Print Posted 07/19/2017 in Second Amendment

Top Survival Tips On A Long Hunt

Top Survival Tips On A Long Hunt

Many hunters look forward to their long hunt for weeks, even months. The tricky part of the planned long hunt is to ensure you plan ahead, stay safe, have fun, and most importantly survive to hunt again. To give you a helping hand we offer you the top survival tips on a long hunt.

Planning Your Route

Trip planning is probably one of the most important tips for the long hunt. This allows for an added opportunity to check climate conditions, elevation, as well as having a better understanding your daily location. Allow for times in which for resting, food preparation, eating, sleeping, avoiding fatigue, and even showering. 

Be as precise as possible when making the final plan. It is highly important that once the route has been planned that once on the trip you stick to it faithfully. This will allow for a friend, family, or loved one to have a better means of finding you in the event of an issue, emergency, or should rescuing be a necessity. 

Make certain you ensure you include an “Emergency 911” contact date and time. This can include set check in calls, departure eta, arrival eta, and when they should expect you to return home. Even though some might consider this intrusive or over kill you never know when something might happen.

Weapons Preparation 

Weapons preparation will vary from person to person as well as by the weapon or weapons you plan to take with you on the long hunt. The key here is that you do not want to need or go to use your weapon and it not be ready. This preparation is often way easier to do at home or in a comfortable location rather than on the hunt.

Getting Gear Together

Often times this gear is where a lot of people try to save money purchasing or using gear that costs less. Skimping in this area could easily be the difference between life or death. Also, keep in mind that these gear items have a long term value as they can be used over and over if quality is chosen initially. 

Other gear items besides clothing that you might want to include on your checklist might be items such as a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, shelter materials, camelback or another source for keeping safe drinking water. As you can tell this is by no means an itemized listing so be sure to include any other items that you prefer for comfort and safety.

Gathering Supplies

Clothing is an obvious necessity for any adventure, however, the gear needs to do not stop there. Other items that you want to make certain do not get forgotten would be: a weather appropriate sleeping bag, a means of creating a shelter, cooking utensils, and so much more. 

It is recommended that you make a checklist of all items essential and nonessential that you might need to cover the entire length of your long hunt. Many suggest that you add a few days onto the timeframe of your hunt as a backup method of survival. Be sure not to forget including essential necessity items as well.

Essentials Are Key

It is often impossible to prevent all forms of moisture from coming into contact with your items and by using ziplock bags you can be a step ahead. A great tip to consider when packing essentials and all other gear is the use of ziplock bags. An idea to pack into one ziplock bag would be matches, flint, and all other fire starting materials. Not only are they handy they are guaranteed to be dry when needed.

Other examples of essential gear to be considered would be a first aid kit, a knife, maps and or GPS, iodine tablets, lighter, matches, and a flashlight. This essential list also will vary by the hunter, duration of the hunt, as well as the type of hunt.

Advanced Packing

Advance packing is yet another important means of not forgetting anything important that you might need. Last minute packers are more likely to arrive at the starting point of the long hunt only to remember an item such as your sleeping bag, did not get loaded up.

Packing in advance is also a great way to double check that all your items are fully prepped and ready to go. You don’t want to forget things that are often overlooked such as clean socks, patching a tent, or replacing essential items you needed to use on the last hunt.

Meal Planning

When preparing for a long hunt it is imperative that you plan your meals and fluids to ensure adequate. Be certain to include foods that do not require cooking. These can be things that have a super long shelf life such as energy bars, items that are vapor sealed, or even a few dehydrated edibles..

There may come a time when food sources run out, an emergency strikes, or many other hunting struggles occur. Knowing what food sources, even the uncommon, is often imperative. Weeds and plants are a great means of survival foods, for example, thus starving can be avoided. 

The most important aspect of meal planning is to ensure that you have your daily nutritional requirements covered. Eating well, keeping your strength up, as well as avoiding fatigue are keys to a successful long hunt.


Personal Items

On top of the items mentioned in the above sections you also want to remember to include personal relaxational items for those times you are not actively hunting. Think of times such as when resting, or even preparing for bed. You might want to read a book, listen to the radio, write a journal about your long hunt, or any other similar relaxational item that is appropriate to your specific hunt.

Hygiene items is yet another area of personal items that you do not want to overlook. These could include goods such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, soap, a towel, and even a washcloth. 

Keep A Positive Mindset

Staying positive helps to create a positive outcome. This applies to the long hunt as well as most other factors of daily life. This is especially important when things do not go exactly as planned. 

Realistic expectations are another key to a positive mind set. An example of this could be not setting your objectives to high. To do so could setting yourself up for failure before you even begin your hunting adventure. If you set your goals a little lower you can not help be to smile at the end of the day.

Have Safe Hunting Fun

The bottom life to survive the long hunt is to remember that you are setting out for a safe yet fun adventure. By remember all the above aspects of preparation, packing, and insuring your checklists are complete can eliminate stressors allowing you to just hunt and enjoy nature at its finest. 

In the comments below feel free to add any additional tips you have found to be super helpful to you on your long hunts. We would also love to hear all about your previous hunts. 

Happy Hunting! 

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