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10 Things That You Should Never Do if Stranded in a Wilderness

Updated on February 1, 2015

Les Stroud surviving in the wild

Meet Les Stroud

Les Stroud, creator of the hit series, Survivorman, seen on the Discovery Channel, is an expert survivalist. Stroud has forgotten more about surviving in almost any terrain or geographical area that you or I will ever learn. He loves his job. I admit that I am a fan of his show and his wisdom on what to do and what not to do if stranded somewhere in a dark, fearful wilderness with no sign of help in sight.

I would be safe in saying that Les Stroud's survival know-how has helped to save more than one life. That makes me feel good about watching Surivorman. I am serious. On each show, his production crew flies Les to some place that we would call oblivion and then they leave him for one week and sometimes all he has to stay alive is his wits, knife, and what he can scrounge for in his wilderness location.

Even Stroud makes mistakes

Stroud relaxing at home

Survival is very serious business

What would I do if faced with surviving in some overwhelming area with no water, shelter or food? In a word, panic. And if you have a thing for hearing a grown man scream for his life, then you would get a kick out of me clawing the ground and screaming louder than any banshee.

I am not trying in any way, to compete with Les Stroud in his survival skills and wisdom. But I am, in my own way, going to share a few vital tidbits of information with you that could save your life--in case you have never viewed Survivorman.

So here are

10 Things That You Should Never Do if Stranded in a Wilderness

A Bit About Les

  • Les Stroud (born October 20, 1961) is a Canadian musician, filmmaker, and survival expert best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, cameraman and host of the television series Survivorman. After a short career behind the scenes in the music industry, Stroud became a full-time wilderness guide, survival instructor and musician based in Huntsville, Ontario. Stroud has produced survival-themed programming for The Outdoor Life Network, The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and YTV. The survival skills imparted from watching Stroud's television programs have been cited by several people as the reason they lived through harrowing wilderness ordeals.

Source: Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia

Sue Allen, Stroud's ex-wife
Sue Allen, Stroud's ex-wife

10.) When you grow hungry, never resort to eating a bacteria-infected corpse of a snake that someone before you killed and left it to die.

9.) Do not drink just any water you happen to see. Some water may contain a deadly poison that forms from certain roots of trees and plants.

8.) For shelter, do not try to crawl inside a hollow log unless you love having combat with a mama raccoon who will not give up her home which is this hollow log.

7.) Do not use growls or hoots in a loud voice to summon help. You might become the target of an inexperienced hunter for for his first trophy.

6.) Unless you know what you are doing, do not try to climb a tree then attempt to build your shelter near the top. Ever think about falling asleep and falling to the ground going 90 MPH?

5.) Mud that you find near a small pond does not take the place of food.

4.) If you have five pieces of bread, do not crumble them all up and toss them into this pond to see if any fish will come to the top to eat it giving you a chance to catch the fish by hand.

3.) If you do encounter a grizzly bear of maybe a wildcat, just run as fast as you can. If you let your manly-ego get the best of you and you try to fight these animals, you will be killed or severely-injured.

2.) Fire can be deadly. Remember this simple fact just in case you, through some miracle, start yourself a fire near a dry patch of grass or leaves. Fire has a way of spreading around you before you can get free of it.

1.) Call Les Stroud before you read my 10 survival tips. This way your odds of survival will be increased.

No thanks required.

Read important note below video

You be the judge

Todd Standing, a friend of Les Stroud, also a survival expert, filmed the video above on an outing alone in the Pacific Northwest. Standing swears that what you see in the video is that of the actual face of a Bigfoot that he had to steady himself to take the video. Personally, I cannot judge this as real or fiction. I just thought it added "that" certain element to this hub.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Genna,

      Thank you, my friend, for such a nice comment.

      You are so appreciated and you always remember this when you get to thinking that no one cares.

      I DO!

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ken, I have often wondered what I would do if I were stranded in a wilderness. My father who knew the wild quite well, gave me some tips, such as, when walking, never walk in an upward direction such as on hilly or mountainous terrain; always walk heading downward. I think your bullet points were quite interesting. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I wager that camping out in Hawaii is like being in paradise.

      And these tips would not be needed in such a beautiful place. Thank you for your comment.

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing the survival tips, Kenneth!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Silva Hayes,

      Thank you kindly for stopping in to comment.

      You are right. Making animal calls if calling for help might get you shot.

      The woods is a wild place.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you so much. I hope that you never have to use them for that means you are stranded and I don't want that to happen. Visit with me again.

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      Silva Hayes 

      3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Useful indeed, especially the one about not making animal sounds when calling for help.

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      3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      kenneth avery, quite useful tips for survival. Thanks for sharing.


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