We carry radios. Some of the area I hunt is rather remote and it is a saftey thing. Plus when someone shoots it's always good to see if they need help. They come in handy getting everyone out of the woods at the same time.
We don't use them for hunting as far as spotting deer I personally feel it is unfair advantage.
I use to use one when I hunted with friends. I kinda quit. I'd be slipping through the woods or on stand and it was always " tracks over here looks like a spike" yeah I know but hes an old guy so every track he sees is a spike. Anyway or its " there is a hunter moving up the hill. he's wearing a red coat with a hood. He's got blue jeans on. Looks like redwing 10" boots and the left one is coming untied. he's got a hump back shot gun I can't tell if its a remington or a browning but its in rough shape. you guys seeing anything? what do you think about after this we go over there to that spot where blah blah shot that deer 6 years ago. Anyone been in there lately? well I can't see that guy any more. he never knew I was here. I wonder where he came from? Whats the sign look like where you guys are?" anyway I gave up on them kinda my son and I have them but its for stuff like "I'm ready to go cause I'm freezing." Then I have the cell.
I use radios in addition to a cell phone for safety reasons. When I hunt with a party of the regular 4 there are 2 guys that chatter about everything they see from other hunters to deer sign to whatever. The other guy is my constant hunting partner and we have a private channel we use that the other 2 are unawre of. We talk every 2 hours and keep the talk down low to a min. In my opinion there is a clear use for radios but it can be abused with senseless chatter.
I disagree to some extent, When me and some of my hunting buddies get a chance to hunt together we have found it helpful using our phones to text message. One might have a different view of a field, swamp or woods and could let a buddy know to be on gaurd, get gun ready, rattle horns, grab grunt tube/doe bleet. It worked great for me last year. My buddy was sitting in an oak ridge to my west about 200 yards from me and spotted some does making there way down a fenceline to my east, I couldn't see them until they got about 50 yards to my east. I filled a doe tag that night.
sometimes my new partner will text me ,hes alot younger than me,i actually just started cuz of him but we dont use it to hunt because it's illegal here in NY too.last year he was texting me from ithaca and i was about 200 miles away in a tree:biggrin:kind of passes the time.I obviously have my cell with me,for safety reasons and it has a camera for deer pics and i can play poker on it
I cannot find any documentation on the NH fish and game website or the hunting digest that prohibits the use of radios for the purpose of aiding other hunters in there successes. I think years ago this was illegal activity. I will e-mail them to verify this.
I know it was illegal a few years ago but hey things change and no one bothers to tell me. happens all the time. I know its true for the moose still. Heck you can't even vocally say "look over there! there is a moose." unless you are the permittee or the named the sub permittee.
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