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Posted: November 18 2011 at 3:03pm | IP Logged Quote Yeti

Weather came in last night so I headed out first thing to try and tag a buck.
I went to a spot that I am very familiar with and knew there were deer. I
arrived @ 6:30am to a light dusting of snow. I worked my way in doing
rattle sets. By 11:30 it had snowed 6-8" and my fingers were frozen so I
couldn't feel my release or arrows. I figured it was a good time to head
home. As I back tracked I bumped a buck and a couple of does. I tracked
them for a while then decided enough was enough.

It was then that I realized the terrain was all wrong. I pulled out the gps and
of course I had removed all of my waypoints. After about 45 minutes of
disorientation I stopped and called my hunting partner. "Umm, could you
give me a waypoint for this hunt area? He got a good laugh out of that and
gave me what I needed. I was .6 miles from where I should have been and
on the wrong ridge line. It is amazing what can happen to your sense of
direction when it socks in and snows. A little more preparation will be done
before I go hunt familiar territory again.

The good news was I learned something. As I hiked out it stopped snowing.
I crossed at least 12 fresh tracks where I had hunted earlier. I am guessing
the deer held tight while it was dumping snow and came out as soon as it
lightened up. Next time I will sleep in when it is snowing and go out when it
stops.

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Posted: November 18 2011 at 5:26pm | IP Logged Quote Rigmarol

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I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for
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Posted: November 18 2011 at 5:52pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

I have never been lost while hunting, just didn't know what part of the forest I was in.....

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Posted: November 18 2011 at 7:57pm | IP Logged Quote redneckpaul

Glad you were able to get out ok I had a similar experience a few years back. I spotted some elk right at about sundown. I decided to go after them which was a mistake. When I got there they were gone. It was now getting dark very fast and I was probably 3 miles back to the truck. No flashlight or gps. I took off back to the truck with the remaining light I had. When I got into the timber I realized that this whole thing was a mistake. It was a dark night with no moon. I knew the direction I had to go and managed to get back to the logging road that I was parked by. I just had one problem, I didn`t know which way was back to my truck, do I go left or right. And I had parked about 50 yards off the road. I decided to go left, turned out I was right and managed to get back to the truck. The whole experiance was a little scary. Next day I bought a GPS and always make sure I have a flashlight with extra batteries. The GPs has come in handy quiet a few times.
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Posted: November 18 2011 at 8:20pm | IP Logged Quote thorschariot

I have wanted to get a couple of the Rhino GPS units that have the radio and shows the position of whomever you are with. The fact that I plan on hunting with my boys make it all the more important with what little woods experience they have. Me getting dis-oriented is okay and has happened before in some strange conditions, but losing my boys would be tough to explain to my wife.
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Posted: November 18 2011 at 9:24pm | IP Logged Quote redneckpaul

Yeti
I`ve been in those whiteout conditions. You have no idea where the sun is and its easy to get dissoriented.
Good idea to carry a good compass os those gps units could crap out on you. I`ve also noticed when your in a deep canyon its hard to get a good signal on your gps.
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Posted: November 18 2011 at 9:44pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

"Good idea to carry a good compass"




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Posted: November 19 2011 at 8:28am | IP Logged Quote davemuzz

Where I hunt here in Pa., that's not something that could usually happen. Even when I was a young lad, if you just "kept the moss" on your left shoulder, you would eventually come to a road.

Now, in the northern part of our State, it's a different story. Big chunks of land and easy to get confused on exactly which "finger" you thought you were on when you turn around to come back.

But...when I went to WY this past month I can appreciate you fellows who "hoof" it up there as it's all pretty much the same...and yes, here each tree is green.....and there sage is sage....and there is a boat load of it.

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Posted: November 19 2011 at 9:25am | IP Logged Quote The_Shadow

Question?

How far can you go into the woods? Think!   

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Posted: November 19 2011 at 11:28am | IP Logged Quote joed

1/2 way!

About 4 months ago I bought a smart phone.   There are a lot of useful apps on it with one being a gps, another a flashlight.   I'm covered and can even post on here with it.
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Posted: November 19 2011 at 12:45pm | IP Logged Quote Yeti

Yes I have a smart phone as well. I was attempting to pull up an online
mapping resource but it was too cumbersome for my phone. I knew enough
to head North because the road was North. Had I done that I would have
trespassed on private property but would have gotten out. My biggest worry
was picking up my kids on time. I would hate to be late for them!

I do have two of the Rino 120 GPS's. They are good units but one of mine
needs to go back to Garmin for a rebuild and the other is starting to act up
so it needs to go back as well. I almost always carry a compass.
Unfortunately it was stolen from my truck and I have yet to replace it.

Just one of lives little lessons to help me be more prepared next time.

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Posted: November 19 2011 at 3:05pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Pretty doggone easy to get turned around. Particularly in deep woods and/or in the dark. Not a new thing either.

Daniel Boone:

“I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks”

I've found there is some comfort in hunting very familiar terrain. One of my favorite deer hunting areas is only a short truck ride from home, and I've been hunting there for some years. My main access into the area is via an old logging road, now gated off and avail to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders only.

And of course the yahoos who occasionally insist on finding a way around the gate on their quads and dirt bikes.

Point is, I hike and bike that area year round and know it well. I've hiked in and out in complete darkness a number of times.

How about when I hunt or hike/backpack somewhere new?

Map study ahead of time. Computer/internet makes that easier now.

Map in hand.

Compass in pocket.

Remember to pull out the map & compass and actually check my location from time to time throughout the day.

Small LED flashlight, AND headlamp.

GPS sometimes. I've got one. I like it, but I'm not 100% sold on it as a replacement for my good old map & compass. Likely less of a technical issue and more of a personal issue. I still like blued steel and walnut too.

Guy

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Posted: November 19 2011 at 4:24pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

"I'm not 100% sold on it as a replacement for my good old map & compass. Likely less of a technical issue and more of a personal issue. I still like blued steel and walnut too."

So, your an old man like me now guy?



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Posted: November 19 2011 at 4:33pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Frankly I'm amazed I made it this far...

If I ever truly get to be an "old man" it will likely be an undeserved miracle.
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Posted: November 19 2011 at 6:19pm | IP Logged Quote The_Shadow

1/2 way was correct! When I was younger, I was scouting woods that I was unfamilure with along the Mississippi river, the river maks a bend there and I got turned around for a little while, but it yielded a few nice red squirrels.

I did pretty good while fighting wildland fires over the years, going into areas even at night, after the fire is out it makes it tougher to find your way out.

I know my Brother-in-law can get lost even with a GPS...

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Posted: November 20 2011 at 12:19pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

M700 wrote:
Pretty doggone easy to get turned around. Particularly in deep woods and/or in the dark.
Map study ahead of time. Computer/internet makes that easier now.
Map in hand.
Compass in pocket.
Remember to pull out the map & compass and actually check my location from time to time throughout the day.
Small LED flashlight
Guy



Always for me, and now a GPS even if for just marking hot hunting spots. Even in familiar hunting areas that may only be a few miles wide, clouds or sudden rain can really change things and I have foolishly been caught out after dark with absolutely no visible sky light and had to feel my way through the woods. We had a half book of matches, but everything too wet and too windy to build a fire. Never again. I now even carry a small container of fire starter and both a Bic lighter and waterproof matches and normally a small magnesium fire striker attached to my compass or GPS. Even in the daytime when not lost, a fire may be very well needed to dry out freezing wet feet, etc.

Boy Scout mentality is even helpful when not out in the deep woods and just a few simple little extras come in really useful sometimes.

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Posted: September 17 2017 at 1:35am | IP Logged Quote Melanie

If Wood is too wet. You can try
this method.
As wet wood is not entirely "wet"

Edited by Melanie on September 17 2017 at 1:41am


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Melanie wrote:
If Wood is too wet. You can try
this method.
As wet wood is not entirely "wet"


Welcome to our little forum! You dug up a post from years ago!

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First post in an archived thread with a link to an external site.

No risk at all in clicking that link!

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