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Deer Season Daypack Loadout

Wilderness survival kitDeer season is here, instead of grabbing a pack, throwing some random gear in and heading out to the woods, lets take a look at some items that should be considered. The way I look at it, your pack needs to contain everything you need to track a wounded deer, find your way back back to the truck after dark or spend an unexpected night in the woods.

A basic pack – This could be anything from a school book bag, to a good quality pack like a Maxpedition Sitka or Maxpedition Noatak. You need something that is not going to tear apart when your tracking a deer as the last bit of the sunlight fades away. For my current load out I am using the Maxpedition Noatak.

GPS & Compass – When you get off the trail back to the truck, you might need something to help find your way. Or worse yet, if you and your buddies have to track a deer through a thicket in pitch black dark.

Mark the truck before you head out and set the GPS to go back to the truck before you head out. This will tell you how far off the way point is.

Get familiar with your GPS and compass “before” you have to use it. Make sure you understand the difference between heading and bearing, and which one you need to set your compass to.

Learn how to set and read a compass.

If the GPS says you need a bearing of 130 degrees, would you know how to set the compass to 130 degrees in order to find your way to where you want to go?

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Day Hike in October

On October 4th, 2008 my son and I went on a day hiking trip. Before we left the truck I got out the Garmin GPS and the topo maps and saved the truck as a waypoint. We also brought along a rifle for protection against wild hogs, snakes and coyotes. Bears have been reported in the area, so we had to keep those in mind as well. We then hiked to a local creek and had lunch with eversafe meals – which are kinda like MREs. On the way back to the truck, the batteries started going out in the GPS. So the batteries were swapped out and we got back on track. When using a GPS its important to have spare batteries. That is Continue Reading….

Navigation with a compass and GPS video series

Navigation with a compass, topo map and GPS is an important skill that every hiker, camper and survivalist should learn. To help instruct someone that is just learning how to navigate, a set of videos has been put together. The GPS in the videos is a Garmin Etrex, that does NOT have a built in map feature. Please do not depend on the GPS for all of your navigation functions. When venturing off the trail, go prepared with a topo map of the area, GPS with spare batteries and 2 compasses. Part – 1 Part 1 is a very basic introduction to navigation with a compass and GPS. We discuss learning how to use the GPS and compass in a safe area, such as a Continue Reading….

Using a GPS and Compass

When on a hiking, hunting or camping trip, it is very important not to get lost. And if the hiker or hunter does find their selves lost, how do they get found again? There are some basic tools that should be included in the wilderness survival tool kit. These include a GPS, compass and the knowledge on how to use them. Regardless of what items are included in the kit, the most important tool is the knowledge. Only knowledge can empower the person to effectively use the gear in their survival kit. This video discusses some basic information on how to a TOPO map, compass and GPS. The mistake that a lot of people when they get their GPS, they do not practice. Before a Continue Reading….

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