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BILL J. 12-31-2004 02:31 PM

On call in the woods...
Just wondering if anyone else out there has to carry a pager or cell phone with them 24/7, and how do you deal with it when you're trying to enjoy the outdoors? I work for a propane company, and I have to dipatch drivers when someone runs out of gas, and deal with any problems at our wholesale terminal. This was the first year I've carried the phone, and whenever I was out bowhunting, all I could think was "When is this thing going to go off?". It drove me nuts. I couldn't relax and take everything in. Hopefully it's just because it's new, but I can't let this ruin one of the only things I truly enjoy...

By the way, Happy New Year! Good luck to anyone venturing in the woods in the short time that's left. Wisconsin's season ends Jan. 3rd, and hopefully I will be able to get out a couple of times this weekend!!

Archer18 12-31-2004 02:54 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
heres what you do

turn it off when your hunting in the woods, if they ask tell them that you didnt get any service out there

hey it might work :D

fastfire 12-31-2004 03:33 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
Do what I did if the phone does not have it you can get it set up for it.
Vibration ringer almost no noise.
When the phone rings all you hear or feel is a small vibration from the phone.
Down side you have to keep it where you can feel it.

johnch 12-31-2004 05:34 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
I am on call 1 out of 6 weeks ,I am a electrion. I turn the cell off And turn the pager to vibrate and hunt .
I was called 2 times this fall ,both times I was hunting . I took 2 hours + to get to work each time but I got there. I told my boss Page me and I will call in ,I am not going to wait at home for you to call I have a life.

bob d 12-31-2004 05:42 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
turn it on silent and hunt away if a call comes you can answer it when it is safe to do so

dkeener 12-31-2004 06:50 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
I have the same problem. Pager is on vibrate mode or silent mode, and the phone stays off until I am ready to return a page.

SIDEWAYS 12-31-2004 09:54 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
Bill, I put my phone on vibrate and speak quietly if I have to answer it. I don't turn it off in case something should happen, I might not have the time to wait for it to power up and search for a signal.

drstalker 12-31-2004 10:05 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
Yeah Bill,I hunt with my pager I'm on call for a week every 4-six week kinda like johnch,but I'm a High voltage lineman.Matter of fact I'll be hunting tomorow and am on call this week.Only two weeks left in our archery season,and I gotta try out my new used Chippewa wedge loc treestand.Put it on vibrate in a chest pocket.

Greg / MO 12-31-2004 10:29 PM

RE: On call in the woods...
I work in outside sales for a Fortune 300 company, and do a lot of hunting during what should normally be work time. ;):D Two weeks ago, I sat through a conferece call for an hour and a half listening to the company's vice president yammer on about our new compensation plan as 11 does wandered past. A couple almost made it into shooting range, and I slid the phone into my shirt pocket. After they passed, I got the phone out and put it back to my ear. Yep, still yammering! :D

Three nights ago I took a doe as her and her partner approaced to within 10 yards. My wife called at that exact moment, and I just knew they were going to hear the phone buzzing in my pocket (everything was blanketed in a foot of snow, so it was extra quiet out there), but they didn't. As soon as the ringing (or vibrating, as it were) stopped, I came to full draw and put some more meat in the freezer.

BILL J. 01-01-2005 12:47 AM

RE: On call in the woods...
I never knew so many of us carried phones and pagers!! I always turn my phone to "pager mode" so it makes no noise, and so far this year I've recieved about 10-15 calls while out in the woods. I just think it takes so much away from the hunting experience when you have a piece of the real world in your pocket.
JOHNCH, right on the money about having a life and not waiting at home for things to happen at work. I feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one with this dilemma. Thanks for the posts!! Happy New Year again....

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