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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Hunters have sought shed antlers on the forest floor for as long as they’ve hunted deer. In recent years, antler shed hunting has become more popular than ever. However, while shed hunting is a rewarding activity, it is often difficult at the outset. Fortunately, dedicated NOMADs usually get better at finding antlers as they accumulate more experience. To enjoy success, you’ll want to hone your skills, cloak yourself in the right type of gear and maybe even enlist the help of your dogs. Whether you’re just getting started or have been at it for a while, we hope these antler shed hunting tips will help you improve your take.
No matter the pursuit, sportsmen and sportswomen are always interested in improving their game. If you fish for bass, you’re always after a bigger one than you caught the day before; if you like to stalk gobblers, you’re always on the lookout for a bigger and better bird than the last. Similarly, whitetail hunters are always keen to harvest a bigger buck than they ever have. And this drive will last for the rest of your life. Even if you managed to claim the biggest whitetail buck ever killed, you’d be out again next season, looking for his big brother. In this post, we’ll showcase some of the biggest whitetail deer on record and offer some background on the record keeping process.
Despite the close kinship of deer and elk, both species represent very different challenges to the NOMADs who hunt them. Most experienced hunters and guides would agree that deer are the easier quarry to pursue, but if you learn to embrace the ways in which these species differ and apply the skills you’ve learned hunting deer, you’ll have a much better chance of bagging a big bull. In this article, we’ll cover the difference between deer and elk hunting so you can have the edge over whichever game you choose to pursue.