72 Hour Hunter Survival Kit

By Jim Fleck

Carry these items when you venture into the field, just in case you become lost and have to "camp out." A knapsack works well, and a hunter's vest or fanny pack will hold the most important items if you need to travel light. These items ought to get you by for up to 72 hours.

  • Medicine (whatever you need for at least 72 hours--mark all drug containers with use, dosage and expiration date)
  • Compass (with instructions for proper use)
  • Paper and pencil or pen (you can write down your compass bearings)
  • Map of the area
  • Lighter (Bic disposable or equivalent)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Magnusium stick (for starting fires)
  • Fuel tablets (fire starters)
  • Utility candle wrapped in aluminum foil
  • Old newspaper or some sort of tinder for fire making (in a plastic bag)
  • Utility knife (Leatherman, Swiss Army, etc.)
  • Canteen or water bottle that can hold about 750mls
  • Water purification tablets
  • Rain poncho
  • Plastic ground cover
  • Space blanket
  • Tube tent
  • 25 feet of nylon line
  • Flashlight
  • Watch
  • Snacks (trail mix, MRI, candy, etc.)
  • Signal mirror
  • Whistle
  • This list (so that you know what you have in your survival kit)

You may want to add:

  • GPS unit (with fresh batteries and instructions for proper use)
  • Trail / Kit gun (.22 handgun and ammo)
  • Two way radio

If you have any items that you think should be added to this list, please e-mail me at: jfleck@efn.org

    - Jim Fleck

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