When you are out hunting with family and friends chances are you will not be right next to each other throughout the entire day. That means a little boredom is bound to set in at times. One of the best ways to overcome that is to have you and the rest of your hunting party communicate with radios. That is why we have taken some time to pick out and review some of the best hunting radios for you.
Summary: Top 5 Best Hunting Radios
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Key Features Found in a Good Model Hunting Radio
Here are some of the main characteristics that are nice to have in any model huntig radio that you purchase:
- Clear and simple voice communication
It does not do much good to have radios with you when hunting if the communication between you and your fellow hunters is all garbled. Look for a hunting radio that has a reputation for sending and receiving transmissions clearly. One with an auto squelch feature helps you have clearer conversations too.
You also want a call activation button that is simple to work and you don’t want to have to go to great lengths to get your radio setup to communicate with everyone in your hunting party.
- Large channel selection
Hunting is a popular sport. As a result of that you may be in the field, marsh or woods at the same time as other groups of hunters. Having radios with multiple channels gives you a better chance of finding an open channel with no voice interference from other radio users.
- Long range
Hey, let’s face it, even though a hunting radio may claim to have a long range those distances are based on perfect transmitting conditions. That is something you are never going to get when you are hunting with family and friends. Look for a radio that will still send and receive well up to a mile in range.
- Durability/Weather handling
When you are out hunting you will subject your radio to some pretty harsh conditions. You when it to be sturdy enough to survive the occasional bump against something or the occasional drop. A waterproof hunting radio also is nice to own if you hun in wet areas or in wet conditions.
- Headset Compatible
When you are out hunting chances are you want to be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. If you have an ear piece that you can connect to your radio it helps make your radio a hands free device. A headset will also keep your conversations quieter which is important so your communication does not scare your game away.
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These two radios were one of the biggest surprises as we reviewed how users felt about their walkie talkie products. All indications are that they have a very decent range and the voice communications come in loud and clear on them.
These hunting radios have a generous 16 channels to select from for use too. That means you should easily be able to avoid interference from third party users on the same frequency. One of the nicer characteristics of these hunting radios is that they have built in power savings settings. This will make up a little for their somewhat average battery life.
The kit they come in has everything you need to get started using these radios for hunting too. This even includes belt clips and ear pieces to help make them as hands free as possible.
- 16 Channels to choose from
- Clear voice transmission
- 1 mile range
- Power saving features
- Battery life is just ‘OK’
If you like to use a radio that is simple to operate and has clear reception when hunting, then you definitely want to check out these radios. Galwad has done a nice job making them easy to use and effective.
These radios offer sixteen different channels to choose from and some convenient memory presets too. There is also an automatic squelching system built into them that constantly helps keep your conversations clear.
The battery life is pretty good on these radios too. In case of emergency there is an alarm button and high powered flashlight installed in them too. These are great for hunting, hiking, camping and when vacationing with more than one vehicle traveling together.
- 16 Channels with memory
- Built-in high power flashlight
- Continuous automatic squelch system
- Ear Piece compatible (included)
- Poor owner’s manual
- No lighted digital display
Here are some very well designed hunting radios that are very compact. They certainly will not get in your way when hunting. They have a more than acceptable range and the communication that comes across them is very clear.
These radios will allow you to chat on any one of 22 different channels. They are very simple to use and program too. Part of the reason they are easy to operate is because of their generous size backlit digital display. All the information on them shows up in clear big letters and numbers.
Unfortunately these radios do not come with rechargeable batteries. They use AAA batteries only but this does have the advantage of keeping these hunting radios very lightweight. They have a nice camouflage paint scheme on the outside of them too.
- Large channel selection
- Camouflage design pattern
- Backlit LED display
- Good quality sound
- Batteries are not rechargeable
- Very small palm size radios
We are not going to even begin to pretend that these radios have a 36 mile range. That is under ideal conditions and that will never happen when hunting. We will tell you though that there range is much better than average and more than adequate.
There is a lot you can do with these radios. They have a big channel selection and you can program most of them using several different preset options. Also included is a handy vibrate feature when you are trying to be silent and not alert your intended game to your presence.
They can handle use in foul weather conditions too. They are not waterproof but they are very water resistant. These radios include a supplied headset too which makes them really convenient to use when you are hunting.
- Very good range
- Huge channel selection
- Easy to read backlit display
- Water resistant
- No group calling feature
- Instruction manual needs improvement
These are a very good working and lightweight two way radio. They work great for hunting, fishing, camping and just about any other outdoor activity you can think of. They have a good range and the communication over them is usually loud and clear.
They have several different channels to choose from when talking so you don’t ever have to have conversations that are constantly being interfered with. They automatic squelching feature helps to keep your conversations on them crystal clear at all times too.
These also feature a nice backlit digital display and they have a built-in torch features to help you safely find your way at night too. Best of all these are a very budget friendly set of two-way radios.
- Very good sound quality
- Budget friendly
- 3 mile range
- Backlit LED display w/torch light
- No rechargeable batteries
- They cannot be used with a headset
All of these radios that you can use for hunting have some nice features built into them that give them some advantages over the other models. If we had to choose the one we like best we would have to pick the Ammiy BaoFeng BF-888S Rechargeable Long Range two way radios.
There was just a lot to like about this radio as far as using it for hunting. It has very good range for one thing and the communication with it comes in very clear. They also feature an easy to read backlit display and a generous channel selection too. This radio is compact and lightweight for a rechargeable hunting radio. What puts them over the top is the belt clip and earpieces that come with these radios that make them virtually hands free to use.
You really want to check these hunting radios out closer before you make your final decision on which radio model to buy.