Minnesota Hunter Safety 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!

Goals for This Chapter

You will be required to show the following skills and/or knowledge at your Field Day:

NOTE - the numbers listed below correspond the the program objectives listed on the "Firearms Safety Education Program" print-out, available in your exam center.

  • [4.1.1] Name at least three physical conditions that might impair a hunter's abilities while in the field
  • [4.1.2] Name at least three essential items that should be carries in a hunter's survival pack
  • [4.1.2] Explain three different methods a hunter could use to signal for help
  • [4.1.3] Identify at least three situations that might arise where it would be useful to have First Aid or CPR training
  • [4.1.4] Explain how hypothermia and heat exhaustion are caused, their primary symptoms, and how a hunter can avoid these conditions in the field
  • [6.1.2] Give at least three reasons for a hunting plan; prepare a sample hunting plan for a specific area