Good ole Canadian beavers are pretty easy to find in water systems. They practically tell you where they live with the homes and blockages. You can
tell where they were last there by the fresh runs etc.
They are easy to trap or shoot. Easy to skin. Quality clothing in a snap!
If you run out into the forest with only a knife, you are not prepared! In that area there is probably wild strawberries which are very easy to
identify (and tasty!)
I am in Saskatchewan, so if I were to go out in your scenario here, at this time of year, I would be looking for mushrooms.
I would basically only focus on these:
(remember to cook them)
If you are lucky enough for some rain, you can find these and get some fresh water.
Later in the year I would be sure to stay OUT of the forest as I hate TICKS. I would look for partridges. They are incredibly stupid and better than
chicken. Not much on them though. Easy to hunt. Very easy.
Im kinda hungry right now...
If you really wanted to make a bow, and I wouldn't, I would look for willows. You should be able to fashion and entire crude bow and arrow system out
of willows and this should be fairly self explanatory.
I am not familiar with rope making in the wild.
If I was hiding in the forest, I would also stay away from water for the mosquitoes. They will eat you alive and keep you awake.
I would look for spruce because they tend to have less underbrush. You can fashion a good camp around quality spruce. Look for a couple close
together. Get high up and you can store your food.
Thats what I would do. Number one tip... take more than a knife.
[edit on 23-4-2008 by Dulcimer]