A group of hunters found out the hard way how sideways things can get when one of their own was wounded in the wilderness. Shit happens. It happens to the best of us. This article isn’t intended to bash the hunters in this video. We’re sharing it with the intent to help you LEARN from it.
Wounded in the wilderness: let’s examine what went wrong, and what went right.
What went wrong? To begin with, they failed to do comprehensive gear checks. The root cause of the injury was a loose arrow in the quiver. They could have avoided all of this if they had just done the appropriate gear checks.
Next, they all failed to pack appropriate medical gear for the mission. In other words, they went out into the isolated wilderness with dangerous, sharp tools, doing dangerous activities, and failed to pack medical gear that might likely be applicable to potential mishaps with said tools and activities. They should have packed at LEAST one IFAK considering the tools of their trade and the nature of the activity. We make one, which you can read about HERE.
They also didn’t seem to have any formal medical training. They got by and made it work, but none of them seemed to have any formal training considering their chosen profession/hobby.
Lastly, they didn’t really have a plan in the event the most likely of injuries considering their weapons/activities might cause; namely, punctures and lacerations.
When you are wounded in the wilderness, that is a pretty hefty list of things to get wrong. It’s the kind of things you wouldn’t expect an experienced group of hunters to overlook, but hey, like we said earlier: shit happens.
So, what went RIGHT?
What did they get right? Right off the bat, they all stayed VERY cool, calm, and didn’t panic. Secondly, they immediately improvised when they realized how unprepared they were for such an injury. Lastly, they had others at a base camp they could establish comms with. They kind of got lucky with the cell phone reception, and I didn’t see any of them break out a radio. So it was really just good luck that they were able to reach their friends at base camp.
What did we learn?
In short, we learned to PLAN, and PREPARE better. Take the extra time to do a few simple things before you undertake any type of inherently dangerous activity. We also learned that when something does go sideways, keeping a cool head will serve you well. Remember, for all the expensive bows, arrows, and fancy camo scent blocking clothing, the one thing you should NOT skimp on is your medical gear. Don’t be wounded in the wilderness wishing you had invested in some.