Another skill set you might want to develop, especially if you plan on staying out in the wilderness for an extended period of time, is learning how to handle and shoot a gun or a rifle. You may or may not enjoy hunting, but having a gun and knowing how to use it could be of paramount importance if you’re ever in a desperate situation.
Trapping an animal for food may seem fun, but it can also be unpleasant when you have to actually kill the animal up close and personal. If you have a rifle, learning how to shoot to kill can actually be the more humane way to procure your next meal. There are many rifle ranges where you can go out to and learn how to shoot; if you opt to learn how to handle a gun, make sure to practice and hone your sharpshooting skills, especially just prior to any outdoor adventure you have planned. Always remember to practice safe handling procedures with any firearms you handle.
You find yourself stranded out in the woods. You’ve set up your camp, found water, and now before you start your fire, you need to find something to eat; you were unable to find any edible vegetation, so now you have to go out and track down whatever game you can. Even if you’re not used to hunting, there are several important things to remember:
Feel the target’s presence.
Try to smell the target (seriously, it works! ).
Breathe normally, in and out, steady breaths. If the target is close, just open your mouth wide, your breathing will be silent.
Think of nothing — Clear your mind — Think only of what you must do.
Control yourself: you will get this shot just once, so make it count.
You may not ever turn out to be an expert marksman, but having the right tool at the right time can not only save you a lot of time, aggravation, and exertion you don’t need at such a critical time, it could just possibly save your life.
The bottom line here is that the more you know, the more you can do. You may not have the time or the desire to learn every single skill set mentioned here, but do yourself a favor and at least learn the most rudimentary skills you think you will need to survive. If you can’t find any appropriate classes to take, then start reading and educating yourself. Learn what is necessary and then make up a mental checklist to follow should you find yourself alone and at risk. Half the battle for survival is knowing what you will need to do and the order in which you need to follow through with. The other half is of the battle is in going ahead and doing what needs to be done to survive. By being proactive rather than reactive to your situation, you will accomplish so much more.
Above all, no matter what you are faced with, don’t panic: keep telling yourself that you can do this and you will succeed. Keep your wits about you and figure out what you need to do and just go ahead and do it. By doing this, you will keep yourself way too busy to sit and cry “Woe is me!” Keep moving around and collecting what you need in order to get your survival camp set up. Once you’ve accomplished that, focus in on finding what you need to drink and/or eat and then concentrate on building that fire. You will be much too busy and too tired after all of that to do much more than just crawl into your shelter and fall fast asleep. So don’t just sit there having a pity party for yourself…get busy and help keep yourself safe and warm. You can do this! And you will!
We all know that practice makes perfect…okay, well, maybe not always perfect, but at least it makes you better at whatever you’re practicing. Maybe once a month, why not try shutting off the television and practicing some of your newfound skills? Get yourself in better physical shape by going hiking or backpacking for a couple of days and practice setting up your camp as if your life depended on it: someday it just might. Imagine how empowering it will be to know that you can handle whatever is thrown your way. Always remember that a little imagination can usually help you go a long way. Even if you’re not sure how to do something, take a lesson from an old television show and become your own version of MacGyver: learn to improvise whenever and wherever you have to. You might just surprise yourself at what you actually can do!
Imagine the story you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren when you recount the time you had to survive out in the wilderness. Sure beats that old “when I was a youngster, I used to have to walk ten miles to school in three feet of snow” yarn we used to hear, eh? Scouts all over the world have the best advice anyone can ever offer you, in anything you do, but especially when it could be a matter of life and death…always: “Be Prepared”….and Be Safe!
So above are the most important and basic skills that you need to learn in order to survive in the outdoors.
Keep all the above-mentioned survival skills in mind. Lastly, the biggest survival skills in any situation would be – Never give up. Be patient, be strong, keep fighting, and emerge a winner!