Recognizing the Dangers You Could Face In Deer Hunting

By: rhusain
When a person goes for hunting in the forest, there is always a chance that he might get lost. During this time until he can be found by the searchers he must take care of himself and use any kit for his survival. In this article you will find the tips if you face this situation.

I made no attempt to keep track of my wanderings and I never recognized any of the natural landmarks in the region or met any other hunter who could give me my location. On the sixth day, I made my way out of the woods at a point which was about four miles from the place where I had entered. I did not carry a compass on the trip and I never knew my exact location, although I was never lost in the sense that I did not know the general direction out of the woods.

I was able to kill plenty of meat, but I was not able to eat by the clock. One night I was forced to spend the night with an empty stomach. Most of the rabbits which I snared were caught only to feed foxes and owls. I was able to retrieve two for my own use and the rest of my food was procured by shooting. I lost five pounds during my "ordeal" and I am sure that this was caused by an unbalanced diet rather than from any lack of sufficient food. I missed coffee, fruit and vegetables and my intake of meat increased as the end of the week neared, so that if I had remained for a longer period of time, I might have had trouble in shooting enough game for my needs.

This experience gave me enough confidence in my self so that I have never had fear of the woods since that time. Possibly I lacked the intelligence to recognize any existing danger and I probably lacked the imagination that would cause me to fear any possible danger before it actually materialized. In any case, it showed me that there is a big difference between being in the woods voluntarily and in being lost. This difference is in a man's mental attitude and if a lost man can overcome this fear of danger, the danger itself will disappear. If a lost man can take care of himself until the sun comes out, he can usually find his way out of the woods by himself-if searchers have not yet found him. If others do not know that he is lost, and there is no search, it is necessary for him to depend on his own efforts.

Following streams out of the woods is one way to reach civilization. This is often difficult yet usually sure. I prefer to follow the ridges where the vegetation is less troublesome and the visibility is better. Most of these ridges follow the general course of the streams and may be followed without the trouble of wading swamps and crossing streams, something which the stream follower is sure to encounter.

If a lost man can take care of himself until the sun comes out, he can usually find his way out of the woods by himself-if searchers have not yet found him. If others do not know that he is lost, and there is no search, it is necessary for him to depend on his own efforts.
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