Hunting Essentials That Will Save Your Life

Going into the wilderness is an exhilarating feeling for your long-awaited hunt. But, you know you cannot rush into it without the proper equipment essentials. Even though your confidence may be at all-time high at the start, it can quickly fade if you encounter a dire situation that you know you would have been better off preparing the necessary gear for.

Don’t fall into the trap of failing to prepare. Preparing accordingly for hunting is as invaluable as it is smart. This compilation of hunting essentials will save your back when you need it the most.

Firestarter

Whether it be a lighter, an emergency fire starter, or matches, the ability and skill to start and maintain a fire can save your life.

You can always keep a handful of cheap lighters in your gear set because of the affordability and ease of use. They are small in size, and last a quite a long time in regard to how many times they can light up again and again.

There are plenty of emergency fire starters on the market. They come in forms of durable robs, metal strikers, and more. When your dry brush is ready, strike upon it and watch how easily you can make your emergency fire come to life.

Matches are yet another simply brilliant alternative to the items mentioned above. Just like lighters, you can always host a large quantity of matches on the go with peace of mind. Simple and quick, you can create a life-saving fire in no time.

Cellphone

You will always need a direct method of communication with the outside world. Bringing an extra cellular device and battery can really save your life. A call for help to a loved one or an emergency service could be all that it takes to put you on the road to safety again.

There is no such thing as being too cautious with communication. We are social animals, and we will especially communicate when our lives are on the line.

Wayfinding

Your skills with a clear, navigational map and compass will shine on through if you ever find yourself feeling lost. Bring as well to GPS to supplement the map. Use the GPS as a backup to save the battery.

A few wrong turns or mindless wandering can easily, and quite frequently, lead to having to take out the map and compass. Stay focused and you will be back to where you planned in good time.

First-Aid Kit

This might just be the most obvious, yet crucial, item on the list thus far. Using the appropriate gauze size for a blood-gushing injury, splint for a broken bone, or alcohol to disinfect a cut teeming with bacteria are all ways a first-aid kit can save your life.

Set aside the time prior to your hunting trip to review the different applications for the contained items in your first-aid kit. Even though it may seem dull and tedious, it could give you the extra edge in helping yourself or someone else close to you out in the bush when the time comes.

Filtered Water

Clean water, free of bacteria is vital to preventing an untimely death while hunting. It is easy to think of how dehydration can take someone out of the game, but it is laziness that is the real killer. In other words, you need to take the extra time and precaution to filter and cleanse the water that you retrieve naturally. From small streams, roaring rivers, and any source of water you encounter, there is bacteria that can seriously harm you.

Taking a water filter with your gear is essential to achieving a successful hunt when your only options are natural sources of water. If that is not readily available, take the water you want to drink and boil it for at least ten minutes. Let the temperature cool until you see fit to drink. The boiling process kills any unwanted bacteria that pose a threat to your health. Either way, make the most of your effort to purify the water you drink where you hunt.

Food

Almost as critical as water, a shortage of food can thoroughly break your hunting trip. Do not find yourself going hungry on a trip, and pack more than appropriate amount of calories you know you need to intake per day to function well. Do not bring perishable foods if your hunting trip is going to last more than a few days because they are not as functional as protein bars or canned goods.

When you do plan to eat, stay well away from disposable utensils, plates, and cups. They will accumulate as unnecessary garbage. So, just stick to eating out of the pots or skillets you heat your food in or steel kitchenware. This can help save you too by not leaving a portable toilet for predators to be more than interested in what you are packing.

Emergency Blanket

Maintaining a heathy body temperature is critical to human life. If it drops too low, you will freeze to death or entire a debilitating state of hypothermia. This is where a reflective emergency blanket comes in. For any reason you do not have access to the proper attire, this type of blanket is designed to keep heat waves to not escape your body. And, if there is available sunlight, it will redirect the sun’s rays into your direction as well.

Summary

Of course, this list does not contain the latest and greatest of cool accessories that hunting stores have to offer. This shows what you need to survive when it really counts. These are the items that are essential to play a major role in saving your life or your hunting partner’s life.

If we just step back and look at what is necessary, it really is not much. But, when your own existence starts to look bleak, any of these hunting essentials are worth their weight in gold when applied correctly to save your life.

Source: http://www.css.edu/student-affairs/student-life/campus-rec/outdoor-pursuit.html

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