Walking into the great outdoors is one of the thrills of hunting, with the remote mountains, fresh air, endless expanses of pine trees, and no civilization for miles around. A perfect paradise.
That’s true, until you become lost. It can be a scary situation, but with a sound mind and the right strategy, you will be heading out of the woods and home before you know it.
The first thing you should do is absolutely nothing. When you finally say to yourself “oh crap, I’m lost,” don’t go running in a random direction or let you mind wander with all kinds of scary possibilities. Instead, sit down, relax, and calm down. Look at the scenery and take a deep breath. After you rest a bit, you may just notice a landmark or remember exactly how to get back to camp.
There are hundreds of stories of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts who become lost, then walk off in search of help. Often the previous location of the hunter is found. If they had stayed put, they would have been rescued. Only leave when you are absolutely, 100% sure on how to get back to safety.
Remember that the chances of being found are extremely high; so assess your immediate safety first. Do you have enough water? Do you have food? Will you have shelter and warmth for the night? Focus on staying alive and energized, because it’s only a matter of time until you are found.
If you are in a group that is lost, always stay together. There is strength in numbers, and splitting up only doubles the job of search-and-rescue parties.
If you wore bright orange, do your best to display it as much as possible. If your sweatshirt or jacket has a blaze orange interior lining, like NOMAD apparel, you can turn it inside out to become more visible for rescue squads or other hunters walking around in the woods.
Three is the universally recognized call for help, so try to make your shouts, whistle blows, or shots in a series of threes. This is especially important if firing a gun. One shot will be easily discarded as another hunter shooting at game, but three equally spaced shots may get someone’s attention, especially if they know a hunter is lost in the woods. Gunshots are not recommended if you need the ammunition for protection or survival.
There is only one of you and thousands of acres to search, but you can leave an infinite amount of clues for searchers. Mark trees with your knife. Arrange rocks in an obvious pattern. Put branches and logs in an arrow pointing towards your location. Be creative and take every possible opportunity to leave clues.
Fires serve two purposes when you’re lost. First, they give you warmth that could potentially save your life. Next, they provide a signal for searchers. Whenever possible, have a fire going, especially if you are making camp.
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Alaska is arguably the best place in the world for a NOMAD to hunt. You can pursue everything from waterfowl to grizzlies and Dall sheep within the state’s borders. The scenery and challenge of the terrain is simply unmatched. But many ignore one of the most intriguing targets lurking out in the rugged Alaskan wilderness: the Kodiak mountain goat. Denizens of some of the most inhospitable terrain in the state, these large goats are worthy and challenging quarry for your next trip. Here’s everything you need to know about Kodiak mountain goat hunting in Alaska.
There’s nothing wrong with hunting rabbits, squirrels and other small game. But few hunters drift off to sleep at night dreaming of these critters. It’s big game that quickens the pulse and inspires the imagination. And you can’t talk about big game without mentioning moose. Standing nearly 7 feet high at the shoulder and weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, moose are one of the largest animals pursued by hunters anywhere. And moose hunting in Alaska adds all of the challenges that make for a dream trip. To give you the edge, here are some essential moose hunting Alaska tips and gear.
Although it can take a lifetime to master, bowhunting can be extremely rewarding. You’ll be surprised how quickly the bow will begin to feel like an extension of your body. Even if you use the most sophisticated compound bow available, you’ll still feel a primal connection with the hunters who came before you. After all, NOMADs have been feeding their families with bows for far longer than with high-powered rifles and commercially produced tree stands. Feeling the urge and ready to learn to bow hunt? Use this comprehensive guide to bowhunting for beginners.