Mods, I'm placing this here 'cause I was hunting when this happened and the subheading of this category says " fieldcraft". But move it if you think it needs to be moved.
Anywho, so, our 2nd ML season opened Saturday but family issues kept me outta the woods til today. so I get out there, park the truck and head South, sneakin' and peakin' as usual. My plan was to go further than I have before, check out some new country and turn East to test my theory that if I climbed high enough I'd hit the same fire break trail that goes up the North side of this mountain. i found tons of sign, rubs everywhere I looked, scrapes, some of the most heavily tracked up trails I've seen. But, it was so thick as to be impenetrable. I guess if there were no leaves down you could slither on your belly like a reptile. Otherwise the only ways I can think of to hunt this is to hang a stand way up high. Or post a shooter on the other side and just bust through there hoping the shooter would get a shot. But I was there so I tried. Eventually the shadows grew longer and I could feel the thermals rolling down hill. I zigged and I zagged. Then decided I didn't want to hike back down in the dark through all this. I could see sunlite where in my mind was to my East and the northern approach I was looking to connect with.
But in checking my compass, uh uh. My compass was telling me North was back over my left shoulder. In other words towards the low Winter Sun in the Southwest I tried shaking it. Making sure it was level, etc. but no, it was stubborn. To be clear, If I headed in the direction I thought was East I would then turn left or North and head down the mountain to the road my truck was parked on.
This compass has never failed me and in fact once saved my bacon when a GPS crapped out on me. So I trusted my own sense of direction and the Sun and sure enough I was right. As I headed down hill I checked my compass again and it was accurate now showing me where North really is.
I must say that although I never panicked It was no small comfort when I looked to the Northwest and saw the baldfaced mountain I park at the base of right where it's supposed to be.
Has this ever happened to you? is it possible there is some strange mineral deposit that screwed up my compass? Has the Mayan end times polar shift already commenced?