While it sounds like a great idea, phone companies say a viral "tip" is bogus.

Mainers can find themselves without cell service pretty regularly in the woods. This is partially why a "survival tip" blew up on social media. The claim was if you were to be lost or in dire circumstances, you could update your voicemail with your whereabouts, even without cell service. In premise, it seemed like it would actually work and be useful if one were to get lost. The tip, however, has been proven false.

According to AP News, you need service or a data connection to update your voicemail. Numerous cellphone providers confirmed to the Associated Press, including Verizon and T-Mobile, cell service or a form of data connection like wifi is needed. Before adventuring deep into the woods updating your voicemail with where you're going, when you plan to be back, and who you're with is a good idea. Just make sure to have service.

Mainers who spend time hiking, hunting, or fishing in the woods, know-how spotty cell coverage can be. It stresses the importance of basic survival skills, which can be life-saving. Hunter education courses teach basic skills and require building a small survival kit, packed with essential items. Compass work is also a component of these classes, including calculating magnetic declination.

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Recently The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife shared fall safety tips for those spending time in the woods. You can read more below.

True Events That Happened In Maine That Should Be Made Into Horror Movies

From time to time you see a local headline that reads like the synopsis to a horror movie. Maine has seen its fair share of grizzly murders, ghost stories, and possible proof of cryptid beats in the woods. While some stories may be hard to prove true, their basis is believable enough to live in infamy in local folklore. Here are five movie-grade events that happened in Maine that we'd watch if turned into a horror flick.