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Keeping Tracks of the Ways

Aug 17, 2007
Getting lost is common when shooting the deer in the near dark evening. This is because there more chances that you shot and went ahead on the trail and get lost in the dark while trailing. Some times irrational things may look perfect when you are lost until you realize it. There are some tips in this article that you can use if you get lost while hunting.

Another man, lost on a stormy day, came to a man's tracks and decided to follow them out of the woods. He thought that he must be nearly out because the trail was getting better all of the time. What he did not know was that he was on. his own trail, traveling in a tight circle. I have found myself starting to do this same thing when I didn't even know that I was turned around, but I never followed myself very far without recognizing my footprints. Then by paying attention to what I was doing, I was able to reorient myself by getting away from that immediate area.

Irrational actions seem to be entirely rational to the man who is lost. His mental deductions are often erroneous and he does not consider the entire situation, but only thinks of immediate comfort. He looks at his com pass and the needle doesn't seem to point to the north. He reasons that it is no good and he throws it away as useless. His gun keeps catching on brush and trees, slowing his traveling, so he discards it. Twigs keep snatching his hat from his head. He retrieves it a few times and then forgets about it. Due to exertion and nervous strain, his coat becomes too hot for comfort, so he removes it and carefully hangs it on a tree limb with the idea that he will retrieve it on the following day. His shoes hurt his feet so he takes them off, carries them for a time, then lets them drop or hangs them on a tree to be retrieved in the future. Branches catch in his clothing and instead of taking the time to release them; he gives them a yank and tears them. Night finds him still lost, half naked and with little equipment left to make him comfortable, so he continues to travel blindly in an effort to keep warm. All of these things have been done by normal people of average intelligence and might be done by anyone who becomes lost.

It is to avoid such things, as well as to aid any searchers, that I would recommend the lost hunter stop and try to reason out his location. If he has been foolish enough to be without a compass or cannot decide the probable location of the camp, he should make as comfortable a camp as possible and prepare to spend the night in the woods. I do not recommend that the lost hunter use his gun to signal for aid, because, in my opinion, this custom, while universally accepted as the first thing for the hunter to do when he finds himself in trouble, is too often misunderstood or disregarded by other hunters. The result is usually a waste of valuable ammunition.

I would not recommend that the lost hunter resort to this during the daylight hours. After the day's hunt is over and everything is quiet, it would be advisable to fire the traditional three evenly spaced shots and if there is an answer, continue signaling as long as there is any indication that help is nearing. If there is no answer to the first signal, just forget about it and save the ammunition for a more important use.

Years ago I used to wonder why any one became turned around in the woods and why they usually traveled in circles. The theory that one leg is longer than the other or that the turning of the earth was the cause, didn't seem reasonable to me. I thought that if I could find the cause of this, I could avoid becoming lost. Since that time I have had a chance to study the wrong moves which I have made, and in my case at least, it is caused by inattention. I think any man can travel the woods by constantly watching directions, and he would seldom become turned around. This is the first step in preventing confusion, but it does detract from the enjoyment of being in the woods, for one certainly sees less game and therefore bags less.

There are some hunters who shots in the air when they are lost in the forest. But it is not very wise thing to do especially in the daylight. It is good to follow some footsteps that you spots when searching for the ways. When you act silly when you get lost, you may be actually doing harm to yourself.
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