Iv'e been thinking lateley what I'd be doing for food in a low food/high risk situation. I live in the U.K., and whilst I have some experience in
air-rifles (the easiest to obtain here, requiring no liscence, unlike the long and complicated process of getting a rifle liscence), I think that
trapping, snaring and luring would be my best bet for getting myself some protein. As I have experince in fishing, i reasoned that this would be
effective, and that much of the equipment owned by fishermen is ideal for a survival setting. Watercraft is often overlooked as a survival thing, but
it can mean the difference between a big net of fish in 2 hours, or no fish in 2 days. Similarly, water fowl such as ducks are a perfect food source,
but having spent time around them will greatly increase the chances of snaring them.
So, say we have the means to set overnight lines, but what else could i do with this fishing equipment I, and many others, have?
The lightweight and ultra-tensile nature of monofilament line made me think of how to apply it to rabbit snares, as rabbits are abundant in certain
areas i know of. Unfortunately, it would get gnawed through in seconds. On the otherhand, one of the target fish in the U.K is pike, which has a large
number of teeth. To combat this, a wire trace is used. This wire is perfect for making snares!
Fishing tackle such as swivels, rings and crimping pliers mean you can manufacture high-quality snares fo very cheap, and i know many people already
have this equipment. The line, whilst of no use for snares, can obviously be used for string. Handy.
A particularly gruesome but effective way of using already owned fishing equipment is one commonly dreaded by fishermen here. It is a bird such as a
duck, or even worse, swan, taking the bait and becoming hooked. This can infact be used as a bird-trap. It obviously differs from poachers methods,
and is pretty loud, but itt'l get you ONE bird.
Simply set a high-strength line with a hook deeply pegged into the ground, baited with a worm or whatever. This means that the single bird, although
making noise and scaring the others, is immobalised. I know many on here will say catching ducks and similar is childs-play, but i assure you, without
knowledge or an adequate weapon, it can prove very difficult. Once the bird is snared (which should be overseen at all times, i'd recommend when
washing at the river/whatever) it leaves you free to dispatch it as you see fit. Slingshots are not all that effective at range on fowl, due to the
feathers, but at close range it is a clean method of dispatch. Strangulation for those who are not timid.
Many anglers that I know use small lightweight fishing bivvies, which are perfect for a few nights stay. Whilst not tents, they offer protection from
wind and rain, and the wide open fronted nature of them lends itself to campfires and easy shelter. As I say, many people already have these at
Note the overhanging shelter. Any camper or angler knows that this can prove handy when performing tasks such as lacing boots or tying hooks in bad
weather, as it offers pretty good wind protection.
Id be interested to see if anyone else has anything to add.
edit on 9/3/2011 by Learningman because: Links