posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 07:54 PM
I always see folks talking about "living off the land" in a SHTF situation, and just shudder.
No matter what else, if you're trying to live off the land, a lot of other folks are too. This means readily available high quality food sources will
be depleted very rapidly. Remember you will be competing with the local wildlife, not all of which is edible, some of which might find you pretty
Hunting is a learned skill, and takes years of practice to do well. Fishing not so much, but after the dumb, easily caught ones are gone, well, yeah,
novices won't eat much. After one season, nobody will eat much: the prey will be gone and the vegetation stripped.
Better bring lots and lots of energy bars for that first winter or two.
But the kicker is water: you better be able to find it, even if you need to dig for it, perhaps especially if you need to dig for it. Any long term
habitation requires a reliable water source. Use dowsing rods to find it, teens are especially sensitive, especially girls. Dunno why, but they are.
You can make dowsing rods out of an old coathanger, just cut it into two "L" shapes, about 3-4" inches long on the short end. Then just walk around
holding them loosely in front of you. When they cross over, water is down there: the stronger the movement, the closer it is to the surface. Once you
have a hit, quarter the area and determine the boudaries and see if it's nearer the surface somewhere else. Verify with more than one person, then
start digging. Don't get carried away and dig a huge hole, dig one just big enough to work with until you hit water: you can enlarge it later.
Practice around your area and see for yourself, then include them in your kit.