a reply to: Lumenari
That's some great stuff
Some of the things I've learned may not go over well here.
Salt lick deer trap. If you have access to a salt block used for livestock, you can place it on a game trail with a razor blade embedded in it. Sounds
cruel, but if you are starving maybe not. They slowly bleed to death after shredding their tongue on the razor blade. You can also urinate on top of a
stump and embed a razor blade in it.
For wild pigs the old hole in the ground with stakes at the bottom works. Any tuber for bait to get them to walk over it.
Snares are really easy but you need to set up a lot of them on game trials, including small game.
Moose is often called the perfect survival meat. When you take a moose you can survive exclusively on the meat without suffering any health issues.
The fat is also healthy for you.
Rabbits are OK for protein, but you can't survive on them. Protein poisoning is a real thing. Good eating but better to go after grouse or other game
Leopard Frogs or Bull Frogs are really easy to get. I prefer a net to a gig that others use. I always was able to get more, faster just using a
homemade net to scoop them up.
Same for crayfish. A net works really well for gathering a few of them up. Just attach a wire loop to a broom handle or stick and use anything like
old curtains for the net part.
Dig a hole about a foot around and deep enough for a bird to get in. Put sharpened stakes facing down at the top. Put a shiny metal object in the
bottom. The birds get in and can't get out. Some don't taste so good, but they are edible.
Dead falls are a mainstay. Day one a person should start setting up dead falls and snares around the area and keep expanding it to increase the
Rodents like field mice are safe to eat away from buildings in the wild.
You can get Beaver with a snare on a stick placed in the water, but a person needs to know how to place it and where. Also a heavy dead fall on the
path they use to get in and out of their dam.
Fish using a simple homemade spear. Anyone wanting to survive should have fishing gear at home and in their vehicles. Fish is very important when
trying to survive off the land. Fish traps are easy to create and there are a few kinds that work very well.
First and foremost though is have hunting rifles and shotguns with a supply of ammunition and know how to hunt and what to do with the animal after
you have it. A .22/.410 over and under would be invaluable to have. I prefer a 30ott6 for large game and a 12 gauge for ducks and geese. Leave your
mock military weapons at home if you go hunting. You need a purpose built hunting rifle with the best scope you can afford and know how to use it.
Wild edibles you need to know the area you are in. Knowing what to eat in one location won't help you in another. I used to carry books in my vehicle
to use to identify edibles, I need to start doing that again. I still have basics but somewhere along the line I misplaced the books which was dumb on
my part. Old age complacency.
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