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Starting a fire

Start a fire to stay warm, dry your clothes, cook food, and to signal for help. It isn’t always easy to get a fire started. Practice starting fires under different conditions before you go hunting, and always carry at least three different methods for starting a fire. Don’t wait until it’s dark and you are cold to start your fire. Gather plenty of wood and start your fire as soon as you decide you are spending the night in the field. Do so in a safe area and safe manner. Do not start a forest fire!

Many hunters have spent an unplanned night in the woods. It might not be pleasant, but if you are properly prepared it need not be life-threatening.

Fire Materials

Fire Starters

  1. Fine steel wool
  2. Fuzzsticks
  3. Candles
  4. Parafin-coated butcher's cord
  5. Kerosene-soaked sawdust
  6. Commercial chemical blocks
  7. Waxed cardboard


  1. Dry grass
  2. Bark
  3. Dead pine needles
  4. Dry leaves
  5. Wood shavings
  6. Twigs