Hunting is a sport unlike any other. The thrill of the hurt and the joy being out in nature is a truly amazing experience. Unfortunately, the same beautiful landscape that draws many people it can also be deadly! Getting lost while hunting in the wilderness is a real threat and it could happen to anyone. Today we are going to learn what you should do if you find yourself lost in the woods.
Tell Someone Your Going Hunting
What if there was something that you could do before you even set off into the wood that would help rescuers find you? Well, there is! By simply telling a friend or family member the location you are going to be in and when to expect you back home, you will gain an important lifeline.
Getting Out of The Elements
The first thing that you should do is find a way to get out of the elements. Heat, cold, and rain are all natural elements that could potentially cause you harm and they can even kill you! Just a few hours under the hot sun or a few hours out in the cold could cause your body to go into shock. So when you realize you are going to be spending the night in the forest or jungle make sure that you locate a shelter.
One of the easiest ways to find shelter is to look for a natural shelter. Depending on the region you are hunting in there may be caves around. Caves are the perfect natural shelter and they don’t require you to use even one ounce of energy. But keep in mind animals find caves a great place to call home. So always be aware of your surroundings when entering a cave system. Also do not venture deep into a cave system because you could become trapped or lost making your situation even worse.
Building a lean-to with fallen trees, branches, and leaves will make a great wilderness shelter. In just a few hours one person can construct a watertight lean-to that will help keep them out of the elements. Remember when gathering materials to build a lean-to keep an eye out for poisonous plants and animals.
Water should be your second greatest concern. It is an important part of any survival situation. Once you have found proper shelter you need to begin searching for a water source. Even if you have a few litters of water with you, having an alternative water source close by just might save your life. Look for streams, rivers, and ponds but avoid taking water from stagnant sources.
If no safe body of water is nearby you can collect rainwater and morning dew off of leaves and blades of grass. Also if you are in an aired region and there are cacti around, you can carefully cut them open and drink the liquid that is inside. If you are in a tropical region you can obtain water from coconuts.
Once you have collected water you will have to purify it before you can safely drink it. While coconut and cacti water is safe to drink without purification, other sources will need to be filtered. If you have been lucky enough to bring a portable water filter with you, use it wisely. Also, you can purify water by bringing it to a boil for at least 15 minutes. This will kill any harmful bacteria that may occur in the wild.
The next thing you will need to do is build a fire. Fire can not only keep you warm at night but it can also be used to cook food, purify water, and signal for help. To build a fire in the wilderness you will need some serious fire building skills. But if you are like most of us building a fire with two sticks is not something manageable. Instead always make sure that you bring along a box of waterproof matches or a waterproof lighter. While these items won’t last forever they are your best bet when building a fire in adverse conditions.
Once you have your matches ready you will need to find a firewood source. Look for dead standing trees. These make wonderful firewood and they are going to be drier than the wood you find on the ground. Be careful when knocking these trees down because they could fall on you and cause serious injury.
Now that you have gotten some firewood, you will need some kindling to get the fire going. Look for small dried twigs or dried tree bark. These make the best kindling and will burn quickly. Use the kindling to get a fire going and then slowly add larger logs onto the blaze.
While finding food in the woods can be difficult there is normally always something to eat out there. You can trap medium sized game with snares or deadfall traps. These traps require a certain skill level and it is wise to practice trapping before you get lost. Knowing how to trap is a very important survival skill to have.
Fishing is a viable way to find food in the wild and can be done with just a hook, bait, and some fishing line. Also, you can harvest wild plants but be very careful what you choose to eat. There are many deadly plants out there that can kill you quickly. Knowing what plants are safe to eat is another survival skill that needs practice to perfect.
If all else fails you can search for grubs. These tiny worm-like creatures can be found in the ground, in rotting trees, and under leaf cover. They are big and plumb with a bright white color. You can cook them to make them taste better and it will help remove any bacteria they may be carrying.
Unfortunately, help does not always come and you may need to get home on your own. This is a difficult thought but it could happen to you. Getting home means that you will need to walk out on foot. But this can be very difficult if you have not come at least a little prepared.
When you pack your gear make sure that you also include a good working compass and a map of the region you are going to be in. Take some time to look over the map and learn the terrain. This will help you get out on foot when you know that no help is coming for you.
These simple tips can help you survive in the wild after become lost on a hunting trip. Make sure that you go over these tips and learn as much as you can about them before you set off. Your survival may depend on them.