reply to post by Anuubis
Good point, indeed. You definitely have to keep an eye out and not hunt diseased animals. IN THE CASE OF SURVIVAL SITUATION,
if you do
happen to kill a diseased animal, and don't know it until too late, it's better to leave it for the predator/scavengers (wolves/coyotes) to eat.
They can handle it, and if not, they won't eat it. Humans, on the other hand, aren't really meant to digest meat in the traditional sense, so we
have to cook it. Juniper berries are a helpful aid in the process, btw. But even cooking diseased meat won't make it any better, though. Just have to
know the signs of a healthy animal from a distance, if possible, and know what to look for after the kill.
On a side note, a person definitely has to know which berries are safe and which are poisonous, as well. I always have to double check deer berries...
they have a buddy that grows nearby them that looks VERY similar in appearance, and the berries are poisonous. Other things like mountain raspberries
and mountain strawberries, on the other hand, don't have any poisonous look-alikes that I'm aware of. Now I'm getting hungry, lol... those are the
3 best natural berries in the world, IMHO! No strawberry I've ever had is as good as the mountain ones we pick. Oh yeah... Mint leaves are nice,
too... especially if you need to add a bit of natural flavoring to something bland.
In all honesty, I probably wouldn't be taking down any big game, and wouldn't advise it unless you are with a large enough group to consume it.
Besides, deer are alot easier to find and kill, lol. I, personally, would much prefer fish (even catchable in the winter, although much riskier... but
always taste better as long as it isn't from a stream down from a mine tailing), squirrels (little bastards always look tasty to me after they run
off a deer during hunting season
), porcupine on small occasions, occasional beaver, and other various rodents. Rabbits as well, especially if
you find a family of them during the summer... they don't scatter far from their birthing place... and the pelts are SUPER warm and soft.
I was just thinking... almost all my survival skills were learned from American Indian techniques, so basically if you find ANY areas that they
survived in before we came in and took their land, you can survive as well. Just learn how to tan hides, cure meat, and make tools.
The ONLY thing I would need if dropped off in the mountains is a knife, and I have ALWAYS carried a good pocket knife with me. It is probably the
single most important survival tool in anyone's kit. Sure, you could find some flint or even shale that will get you by, but you have to spend the
extra time to get a sharp edge, and sometimes you don't have that luxury. I should post a thread on the importance of that, lol... and how to forge a
makeshift knife from a chunk of metal if you are out long enough to ruin the one you have. There are scraps of metal all over the place, and on your
way to the mountains (or survival spot) you can pick one up and throw it in your pocket. Just need water, a good hard rock for pounding, and some cold
water to harden the finished blade.
EDIT: added bold above... don't poach or waste meat! If you hunt and capture a diseased animal, contact your local game and fish! Don't hunt for
another animal and leave the dead one there!
[edit on 29-6-2008 by Earthscum]