What survival skills should hunters know

While most hunters are skilled at tracking animals, many of them lack the knowledge necessary to live in the woods without things to guide them. Thankfully, we're here to fill in the blanks and show you how to keep alive in an emergency.

Drinking water that is free of contaminants is essential to your existence. While a human may last weeks without food, a few days without water and your odds of making it out alive on the mountain are slim. Unfortunately, not all of the water on the mountain is drinkable. If you drink water from lakes or streams, you risk eating hazardous germs or parasites.

Build a fire. The ability to build a fire is a talent that every hunter should have. In addition to keeping you warm and sterilizing water, the smoke from the fire may assist anybody looking for you. A lighter, matches, and fire steel should always be carried by a hunter. To start your fire, choose a safe space and remember to start with little dry tinder bits and work your way up to larger pieces. You may add bigger, wetter wood to your fire once it's started to obtain a slower blaze. Before you begin, make sure you have all of the wood you'll need.

It's critical to know how to get back to base if you get off the hunting route or lose your map. Of course, one constant you can count on during the day is the sun. If you have a broad sense of where you are, you may use this to guide yourself back to a road or trail. Unfortunately, the moon isn't quite as trustworthy. Instead, learn about the many types of stars that may be seen in the sky. The majority of your trekking, though, should be done during the day. It's advisable to avoid hiking at night for a couple of reasons: you're more likely to get lost, and predators are more active at night.

As the sun begins to drop, stop trekking and construct a shelter. Keep in mind that you want to be high and dry while you hunt for a spot to stay at night. Sleeping directly on the ground is not recommended since it quickly absorbs your body heat.

To create a barrier from the ground and a more pleasant location to relax, gather little detritus such as leaves, moss, twigs, and pine needles. Build a roof to protect you from cold, rain, and dew. Build a lean-to with additional fallen branches against a rock wall or a fallen log. When it comes to shelters, the smaller the better - you'll keep considerably warmer.

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