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Hunting Survival Skills

Hunters love the great outdoors, but they also have a healthy respect for it and the creatures of that environment. Whether on a mountain top, in the forest, or by a river there are always clear and present dangers especially when you’re a long way from home.
There are also those situations for which you cannot plan in hunting (weather in particular can be unruly). So it’s really up to each individual to train themselves in basic survival skills in case some of those unplanned mishaps or dangers rear up and leave you stranded or lost.

When you’re planning your hunting trip, have appropriate clothing for whatever weather forecast you have (but also be ready for something worse). Learn how to build a fire even in the rain, pack a compass, and teach yourself the symptoms of hypothermia and how best to treat it alone. Hypothermia results in shaking, difficult speech, and a intense sense of weariness. You need to get dry and SLOWLY drink some warm liquids. If possible put something warm and dry on your head too.

While you’re at it create a survival kit that’s only used in an emergency. This kit should contain things like basic first aid, extra matches or lighter, a flair or whistle (to signal with), dry rations, pocket knife, flash light with fresh batteries, string, blanket, small pot (to purify water), and even a small tent if you have space. Because it’s plausible that your clothing could become totally wet, a spare set of dry clothes is also a good idea.

Next, take the time to get a map and familiarize yourself with the hunting area. If possible, go to the land before your hunt and explore different areas. This will help you discern spots from which to stay away like steep inclines and cliffs.

By far the biggest rule of survival is to keep a clear head if you’re lost or injured. This isn’t the time to run in circles and panic. Rather, now you should stop and think. Try not to move much. You need to get your bearings before trying any “plan.” Pay attention to staying dry, warm, and as hydrated as the situation allows. Note that if you have traveled with other hunters and told them beforehand your general direction and return time (which is an excellent safety precaution) they will likely be looking for you as well. If you move, you could go further off in a direction they didn’t anticipate.

Make sure that you bone up on your hunting survival skills well before you head to the woods.

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