I stole this idea from a wilderness canoe forum (BWCA.com). The authors posed a series of typical but hypothetical situations to see how experienced travelers would handle different situations. The exercise was very useful. Folks got to hear several different opinions and viewpoints. More importantly, it got folks to think about such a scenario from the safety of their keyboard.
So, here is the first scenario... a deep cut while dressing a moose...
You are on day 6 of a 10 day solo moose trip. Several folks know your general location but no one expects to hear from you for 2-3 more days.
It is about 4 pm. You have 1 more hour of light. The temperature is about 40F and expected to get to about 25 during the night. No rain is forecast.
You are on some backwoods river. Friends dropped you off upstream. Your truck is currently about 8 miles downstream. The float downstream is fairly simple (Class 1 and 2). You have seen a few other hunters on this river but not in the last day or so.
You shot a nice moose. You tagged the moose and started the process. You're almost done with the top side. Your knife slips and hits your thigh. You get a large cut. It is about 3 inches long and about an inch deep (your knife was very sharp). The blood starts pouring out. But the blood is not spurting.
Additional information: You're about 1/2 mile from the river. It is a fairly tough walk back to the river. You're camp is another 1/2 mile downstream once you get to the river. You only have the following gear:
- bow and arrows
- Bear spray
- Game bags
- 50 feet of rope
- Small tarp that is currently under your moose.
- Currently wearing decent base layer and one more layer. In your pack you have a slightly heavier coat, a hat, and gloves.
- survival kit in a nalgene bottle: space blanket, knife, lighter, tinder, duct tape (3 feet wrapped around the nalgene bottle), 50' of paracord, signal mirror, whistle, water treatment pills, 2 snack bars
- water: about 1/2 liter left in your hydration bladder
- food: a few cliff bars
- first aid kit: bandaids, butterfly bandages, ibuprofin, antibiotic cream
So what do you do?