is staggering how many hunters and trampers have been saved here in NZ because they took a PLB along for the walk.

I hope this helps.
 

dok7mm

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Check out the Garmin InReach. It does all you could need.....GPS, SOS, Texting, Mapping, Base Camp, Sharing movements with friends and long lasting battery.

Been using mine for about 5 years, works great. My son borrowed mine for Artic hunt and I stayed in touch with every day.
 

warboar21

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I also used the Garmin inReach. It’s nice being able to keep in contact with my wife in case something happens. If others hunting with you have it then you can link them up and see where they are at and communicate with them. That came in handy when we put an elk down and needed the help packing out it out.
 

XSIVSPD

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I'm another one that's super happy with my InReach.

Thankfully I haven't had to use the emergency function yet, but the ability to call for help packing a moose 4 miles out over a mountain range was pretty invaluable. Also used it to call a water taxi to get my wife and I back to civilization after a gear malfunction while camping. We probably woundnt have died, but we'd have been miserable and probably sick from the cold and wet otherwise.

I tend to do most of my hunting solo, on foot, and pretty remote (easy to do here in Alaska) so my wife being able to make sure I'm still alive without bothering me (just hitting the "update location" button on the web map she logs on to) and knowing we can both contact each other if needed, gives her enough peace of mind to allow me to do more hunting 😁
 
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