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:

Terrific Tips
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.


S.T.O.P

Stay put!

Moving around:
  • Wastes energy
  • Makes you anxious
  • Makes you harder to find

Think:

  • 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?

Organize

  • Your stuff
  • Your time
  • Your activities

Prepare

  • For safety and comfort
  • For night time
  • Weather conditions
  • Rescue/signaling
  • 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!


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