Satellite Phones – the Necessary Accessory for Every Hunter

A satellite phone is a powerful safety tool that every hunter should carry with them. While we always hope that each hunting trip goes smoothly and successfully, we must always be prepared in case something goes awry. A satellite phone allows you to communicate with friends, family, or emergency services in the event that you become lost or injured. But, satellite phones provide more than just emergency communication, they also provide a way for you to check-in with your friends and family to let them know that you are okay. Continue reading to learn more about the features that make satellite phones such a necessary accessory for hunters. 

Global Communication

One of the reasons that a satellite phone is so important to bring on hunting trips is because they don’t rely on the same network as a cell phone. Cell phones are likely to lose service the moment that you walk into the woods, but a satellite phone, specifically one on the Iridium network, will provide you with reliable global communication no matter where you wander. You’ll no longer have to worry about whether your phone service reaches your favorite hunting spot when you have a satellite phone on hand. Instead, you can explore new areas without every worrying about losing service or the ability to reach out for help if you ever need it.

Built-In GPS 

Most satellite phones will come with built-in GPS, and this can be helpful in a number of ways. Depending upon the model phone you choose, some satellite phones allow you to send an automatic bread crumb trail of your GPS location to someone back home. This means that if you ever get lost or lose your way, that someone always knows where you are. You are also able to see your own GPS location and text it to others — whether you are just checking in or sending your location to request emergency services. 

S.O.S. Feature

Another handy feature that is available on some satellite phones like the Iridium Extreme 9575 is a one-touch S.O.S. button. This allows you to request help at the touch of one button. And while most hunting trips go on without a hitch or a problem, knowing you have this feature in case you ever need it provides peace of mind. 

Weather Resistant

Satellite phones are made for use in areas where normal cell phone service is scarce and for use during natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other emergency situations. This means that they are built strong to withstand the elements. A satellite phone is designed to be there when you really need it and most are designed to be weather resistant. For example, the Iridium  Extreme 9575 has an Ingress rating of IP65 against water and dust intrusion. So, no matter the weather, your satellite phone is there for you.

Why Every Hunter Should Carry a Satellite Phone

Satellite phones are great to have in case of emergency. Whether the weather takes an unexpected turn, someone gets injured, or you find yourself lost in the woods, a satellite phone can help you out of a lot of situations that could otherwise turn dangerous very quickly. Satellite phones are also a nice accessory if you just want to keep in touch with a friend or family member while you’re out on an extended hunting trip.  

In Case of Injury

In the event that you or someone else in your party is injured during a hunting trip, a satellite phone is the ideal form of communication, especially an Iridium phone that provides you with pole-to-pole global communication. And, while we know that you and any companions you hunt with are well-trained and experienced with your weapons, accidents can happen to anyone. Carrying a satellite phone with you will allow you to call for help in the event that an accident does occur.

Unexpected Inclement Weather

While we know that experienced hunters typically check the weather forecast before a hunting trip, weather isn’t always 100% predictable. For example, a light snow doesn’t make for a dangerous experience but if that light snowfall unexpectedly turns into a blizzard, you may have a problem on your hands. Having a satellite phone with you will ensure that you get help if you ever need it.

Communication With Family or Friends

While satellite phones are great for emergency situations, some hunters like to bring one just to keep in contact with a friend or family member while they are out hunting. Having a satellite phone is especially convenient for longer hunting trips where you may be away from home for days at a time. 

In the Event That You Get Lost

A satellite phone is also a great tool to have available in the event that you get lost while hunting. If you’re hunting in a new area or just find yourself off the beaten trail, you can use a satellite phone to view your location or send it to a friend, family member, or emergency personnel if you are in need of help. 

Top Satellite Phone and Accessory Picks for Hunters

Iridium Extreme 9575

The Iridium Extreme 9575 is the ultimate satellite phone to carry with you while you’re hunting. It features a one-touch S.O.S. button, built-in GPS, an Ingress rating of IP65, and works with the global Iridium satellite network. This satellite phone is also available in several colors including standard black, sporting camo, and safety yellow.  

Thuraya SatSleeve+

The Thuraya SatSleeve isn’t a satellite phone in its own right, but instead, actually transforms your smartphone into a satellite phone. It works with most iOS and Android smartphones and works by way of a mobile app that is available in 12 languages. 

26-W Solar Panel Battery Pack Combo

This combo pack allows you to charge most satellite phones or small electronics with the power of the sun. A satellite phone may have impressive global service, but that doesn’t matter much if the battery isn’t charged. This solar panel battery ensures that you’ll always have a way to charge your phone no matter where you find yourself. 

Satellite Phone Rentals

If you find yourself enjoying the occasional hunt, but don’t go often enough to invest in purchasing a satellite phone, Outfitter Satellite offers daily satellite phone rentals. We even include free 2-day delivery* for rentals being shipped within the continental United States.

Satellite Phone Trade-In Program

At Outfitter Satellite, we will also buy back your old satellite phone and give you money that you can put towards the purchase price of a new phone. If you own a satellite phone and are ready for an upgrade, this is a fantastic option.

Shop Satellite Phones at Outfitter Satellite

Are you an avid hunter? Do you enjoy spending time in the wilderness by yourself? We understand how peaceful and tranquil it can be to spend time outdoors on your own. It gives you a chance to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature. However, we want you to be safe while you are enjoying your hunting trip, and bringing a satellite phone with you in case of emergency is a great way to ensure your safety. Shop the satellite phones at Outfitter Satellite today to prepare for your next big hunting trip.