Cell phones & 2 way radios

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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby speakerboxx » Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:10 am

I always seem to forget mine at home. The reason i go hunting is to get away from things, and my phone being one of them...

Amen!!!!!. We do have walkie talkies though, designate times to check up on each other, esp. in nasty weather. Other than that, I leave the walkie talkie off.

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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby Patriot » Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:01 am

My cell phone has several upgrades:  a built in rangefinder, spotting scope, grunt call, crossbow, rifle, and knife.
Can I still use it?
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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby Jdbllung » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:09 am


My cell phone has several upgrades:  a built in rangefinder, spotting scope, grunt call, crossbow, rifle, and knife.

Can I still use it?

......and I thought mine was fancy with a flashlight, shheeeshh.[:D]
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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby Sailfish » Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:58 pm


My brothers and I use our cell phones to keep eachother company while we hunt.     

Me too. Except I don't have any brothers. I'll text the wife, or if I have a hunting buddy i'll text him telling him I'm heading in, visa versa.
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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby timm151 » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:09 am

I haven't talked to an agent yet but this came up during one of the Hunter Ed classes I teach.
A lot of outdoorsmen load a turkey sound or deer grunt sound on their phone as a ring tone. OK. now here is th delima. In Missouri you can not use artifical electronic calls during the hunt. You are in your Turkey blind and your buddy calls you. The hen purrign sound alearts a big ole Tom and he comes running to your decoy. BANG and you have your Thanksgiving Turkey. Was that legal. I think it would depend on the agent if one question and you were not intentially using the phone to call in the game. But other agents wouild probably thow the book at you.

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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby nateberly » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:49 pm

You can have cell phones in possession, but can't use them to aid in taking deer. (at least in MN) I think that is generally the case everywhere. I think they are talking about use during deer drives, or giving heads up on sightings that may be headed in a partners direction. I have always wondered how they monitor that though? I know DNR can hear walkies/2way radio, but to monitor texts or cell phone calls??? I don't know. I believe it is wrong to use them in that fashion anyway.

They are great to keep everyone updated on situations, or to give news of a harvest!

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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby prohunter » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:51 pm

cell phones and 2 way radios are a great hunting tool also, my wife and i use them all the time, except when trying to reload my muzzloader in a pinch and she asking me what i shot at , at that time i would like to sling it in the weeds.
But if your in trouble i cant of anyone i would like to talk to but my wife!
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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby scottflesher » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:42 pm

Joel, you're right on the money when it comes to the definiton of "aid".
In Ohio they are only illegal if you're using them to the detriment of the deer, letting standers know the deer are coming, etc.
My father and I use them but only from a safety standpoint. we both bowhunt from climbers and fixed tree stands (rarely are we on the ground) and we'll check in about every hour to make sure we got up in the tree OK, make sure one of us isn't falling asleep, and also to let each other know if one of us is heading back to the truck.
Never have we used the radios to the detriment of the deer.

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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby Powell1120 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:19 pm

Here in Iowa it is illeagal to use them to aid in taking deer. The group that I hunted with during our shotgun season would use radios to let each other know when all the pushers were in place. After that we would not use them again until it was time to round everyone up and head to the next farm. The DNR officers that patrolled that county had scanners and would keep tabs radio users. Our use of radios was only questioned once during a routine stop for licenses and tags when the officer noticed the radio screwed to the dash of one of the trucks. Once we explained to him the purpose that they served to us, as a safety device to make sure that we knew where everyone was when the drive started and there was not a hunter in a spot that he was not expected, he was fine with it. Looking back I think that we got lucky, I think that regulation like so many DNR documents, are extreamly gray in nature and partially left to officer interpritation. If the officer wanted to he probably could have used them to ruin our season.

Cell phones I believe are great for safety if you hunt alone. If you don't want people to bother you, you can always silence the ringer, and you would still have it incase of an accident.

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RE: Cell phones & 2 way radios

Postby Woods Walker » Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:05 pm

A cell phone to me represents EVERYTHING I go into the woods to escape from. If I had to carry one, I'd just as soon not go at all. I hate the damn things.

If I die out there, then I died on my terms, and after watching my parents rot away in a hospital bed like my mother, and my father in a home incapacitated by strokes, dying in the woods doing what I love doesn't seem quite so bad.
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