The coolest piece of technology I've incorporated into my hunts has been the Garmin Rino gps/radio.
|Rino by Garmin|
Since then, the Rino has added so much pleasure to my hunts. I won't leave home without it. These powerful little 5w radios have built in gps's that let you broadcast your position as well as see the gps location of your hunting buddies on a topo map displayed on the Rino's screen.
|Mike Frasca navigates with his Rino gps/radio|
|Ryan Springer's 2006 Idaho Elk|
1. Get Help: If you fall and break your leg, your buddies can locate you. Even if you are unconscious your buddys can "ping" your position to locate you. With the rugged terrain of Western Colorado that's not a bad thing to have.
2. On public land like we hunt it is very useful to know exactly where your hunting partners are so that you are not stumbling on top of each other unnecessarily or hunting the same draw. You can actually set your radio to alert you if you come within a certain distance of a hunting partner.
3. You can transmit hunting hot spots, dangerous cliffs, or locations of last blood while tracking to your fellow bowhunters.
At our stage of life, hunting its not so much about the killing as it is about sharing the hunting adventure and friendship and camaraderie built around high mountain campfires. The Rino gps/radio has enhanced our hunting experience by letting everyone in our hunting party share in the exhilaration and excitement at the very moment a buddy unleashes an arrow at the big one. It just doesn't get any better than that dude.
Lets go hunting!