If you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness, make sure you know about survival hunting.
When stranded in the wilderness, surviving means burning a lot of calories and energy, which must be replaced by consuming animal fats and proteins.
When survival hunting, the most practical and assessable animals to hunt are small game, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. They are bountiful and require little weapon technology.
Small Game and Birds
All mammals and birds can be eaten, but they need to be cooked thoroughly to kill any microorganisms on them. Raccoons, jackrabbits, and geese have a substantial amount of flesh on them and beneficial to survival hunting.
These animals can be easily trapped with snares and deadfalls. To trap an animal, it’s essential to know the animal’s daily and season movements, diet, and size. Without this natural-history knowledge, trapping will be ineffective and a serious drain of energy.
You can also catch small game and birds by throwing weapons at them such as rocks and sticks. More advanced weapons such as a bow can also be used, but takes more preparation and materials.
Fish are great animals to hunt when survival hunting because they offer a lot of meat for their size. Fish can by caught using a technique called angling. This technique requires you to make a hook and use something for line. A hook can be made out of bone, wood, or thorns and nettle, dogbane, milkweed, and yucca care great materials for fishing-line. At this point, you can bait the hook or turn it into a lure by attaching feathers to it.
Traps are a very low energy way to catch fish because you can set them and leave them. Traps can consist of a basket with a funnel to trap the fish or by building a weir to funnel fish into an area where they can be grabbed right out of the water.
Reptiles and Amphibians
All reptiles and amphibians must be skinned before eating because of any possible toxins. Bullfrogs are a good choice because they are large and easy to find. You can catch a bullfrog by using a spear, bow, hook and feather, or simply with a swift strike with a stick. If you can find them at night, the darkness allows you to get closer than you would be able to during they daytime.
Reptiles are usually very abundant. Turtles can be caught with a baited hook or small, baited weir trap. They must be scrubbed of mud and cooked before eating. Lizards and snakes can be caught with a swift strike with a stick.
Invertebrates may be forgotten when it comes to food, but they are important when it comes to survival hunting. They all must be cooked well before eating. Insects, crustaceans, and mollusks are all very high in protein. Sometimes, they can be picked right off the ground. You can also use a y-shaped stick and a t-shirt and scoop them right up. You can also catch grasshoppers with this technique.
Worms and grubs can be dug straight out of the ground and can be found by turning over logs and rocks. They can be cooked in the coals of a fire and then eaten.
Bodies of water also hold valuable food opportunities for survival hunting. Bivalves, whelk, and crab can be found near the seashore. In fresh water, crayfish can be trapped or pulled from under rocks.
If you are ever in a dire situation or lost in the woods, remember these techniques to survive. Otherwise, if you want to just practice your survivalist skills, head out to the woods for a few days and try your hand at survival hunting.