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Old 12-29-2011, 04:10 PM
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Survival gear

What do you guys carry for survival gear in your pack? I dont mean just for back pack hunting but every time you go out in the field elk hunting, deer hunting or whatever?

Here are the Items I always have in my pack no matter what.

2 Pelican Led flash lights with extra batteries (similar to sure fire)
Hat Light
2 GPS's one Garmin with my maps down loaded and the other is just a little easy to use Bushnell Backtracker. ( I have used both on more than one occation.
Jet Boil (for melting snow boiling water or cooking food if needed)
Several Knives
Pack Saw
Granola Bars
Bottled Water or camel back bladder.
Several ways to start a fire including, Bic Lighter, Cabelas Wind Proof Lighter, Matches, Magnesium Stick, Wet Fire tinder packets, the little bars of saw dust soaked in diesel that you can buy. (Jet boil is another way to start a fire)
Fluoresent orange can be used for signaling
Silver Space Blanket
Extra Socks, gloves/mittens and stocking cap.
Cell Phone
And of course I always pack at least one gun.

There may be more but this is my bare essentials. It sounds like a lot but its not a whole lot and there have been a few times I was very Happy I was packing the weight. What do you guys carry? Maybe theres something I need to add.

I should have a first aid kit but I dont its on my list of things to put together
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:02 PM
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Re: Survival gear

I have always looked at it this way. There is only three things you need to do to get along. Stay dry, stay warm and stay hydrated. If you have the necessities to cover the above and a way to see at night everything else is extra weight. Everyone is different but there is no reason in hell to be lost for days. A day and a night in a blowing snow storm maybe.....been there done that. If you get turned around easily you would carry a GPS and mark your trail so if push came to shove you could back track. Most people pack way to much stuff just "incase" but as I said we are all different. Be comfortable and have fun and with experience it will sort itself out.

If you're worried about getting a fire started when everything is wet or frozen throw a couple road flares in your pack. You can get them going even if your hands are so cold they don't work well. You can have a good fire in short order.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:30 PM
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Re: Survival gear

Second the road flares, I carry them in plastic sack with lighter and such. I've started mid winter fires on snowmobile trips to warm up when folks were betting it wasn't possible.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:03 PM
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Re: Survival gear

for me a lighter some strike anywhere matches in waterproof container and a compas. long as i can build a fire and get a general direction i can get out of just about anywhere. a compas is something i personaly think every one could use to carry, verry light back up for gps and no worrie of dead batteries
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:37 PM
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Re: Survival gear

A GPS experience, it's been long enough I may have things wrong internationally, but we were in Nevada I had a GPS I'd been playing with at stops etc. getting a bit of handle on things. Anyway it stopped working completely, could not get a signal for nothing. Now we' re at 10000 ft nothing to block the sky. Operator error? no signal for a few days oh well. Go to town one night for dinner and found out we had went to war. Few days later it's back on? Anybody know if the civilian signal gets cut? Sorry Mike I'm winding my way back. Any way I've never quite trusted the things for emergency use.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:06 AM
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Re: Survival gear

Well I can see the loss of faith. I have never had a problem but not to say I never Will. I usually use mine to find my truck in the dark usually I'm able to track nesw fairly reliably. But I had a bad experience years back down on the Wyoming/ Colorado border while elk hunting. We left the truck and had an elk down 30 minutes later across a canyon. We were unprepared expecting a quick in and out trip. We ended up using a free keychain compass from north American hunting club to find our way out. That's when I decided I needed to have some stuff I carry every time I go out.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:49 AM
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Re: Survival gear

Might want to add a pack of 'Quick CLOT' to stop the bleeding-bullet hole or bone or tree limb sticking out of you. Been carrying mine -I think about 8 or 9 years. They have made it into spounges now I think. Mine is like a large Kool - Aid pack. You may need to use it in a car wreck going hunting, or to the store.


Added: Think BOBBY LEE SWAGGER, in the film 'SHOOTER”, ripped a pack like mine from the trunk of the FBI car and put it in the wound.
It has saved a bunch of lives in the sand boxs for sure!
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