What Survival Food Can You Find On the Trail? Animals – Part 2

Reptiles such as turtles and snakes are relatively easy to catch for food. Avoid box turtles as they eat poisonous mushrooms and those toxins can build up in their flesh. Avoid poisonous snakes, alligators, crocodiles as they can be dangerous to the health of a survivor. Cook to kill any parasites.

Fish are another good source of protein and don’t require the expenditure of a lot of energy. If you didn’t pack a few hooks and 15 LB. test fishing line in your survival kit, hopefully you packed some 550 parachute cord and possibly a few safety pins. The 550 parachute cord can be broken down into individual strings that can be tied together to form a line. The safety-pin can be turned into a hook. You can also use a pin, nail or a piece of wire to create a hook.

A piece of hard wood can be sharpened at each end with a notch in the middle where you tie the string. This is called a gorge. Bait is placed along the length of the gorge. When a fish swallows the bait it also swallows the gorge which will get lodged in the fish when you pull on the line. There are no poisonous freshwater fish, but you may have to avoid bones. Cook all freshwater fish to kill any parasites or protozoa. Bon appetite!

A few hooks, some tippet line, 15 LB test fishing line, a couple of sinkers, and maybe a couple of ring hooks don’t weigh a lot and don’t take up much room in your survival kit. You also might want to pack a couple of artificial flies like an elk hair caddis and a couple of zebra midges. Sorry, the fly fisherman in me is coming out.

There are several saltwater fish that you will need to avoid including porcupine fish, triggerfish, cowfish, thorn fish, oilfish, red snapper, jack, and puffer. These fish can have poisonous flesh which in some cases occurs seasonally. Any saltwater fish caught within a reef or near a source of fresh water should be cooked to kill any parasites.

Birds are another source of food, including their eggs. All birds are edible, although some are going to taste better than others. During the nesting season some birds will not leave their nests, even when approached. Pigeons can be removed by hand from their roosts at night. Birds will typically have a pattern that they follow, going from roosts, to water to sources of food. Knowing these patterns can help you set up nets across their flyways to capture the birds. You can use snares and traps around watering holes and roosts as another means of capture.

Mammals are the most recognized food source, but require a lot more effort to be successful unless you have a slingshot, crossbow, bow and arrow, or a small-caliber weapon. Using some of these will require a bit of practice to become an effective hunter. Another option might be to utilize traps to capture your prey.

You can set up multiple traps and check them once a day. You will need to learn the art of snaring as it is one of the more effective means of catching small animals like squirrels and rabbits. Remember to pack some fine wire in your survival kit to use when constructing snares. Don’t set your sights on hogs or deer unless you have a rifle. You will expend way too much energy if you set your sights too high.

Hopefully this article has given you some options in case you find yourself in a survival situation. Always be prepared by packing some of the essential survival equipment in your wilderness survival kit.

Preparing Food Plot For Hunting Trophy Whitetail

Anyone who can reach the specific areas that are meant for private hunting can indulge into trophy whitetail hunting or trophy elk hunting. Both whitetail and elks are rare species of deer that fall prey to many hunters across the areas where they are found. One common technique for hunting or even fishing is luring the animal or fish with food. Thus, using food plots is considered among the common practices for hunting whitetails. Food plot is a type of crop that deer like to eat, but this doesn’t mean that it is easy to trap deer without proper experience. There are vital steps that are required to be carried out regarding agricultural attributes of food plot and that include proper planning and hard labor. Only adequate arrangements can result in trophy whitetail hunts. Trophy hunting requires special clothing and equipment such as bow and arrow or rifles. It is best to have camouflage clothing to blend in with the foliage.

In the first step of planning, you need to find out the right area where you can site the food plot. Locations close to water or where deer takes rest are definitely good choices. Usual places where deer finds food is not a bad option either. It is not enough to plant only one food plot, try planting more so that deer can get maximum dietary according to seasonal variety. You have to think about the convenient places where whitetail deer can come around.

Now, you have to consider about putting the food plot in order. There should not be any bushes in the plot and hence it is your first responsibility to clean up the shrubs, if any. Remember that the food plot can get affected by weeds and hence you need to make use of right herbicide, but do check its toxicity level. Now, you have to cut foliage and let it get dry.

Now, you have to deal with the planting process of the food plot. Get a seed drill and get prepared to cut the sod. You can also use a disc for the purpose. The sod must be untied properly by repeatedly crossing the plot. After that, it is now the time for plowing and here you will get good help from the untied sods. After plowing properly, the reversed sod and furrows are to be left for drying for seven day minimum. After a week, again you have to cut, but now, only the dried sod. After cutting, properly level the plot.

Finally, it is the time for planting food plots for deer. Crops, grass seed, clovers, rye, etc are some of favorites of deer. Spread the seed thoroughly with hand or by using spreader. After spreading the sees, cover them just a little bit so that deer gets a natural feeling. Best time to sow the food plots is spring and winter as they grow up as juicy greens that whitetails love.

This is one of the best techniques to deal with, before the hunting season arrives.

Bowfishing For Fun and Food

Nowadays, archery is still enjoyed extensively for recreational target shooting, competitive and tournament shooting, and hunting, as well as bowfishing. Archery bow fishing is a fun and interesting alternative to standard rod & reel fishing for bringing in the big ones, and not so big ones.

Among the species you can bowfish for would include Buffalo, Drum, Catfish, Carp, and Gar for freshwater, and Redfish, Flounder, Shark, Barracuda, and Sheepshead for saltwater. Also, Frog is a good candidate for bowfishing. If you haven’t tasted frog legs yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. You should always check with local authorities to be sure what the bowfishing regulations are.

Bowfishing is best done at close range between 5 and 15 feet for best success. However, depending on your expertise, you can try a longer shot. One thing to remember is that water bends light and a fish underwater is not quite where it looks. If you’re shooting from a point above the waterline, you should aim slightly below your intended target.

Traditional archery bows as well as compound bows and crossbows can be used for fishing by mounting a reel of sorts to your bow with an adaptor.

Among the different types of reels would be a “hand wrap reel” where you manually wrap the fishing line around a spool that includes a slot or catch for holding the line in place until you’re ready to shoot. With this type of reel, you’ll have to pull your fish in by the line, hand over hand. This would be the least expensive of the bowfishing reels and can be handmade.

Spincast reels are also popular for bowfishing in that you can reel your fish in and be ready to shoot again. You’ll want a spincast reel with a larger string mouth opening that will better facilitate the line peeling out when the arrow is shot.

Another reel would be a retriever reel which has a container to hold the line in place. This reel also has a crank to retrieve the line. This would be among the most expensive bowfishing reels and can be used for larger fish.

A fishing arrow usually has no fletchings and is of a strong material such as fiberglass, solid aluminum, or solid carbon composites that will withstand strenuous conditions. Hardwood arrows, such as oak or hickory, and bamboo can also be used. Longer arrows up to 34″, or even longer, are best. The fishing tip of the arrow should have a wide barb or hardened -V- wire for holding the fish on while retrieving and should be removable for ease in removing the arrow afterwards. Multiple prong tips are also used on fishing arrows.

A braided Dacron fishing line of at least 80 pound test would be best, although other lines can be used such as heavier monofilament, spectra, or braided nylon. It’s best to attach the line to a slide mechanism which is attached to the arrow rather than attaching the line directly and near the tip of the arrow. When the arrow is shot, the slide mechanism will slide up toward the rear of the arrow. This method is safer, and easier to retrieve your catch.