Outdoor Skills - Field Sense
On the Trail
A little effort can go a long way toward saving the natural beauty of your favorite hunting spot.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Keep picketed horses well away from camp, lakes & streams
- Move picketed horses often
- Tie horses to highline stretched between sturdy trees
- When using horses, take a minimum number of animals needed
- Leave pets at home, or keep them under control at all times
- Leave the landscape better than you found it, for others to enjoy
- Stay on the designated trail while hiking or riding
- Avoid cutting across switchbacks
To keep from getting lost
Short map: Carry a "short" map (cut down or reduced to show the area you're travelling), know how to read it & identify features & landmarks on the map before you take off.
Back trail: Stop often to look back down the trail you just traveled. "Backtrail" to get a feeling for what the country looks like from the opposite direction.
Landmarks: Look for odd shapes or features that stand out to remind you of where you have been. Make sketches & notes, if necessary - keep the landmarks in the correct sequence.
Stay put!Moving around:
- Wastes energy
- Makes you anxious
- Makes you harder to find
- What do you remember to help find yourself?
- What do you have with you?
- What is there around you that you can use?
- What should you do to get safe & comfortable?
- Your stuff
- Your time
- Your activities
- For safety and comfort
- For night time
- Weather conditions
- Your rescue/homecoming party
How long can you last without these?!
If you are expecting to be rescued within 24 ro 78 hours, what is most urgent!