reply to post by ChuckNasty
I mentioned the Hollow Handle Knife as this is something that comes in both a cheap and expensive version. For someone who does not know much about
survival it can be a Life Saver. Personally I use a Machete for just about EVERYTHING. A Machete can be used as a axe, knife, weapon, bush clearer,
ice cutter, bone cutter, good for gutting an animal, good for getting sparks to start a fire...it is my all in one tool.
A RIFLE AND SHOTGUN are also a MUST! Also if you get a chance...go to a Army/Navy surplus store and purchase all the Field Manuals you can find.
They are cheap. I am an expert on Edible Plants but even I am not totally sure about various Mushrooms. I am very good at it and I learned most of
this from my Grandfather. If you ever are at a Fish and Game and see a man at the bar in his 70's...ask him if he knows about Wild Mushrooms.
Picking Mushrooms cannot be done by looking at a book as there are many Poisonous Mushrooms that can easily kill you that look similar to edible ones.
Only after YEARS of practice of learning when and where they grow and what the difference between the edible ones and the poisonous ones would I
suggest ANYONE does this. Even picking a poison Mushroom can leave Poison spores on your hand and if you eat without washing it and ingest these
spores you will become deathly sick!
Still even in the North East there is a BOUNTY of Wild Edible Plant Life! I make salads with plants that grow in my yard. Red and White Clover
Flowers and their leaves, Indian Cucumbers, Flowers of Wild Lilly's, Dandelion Leaves and Flowers, Raspberries, Currents, Black Berries, Black
Raspberries, Wild Carrots...the list is endless.
Knowing how to build traps such as Wired Snares, Dead Falls, Fish Traps...etc...is a must. It is easier to use a MULTIPLE SNARES to catch...Deer,
Rabbit, Squirrel, Possum, Turkey...then to HOPE that you are able to spot one and shoot it. Also knowing how to catch Snapping Turtles which are a
VERY TASTY MEAL...Turtle Soup...or know how to create a Fish Trap at the inlet of a Stream that is flowing into a Lake will get you quite a bit of
Fish. Also knowing the Medicinal Value of plants such as how to Grinding up White Pine Bark and putting the powder in water then drink as this is
ASPIRIN. The Berries of Stag Horn Sumac can help with swelling and there are many other to be used for a variety of ailments.
But MOST IMPORTANT is a persons ability to be MOBILE as your LIFE WILL DEPEND UPON IT! To stay in one place can be fatal. You need to be able to
pack up on a moments notice and MOVE! Thus everything you have should be light weight and always packed. Split Infinity