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A buddy called me yesterday and asked if I wanted to check out some new terrain. Told him sure. So after a cup of coffee at my house around 5am, we headed out. Parked the truck around 6:30 am and started walking up an old logging road for about 1hour. When the logging road ended we took a compass reading and headed N NW crossing a creek and continued on till we crested a ridge. Sun was out so we stopped for lunch (it was about 12:00 )on a large Boulder. After lunch temps started dropping so we decided to start head back. When we reached the creek, we crossed over and headed back towards the logging road. We dumped out on the logging road around 2:30pm. Figured we just intersected it a little further down then where it must have ended.

Hiking down the logging road we both became aware the terrain looked quite different. Much more conifers than I remembered, But it was getting late and with temps dropping, we were committed , and at least were heading downhill.
We popped out of the woods around Dark 30. and guess what no Truck in sight.

Now the tough decision left or right back to the truck? About the time we were contemplating which way to head, a car came by and we were able to stop and ask directions. It appears we were about 7 miles further east of where we entered.

Nearest we can both figure was once we crossed the creek we overshot the original logging road above where it had ended and picked up the second road thinking it was the original. Following that road down took us quite a bit further SE than we expected to be.

I'm trying to pull up some Topo maps of the area to see if it shows the logging roads.
All in all an interesting Saturday hike (and a bit cold) day in the woods.

Anybody else ever get turned around ?
If so..Tell us your story
 

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Got busy tracking a deer once, across another's property so trying to avoid skyline on hills. Long story short, it got dark faster than I thought, my flashlight would not turn on, and it was cloudy. I found a wash with a high bank to put to my back, built a fire and settled in for the night. About 3 hours later a truck horn woke me. I was about 1000 yds. behind some man's house and on his land. I had walked almost ten miles cross country.
 

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Don't reckon I've ever been lost but have been mighty confused a few times.
 

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Exactly where I got it from. One of my favorite movies. I'm also fond of saying " Heap of trouble, oh yeah, heap of trouble." Frapp talking to Tyler about Running Moon.
 

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Got turned around 1 night in the thicket behind my fathers house tracking a hog. Flashlights died on us. Hunted there for years but it sure changes in the dark. Finally got a phone signal and called home. Had them ring the school bell in the yard so we could get our bearings. Now carry 3 lights when heading out.
 

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Daniel Boone said that he was never lost, but had been a might perplexed and puzzled for about 2 weeks when exploring Kentucky. POWDERMAN. :D :D
 

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I have been turned around out there a time or two myself. It's not a good feeling when you don't know exactly where you are or which way to go next. I started getting topo maps of the area I hunt if it's a large tract of land and carry a couple of compass's with me, one to make sure the other one is working properly. The engineer map training, compass & dead reckoning courses that I took in the Army helped me in that department and it has got me back on track several times. :)
 

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One need not be that far from home either. As squirrelluck said, he wasn't far from home and in a real thicket. I have been confused in a hemlock stand with fallen timbers for an hour or two..no sun, moon or wind to go by..you may not be far... but you can literally go in circles.
 

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Nothing worse than the feeling of being lost; worst I've ever been was underwater - thank God for bubbles so I could at least find up. Tested some of the first GPS systems with 5th Group 20 years ago, still don't trust them. Got a new one for the car, and its routinely wrong. So I keep maps and compass handy all the time; I also review my route to unfamiliar places before I turn the key.
 

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ironglow said:
One need not be that far from home either. As squirrelluck said, he wasn't far from home and in a real thicket. I have been confused in a hemlock stand with fallen timbers for an hour or two..no sun, moon or wind to go by..you may not be far... but you can literally go in circles.
Worst I've ever been lost was hunting with my Dad when I was about 10. We were out for quail and Dad took a shot at one, leaving a pattern on a muddy hill. We hiked for a couple more hours until dusk, and came to that same spot where we could see the shotgun blast on the hill. Dad had no idea how we got back to that same place, and it was the 1st time I remember him having a worried look on his face (not a good feeling for a 10 year old). We found the truck just before the last light faded, and Dad told me it was just by dumb luck.

He said "Vic, I promise that will never happen again (a good feeling for a 10 year old :)). Don't tell Mom about this." It never happened again, and I never told Mom.

I always take a flashlight with me now, even if it's 5:00 AM when I leave. It's a lot easier now that the small, super-duper LED ones are available. In fact, I just yesterday bought another one with three light levels...

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In 1967 weapons platoon, Co C, 3Bn, 6 Inf was on winter training from Berlin Brigade and down in West Germany. Hit a bad storm with heavy snow in white out conditions, so the Lt found a level spot and said set up for night on first level ground they came to. Most of the tent pegs got bent and everyone figured ground was frozen but they got tents up and under cover. Next morning came up clear and they found out they had set up on a concrete runway at the airport. They took a lot of ribbing from the rest of the battalion. Since the Lt got them through with no frostbite or injury the Col. put him up for company comand with a recomendation in his file. It hust goes to prove, "If it's stupid and it works, it ain't stupid"

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The fanny pack that always goes with me into the woods nowadays carries several Bic lighters, fire starting material, 3 Mini Maglights, a one dollar rain pancho, a space blanket, nylon cord, extra ammo, toilet tissue, extra knife and usually a couple of candy bars. Haven't needed much of the stuff, except the candy bars, but it's there if I do.
 

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Like someone else already said: If you ain't been turned around, you ain't been in the woods. I have been, and although it doesn't really worry me, it aggravates me, because by the time I realize I am turned around, I am tired and want to go home or to camp.
I always travel light, but I always have a full zippo lighter, a good knife, and a good rifle, so it will work out. As I've gotten older (I'm 60) my wife also makes me take a phone. I don't like it, but my hunting is unfortunately done most times alone, so I guess it's a good idea.
 

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I was hunting in the Shawnee national forest in southern Illinois. I walked pretty far in and found a nice place to set up a ground blind.

After about two hours I heard a noise behind me. When I turned around I saw this wall of water heading toward me through the trees.

By the time I got my rain poncho out of my backpack, I was already soaked.

I got totally turned around in the confusion. Little creek beds I stepped over on the way in were now three feet across and raging downhill.

I started getting mad at myself and started going in circles so I stopped and sat down for a while to calm down.

I eventually found a permanent tree stand that someone had built and followed some marker tape out of the woods.

My buddies were looking for me and we met up about halfway out.

They saw the same wall of water coming down the road toward them and jumped into the truck.

When the wind hit it rocked the truck back and forth and they were getting concerned.

A 1/4 mile away, the tops of trees were ripped off.
 

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kynardsj said:
The fanny pack that always goes with me into the woods nowadays carries several Bic lighters, fire starting material, 3 Mini Maglights, a one dollar rain pancho, a space blanket, nylon cord, extra ammo, extra knife and usually a couple of candy bars. Haven't needed much of the stuff, except the candy bars, but it's there if I do.
I basically carry almost the same stuff when I head to the woods to hunt. My snacks are usually a couple of packs of jalapeno cheese crackers and a couple of bags of peanuts, along with a Mtn Dew and a bottle of water. I also include a small roll of toilet paper for taking care of business and marking a trail that I want to find if I'm unsure of backtracking. Also in mine is a water proof match container, a whistle, 2 compasses which I wear one on a cord on my neck and a bright hunter orange piece of cloth with four safety pins at each corner. I also have a small container of push pins that I can tack to trees and mark for finding a place back if I don't know the area enough.

GRIMJIM's post reminded me of a hunt I went on once. I had my hunting buddy drop me off and I walked about a mile or so to a deer stand. He drove on about 4 or 5 miles away to hunt another area. I told him to pick me up about mid day. When I walked in, it was completely dark but I knew where I was going. Along about 8:30 am or so a storm started brewing and it got pretty bad. The wind was howling, it was lightning heavy and striking trees very near me. I got very scared as I am afraid of lightning and I had over 3 hours to wait to walk back out to the road to wait on my hunting partner. That was a very scary day and hunt for me, so I check the weather forecast very carefully now before heading to the woods.
 

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There’s this one hillside were I hunt turkey and deer that almost always turns me around. It’s Hemlock with White Pine and lots of under growth. It’s hard to get my bearings in there. The canopy looks the same and it always messes me up.
There’s a woods road to it’s north which many times I find by GPS or compass.
I’ll be there Saturday and I’m sure it’ll mess with me again. I usually carry enough gear and some food. So I could build a primitive shelter and eat some. But haven’t had to yet!
 
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