PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) and GPS
Essential Survival Tools for the Backcountry

PLB – Personal Locator Beacon

ACR resQlink and Fast Find personal locator beaconsACR PLB-375 ResQLink+ 406 Buoyant Personal Locator Beacon – I can’t say this strongly enough or often enough, everyone that hunts, hikes, camps, backpacks or fishes outside of cell coverage should carry a PLB.

Our new ACR PLB replaces our older FastFind PLB, which is still operational but needs to be refit with a new 5 year battery (Read our PLB Review).

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Why a PLB? Nearly every week, someone dies or suffers for many hours (see examples) because they can’t call for help. If injured, they waste that precious “golden hour” trying to find help.

For Momma’s Piece of Mind – We spend thousands of dollars on toys, games and gear, but most don’t have a simple PLB. I have my “wish I had a PLB” story, and it will never happen again. View Top-Rated PLBs

GPS – Global Positioning System

garnim gpsmap 64s gps unitHandheld GPS –  Over the years, GPS has saved me from hiking and packing hundreds of extra miles because I knew exactly where I was and exactly where I wanted to go. I always “ping” the truck before heading out into the back country.

I have used a variety of backpack & handheld GPS for work as a biologist even before the U.S. military unscrambled the signal in 2000 so everyone could benefit from GPS technology.

GPS is a must for hunters that need to find property lines or to find game cameras left in remote areas. I still have an old Megellan GPS, but with our new Garmin 64s GPS, I have real mapping, storage and data transfer options since most places on my favorite hunting unit does not have cell coverage. The current model is the Garmin 67i:

Game Camera/Trail Camera

mule deer buck taken with moultrie trail cam

Moultrie M-888 Game Camera (Read our Review and see photos): What a fun tool. To me, the game camera ranks up there with fishing rods and rifles for outdoor fun (click on mule deer buck photo too).

It’s a great tool for managing property for white-tailed deer and for identifying movement patterns.

Here in the West where there is more wild land and animal patterns are less predictable, it’s just plain fun to see what you can capture on a photo.

Trail cameras are not just another hunting gadget for Dad, but an educational tool for the whole family. See current Moultrie A900i.

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