Nova Scotia Hunter Safety Course


Survival and First Aid

Hunters don't intentionally head into the woods to get lost, but every year we hear on the news of search parties scouring the woods in search of a lost hunter. Usually this is an occurrence that can be prevented. Hunting is a very safe activity, and by following some simple guidelines outlined in this chapter you can reduce your chances of becoming lost in the great outdoors. And, if you do become lost or injured, the information in this chapter could save your life.

When a person is lost, and especially when they are alone, there are many physical and mental survival factors that kick in, including panic, fear, cold, fatigue, thirst and hunger, and even loneliness. All these factors will affect how the hunter acts and what he or she will do next. If you are in a survival situation, avoid acting on impulse. Instead, take a moment to collect your thoughts, analyze your options, and decide on your next course of action.  

Fear is completely normal in this type of situation and is not necessarily a bad thing, as it can be an effective motivator; however many lost hunters will walk aimlessly about the woods, frustrated at the thought of being lost and afraid of what will happen next.  If you become lost, the most powerful tool you can use is your head. The best thing to do is to stop, sit down, and think out the situation.