Saskatchewan Hunter Safety Course


Preventive Survival

1. Build a Pack

The survival kit is a constant companion of any experienced wilderness traveller, and should be carried by hunters.  You may wish to add other things to your survival kit, but the following are standard items:

  • Waterproof matches are the most important part of your kit
  • A metal, waterproof carrying case
  • A candle or waxed string
  • Snare wire or twine
  • Fishing line and hooks
  • First aid supplies
  • Iodine-based tablets
  • A small mirror
  • High energy, high protein foods
  • A whistle
  • A two day extra supply of prescription medicine (if required)



Make a Plan

2. Make a Plan

Making a plan is simple. Write down the location where you will be hunting, the names of your hunting partners, contact numbers, what route you will be taking, when you leave and when you expect to return. Leave this plan with a family member or friend and keep a copy in your vehicle.

Before walking into the bush, a hunter should note the following:

  • the location of the sun
  • wind direction
  • direction of roads, trails or creeks in the area

These are all factors that will help you prepare for the hunt. This preparation occurs long before the firearms are packed into the hunting vehicle.