Snares, Foraging, Etc.

Hey guys, part of living off the land is learning to build primitive snares and traps, or snare/traps, for sustaining yourself in the wilderness. Most of us eat meat, but we also need vegetation for a well rounded diet, and so therefore you should endeavor to find a local expert- botanist/naturalist, aboriginie, or tribesman,  in your region, and learn about all the wild edibles in the plant kingdom you can, in the area you are living.

As a bushcraft/survivalist, I am constantly learning myself about new edibles, and in my own case have found a local expert to work with in my region. Every region should be treated as its own eco-system. Some regions might share some wild edibles with others, but often there are edibles that will only exist for the most part in a particular region of the country, or the world. This is why it's important to study the edibles in your current environment, and if you plan on taking a trip somewhere, check into the edibles in that region if you can, before you start on your journey.

I will be posting comments, suggestions, and things I have found which will be through my own experience, not second hand info, or hear-say, on this page for your benefit as I have time. 

Remember, if you are unsure whether something is safe to eat, do not eat it. Better to be safe than dead! 

Since I am a Christian, I am going to quote the Bible here.....

Whereas, God gives man the right to eat anything he deems appropriate, whether it's animal, bird, fish, or plant, and no man or institution has a right to keep him from feeding himself, or his family:

Genesis 9:2-3
2 "And let the fear and dread of you be upon all the beasts of the earth, and upon all the fowls of the air, and all that move upon the earth: all the fishes of the sea are delivered into your hand.
And every thing that moveth and liveth shall be meat for you: even as the green herbs have I delivered them all to you"
'Douay-Rheims Translation'

Here are videos, and pictures. Some of the videos might be on the 'basics' page already, but I am posting them here because they deal directly with food procurement:

Snares and Trapping:

This is a basic pressure activated Snare/Trap. It can be configured in different ways to either snare or strangulate the animal in question. This particular snare/trap can be set up for small to large animals, depending on your needs.

This is part 10 of our "Woodlore" series, and in this video we discuss using passive snares to procure ourselves some squirrel. We could also use this same snare, and get ourselves some racoon. Racoon is excellent eating, it's a reddish brown meat, rather rich tasting. If you get a racoon, you will need to cook it on a rack as it is greasy and the extra grease will need to drip out of the animal as it cooks. 

In "Woodlore 11", we discuss yet another method of the spring snare/trap method. Notice the different method in which the spring pole is tripped. 

Here in "Woodlore 12", we revist the passive snare set-up we constructed in "Woodlore 10". We point out some of the finer details of this 'run' style construction. 

Here in "Woodlore 13", we discuss the passive snare/trap using a ramp going up into the crotch of a tree. We also discuss carrying a snare/trap kit with various snare wire, and a neat device called an "Automatic Fishing" reel that can be set up to fish for you while you are busy doing other projects around your camp.

In "Woodlore 11" above, we discussed setting up a spring pole active snare/trap. In this video, "Woodlore 14", we show how to funnel your quarry into the snare by blocking off other access to whatever bait you might be using. We also deactivate the snare, and show you how it works.

We also discuss snaring and strangulating your quarry, versus snaring and leashing your quarry. This means when you arrive to check your trap line that you will either A) have a dead animal in your snare, or B) have a live animal 'leashed' in your snare. 

When you are trying to feed yourself in a situation where it is hot outside, it is often better to choose method B, so you can keep the animal alive and thus not have spoiled meat before you get to the snare to check it. In this video, we choose to 'leash' the animal by using a slightly longer bit of snare wire to accomplish the task. When using the 'leash' method, you should always incorporate a spring pole to keep constant tension on the noose as the animal moves about trying to get away. Sometimes they will be clever enough, and you will lose your quarry, but not usually.

Note that when you set up your snare noose, you will need to make the size of the noose no larger than necessary to capture the neck of the animal. Adjust as you see fit.

Foraging stuff:

For Foraging, I suggest you get yourself a set of medical scissors with a belt pouch and keep them with you while out gathering. This is in addition to your Bushcraft/Survival knife, and a small shovel or digging instrument. Although a little on the heavy side, you may also add a hand pruner to your kit, as some carry them as well.

A medium sized, strong rucksack is also recommended. Watch the 3 videos below - Foraging 1-3, and this will help you get started.

Foraging 1 - Introduction to the topic of foraging for wild edibles, and kitting yourself out for the endeavor.

Foraging 2 - Digging into the kit, showing various foraged wild edibles, and discussion on burning the knowledge into your brain cells. 

Foraging 3 - Continuing where we left off in "Foraging 2" above, we discuss the process of making your own field manual for your region.

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