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Old 01-09-2017, 09:51 PM
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Who else spends more time at risk of a true wilderness survival scenario? Are hunters inherently the best wilderness survivalists?
I would also say yes to a varying degree. If a hunter say lives in the woods then I guess this could be true. I hunt every year sincwe I can remember. I never remember a time I didnt hunt. I have graduated to different degrees of hunting. I no longer hunt over feeders or in box blinds. I prefer a style that requires getting deeper into the woods and closer to nature. I only hunt bucks and only through tracking and scrapes. I do not hunt over food. I do feed on our land but do not hunt over it as I let my children do that. Selectively.
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Made the mistake of trying to hunt on public land for the first time last time. I'm prone and have a deer about 50 yards yards out and im looking to see what is beyond the deer and a shot lands 3 feet away from me. I said eff it walked back to my car and decided I'm not meant to be a hunter. I figured i could be a hunter or a survivor but not both at that time.
Deer hunting on public land is not optimal. Hunt for something else on public land and save deer hunting for private land. If you do hunt public land, the key is go DEEP into the woods.

I can tell when I am near an easily-accessible part of public land, because there are NO animals. Over hunted ridiculously. Gotta spend 45 minutes walking in any direction from the parking area and then you will find wildlife and privacy.
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Deer hunting on public land is not optimal. Hunt for something else on public land and save deer hunting for private land. If you do hunt public land, the key is go DEEP into the woods.

I can tell when I am near an easily-accessible part of public land, because there are NO animals. Over hunted ridiculously. Gotta spend 45 minutes walking in any direction from the parking area and then you will find wildlife and privacy.
That works back east. In the west the vast majority of the land is public so just as you mentioned, you have to go travel to get away from the bulk of the people. I have friends that really go extreme getting back into areas where there aren't humans for miles and miles. Big thumbs up to them for being that tough and adventurous.

psycosteve, what were you wearing at the time?
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How many hunters do you know get more that 15 minutes from the road? While many hunters have more a knowledge of the woods that average people, they still have a lot to learn. How many people can establish north without a compass or GPS? How many can start a fire in the rain? How many are carrying a day pack which is 15# too heavy? When I meet a hunter in the woods, I look at his knife. If it has a blade over 6" long, he does not know squat.
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I'm a retired IT type guy. I hear what you say. You wouldn't believe the amazement and awe I saw when I talked to other computer weenies about going solo, even just a few miles into wilderness. Many are out of breath just walking in from the parking lot and have more medical conditions than you can count.

Don't think it has anything to do with being an alpha male. I had no interest in joining management.
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Well... there are a lot of hunters who do just that and a smaller number who do it right. The deeper you go the fewer incompetents you meet.

Unless they are lost...
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Fishing is the key to survival, if there is a creek, pond or lake I can feed my whole crew for a day in a couple hours. Growing up hunting has meant camping and that has taught me to be able to survive outdoors.
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Are hunters best at wilderness survival??? Maybe...and maybe not.

If they practice survival skills then they have a good head start.

I have met hikers that practiced survival skills and fished but they viewed hunting low on their priority list. They focused a lot on edible vegetation and such. I learned a thing or tow from them.

I have seen 'hunters' who's idea it is to hunt over bait...but I don't think that qualifies them as a hunter with survivalist skills.

IMO, the best survuivalist is a community of survivalist with varying skills.
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When I posted the question, I most certainly did not mean to include, what I am going to class as road hunters, hunters who travel no more than 10 clicks to get to the stand, private agriculture land hunters...If you don't need to pack a back up shelter system in case **** hits the fan then that hunter should not be included in the situation...
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Getting food is part of wilderness survival, if you can't hunt fish trap or forage your going to die. Shelter, water, and food.
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