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Survival 101: A compass is useless if left in the truck

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For years, my father has given me compasses as gifts: pin on compasses, technical palm compasses, even a small, easy-to-carry neon blue compass with a built-in survival whistle.

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Other than it being tradition, I never really appreciated his nagging concern for my safety.

That all changed Saturday while hunting ruffed grouse in a remote section of Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.

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