About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Massachusetts Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

The orienteering compass is a critical piece of equipment for outdoor travel.

A good orienteering compass has these features:

  • Clear base plate that allows you to see the map underneath
  • Straight sides for aligning two points or for drawing lines
  • Liquid-filled needle housing that keeps the magnetic needle relatively steady when taking readings
  • Two arrows: a direction arrow painted on the base plate (or you may use the edge of the compass) is used to point the compass from your starting point to your destination; an orienting arrow, located in the needle housing, is used to orient your compass to your map
Orienteering compass with parts labeled