So fall is fast approaching and to the avid outdoorsman that means only one thing, it’s almost hunting season! That’s a good thing right? Well to the hunter you bet it is, time to get that gear ready to go and the guns all sighted in so that big trophy buck won’t have a chance this year. That means getting plenty of meat to fill the freezer, some sausage and of course a bit of jerky.
Every year hunters head out into the back country in search of just those things, good times with their buddies and the thrill of the hunt all for the hope of that trophy buck. But every year there is also those stories of hunters getting lost or even killed by not being prepared.
I remember once when I was on a hunting trip a few years back hunting in unfamiliar area and the worst happened to me. Me and some buddies were all hunting in a line about a quarter mile apart and we were going to meet up on a logging road several miles in, unfortunately they stuck me too far down the line and I never met up with the road because it turned another direction and I kept walking. Well after a while I figured something was wrong and stopped to think things through. Lucky for me I had my compass and small survival pack with me and knew which direction base camp was, so I figured out which direction I needed to go and started hiking and sure enough I found it several hours later, sat down by the fire and took it easy for a bit. Finally one of my buddies came back to camp to get some food and found me there by the fire. He said everyone was out looking for me since I never made it to the logging road where we were all going to meet back up and he was glad to see me.
This just goes to show that even experienced hunters can have unforeseen things happen and they need to be prepared. I was lucky and things could have turned out much worse. But it just goes to show you that you need to be ready and prepared for when things go wrong. Wilderness survival equipment is vital when hiking or hunting in wilderness areas. Even the most experienced hunters should anticipate possible emergencies that could leave them stranded or lost. A compass and map might keep someone on the right track, but an unforeseen emergency could still occur. Emergency survival gear might mean the difference between life and death until help arrives. I got lucky and it all worked out but that doesn’t mean it will the next time.
The moral of this story is all hunters should carry some sort of a basic emergency survival kit when hunting, a basic kit would include; a compass, fire starter, water or the means to purify water and a good survival knife, and some sort of signaling device, a small first aid kit placed in a waterproof container and should also allow a person to treat an injury or medical emergency, ranging from insect bites to broken bones. These kits might also include a tent, tarp, and emergency blanket and food. These items will allow someone who is lost or hurt the means to survive and build a shelter for warmth and protection from the elements from natural items found in the environment around them. Everyone should practice using all items in the survival kit before venturing into remote areas. This ensures that the tools work properly in an emergency situation and helps you become familiar with them. Take a week end and go somewhere close to home with the kit you’ve assembled and practice some basic survival skills and see how it works and figure out if you have what you need to survive, remember a good boy scout is always prepared.
To make it through a wilderness emergency takes more than luck, it takes brains and skills. It requires preparedness and survival gear suited to the environment you will be hunting in. Emergency supplies should be able to prolong life in extremely hot or cold environments by giving the outdoorsman/ hunter the means to provide food, water, fire and shelter.
Author: The Survival Guy