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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is here with a very important message for all those who may need to take a poop in the woods.

It’s a common scenario but it’s not one that most people are looking to discuss publicly, for obvious reasons. Yes, bears may poop in the woods and that makes all of the sense in the world. What about humans, though?

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We all have our moments when we would like to live in the same manner that the bears do. If you are considering an endeavor of this nature, this is the perfect guide for you. Pooping in the woods does not have to be a traumatic experience. If you follow this easy tutorial, all of the usual pitfalls can be avoided.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation can help out, as they have your back (and your backside). They have been issuing monthly videos on these matters and they are well worth your time.

The process of relieving yourself in a rural setting has never been this simple. The first step is not hard to follow. To get started, you will need to leave the trail, as no one wants to see this unpleasant sight on their hike.

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Before you do your business, it is recommended that you take at least 70 big steps off the trail. Look out for minimal vegetation, as you do not want to be squatting over poison ivy or any other dangerous forms of plant life. If needed, trees can be used for support.

From there, the hole needs to be dug and pine needles have to be moved away as well. Make sure that you have a trowel with you so that you can bury the evidence afterward. The DEC recommends taking a whole bathroom kit with you on each hike. This includes toilet paper, hand sanitizer, a cloth, and a non-transparent bag.

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The hole should be dug six inches or so across and at about the same depth. Now, it is time to do your thing and we hope you have followed all of the previous instructions so that you have the safety and privacy that you deserve.

The toilet paper that you use should be secured in the non-transparent bag and taken with you. Replace the soil on top of your “business” once you are done and you can go about your merry way. It is really that simple!

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