Essential Survival Skills while Hunting

Survival Skills

Although hunting is a fun and adventurous activity, it is life-threatening. It is extremely important for beginners as well as the seasoned hunters to possess some survival skills to get out of the woods alive, and hopefully with some meat. For this reason, the hunter ought to innately pose some coveted outdoor survival skills. Here, in this article, learn about the most mandatory and basic survival skills that are essential to tackle any situation as a hunter.


Sometimes, you can get lost in the hunting activity that you end up losing your way as well, deep in the woods. During the daytime, the sun is your best friend as it can show the direction of east and west and make it easier to find your path. However, situation attains danger in the night as the only direction you have is to follow the moon. You have to look for the North Star at the end of the Little Dipper’s. This is also a clue to understand the night sky, just in case you’re lost. If not, the worst part you have to wait until daylight and fetch for your direction in the sun.

Fetching clean water

Fetching clean water

How much water is enough water? If you’re having a rough day chasing those gamers, then you’ll end up drinking all the water you have. You can survive a couple of days without food, but you cannot survive even a day without water. In such cases, you need to have the ability to fetch for pure drinking water. There are two kinds of water in the wild – the ones that are pure and portable and save your life and the other is the poisonous one that can put you in the jaws of death. Even though you can find lakes and rivers, it could be infected with faeces, urine or other poisonous materials. Hence, it is better to carry a portable miniature purifier if you do not want to catch a beaver fever.

Building fire

We’re not cavemen to start a fire with just rubbing stones against one another, but if it’s going to save our lives one day, then why not learn the skill? Even if you’re carrying a lighter or a matchstick, remember that more significant pieces of wood require more energy to burn and start a fire. Hence dry objects are the best to ignite them. Therefore, to start a spark with stones (like troglodytes) or a lighter, one important rule is to start with lighter grass and small dried particle. Then you can move to bigger sticks and logs once there is a blaze.

Building shelter

If you’re lost in the woods, and it’s getting darker, then you should prioritize on shifting to space where you can take shelter. It is highly impossible to search your way out all night with the fear of wild animals and a drastic drop in temperatures, especially in the hunting seasons—debris from trees, mosses, and small twigs are useful in building the base. For the roof, you will need large leaves from trees, logs of wood and many more.