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When trapping in unfamiliar territory, you may get lost. If you do, switch into survival mode.

  • Many people trap alone. However, it is safer to use the buddy system.
  • Always tell a friend or family member where you will be trapping and when you plan to return. Leave a map of your trapline. If your plans change, update your friend or family member.
  • Carry a cell phone. But be aware that phones can go out of range or lose battery power just when you need them most.
  • Take some food and water with you.
  • Always carry a map and a compass. You also might want to carry a global positioning system (GPS) unit.
  • Wear layered clothing and take extra clothing, preferably wool and polyester, with you.
  • Know how to start a fire. Carry waterproof matches and fire starters. These items are critical if hypothermia or frostbite sets in.
Topographic map and GPS