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Survival skills: Ten things to do when lost in the woods


The cool nights, crisp winds, and colorful foliage is a clear sign fall has descended upon the Mountain State. With the onset of this beautiful season, outdoor enthusiasts eagerly gear up to embrace the natural resources this state has to offer.

Whether your passion lies in hunting, hiking, fishing, paddling or camping, the goal is a rewarding and successful outdoor adventure. However, amidst the excitement, it is crucial to keep safety as the top priority when prepping for your trip.

That’s why the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Section and the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security are teaming up to give outdoorsmen and women advice on what they need to do in preparation for their outdoor excursion and what they should do if they become lost on their adventure.

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