How to Avoid Getting Lost When Hunting

When you hunt, you don’t want to get lost. What are some tips on how not to get lost when hunting?

The Right Tools

For starters, bring a compass with you. Using a compass, you can walk in the direction you want to walk by following the compass as a guide. 

Next, consider using a roll of brightly-colored plastic marking ribbon. You can wrap trees along your route so you know where you came from (and how to get back there) by looking for your ribbons. 


If possible, inform friends and family about your hunting trip. Let them know where you plan to go, when you’ll be there, for how long, etc. The more details other people know, the better! 

Use maps. Some people avoid maps, but then they get lost. At least if you have a map with you, that can help you find your way, especially as you look for things that stand out, such as area mountain peaks or bodies of water. 

Thankfully most people have mobile phones today; They can be a godsend when lost in the woods. Use a phone to contact help to come find you should you ever get lost. Related to phones are 2-way radios or walkie talkies, which can be helpful when you want to keep in contact with homebase, the lodge, fellow hunters, and/or someone else who can guide you back to where you want to be. You can also use a handheld GPS. Make sure your devices are charged up before using them, and bring spare batteries if needed.

Guided Hunts

Finally, consider going on a guided hunt. This way your guide is with you and can definitely help the hunting party avoid getting lost– guides know the land quite well. Tioga Ranch (in rural Pennsylvania) offers guided hunts– call 570-835-5341 to find out about upcoming guided hunting trips!