Massachusetts Hunter Safety Course


Extractive Survival

Sometimes hunters get lost despite their most careful precautions. But if they are adequately prepared, the misadventure will not last very long.

The first action the hunter must take is to stop and sit down.

The word STOP is an acronym used in survival. It means:



Stop and sit down. Keep a positive mental attitude.


Think about your surroundings. Could you find your way out, or are you going to spend the night?


Observe what is around you. Can you hear cars? Can you hear farm animals or farm machinery? Can you see radio towers or old logging roads? Can you smell smoke from a wood stove? Use your senses to find out where you are.


Plan what you do. The time of day and the weather will influence how the plan will be set in motion and what you will do first.