Frank Hanel, owner and general manager of KRAI Radio in Craig says the Buckskin Network has been phenomenally successful in getting important messages to hunters in years past.
"There's no question it's solved a lot of issues over time," he
While the radio executive argues that widespread cell phone use has cut demand for the service, he
nonetheless agrees hunters should not solely rely on wireless handsets. Hanel
and others acknowledge mobile phones are not always dependable in remote, rugged parts of the state, where phone networks are not as robust and communications towers not as plentiful.In many rural areas, Enhanced 911 (E911) technology that enables law-enforcement officials to zero in on a lost or injured person calling from a mobile phone in an emergency is not yet readily available.
"If somebody comes from a big city and is using one of (the phones) that just doesn't work out there, then the Buckskin Network is extremely valuable," Hanel