I don't care about battery life, and they are usually recovered before the battery dies. A lot of tracking is done by aircraft. Just a personal preference. I'm a bit of a strange bird anyway. For me, its mostly public land, no hunting from trees (yes, I know that you can do that here in Alabama) or in planted fields. I'm not into archery because I am a gun nut. And I like my sandwiches with Mayo on both sides.
No such thing as a stupid question. What is stupid is not asking it.