posted on Jan, 17 2009 @ 10:39 PM
A non lethal variant to such weapons is a club or a staff. According to my research, Australia has many good trees that can be used to make non lethal
but damaging weapons. These can be used in self defense or for hunting. One of the best woods I saw on my research that grows quite abundantly in your
area is Lignum vitae, one of the most dense woods in the world. You can fashion a branch into a bo staff, which is primarily a defense weapon, but can
be turned into a spear with little effort. The wood is also well balanced if you carve it with a heavy base, which you can throw for ranged attack or
hunting. You can also fashion it into a boomerang or a shorter throwing stick, with the density of the wood, it can have tremendous affect. The Lignum
Vitae also known as Guayacan can be identified with smooth ashy bark, purple flowers and leathery green leaves that are segmented into 3.
However I agree with RF burns that weapons should be a secondary concern, food gathering and basic survival tactics such as where to look for food,
renewable water and working with people who are on the same boat with you is first and vital. Defense can come after you have set up basic survival i
believe. As for traps, be very very careful with traps, personally i would not use anti personel traps such as pungee sticks. Maybe just a pit fall
would suffice, no need to add sharp sticks at the bottom, as a sharp fall, even into a hole 4 feet deep would likely cause a twisting of the ankle or
a fracture in the knee from impact of an unsuspected victom. These are all non lethal variants to the lethal ones i have seen.
[edit on 17-1-2009 by LeTan]