7 Things to Avoid in the Woods in an Emergency Situation

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When it comes time out bug out you may find yourself moving through the woods to avoid congested highways and the potential for hundreds of people evacuating at one time. The woods, however, may not always be safe and you may find yourself being tracked. To avoid someone tracking you, follow these 7 steps.

Thick brush. Avoid moving through thick brush as it tends to knock green leaves to the ground. Green leaves are not common on the forest floor, and even more uncommon is a trail of leaves.

Bodies of water. If you move through a body of water, even just crossing a stream you are likely to leave a trail of wet footprints on the other side, and the water clinging to your pants will leave a trail of wet on low hanging leaves.
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Throwing trash. If you bring it into the woods with you, carry it out with you. Leaving trash behind can give any pursuers a wide variety of information regarding you and your potential group. Trash left behind can leave clues regarding group size, equipment, amount of supplies, and leaves a tell tale trail.

Leaning on trees. Leaning on trees can leave a nice scrape mark that is like a neon sign to someone who knows how to track. Humans leave it a little higher than any animal ever could.

Moving through high brush. Humans are the tallest creatures in the woods, and they break branches at the highest levels. A good tracker can spot a trail of broken limbs at shoulder level.

Fallen Logs. Fallen and rotting logs tend to break, especially if something as heavy as a human steps on one. A footprint in the middle of a dead log is easy to read, even if the log isn’t dead you may leave a footprint of dirt on the hard surface.

Smoking. Outside of the fact throwing cigarette butts down on the ground leaves a trail that screams find me, pocketing them makes you easy for dogs to track. They also fill the air with an unusual unnatural scent.

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