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Originally posted by carnival_of_souls2047
I'd use a spork --- you know those white plastic half spoon, half forks you get in the cafeteria. Just unwrap and thrust into the neck of an unsuspecting target and watch the blood splurt. No license required. Improvisation at it's finest. The fleshy area of the neck is oh so fragile.
Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
I know this thread is about weapons and i'd suggest a bow, however i have an even better suggestion.
Trapping. Learning to build traps will be one of the best ways to get food. Think of it as a numbers game. When you're out hunting you hope to come across an animal by tracking it. You hope to kill it first shot so you don't have to chase it, and you have to expend an awful lot of energy following it.
Now look at a trap. You can set up multiple traps along trails or baited. You can set lots of traps quickly for small animals like rabbits, or you can make big traps for deer, boars etc.
Small traps for rabbits take only 2 minutes to set up for each one, if we're talking about snares. They're pretty reliable as well as you should set them up directly on well used trails. Set up 10 of them and you have plenty of chances.
Simply as the numbers go it's better and easier to use traps. The added advantage is that you can set it up, walk away and theres no more input other than to check it. Minimal energy expended. You can even set them up so that when they catch something it holds it out of reach of common predators like foxes.
So yeah personally i like traps and you could always supplement that with hunting if you wished.
Originally posted by Mintwithahole.
Here in the UK if you're caught in possession of a gun you're instantly sent to jail. No ifs or buts. However, you can own a powerful crossbow without the need for a license.
I've just bought a 150lb crossbow with telescopic site and laser with bolts and broadheads. Apparently it is pin point accurate up to 65 yards, thats about 195 feet. If the bottom falls out of normality and the proverbial you know what hits the fan, 195 feet is about as near as I'm going to want to get near anyone looking for trouble.
Originally posted by crgintx
In a full collapse, there will be no Game Wardens to bust you, so why be concerned about legalities? I seriously doubt that any remaining LEO will be concerned with how you obtained meat for your dinner. Most of our game laws in the US were created to ensure that game would remain plentiful for those rich enough to afford a license when they were first instituted. They did nothing to curb poaching. Poaching is relatively modern concept. There's no such thing as a game season in a survival situation. As a life long hunter, I can tell you that it's hard enough to get game under the normal circumstances much less when the local environment will be stressed by roaming hunter/gatherer groups. Trapping will probably yield you more meat for food than actual hunting. Stealth farming with natural crops like cattails, acorns or mesquite pods will be overlooked by most folks. Any one who believes they can easily support themselves by hunting is very ignorant of the realities of hunter/gathering.
Originally posted by CallSign
reply to post by Mintwithahole.
Sandbags are good, or anything dense like that. Be aware of what is behind your target area too in case you miss or penetrate the target, as a 150lb crossbow will easily put a bolt through a fence or hedge and out into the public domain. And that is something you can get lifted for, not to mention injuring someone.
It would be interesting to hear how you get on, am thinking of getting back into the market for one again.