"If you can't get back to camp or to your vehicle, concentrate on finding shelter and building a fire," Miller said. "A shelter may be constructed of lumber, bark, paper, cardboard, plastic, Snow, dirt, or it can be as simple as a bushel-sized plastic garbage bag. In emergencies such as unexpected wind, rain or snowstorms where the shelter is mandatory, do what wildlife does - crawl under or burrow into the foliage."
Now that's good advice, but lots and lots of times I've been in Open breaks and prairie country or high, open tundra in the mountains where there simply was no shelter to be had until I got to camp or a vehicle.
I've discussed this situation often with outfitters and other hunters experienced in surviving and crossbow hunting being out under Montana hunting conditions and the consensus seems to be that the best thing to do is to try to never extend yourself to the point that you can't get out if you get in trouble.
In other words, don't take chances – and if you do get into trouble, provide for your bodily safety and survival before you get so weakened you can't.
Safety Travel Tips for Surviving Properly
Safety official Miller provided a list of eight things that will help hunters in Montana gear up for potential survival situations. "Before going hunting, look ahead to what you will need," he said. "Careful advance planning and understanding of your own limitations are just as important as knowing what to do."
Miller was speaking about the problem of getting lost, but his advice applies as well to other critical, life-threatening situations. Here are his eight points:
1. Choose hunting locations that complement your outdoor proficiency.
2. Always let someone know where you are going.
3. Avoid hazardous terrain.
4. Avoid unreasonable challenges.
5. Be prepared for the type of weather usually associated with the season, but also be prepared for the unexpected.
6. Choose companions with care. Try to match skill proficiencies as well as physical capabilities. Don't hunt alone.
7. Remember that strenuous exercise will require more energy and will create more stress on both mind and body.
8. Add the word S-T-O-P to your hunting lingo. When you don't know exactly where you are or you encounter an emergency situation: S = stop and sit down; T = think; O = observe, and P = plan.
Surviving Kit for the Proper Travelers
Also, use your survival kit as needed. These surviving kits will help you to have a perfect time with safe and sweet moments. Let us see the Minimal Survival Kit below.
1. One foot of heavy, cotton String dipped in melted paraffin and wrapped in wax paper. A short, frayed piece of this burns longer and hotter than a match.
2. Salt in a foil packet. This could improve the flavor of anything caught and cooked for food.
3. Two Smelled fish hooks and a small amount of fishing line.
4. Also, if there is a river or water source, where you can go fishing, bringing a fishing reel can be good.
5. Black electrician's tape that can be used to fasten splints and repair torn clothing.
6. A snare. Picture-hanging wire works well for this purpose.
7. Steel wool (OO and finer) makes excellent tinder.
8. Water purification tablets should be carried and used whenever there is any doubt about the purity of drinking water.
9. A small tube of antibiotic ointment for cuts and burns.
10. Wooden matches should be dipped in paraffin to make them waterproof.
11. Safety pins can be used to replace buttons or hold torn clothing together.
12. Emergency food. Several packets of condensed soup mix and Other items that can be easily prepared and eaten.
13. A small whistle. This is used to blast distress calls. Three blasts are recognized as a distress signal.
14. Adhesive Bandages.
15. A general purpose knife. Use Proper Rescue knife for cutting and other reasons. It will ease up a lot of hassle.
16. Nylon rope or plastic binder twine. Excellent for tying together a makeshift camp.
17. A space blanket.
18. A flashlight. I usually include one in my regular gear.
19. A wire saw is a handy item.
20. Survival booklet.
22. Compass and topographic map. If you don't have a sense for the lay of the land, these are essential items.
23. The container you carry the above items it should have a mirror glued to the lid for use as a signal to search aircraft.