posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 09:27 AM
I have decided to do a bit of a changeup, in both my writing and the lesions I share… We’ve covered most of the basics on outdoorsmenship… now
it’s time to take it to the next level…to do that I can only teach you what I know… and what I know best is how to be a Combat Hunter…A Marine
Combat hunter is not just a lean green fighting machine… he or she, is also a forager a path finder, recon, planner, organizer, teacher, guide and a
million and one other little things that come up, out in the field…Realistically I cannot teach you to be a Marine Combat Hunter with just a few
internet posts… regardless of how good my writing skills may be…All I can hope to accomplish is add to your ever growing list of brushcraft skills
and inject a few common combat skills to augment your chances of survival…
Before we start this lesion I want all you to start putting together your Combat Hunter field kit…
A smallish belt pouch or fanny pack will suffice.
It should contain a small folding knife, a small compass, a signaling mirror, a whistle for signaling, fishing line, hooks, three or four lures, snare
wire, a waterproof container of strike-anywhere matches, a flint and steel for starting fires, a container of waterproof and wind-resistant matches,
two cubes of chemical fire starter or char cloth in case no dry tinder can be found, needles and strong thread, and a couple of sticks of freeze-dried
meat or salami.
Besides this field kit a Combat hunter should carry on his/her person a good knife plus a fairly sophisticated compass and a small pocket stone in a
leather sheath for touching up the Knife’s edge. A knifeless man is a lifeless man!
The very first lesion to be a successful Combat hunter is proper mind set… To know and recognize your own limitations… To see in yourself and
other’s… those things that can keep you alive or cost you your life….I’m not going to treat you like children, I assume were all adults
here… so to kick off this new series of mine I want to talk about the seven deadly sins in survival… and they are
Singly or in combination, they can rob you of your self-confidence or, even worse, of your desire to struggle for life.
Fear is nothing to be ashamed of. Only a fool is never afraid. The point is to control your
fear and not let it get control of you. If the feeling of panic or fear starts to creep up on
you, think of positive things …. Your ability as an outdoorsman…. your skill in the woods…A
man on the verge of panic cannot think logically…. He is prone to rash actions that may be
foolhardy and dangerous…If your too focused on what might be coming up behind you might miss the deep ravine or ambush that’s right in front of
you… if you’re in charge of a party and you notice fear starting to take hold in other’s… you need to step in right away and take control…
talk to them… Alay their fear by sharing your thoughts, your plan… Make them understand as long as you all work together everything will be just
fine…Whatever you do, don’t ignore it…Fear will spread like wildfire consuming everything and everyone.
Loneliness is a second cousin to fear… They frequently travel together…. The worst thing
about loneliness is that it strikes without warning... Suddenly you realize that you are
alone…. This will gnaw at you, lowering your resistance and vitality…. If you feel loneliness
coming on, keep busy … sing, whistle to yourself, go out and gather food, do anything to
keep your mind off the fact that you are alone…I do make a habit in talking to myself… Mostly because I’m the only one I know who listens…
surely my kids don’t…I do have some good stories… but when I’m alone in the woods or out on the dessert… the sound of human voice is its own
form of comfort… Oddly enough you can be surrounded by hundreds of people and still feel loneliness… that is an early indication of
depression….if that takes hold… you’re halfway to being dead… the best cure… try to stay busy…
Pain is nature's signal that something is wrong…Usual cause… you did something stupid… In moments of excitement, you may not feel pain…like
when someone is shooting at you…. But when things calm down a bit, pain surfaces…. Tend to your wounds, but do not let pain get the best of you…
It can weaken the desire to go on…Keep walking… it’s a lot harder to get moving again after you stop… Runners call this “The Wall”… when
you hurt so badly and your mind tells you to quit…but you keep going… and just like breaking down a wall… that feeling is gone and you’re
halfway to the finish line… Yes Pain is there to tell you to take it easy… be more careful… don’t do any more stupid s**t… but like anything
else pain can be overcome…
Cold can be a severe threat to survival. It numbs the spirit as well as the body... If you are out in the winter months, plan your shelter and fire in
such a way as to minimize the effects of cold temperatures. A person freezes to death only when he is overly tired and sleepy; otherwise the cold will
not let him fall asleep… Frostbite can cost you fingers, toes; even the tip of your nose…but of all the seven deadly sins, cold is the easiest to
overcome… In an emergency, ammunition can be used to start a fire. How? It's easy. Simply remove the bullet or shot and wad from a round, and pour
half the powder into a bed of tinder. Then place a bit of cotton, soft cloth, or dry moss or lichens into the cartridge as wadding… Don’t replace
the bullet… Fire the gun, at fair distance, towards your fire-pit… The wadding should burst into flames and can then be placed on the tinder...
FYI… if you hold the barrel up against the tinder all you’ll manage to do is scatter your tinder everywhere…
Fatigue reduces mental ability… It can make you thoughtless and uncaring. Fatigue is not always the result of overwork or overexertion. Many times
it is the result of a mental attitude… frustration, hopelessness, or lack of a plan…. Do not exert yourself, but keep making plans as to how to
survive the crisis… Did you know the most common malady on the battle field is not gunshot wounds but simple mental exhaustion…
Hunger makes all of us more susceptible to cold, pain, and fear. A man/woman with a full belly rarely loses his optimism. Conserve your food and, if
you get a chance, add fish, game, and edible plants to your larder… Set snares, build a fish trap, pick some berries… in North America there are
only two types of tree bark that are uneatable… it may not taste great but there’s no excuse to go hungry. Remember that any bird or mammal can be
eaten… even such fur-bearing animals as mink, martens, fishers, foxes and wolves. The various ground squirrels, marmots, and woodchucks are all
edible. Animals like otters, lynx, bobcat, and cougar have a reputation of being very tasty. Owls are said to be indistinguishable from grouse in a
stew pot…If you let yourself go hungry it’s probably because your suffering from one of the other, deadly sins.
Thirst can be maddening. It can dull the mind and promote panic. A man can survive a week or longer without food, but not without water. In dry
country, do not leave a water source. Beware of dehydration even when there is plenty of water around you… Be proactive… build a solar still...
set out cans to collect rain water… if you find a dry wash… look for damp spots … that’s where you dig… and where you’ll find water close
to the surface.…
Those are the seven deadly sins of survival… Now that you know them, you have learn to see them in yourself and those around you… Well there you
go… you have taken your first step as a Combat Hunter… that was the easy part… the real challenges are yet to come…