Wilderness Survival: Watch Out For Spring Hazards

After being cooped up indoors all winter, there are many great reasons to enjoy the outdoors in the springtime. But the spring woods aren’t as harmless as a Disney cartoon backdrop. Know the hazards before you go, and you’ll be better prepared.

Late Season Ice
Just because you’ve walked on some ice all winter, doesn’t mean it’s still safe in spring. Temperature changes, color changes, thickness changes – any changes – and you need to stay off the ice.

Early Ticks
Some of the toughest creatures in the wild are the lowly ticks. They can survive a prolonged freeze, and come out hungry for blood in the early spring. Do a tick check after each trip in the outdoors, and use insect repellent to minimize your attractiveness to these blood suckers.

The First Snakes
You may not expect to see snakes before the leaves come out, but a warm day is all it takes for the serpents to come out. Sleepy rattlers and other venomous snakes may be sluggish and disinclined to move out of your way when they hear you coming. Watch where you step in rocky areas with sun, as these animals are well camouflaged and easy to step on.

These tips, and many more survival tips, are in MacWelch’s books: Prepare For Anything – the Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual – How To Survive Anything – the Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook – and How To Survive Off The Grid

Follow him on Twitter @timmacwelch

And check out more of MacWelch’s outdoor skills and survival articles in Outdoor Life Magazine.

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