Did you know that a person can survive without water for three to five days? Although, if you are an experienced hunter or wilderness explorer, we don’t recommend that you go that long without water.
Whether you are a newbie to the wilderness or are an expert looking to hone in some new skills, discover our ultimate hunter’s outdoor survival guide.
Survival in the Wild
Seasoned hunters have often developed many skills when it comes to hunting and even archery. However, many hunters neglect to hone in on their wilderness skills.
A common mistake that many hunters make is not preparing properly for their wilderness trip. Outdoor survival in the wild is an essential skill to learn in order to hunt better and stay safe in the wilderness.
To help make your next trip safer, more enjoyable, and easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best survival tips and tricks.
Survival Tips and Tricks
Survival tips are often common sense, but it is important to consider them all before setting off. Preparation is key to mastering a great hunter adventure.
The first thing you need to think about is water. No matter how much water you take with you, you need to prepare for the likely event of running out. Clean water is essential to your survival in the wild.
Seek out water sources that you will be able to drink before your trip. And always carry a water purifying filter, so that you drink clean water. It is advisable to make a fire and boil the water first, and then filter it. Boiling water will provide you with the added protection of avoiding illness from a dirty stream or river.
To optimize your hunting game, you need to consider noise. If you are near a stream or it is particularly noisy then this might distract you from hunting. Being able to hunt and catch your prey means that you are able to eat. Food isn’t as important as water, however, you do need to make sure you eat.
Reduce noise to ensure you focus better when you’re hunting. You might consider getting some noise-canceling headphones to wear whilst you’re hunting. Reducing the noise around you can significantly increase your focus.
Make an Insulated Shelter
Having adequate shelter is very high on the list of survival tricks because without enough sleep, you won’t be able to focus. Before you set off on your trip, make sure you have the means to make a decent shelter.
Consider what time of year it is and what type of environment you’ll be staying in. In the summertime, you need to make sure you’re protected from mosquitos, so having a tent with mesh protection is a good idea. Whereas in winter, you might want to consider taking a 4 season tent, or something that can provide extra warmth.
If you’re making your shelter in the wild, then you need to think strategically about what you’ll make it out of. You need to construct a framework, for which you could use fallen down trees or strong branches. You need to make sure all sides are covered. And you need to make insulation to keep warm, so you might want to use bark, leaves, moss, and pine needles.
Make a Fire
Being able to make a fire in the wilderness is another key survival tactic that you must master before you go. Fires can help to keep you warm and cook the food that you have. They also provide light during nighttime and can help you dry out any wet clothes.
Try out different methods of making fires before you go. The easiest way to make a fire is by using a lighter or waterproof matches. But sometimes this might not always be the most practical way, especially if you forgot the lighter or matches.
Another way you can make a fire is by using a magnesium fire starter. Try this method by shaving magnesium filings off a stick and use the back of your knife to create a spark and ignite the filings.
Navigating in the Wild
Navigating in the wild can be tricky, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar area, or if you don’t have a GPS. But it is very important not to lose where you set up camp, otherwise, you’ll have to survive a night without your food and shelter.
Use the sun to navigate where you are in the day. Remember that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and be sure to take a compass with you.
Navigating at night can be a little trickier, especially if the moon isn’t out. If you get lost at night find Polaris, or the North Star. Situated at the end of the Little Dipper’s handle is where true north is. Finding this should help you to navigate your way back to your camp.
The key to surviving in the wild is planning and preparing. Make sure you take everything that you’ll need with you and always be aware of the latest gadgets that might make your next trip easier. There are many useful tool for hunters that you can buy to ensure your next expedition is safe and fun.
Follow Our Survival Guide
Surviving in the wild can be very rewarding, which is why it should come as no surprise that many people choose to explore the great outdoors. But it can also be dangerous if you aren’t familiar with essential survival skills or even the environment where you will be exploring.
Our ultimate hunter’s outdoor survival guide is designed to ensure you stay safe on your next exploration or adventure, so make sure you jot down a few of these useful tips.
Prepare yourself for the outdoors by checking out some of our other blogs to learn more about our other useful survival tips and hunting guides.