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Well half way up I realized I didn't have my hunting boots. I thought, there's no snow by me and I have hiking boots on I should be ok. WRONG. Still 6 inches of snow in some spots at Whittingham. After driving to check out other spots I finally get to Whittingham and try to find a spot with no snow. I can't find a good one. I sit and I find what looked like a good dry spot and head over that way. The only thing I found was a big thing of thickets and under brush. I figure I'll keep walking. I walk and stop for a while and now my feet are wet and decide to head home. Ok, this way to the truck. I go up over a ridge and crap, there is a friggin house right there. Did I leave the WMA? Yep, as I walk back along the property I cross those diamond shaped signs. Ok, good back on State land. I continue for a bit and I have no clue where I am. I didn't walk in that far to begin with and I have hunted this area before (grant 7 years ago). So I decided to walk the one ridge to where ever it goes. I could hear cars, so I figured if I can get to the road I will just walk the road back. I start walking, I know where I am now. This is where my buddy shot at a deer years ago. Nope, wrong again. Eventually I look up a ridge and I notice under brush. I figure again, great the fields are right there. Having said that to myself already I was skeptical, but went anyway. Well this time I was right. Pheasant sacrificed himself to guide my way though (side note, the guy needs to learn to shoot straight, 3 shot :D). I get back into the field 50 yards from where I entered the woods.

In short: Did hunt the new area I was looking for, got cold wet feet, got lost, and didn't see a thing.

Moral: Remember your boots, stick to the areas you know, if trying someplace new, go with someone that has knowledge or bring a GPS or compass.
 

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Many years ago while hunting an area I was very familiar with I scratched my eye with a thorn. The pain was so tremendous it brought me to my knees (found out later at the hospital I had scratched my cornea). I held a clean handkerchief over my injured eye but the tears were so profuse in my other eye I basically couldn't see. What saved me in finding my way out of the woods was my compass. Because even though it was daylight and I was in a very familiar area, I had to walk blind only able to squint periodically with my non-injured eye at my compass. I never go into the woods without a comp [no swearing please] and a clean handkerchief. BTY - never bring a white handkerchief, especially in a gun hunting area, someone may mistake it for a whitetail. I'm glad everything worked out for you.
 

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Would there have been a way to dead recon. Taking bearings off predominant objects for you to navagate around. Sun, Hills,rocks,streams, ect. Thats helped me in the past when I got turned around in big country.
 

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When I get lost, I find that curling up in the fetal position helps. Also crying and whimpering like a baby never hurts.

Remind me never to let you take me hunting, Ok Mike?:p:D
 

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i told you long ago in the early season i'll hook you up with a deer. next year take me up on it.[cool]

i hope to get back out again this year. i'm ready to go do some trout fishing too! maybe monday after christmas.
 

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Posted: 20 Dec 2005 6:21 PM

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Many years ago while hunting an area I was very familiar with I scratched my eye with a thorn. The pain was so tremendous it brought me to my knees (found out later at the hospital I had scratched my cornea). I held a clean handkerchief over my injured eye but the tears were so profuse in my other eye I basically couldn't see. What saved me in finding my way out of the woods was my compass. Because even though it was daylight and I was in a very familiar area, I had to walk blind only able to squint periodically with my non-injured eye at my compass. I never go into the woods without a comp [no swearing please] and a clean handkerchief. BTY - never bring a white handkerchief, especially in a gun hunting area, someone may mistake it for a whitetail. I'm glad everything worked out for you.
I always wear my yellow tinted safety glasses when hunting with the muzzleloader. Based on your story perhaps I should always wear the glasses. The yellow tint increases the contrast dramatically. I can't actually say that it makes me see deer sooner, but throreticlly it does.
 

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i told you long ago in the early season i'll hook you up with a deer. next year take me up on it.
I will. Still got time with the shotgun?

i'm ready to go do some trout fishing too! maybe monday after christmas
I was thinking the same. But I have to work that day. I am off Wednesday and Thursday though.
 

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Mike, if I didn't know it, I would think this is your 1st year hunting with the season your having
Joe, I guess everyone has a bad year every now and then.
 
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