Anyone who has ever looked for elk knows how difficult, frustrating, physically-demanding and even agonizing it can be. None the less, elk hunting can be really addictive. One can quickly become obsessed to the point he or she is so focused on the hunt they may not understand how far they have actually gone, what time it is, and not exactly sure where they are. Here we are going to discuss how these and other aspects may come together to be detrimental to your survival, and the gear you must have on you at all times to ensure you endure your hunt.
Envision this situation; You and your friend are hunting elk in the Rocky Mountains. You return to the truck early night after hiking all the time carrying your 30 # daypack. Wow! what a relief to lastly get that weight off the shoulders!
You remain in the truck heading back to camp you identify a little gang of elk with 2 bulls in the bunch. These elk are taking a trip, so you have to move rapidly to obtain to a point 100 backyards away to get a shot. You have a knife in your pocket or on your belt, and extra shells in your pocket. Oh! Get the rangefinder, shooting sticks and field glasses. We are just going just there, this is all we need …
You get to the point just in time to view the last elk vanish into the woods. You discover the trees open simply a few hundred lawns in the instructions they are headed, and there is a little “spur” ridge extending off the one you are on that appears like a great spot to shoot from. You arrive, they are in variety, however the trees are too thick to get a clear shot or there is a cow in the method. There is an hour of daylight left, so you keep following, just sure you ultimately will get a shot. The next thing you know, you lost the elk, and it is dark. Oops – forgot to bring a light. As a matter of fact, you have no cigarette lighter or fire starter, no water, no food, and you have on a lite hooded sweatshirt. No matter – the truck is this method. You stroll and stroll, stumbling over sticks and rocks. Now it is completely dark and you finally confess to yourself your unsure where the truck is.
Elk have a way of mesmerizing a hunter, clouding his judgment and leading him astray. Much like the Sirens of sailor tradition and the Pied Piper. It’s simple to find yourself in this circumstance. In this case, the hunters make it through a really long, cold, sleepless night and find their method back to the truck the next early morning, no worse for wear. This could quickly have been a fatal error.
Here is exactly what you can do to ensure you survive your next elk hunt; You need to have a little device pack of some kind, be it a waist/fanny, little shoulder or backpack. Many “module” type loads function a little detachable pack. This is an ideal system that makes it easy to guarantee you have your basic basics for overnight survival all in one location. This pack should be little, or you might pick not to bring it. Bring it along no matter how short of distance or length of time you prepare to be from the truck or camera – your life might depend on it.
Essential survival gear and supplies this pack ought to contain:
Cigar or cigarette lighter And a magnesium fire beginning tool. Fire beginning product or tender readies but optional.
LED Headlamp and an extra set of batteries. It is likewise a great idea to carry a small flashlight such as a mini-mag in a belt sheath.
A bottle of water and a filtering straw or cartridge.
A 4’x6′, or larger sheet of mid to heavy weight black plastic. This can be used to make a lean-to or shelter from wind, rain, or snow, or used as a “ground” cloth. It likewise works well to keep pine needles and dirt off the meat while boning out an elk in the field.
A compass and/or GPS. A compass is much better suited for this small pack, however if you choose a GPS, make sure to pack a minimum of 2 extra sets of batteries.
An extremely small pocket-size emergency treatment kit. A few of these will even consist of a compass and other tools.
Paracord – 10′ minimum. Paracord has numerous uses it is a must.
A couple granola bars or small bags of path mix are suggested but not absolutely needed. You can go days without food if you must.
Lastly – a ziplock sandwich bag containing numerous sheets of paper towels. These will be used for bathroom tissue, cleaning up bloody hands and arms, mediocre fire starting product, and injury dressing. Paper towels will still carry out if wet – unlike toilet tissue.
Providing you have actually dressed properly and have a knife in your pocket or on your belt as many hunters do, this is all the survival gear one needs to make it through in relative comfort for short-term.
There are numerous elk hunting scenarios that can cause your death if you are not gotten ready for them. If you have a little pack containing this list of essential survival gear products, you will be much more likely to get it in your haste to capture up to that bull, and to have it along almost guarantees you will endure a night or 2 under most conditions, whether you are forced to spend the night, or just opt to so regarding resume the hunt come daylight.
Pack smart, hunt wise, hunt hard. and above all, have enjoyable and enjoy your precious time in the elk woods worry-free and positive you are gotten ready for surviving your experience pursuing the magnificent and alluring “Ghost of the Woods”.