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Some Tips on What Do When You Get Lost While Hunting Deer

Aug 17, 2007
In this article the author would like to share his experiences with getting lost while hunting deer. A true woodsman in not supposed to get lost in the woods. But remember that getting lost is mostly caused by fear.

I came to a neighbor's house when I was turned around, recognized the place, talked to the owner, but had to use my will power to keep from asking him when he had moved his house across the road. I knew that he had done nothing of the sort, but my mental compass was so far off that I had difficulty in believing that the house was in its proper place.

A neighbor of mine lived about two hundred yards south of my home. He became turned around in the woods and failed to return home before dark. I drove around the piece of woods which he had been hunting in an effort to locate him. In the meantime he found his way out of the woods, came to the back of my house, failed to recognize it and, instead of going south towards his own home, started off in a westerly direction and walked for about a half-mile before he came to a familiar place and was able to return to his home. These things are often amusing, but can very easily become tragic if a man becomes panicky and terrified at the thought of not knowing just where he is. Getting lost is a state of mind. It is not at all necessary. The true woodsman is never lost, even if he is unable to tell just where the home camp is located. I have been turned around in the woods until I hardly knew what way was up, but I have never been lost because I was at home in the woods and never felt the unnecessary compulsion to be at a house or camp when night came.

Fear is the cause of most cases of persons becoming lost. Any one will feel a little uneasy when he finds that he has no idea where the camp is or how to get there, but unless he submits to this fear, there is nothing to worry about. A night spent in the woods is nothing to the man who is in fairly good physical shape. No man who is not in good condition should venture into the woods without a competent companion.

"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." I have slept out in nearly every state in the country and there is nothing anywhere that will bother a man, with the exception of poisonous snakes in some sections, and the danger from these is so slight that it can be disregarded in most regions. There is something about a man's mental make-up which makes him uneasy in unfamiliar surroundings. The casual hunter braves the imaginary dangers of the woods in search of game with the often unconscious object of proving that he is a skilled and successful woodsman. This is only natural and is an ancestral heritage handed down from the time when men lived on what the hunter brought home from the chase.

When things go wrong and the hunter finds that he is not quite as good as he thought he was, he doesn't know just what to do and, unless he keeps a steady head, he may become hopelessly lost and, unless found in a short time, may find himself in serious danger. This danger is not in the woods, but is in the man's reaction to being lost.

It is truly said that "There is nothing to fear but fear itself "when it's about getting lost in the woods. It's all about your mental make-up which can either make you easy or uneasy in unfamiliar surroundings. Do not overreact when you get lost because you may be making more troubles then finding the solutions.
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Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for http://www.kids-games-n-crafts.com/ , http://www.guidetocomicbooks.info/ , http://www.hubforcomicbooks.info/
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