By Toby Trigger

Posted: October 25, 2014

Knowing your abilities and limitations is as important as knowing where the big bulls are bedded. Be prepared in case you face a threatening situation.  If you do become lost or injured hug a tree and know the RULE OF T(H)REEs.


Do You Know the “Rule Of 3s”?


The human body can survive for:

3 Minutes without air

3 Hours without shelter

3 Days without water

3 weeks without food



If your lost hug a tree, don't move, blow your whistle and use your survival kit to ward off the rule of threes.

If you become lost or injured hug a tree like this (stay put) and know the… RULE OF T(h)REES!


Carry a simple survival kit that includes the following items to cover the RULE OF THREES!

  • Plastic tarp/space blanket
  • Signal Mirror
  • Nylon Cord
  • Drinking Container
  • Medication (If Needed)
  • Water Filter or purification tablets
  • Plastic Whistle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire starter
  • Waterproof matches/lighter
  • Pocket knife
  • Extra Clothes (socks, rain gear, warm shirt and pants)
  • Extra Food and Water
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Large orange colored plastic bag – useful as an emergency shelter, signaling device or rain shelter
  • Map and compass and the ability to use them


Be safe out there and always be ready to face the elements by preparing for the RULE OF T(H)REES.


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The rule of threes can be found in the Montana Hunter Education Manual (MFWP) Third edition