Outdoor Survival Skills
Larry Dean Olsen
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harvested by stripping and winnowing and are an important source of grain food. The slender stalks are generally too tough for eating, but they are useful as cordage or for sandals, baskets, and mats. Burdock; Arctium minus Description: Every farmer knows this bothersome weed. Burdock is characterized by large rhubarblike leaves and purple flowers that produce a soft burr. The leaves are often over ten inches wide and a foot long and are smooth and velvety to the touch. The burrs are
very personal statistic! Three days later, Zeke caught up to his student group, well watered and sassy from eating pack rats, cicadas, mahonia berries, biscuit-roots, Chenopodium, and cactus fruits. He sported two new ratskin possibles pouches, a woven rice grass sleeping mat, a greasewood digging stick, two dozen Paiute deadfall triggers, firesticks, twenty feet of cliffrose rope, a jasper knife, a bone weaving awl, an unfinished serviceberry bow stave, and a whole bundle of reed grass
deadfall trigger system. 124 OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS and more meat can be obtained by trapping the more prolific and less cautious rodent populations. When your triggers are all made, bundle them in groups of five and pack them for easy access on the trail. Bait should be carefully planned and cared for. Many well-planned traplines have fallen short because of insufficient bait to finish out the line in an area where bait is scarce. For most rodents, anything salty or juicy will work as bait.
is also written by the Creator on tablets of gold. Mother Earth loves the Native Americans. She has provided them with all the necessities of life. This book attests to that reality. It is to these, the First Americans, that I dedicate, with love and respect, this thirtieth-anniversary edition of Outdoor Survival Skills. The author and his family, 1967. Acknowledgments wife, Sherrel, has cooked my meals for many moons in caves and Myunder open skies; raised my children in freedom; and put up
would fail to improvise suitable substitutes. The archaic craftsman caught without his chipping kit would replace the leather with a pad of sagebrush bark, a flat piece of tree bark, or some green moss. In place of the antler he might use a bone or tooth fragment set in a wooden handle. He might even use a hardwood stick or a sliver of rock, though these do not work as well. The importance of being able to improvise with materials and techniques cannot be overestimated. Fig. 117. Details of