Plan Your Hunt
You should never hunt alone. Always hunt with others, and always be careful when choosing hunting partners! Make sure your hunting partners are safe hunters and also know how to survive in the woods!
One very useful tool in planning a hunt is a basic map. Identify and mark on your map the area where you plan to hunt. Leave a copy of the map and information about your hunting area with a responsible person.
Stay out of dangerous or unfamiliar areas such as cliffs, slide areas, and iced-over lakes or streams.
Notify Others of Your Plans
Make sure that other people know where you are hunting and when you plan to return from your hunt. Search-and-rescue teams only look for people whom they know are lost! If you should become lost, nobody will look for you unless they know you are lost.
Tell friends and family at home about your hunting plans. When you are out hunting, you also can leave a note in your car, truck, or camp about your hunting plans for that day. Be sure to note if you change your plans. If there is a place to register, such as a ranger station, do so!
Before you depart, leave a hunting plan with a family member or friend. A hunting plan tells where and with whom you intend to hunt, and when you expect to return. It also should contain specific directions on your route to your destination and any alternate destination you may have if bad weather changes your plans.