I was reading threw my hunting notes and saw this story and posted it last years. With hunting season only a few week away it time to think about what could happen.
A few years ago I was hunting with a Group of guys that were very experience bow hunters one of the guys and his son (25 years old) shot a moose and follow it off the trail. By the time they gutted the animal it was dark and with out a compass or GPS, they headed in the general direction of the swamp only 4 or 5 hundred yards away. As they were getting closed to the swamp his hunting partner that he hunted with for several years. Realizing they were lost he fire a shot in the air and headed down to the lower end of the swamp and fires again he continue going back and forth all night. Mike and his son hear the first shot and headed in that direction before they get to the swamp they heard the 2nd shot and turned around and headed in that direction. This continuum all night into Jack ran out of ammunition and sometime between 1 and 2 am they came walking into camp.
There were so many mistakes made by both partner including not having a few items like a
whistles, compass, flashlight and another two or three boxes of 44 bullets. Need less to say there were no moose withing 5 miles of camp after all the shooting.