Outdoor Life: Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual: 221 Primitive & Wilderness Survival Skills
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The modern hunter-gatherer's manual for learning important wilderness skills, surviving tough situations, and getting back to the land. Harvest nature's bounty and turn it into a gourmet meal; hunt and fish in the wild, with weapons or with your own two hands; and prepare for any outdoor adventure or emergency, whether you're lost in the woods or in need of herbal medicine. This book identifies it all, with step-by-step instructions and skills to make you a self-sufficient survivor—in your backyard and in the wild.
factors. In most areas and for most animals, there are specific seasons when they can be taken, and the rest of the year is left for them to remain undisturbed. For most wild game, the season runs from fall into midwinter. A few animals have a shorter season, and some (often ones that are considered nuisance animals) have a continuous open season, meaning that you can take them any time hunting is allowed. Any hunting done out of season (or out of place) is considered poaching, and it can carry
to trap in any fashion, while others may have a limited range of harvesting methods in certain areas. But sometimes the rules go out the window; when you or your family start going hungry, you’ll be very glad to have trapping skills to add to your food-gathering strategies. Most traps are activated in one of these two ways—learn how they work, and you’ll be able to pick the right one for your situation. TRAPS BAIT DRIVEN EXAMPLES These traps use bait to entice an animal into activating
to the twig by a base that resembles a little suction cup. Another quick ID trick is to look at the cones: Firs have erect cones, while pine and spruce cones dangle down. USES The inner (cambium) layer of bark is edible. Shave off the outer bark to reveal this spongy, cream-colored layer, then remove and dry until brittle. You can then grind it into a coarse meal and use as oatmeal or flour. MAPLE Acer spp. SEASON Winter and spring HABITAT Woodlands and mountains DISTRIBUTION Northern
rhizomes, and tubers are the hidden delicacies of foraging. These buried treasures boast a wealth of calories and other nutritional benefits. Some are even medicinal or energy-boosting. TOOTHWORT Dentaria spp. SEASON Spring HABITAT Forests and shady areas DISTRIBUTION Eastern U.S. DETAILS Toothwort is a small herbaceous perennial plant common in the eastern woodlands of North America. This plant grows from a small whitish tuber that looks like a tiny blond yam. Toothwort grows to a
flavoring and keep flies away, but don’t dry it directly over the fire—it’ll cook and then go bad on you. The drying process may take several days, depending on the humidity; turn each piece a few times throughout. Don’t leave your jerky out overnight, and don’t ever leave it unattended (you need to avoid dampness as well as birds and other jerky-stealing critters). When it becomes slightly brittle, it’s done. Red meat jerky will turn a purple-brown color. White meat jerky will be a pinkish-gray.