BUGS AND INSECTS
Most of the time in the wilderness, you should have no trouble coming across a variety of creepy crawlies. Not only do these insects serve as nightmare fuel to some, but they can also BE served as a meal. It is important that you boil or cook any bug or insect you plan on eating. This will rid them of any parasites and improve overall quality. To cook insects, simply find some damp leaves to wrap around your catch. Some of the best insects fit for human consumption include grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, mealworms, June bugs, wood louse or pill bugs, termites, and ants (Boil to not get bitten while consuming). Also edible are tarantulas (remove fangs and hair), scorpions (remove the tail), Bees and wasps (remove stingers), as well as certain species of caterpillar (some species are toxic so use extreme caution).
For the most part, it’s hard to tell which insect is safe to eat and which will potentially cause more harm than good. However, while not being a sure-shot way to tell, there are some ways you can better make judgement if an insect is edible. It’s best to stay away from most bugs with fuzzy bodies with some exceptions, such as the honeybee for example. One should also avoid consuming any bug or insect that has bright coloring (such as bright red, orange, or yellows). You should also stay away from anything with a weird smell or odor. Some insects like ticks, flies, and mosquitoes could also carry diseases. Be sure to keep those out of your survival diet.
FISH AND FISHING
Fishing can be one of the best ways for you to obtain a meal while in the wilderness. One neat thing about this option is that there are no poisonous freshwater fish. However, not everybody brings a fishing pole with them when venturing out in the wilderness. This can be due to the burden of taking it, not considering taking one, or even not owning one. Though this happens, it can still be completely possible to fish.
Fish tend to be relatively easy to catch compared to other animals. They are also more filling compared to insects and plants. There are many possible ways one could catch fish, however the easiest way would be to start with preparation. If one is not able to pack a fishing pole when preparing to adventure in the wilderness, one should consider packing fishing hooks and/or fishing line. These items will take up significantly less space than a full-sized fishing pole. They will also be extremely beneficial to your survival if you find yourself in the wilderness with no way out.
Finding the right location to start fishing is pretty much essential. It could mean the difference between catching something quickly or not getting anything at all. One should look for activity in the water and try to remain as quiet and unnoticeable as possible to not scare a potential catch. Fish tend to hide among fallen tree branches, logs, rocks, and anywhere else that may provide them with shelter or cover. Using things like bugs, insects, or pieces of a fish you’ve caught for bait will better your odds significantly.
One should cook any freshwater fish they catch as it removes any parasites possibly contained within the meat. We recommend that you check to make sure the water isn’t badly polluted or contaminated as well.
When fishing in seawater, one should be sure of what they catch. There are many poisonous species of saltwater fish. You can eat saltwater fish raw like sushi as the parasites can’t survive, but one should also be sure that when fishing for saltwater fish that there isn’t a direct influence of freshwater nearby. To be completely safe however, you may still want to cook it.
EASY PREY / TRAPPING
By far, one of the easiest way to obtain a meal is by trapping. Trapping allows you to continue throughout your day focusing on other aspects of your survival. All the while, your trap itself continues to be in use and active until it has served its purpose. For the best results one should set multiple traps around various locations, although these locations should be easy for you to find and retrace your steps. You should also try to check traps and snares as often as possible to not prolong the suffering of any animal.
Using snares or traps, you will be able to potentially catch a variety of game. This is easier and wastes less energy than hunting down the same prey. Some materials you should consider taking with you in the wilderness include paracord and, of course, a knife. Building traps, as well as so many other things, becomes completely possible with these simple tools. Alternatives to paracord, while not being close to as strong, can include any rope or string material. This can be something like fishing line or shoe laces.
Knowing where to set up your trap can be crucial to its success. After all, how are you going to catch something in a spot no animal goes to. An excellent way to tell if a spot has had any animal activity would be to look for tracks in the ground. These tracks will often give you an idea of what animal you can expect to possibly catch and where to set up a trap.
It is important you avoid disturbing the area in which you set the trap and to leave as little evidence of your company as possible. Your scent will often give away your presence also, so you should spend little time setting up the trap. Also, when using any man-made material, such as paracord, one should try to mask the scent of it. This can e done by rubbing it with mud, holding it underwater, or bathing it in smoke.
KNOW WHAT TO EAT
Under no circumstances should any individual eat anything in the wilderness without some prior knowledge as to what they are consuming. Doing so could put you in danger as well as threaten your very survival. If you are unsure if something is edible, there are simple taste tests that should allow you to conclude if something is, in fact, edible. If you are wondering how to cook in the wilderness, that information is also available.
You can find more information regarding this topic in “Survival Extras” so be sure to check for additional information.
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