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Hunters, Hikers, Children And Pets, Lost In The Scary Woods or Maze.

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Lost In The Woods

Don’t get lost in the spooky dark woods.Woods can be spooky you never know what's lurking behind the next tree, maybe a bear or a wolf.

Hunting season is starting here and every year there is usually someone who gets lost in the woods. It is so easy to get turned around and walking in circles. If you're lost call 911, get help.

Don’t feel like a fool this is the best thing to do before it gets too dark and cold. The woods here can kill you if you can’t get out. The temperatures drop down to freezing. Body temperature can drop very fast, hypothermia can set in. Don't forget your phone.

Hunters, Hikers, Children And Pets Don't Get Lost In The Woods

Hunters, Hikers, Children And Pets Don't Get Lost In The Woods

Kids Lost In The Woods.

When our kids and grandkids were little we always watched them make sure they didn't walk too far into the woods.

I often went into the woods picking princess pine. I always made sure I could see the road. I never went in very far I know me it wouldn't take long for me to get lost.

Our little niece went into the woods one time and couldn't find her way out; luckily family members were able to find her before it got dark, actually the dogs found her.

Children will often go into the woods get scared, lay down and will not answer when called. Their body temp drops even faster than a grown-up.

Old Dog Reno

Old Dog Reno

Dogs Lost In The Woods.

Our neighbor and a family member lost their dogs in the woods and never found them.

They were older dogs. They think they may have gotten weak and died in woods. Did they crawl off to die? They may have.

We looked under every log and every rock but no sign of either dog.

The dog in the picture never got lost he could track a deer and go way in the woods and find his way back. The deer hunters in the family really miss him. They didn't hunt with him but when they shot a deer and lost it he could find it for them.

Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls

Take A Compass In The Woods.

My husband was born here and knows the woods like he back of his hand, but he says it is still easy to get turned around. He always takes a compass into the woods. He knows how to read it which amazes me I just can’t figure the thing out. Learn how to read a compass first, before planning a trip in the woods.

Put me in the middle of the woods with a compass and I would stay lost, a compass is one of the big mysteries in my life! I can find my way around a city, which my husband can’t do, but the woods to me is another story.



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Dark Corn Field

Dark Corn Field

Items You Should Take In The Woods.

Stay safe when you go into the woods.

In your backpack or big pockets take along these items.

cell phone

tie a scarf around your neck just to take a long, use as a shawl to add more warmth or to wrap a wound which has been covered with gauze from your kit.

knife hooked on your belt

small packets of tissue, I would recommend putting tissue wherever you can stash it just so you don't have to use leaves or a roll of toilet paper in your backpack.

tie a jacket or sweater around your waist


bear spray


extra socks

small first aid kit

something to eat (keep any paper from your food it will help you get a fire started)

a light foil blanket (small enough and can go in your pocket)


Drop a black pepper container in your pocket to stop bleeding in case you get cut.

wear a bright color

carry a cheap whistle (Also good to give to a child who might be going into a maze or while camping.)

hand warmers


medication if you need it just in case

stocking cap if it's cold (Even in the summer it can get damp and cold)

always tell someone where you're going.

I know hunters have trouble carrying a backpack, but they can put many of these things in their big pockets in their hunting outfit. Items like flashlights are so small and strong now.

Cell phones may not work in the woods, but it is a good idea to take one with you, if it doesn't try texting sometimes this will work when a call won't work. You can get compass app and phones have GPS, but you have to know how to use both.

A personal locator beacon is not a bad idea to have it was suggested in a comment by Deborah-Diane.



2014 People Are Still Calling 911 When Lost In Maze

Lost In A Corn Field.

Even our granddaughters were telling us how they got lost in a corn maze and it was getting dark and they couldn't get out. Luckily they were smart enough (even for city slickers) to get the owners phone number so they could call him if they got lost. They never go anywhere without their cell phones attached to their hands.

The owner came to get them. He surprised them by jumping out at them and scared the heck out them. They thought it was so funny and so much fun. If you can get lost in a maze you can image what it would be like in the woods.

Little ones who live by corn fields get lost in cornfields just stop and think how easy this could happen.

Please stay safe in the corn mazes. My husband loves the woods, but he thinks corn fields are spooky. He's just thinking of Children Of The Corn!

I feel bad for the young family lost in the maze. They did the right thing by calling for help better to panic than to be unsafe. I'm sure they were worried about the children. It looks like a big maze to me. The maze on the right is the one they got lost in.

Christmas Tree Cutting in Woods

Many people each year get lost in the woods while going on their family trip to cut down a Christmas tree.

Going into the woods looking for a Christmas tree can be dangerous. A family in Colorado one year got lost in the woods while looking for the perfect tree. They had to call 911 to get them out.

While going on what you think is just a small trip to the woods looking for a Christmas tree be sure to take along things you may need, water, food, always have a lighter with you, cell phone, and warm clothes. When night comes even in warm climates it can get cold.

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moonlake (author) from America on September 10, 2014:

DDE, thank you for stopping by sorry it took me so long to answer your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 05, 2014:

Getting lost in the woods I can only imagine such an adventure you have shown such great strength here.

moonlake (author) from America on August 18, 2013:

Paul Kuehn, I would have gone into a full panic if my two year old got lost in a corn field. I remember seeing on tv a child lost in a corn field I think it took until the next day before they found him. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on August 18, 2013:


This is a very interesting and useful hub. None of my family or I were ever lost in the woods. I remember, however, my second youngest sister getting lost in a corn field when she was about 2. Luckily, the field was very close to our farmhouse and Patty was only lost for less than an hour. Just the same, it was a traumatic experience for the whole family. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

moonlake (author) from America on May 02, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, Good idea I know they use them where there might be an avalanches, forgot about them for hiking and in the woods. I added it into my hub. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote up.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on May 02, 2013:

Wonderful advice about getting lost in the woods! You may want to add an Amazon module to this article promoting emergency locators. So many people get lost here in California that it is frustrating when they do not take emergency locators with them before they go hiking in the wilderness areas. I think that everyone who likes to hike should own one. Voted up. Very helpful!

moonlake (author) from America on April 21, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you for that. Your right soon people will be going camping and maybe they are in the south not here yet. I appreciate you stopping by.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 21, 2013:

Just wanted to bring this hub to the attention of people again because the weather is warming up all over the country and the time when lots of people will be venturing out camping, hiking, and so forth is here again. This hub can help people avoid scary situations. Voting it up and sharing again.

moonlake (author) from America on March 20, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. I appreciate it and the vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 19, 2013:

Very interesting and a great list of things to do and carry to stay safe.

Voted up and useful.

moonlake (author) from America on March 08, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the vote and share.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Excellent advice in this hub! It would definitely be easy to get disoriented and lost in a woods if it was of any great size. Voted up, useful, interesting and will definitely share to get the word out about taking precautions.

moonlake (author) from America on February 13, 2013:

Au fait, That is true never know if your going to have that signal or not. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 11, 2013:

Lots of good and important advice here. I hope everyone will read this and stay safe and do the smart thing. Hopefully there will be a cell phone signal should that be necessary. Voting this hub up and will share!

moonlake (author) from America on February 29, 2012:

SanneL, Thank you for stopping by. It is very easy to get lost in the woods and turned around it happens here all the time.

SanneL from Sweden on February 29, 2012:

It's very easy to get lost in the woods. It has happened to me a few times. Getting lost in the large, dark, wild woods in Sweden is no fun, let me tell you! However, It's very important not to panic, stay focused and collect your thoughts before you start running all over the woods.

Good hub with great tips!

moonlake (author) from America on November 21, 2011:

Clayton Fernandes,

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my hub, glad you liked it. My husbands and his brothers were that way in the woods. Their mom let them out in the morning and away they went exploring the woods.

Clayton from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on November 21, 2011:

Man very informative. I have a house up with my grandfolks back in the ol' country. Surrounded by woods, paddy fields and a lake. As a kid i'd get lost, but the more familiar i got with the territory, the further i explored & adventured. Come nightfall. I'd have already marked out certain trees to know which routes i'd crossed out or where i was heading. Everything is very very different when the sun sets. Survivability is everything. Thank you for the brilliant hub Dex. i love it!

moonlake (author) from America on October 29, 2011:


Thanks for stopping by. Your right both of the dogs were old and we wondered if that is what happened it was their chance to go off and die. Rarely does a dog not find his way back home. One of the dogs being a Golden Retriever, she had lived near this woods all her life and the other a Beagle, they can smell their way home any time.

Derdriu on October 29, 2011:

moonlake: Thank you for the practical information and the real life stories which you use so well to explain your points. It's sad about dogs getting lost since they ordinarily seem so savvy, but then animals often like to go off by themselves to die, particularly if it can be in a natural setting.

Voted up, and everything else too,


moonlake (author) from America on October 17, 2011:

Alastar Packer, Thanks so much for stopping by. Your right if your lost you shouldn't panic or start running in all directions.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on October 17, 2011:

Its easy to get lost even in small woods sometimes. As for big forest this one from a hundred years ago is worth noting. This feller was the most knowledgable guide and hunter in the Great Smokey Mts. Knew them better than anybody else. When asked if he'd ever been lost he said,"Not exactly, but I have been known to go around and around on occasion." or words to that effect. Number one is to not panic. Very good hub with the tips. Liked reading on your family n neighbor too moonlake.

moonlake (author) from America on October 17, 2011:

Eiddwen, Thank you for stopping by so glad you enjoyed the hub. You also have a great day.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 17, 2011:

Oh wow!!! What a great hub and one which I vote up up and away.

I really enjoyed this one and here's to so many more to share on here.

Take cre and have a great day.


moonlake (author) from America on October 16, 2011:

doodlebugs, that's true according to my husband he tells me you have know direction you started from. I really don't get it. I guess one when I'm more interested in the compass I will have him show me. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Nolen Hart from Southwest on October 16, 2011:

I like to carry a small compass on my keychain. Of course it is of no use in the woods if you don't know what direction you started from.

moonlake (author) from America on October 16, 2011:

Gypsy Rose Lee, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is really easy to get lost and turned around. Even in a corn maze.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 15, 2011:

Very interesting hub. Here where we live in Latvia fall is the time to go mushroom and berry picking in the woods. So many people especially elderly ones get lost. Some are saved but unfortunately not everyone and sometimes when it's too late.

moonlake (author) from America on October 15, 2011:

writer20, that's cute.

I don't remember ever walking away from home I can remember thinking I wanted to run away. My little friend down the street was going to meet me at my window and away we going to go. Of course, the next day we had some kind of excuse why we didn't go.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on October 15, 2011:

Great hub. I've never actually been lost. But one day I did just walk away from the house and went to my Auntie of course I was taken home, darn it.

moonlake (author) from America on October 15, 2011:

Bob, Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. Never been to the UK. I think it can be just as bad if lost in the heat we have all had this year. We use to live in Texas and our parents always told us not to wonder out in the desert.

diogenes from UK and Mexico on October 15, 2011:

Interesting and good advice. I was "lost" for an hour in the desert near El Triunfo in Baja once. (thick shrubs trees and cactus). I went down hill till I found an arroyo and it was warm so not so bad as northern woods. You are lucky in the US to have so many wild areas. You'd have to be demented to get lost in the UK! Bob

moonlake (author) from America on October 15, 2011:

RealHousewife, Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. I don't blame you for telling the kids about snakes anything that will work. Kids always think their Mom's don't know anything and will go ahead and do what their told not to do.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on October 15, 2011:

Great advice - and just this morning my mom told me about a family that got lost in a corn maze near here last night. They called 911 and were actually only about a few feet from the entrance and didn't realize it! My house is adjacent to a very large corn field and I have warned my children a million times not to go in there when it's over their heads because it would be so easy to become disoriented and get lost. I also tell them there are lots of snakes in there too just to scare them a little. Happens here all the time as we have lots of woods and farming communities.

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