Delaware Hunter Safety Education Course


Chapter 11: Survival & First Aid

Hunters don't intentionally head into the woods to get lost. But every year, we hear on the news of a search party of local law enforcement officers and volunteers who have to scour the woods in search of a lost hunter. It's an all-too-common occurrence. And it can be prevented. Hunting is a safe activity, and by following some simple guidelines outlined in this chapter, you can reduce the chance of getting lost in the great outdoors. And if that does happen, the information in this chapter might also save your life.

When a person gets lost, a change takes place both mentally and physically. Mentally, the first feeling is panic, then fear. Fear is not a bad thing and can motivate a person. But sometimes the hunter wanders around the woods in circles, getting frustrated at the thought of being in the woods overnight. Physically, the changes that take place include increased heart rate and faster breathing. A hunter can get confused easily. And that's why the best thing to do is to stop, sit down and think about the situation.

When you're lost, what matters is not that you have the latest gadgets and gizmos - the most powerful tool you have is your brain. Having a positive mental attitude will save your life!