Sample Site Survey
1.____ Thick willow, brush, or briar patches within 5 miles.
2.____ 20 acres or more of dense forest or brush within 1 mile.
3.____ Dense forest of at least 5 square miles within 10 miles.
4.____ Logging activity past or present within 5 miles.
5.____ Valleys, gulches, or canyons within 10 miles.
6.____ Federal or state forest within 20 miles.
7.____ Sparsely populated mountains or hills within 20 miles.
8.____ Rivers or streams within 10 miles.
9.____ Creeks, bayous, or swamps within 2 miles.
10.____ Sparsely located residences.
11.____ Dairy, beef, truck, or grain farms within 5 miles.
12.____ Indian reservation within 50 miles.
13.____ Stable deer, elk, or moose population.
14.____ Carnivorous predators in residence (cougar, wolf, coyote, bobcat, etc.)
15.____ Moderate-to-abundant fish and small game.
16.____ Sufficient cover to conceal you for five days or more.
17.____ You can hike the area unseen on weeknights.
18.____ Black bear either are in residence or could exist here.
19.____ Sightings on site within the past 5 years.
20.____ Sightings within 5 miles 10 or more years ago.
What do you take on an eight-hour scouting sortie? A comfortable daypack with:
· Your “best friend” compass.
· Topographical maps of the area.
· GPS unit if available.
· Your Location Field Map.
· Cell phone with an extra battery.
· Digital camera, batteries, and/or a point-and-shoot camera.
· Small roll of brightly colored plastic surveyor’s tape.
· Waterproof marker pens.
· Rain slicker or poncho.
· Waterproof matches and fire starters.
· Flashlight with fresh batteries, spare batteries, and an extra bulb.
· Canteen or two of water, Gatorade, etc.
· First aid kit complete with snakebite supplies (anti-venom) if appropriate.
· Bug spray for ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes.
· Loud whistle.
· Small roll (12-18 feet) of parachute cord.
· Sharp pocketknife and sharpening stone.
· Extra set of dry hiking socks.
· Pad of moleskin to cover blisters.
· Aspirin and any medications or hygiene products you might require.
· Toilet paper.
· A few safety pins that can be easily stashed inside your pack or vest.
· A light lunch that suits your taste and purpose.
· Six to ten 40-30-30 meal replacement bars for emergencies.
· Water filtration straw or water purification tablets.
· Small weather-band radio with a fresh battery.
· Bear pepper spray (in bear country).
· Six zip-lock plastic bags.
· Biodegradable soap for poison ivy or poison oak.
· Roll of plastic to cover tracks.
· A journal pad, pens, and pencils.
· If you fear snakes, take a hiking stick. Better yet, make a snake hook. Simply replace the head an old golf club with a steel U-shaped hook curved about 3”-4” in diameter to the shaft. As an added feature, consider welding a 2” steel spur pointing the opposite direction at the junction where the hook joins the club shaft.
What NOT to take
· Rifle, a shotgun, a pistol, or weapons of any kind.
· George Armstrong Custer’s manual on approaching the American Indian.
What NOT to use
· Boom box with rock or other loud music.
· Flashlights, except in an emergency. You can’t see at night and you’ll scare Bigfoot away.
· Big fires at night.