Water is one of the heaviest commodities you will carry when hiking or hunting. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich will provide emergency energy for a day’s adventure and weigh a fraction of the hydration necessary for the same excursion. Technology has reduced the weight of virtually everything a camper or hunter can carry except H2O. Fortunately, many remote mountains and hunting destinations have small streams or seeps where water can be collected. However, despite the remoteness of the area and the clarity of the liquid, it may contain bacteria that can make you very sick. Finding water isn’t usually a problem, but purifying it can be. Here’s a post from the North Dakota Parks website that covers the topic well.

Water purification systems may be made of one or more WY Elk 2011 067components designed to treat or purify water and make it safe for drinking. When designed for camping and travelling, water purification systems are designed to be portable and easy to use.  They come in self-contained units of varying shapes, sizes, and designs. Their method for purifying water also varies.

Types of Water Purification Methods–Boiling – The easiest, simplest, and cheapest way to make water safe for drinking is to boil it. You’ll need just a kettle for this, put it over a source of heat, and you’ll have drinking water in no time. Boiling temperatures can kill bacteria and disease-carrying microorganisms such as Cryptosporidium parvum. Just remember, however, that the higher you are or the colder the climate is, the more time you need to wait for water to boil…

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.