This Week’s Show 3rd August 2017

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This week I start my show withthe Wilderness Gathering, Survival Still Launch, Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, How to Prep Cost-Effectively, My Alpenlore Bug-Out-Belt, the Tarphat 20% Discount Offer, 4 Reasons to Add a Pellet Air Gun to Your Survival Gun Arsenal, Fire Starting with Cotton Wool and Vaseline, Walking Home – Survival Tips, Survival Thoughts, Two of My Favourite Campfire Meals, Eating Berries and Plants to Survive, Wilderness Myths, Catapult Hunting and UK Law.

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of Bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Children’s Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked http://www.wildernessgathering.co.uk/tickets.htm.

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How to Prep Cost-Effectively

Often individuals watch shows and see others prepping for what is described as doomsday events. Often the individuals that we watch or hear about spend thousands of dollars on prepping supplies.

 

If you are like most individuals and do not have thousands of dollars to spend on prepping supplies, you must find another avenue to acquire your prepping supplies.

 

Be reassured that there are other means of acquiring a large storehouse of food and supplies for a SHTF event than spending thousands of dollars in obtaining them. One way an individual can acquire a stockpile of food is by purchasing an extra item of the regular types of foods that they normally would use.

 

When shopping instead of Buying two cans of corn by three. Take one can of the corn and put it in your prepping storeroom. You can then rotate the food as you need the food and replace the extra food while shopping the following week. This is a great way to acquire a very large cachet of food over a period of about six months.

 

Another way an individual can save money on purchasing prepping items is by visiting your local pound shop. Some may laugh at this idea. Some may think this idea is absurd. The facts of the matter are that your local pound shop often has first aid supplies that are normally very costly at other shops, mine also sells food.

 

Usually most pound shops offer the supplies for a pound or less. I have personally seen in the past were the same supplies often cost more than £5 a piece. Things like Band-Aids, swab sticks, aspirin, and even vitamins are often offered at your local pound shop.

 

A substantial saving can be amassed by purchasing your items at this type of venue.

 

Often individuals think that a survival kit must have a beautiful label with a beautiful amount of individually packaged items to be deemed what is called a survival kit. The real fact of the matter is that as long as the survival kit is capable of administering treatment to an individual that has been injured the first aid kit is completely functional.

 

It doesn’t take a pretty package to have the perfect first aid kit. In actuality, these pre-packaged first aid kits often contain items that are inferior in quality compared to the items that you could obtain from a pound shop, in other words you can design your own kit.

 

Another factor to consider while at the pound shop is buying items such as batteries, flashlights, tools, vitamins, paper products, disinfectants, personal hygienic items; the list goes on and on. An individual can purchase a small duffel bag from your local army surplus store and stockpile these items into it creating one heck of a bug out bag for less than £15.

 

The same bag with inferior items contained inside may be offered at more than £100 when commercially prepared for the public. I am not against buying these commercially prepared bug out bags or first aid kits.

 

What I am concerned with is providing the same opportunities to individuals that are on a shoestring budget as compared to those that live a lifestyle where money is abundant. The fact of the matter is that everyone should be entitled to surviving and having prepping supplies readily available.

 

To buy good but cheap food preps I suggest that you check out http://www.approvedfood.co.uk

Approved Food & Drink is the biggest online seller of clearance food and drink and they deliver to your door across the UK.

I hope this information has provided some food for thought and will help individuals that live on a limited budget.

My Alpenlore Bug-Out-Belt

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4 Reasons to Add a Pellet Air Gun to Your Survival Gun Arsenal

You heard me correctly, I said Pellet Gun. Yes, the kind powered by air I have a good quality Pellet Air Gun and it’s not just because I still have it from when I was a kid. I INTENTIONALLY have added this gun to my survival kit for very specific reasons…which I have detailed below.

 

If you’ve never considered a Pellet Gun as a survival rifle option, you might change your mind after reading this post.

 

As a student and instructor of survival living, I take my gun choices very seriously I recommend a “Break Barrel” rifle as it will never run out of air.

 

Below are 4 reasons (in no particular order) why a Pellet Gun deserves to be including in your Survival Rifle selection:

 

A pellet gun is an excellent Small Game Hunter especially .22 calibre, is a great weapon to take down small game. While people have taken larger game such as wild boars with air guns, they are best suited for small game.

 

Hunting small game is perfect for any survivalist. Rabbit, squirrel, dove, quail, duck and the like are excellent food sources and are readily available in most of the country. With practice, hunting small game with a pellet gun is absolutely no problem.

 

I have taken many small game animals with my .22 cal pellet gun. It requires better stalking skills, but that is a good skill to learn anyway. It requires better shooting skills, but that is also a good skill to hone in on. Hunting with a pellet gun will force you to be a “Better” hunter and it will also put dinner on the table.

 

Secondly the Pellet Gun’s ammo is one of the more convincing reasons to have one on hand. Pellets, no matter the calibre, are very cheap.

 

You can buy 100s of pellets for just a few pounds. Spend £30 and you’ve got enough to last a lifetime of small game hunting. If all hell breaks loose, traditional ammunition will become increasingly difficult to get your hands on.

 

Not to mention that it will be ridiculously expensive. If the world we live in ever gets this way, why waste your traditional ammo on hunting squirrel or other small game? That would be wasteful and careless if there was a smarter way. There is – pellets.

1000’s of Pellets Fit into Small Spaces

 

Not only are pellets “Dirt Cheap”, they are very small. You can carry 1000s and not even know they are there.

 

You can store 10s of 1000s in just 1 shoe box. To top it off, pellets have a shelf life of pretty much forever! Traditional ammunition can go bad over time. Especially with the talks of giving ammunition an expiration date, stocking a few 1000 pellets isn’t a bad idea.

 

Thirdly an air weapon is a silent shooter so forget the earplugs. These guns are silent. In many survival scenarios, a silent weapon is a good thing. Not only can you hunt without drawing attention to yourself or your family, but shooting a silent weapon often means you can get off more than 1 shot if there are multiple targets.

 

Both of these are positive. People pay 1000’s of £££’s to make their guns silent. No extra charge for the pellet gun.

 

Lastly they are powered by air and you don’t have to buy air. And, it’s never going to be out of stock. For this reason, I prefer either a MULTI-PUMP or BREAK-BARREL Pellet Air Gun. I will in future sell my CO2 powered air gun, and buy a break barrel.

 

Needing to refill canisters or tanks doesn’t make any sense in a survival situation. You want to keep it as old fashioned as possible. It’s hand pump all the way for this survivalist.

 

There are tons of options when it comes to Hand Pump or Break Barrel guns. They both come in .177 and .22 calibres. The fps varies depending on the gun.

So there you have it, 4 solid reasons why you should keep a Pellet Gun in your survival arsenal.

Fire Starting with Cotton Wool and Vaseline

One day you find yourself in a situation when you need to make fire and you need to make it quickly.

 

Perhaps you’ve been caught in an unexpected downpour on an open hillside or you’ve taken a spill in your canoe…

 

You haven’t had the opportunity to collect any natural tinder yet. You’re soaked to the skin, there’s a cool wind blowing and you need to get that fire going before you find yourself in real trouble.

 

Due to the possibility of the above scenarios and to be honest my pure laziness, I always carry a small zip lock bag full of cotton wool which has been rubbed with a little Vaseline.

 

This makes a perfect fire starter. It will catch extremely easily from a spark and will burn plenty long enough to take hold of matchstick thick kindling which you can then build on.

 

You don’t need loads of Vaseline. Take a piece of cotton wool about the size of a golf ball. Then simply rub a little Vaseline into it with your fingertips.

 

Make as many of these as you wish to carry and store them in a plastic bag. I use a zip lock bag (the type you can get in any supermarket), they can be resealed easily once you have opened them and taken out what you want.

 

You don’t need a huge lump of this cotton wool to start a fire as the Vaseline allows it to burn for quite a while, possibly 2 to 3 minutes.

 

Break off a piece about the size of a large grape and tease the fibres apart. This will spread the cotton wool ball out into quite a large circumference. Then simply strike a spark onto it or light it with a match or lighter, Make sure you’ve got your kindling ready though eh!

 

Another way to carry your cotton wool and Vaseline mix and keep it totally dry is to buy some plastic drinks straws and fill them with the mix. Firstly by using a multi-tool or a pair of plier’s heat one end with a lighter then crimp the end together forming a water proof seal.

 

It is really easy to do, I use a chop stick but any thin piece of wood will act as a plunger fill the straw with the mix, once full simply repeat the process of sealing the other end as before.

To start a fire using these filled straws either cut the straw in half and tease out cotton wool from each open half and then ignite.

 

My tip here is to cut the straw into equal parts, say four parts per straw and seal all ends, this way the straw will last longer and light even more fires.

 

One other great method of fire lighting in the wilderness that you can plan for is lint tinder.

Take the lint out of your clothes dryer and place it into the 6 compartments of a ½ dozen cardboard egg box and then drip melted candle wax over each compartment individually.

When set all you have to do is break off a compartment to use in starting your fire it should burn for around 4 minutes plus.

By simply closing the lid on the egg box you keep everything dry and also provide more tinder to use in the box lid.

Walking Home – Survival Tips

Here are three survival (security) tips that are free, and won’t cost you anything. There is a caveat though, that is you may need to force a slight change in your behaviour and habits.

 

In today’s world of increasing economic woes, more individuals are turning towards criminal behavior as they become angrier, looking for someone to blame, and may

be downright desperate.

 

You, as a ‘normal’ person, may be walking among them from time to time and you don’t even know it or recognize it.

 

To a large extent, the key to avoid being victimized is to simply be aware. Awareness consciously (and subconsciously) changes your own behaviour such that you will be more likely to avoid dangerous situations that could escalate into violence.

 

Let me define ‘awareness’ in the context of your self-security:

 

Well firstly you should know what is happening or has happened in your field of travel, you should also look around you (and behind you) while moving (walking, driving, etc.) and even outside your home, make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places.

 

Whether by paying attention to the news or ‘hearsay’, understand the history of the area you are about to travel in. Most people over time will come to understand where the ‘bad’ areas are in their local region – areas especially vulnerable to crime.

 

If you are new to the area, or if travelling outside your own area, make an effort to discover where these ‘bad’ areas are. A great tool to look for crime reports is on www.CrimeReports.chttp://www.CrimeReports.com/ which shows maps dotted with crime reports in Canada, the U.S., and the UK

 

This simple behaviour is more effective than you may imagine. The reason being is that so many people do not do this, they are ignorant to their surroundings, and are the first to become victims.

 

Predators look for the weaker prey. Someone who is looking down, or who appears to be in their own little world, they are prime targets for criminals.

 

Instead, you should scan around you from time to time, with your head up straight, as you walk with purpose – shoulders back, and confident. Not only might you avoid an unruly-looking gang of troublemakers, but they might avoid targeting YOU.

 

Make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places

 

Making purposeful, but quick eye contact is another very effective deterrent to a criminal. Here’s the reason… Most people purposely avoid eye contact in public places.

They want to remain in their own little world and by looking down or avoiding eye contact, they are convinced that they will remain in that cocoon. The reality is that they are entirely wrong.

 

Sure, that type of behaviour may avoid unwanted conversation that otherwise might initiate from a stranger, but that’s about it.

 

By occasionally scanning and making quick eye contact with others, tells any potential criminal that you are not afraid. ‘Quick’ eye contact simply means don’t stare. Staring will provoke a stranger.

 

Is this type of behaviour simply a bunch of paranoia? Do you have to walk around being paranoid to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time? No,of course not.

 

Granted, for some people, learning to do these simple things will feel uncomfortable at first – and they may feel as though they are being paranoid. However, after a while, this will become part of you, just like being able to carry on a conversation with someone while driving a car. It’s no big deal…

 

Bolster some confidence while you’re out and about. It may unknowingly ward off a pick-pocket, purse-snatcher, or worse criminal, without you even knowing it happened!

Survival Thoughts

We not only risk natural and man-made disasters, we risk financial, commercial, political and social collapse. Things can go wrong slowly – or things can go wrong very quickly.

 

Without trade, transport, banking or manufacturing, life could quickly diminish to desperate subsistence. It would be uglier than most people can imagine, and in the worse scenarios, you and your unprepared family will likely die.

 

Do you see your lifestyle as a birth right? Do you believe that you deserve perpetual prosperity? Will you choose a sustainable lifestyle and reduce your standard of living?

 

You may be forced to make these changes.

 

A societal collapse would be fast and deep, and would hurt developed countries the most.

 

Yet survival will have little to do with luck.

 

In 1977 New York City suffered a power failure for one night. Over 3,000 arrests were made for looting, 400 policemen were injured, 500 fires were started, more than 25,000 emergency calls were placed and four times the usual number of hospital emergency cases were admitted – all following one lightning strike.

 

Civilization is a veneer.

 

Many empires have declined and fallen. Persia, Greece, Egypt, Rome, Turkey, Spain, China and Russia … and many of their collapses were self-inflicted, not from being attacked but more often from attacking other countries. Wars are always costly.

 

American and British politicians wanted to police the world while maintaining its people’s lifestyles beyond their ability to pay.

 

Both America and Britain are losing their wealth … like so many countries before.

 

American and British military options seem to increasingly focus on exit strategies that are not too humiliating.

 

So what can you do? An economic collapse will likely hurt the richest countries most, although many if not all other countries will be affected. Survival in any country will require broadly similar strategies.

 

Decide to live – choose to survive!

 

Be prepared – most people will do nothing!

 

Get yourself healthy and understand the risks!

 

Learn what to do before, during and after a collapse!

 

Read, read, read! Perhaps start with Global Research

 

Your best insurance? Decide to survive and stockpile essentials!

 

Professor Sir John Beddington, (UK government chief scientific adviser), says that the world faces a perfect storm of climate change impacting food, energy and water.

 

Will your Social Parachute Open?

 

Little information about the risk of collapse and the difficulties of survival is available in any media. Despite the risk, survival training is nearly non-existent. Government agencies tasked to prepare for and mitigate disaster have been exposed as ineffective.

 

I suggest that you assume that you will be on your own.

 

Rule One: Don’t trust your government to protect you. You can only trust them to protect themselves.

 

At best, life in the coming decades will become increasingly local and smaller scale. This can happen if cheap energy decreases smoothly, if people act intelligently and if global competition for food, water and oil does not trigger world wars or financial hyperinflation.

 

At best, energy-dependent enterprises and cities will gradually contract as the supply of cheap power (also cheap food, cheap medicine, cheap communication and cheap education) dwindles.

 

At best, cheap power gradually vanishes, taking industry with it. As cities are products of an industrial revolution based on cheap energy, expect city and suburban homes to lose value catastrophically. Expect people who invested in suburban mansions to lose their illusions of equity.

 

Expect the disruption of urban infrastructure to create logistical nightmares for people stuck in cities.

 

At best, after years of collective paralysis, political expediency and social upheaval will gradually increase.

 

Your community probably depends on electrical machines, electronics and computers … how fast will your community die without electric power?

 

At best, expect populations to migrate away from cities and threatened areas, with food, oil and water shortages limiting movement. Greatly reduced food production will result in vastly increased prices.

 

Expect a return to rural values – and increasing interest in self-sufficiency and small family farms.

Two of My Favourite Campfire Meals

Quick Fried Camp Squirrel

INGREDIENTS

One to two squirrels

2 to 3 cups flour (bread crumbs)

3 to 4 whole eggs

Some seasoning if you want to spice it up.

 

Directions

Place pan on High.

Add spices to the eggs.

Dip squirrel into the eggs until fully covered.

Next place into the four or bread crumbs.

Place into the pan turn the heat slowley

Cook the squirrel for roughly 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Then serve.

 

When preparing game birds, you can cook young birds by broiling, roasting, or in any of your other favourite recipes.

 

But older birds should be stewed or braised to tenderize them.

If you’re not sure how many servings you’ll get from each bird this may help you:

1 serving = 2 quail

1-2 squab

2-3 doves

or 1 small duck.

You can figure on at least 2 servings from 1 pheasant or 1 large duck.

A 4-6 lb. goose should feed 4-6 people.

 

Rabbit Stew or Pheasant Stew

1 or 2 rabbits or pheasants

Salt, pepper and paprika to taste

1 c. sour cream

1 c. cream of mushroom soup

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. chopped onions

Preparation:

Season and cut up meat. Mix sour cream, soup and Worcestershire sauce. Add chopped onions. Cook in slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Or on the edge of a camp fire stirring regularly and moderating the heat.

Eating Berries and Plants to Survive

Many people believe that they will never find themselves in a survival situation, but it can happen to anyone and the importance of knowing the plants and berries that you can safely eat to sustain you, cannot be emphasised enough.

 

Whilst there is an abundance of food to be found in the natural environment, there are also plants and berries which if eaten, can cause you severe stomach upsets at best and at worst, can kill you.

 

The ‘look’ of a particular plant or berry is simply not enough and if you can’t identify it, then the advice is to leave it alone and not to risk eating it.

 

Therefore, if you’re out in the woods, it’s useful to have a basic knowledge of the vegetation that grows in a specific area you’re visiting and know how to identify which plants are safe and which are toxic.

 

Hunger pangs are highly likely to ‘kick in’ if you are stranded for some time without food but it’s important to remember that you can actually survive for a few weeks without food as long as you have enough water to sustain you.

 

Therefore, no matter how abundant and tempting plants and berries might be, you should never eat any wild vegetation unless you are 100% sure you can identify it.

 

There is a vast range of things which grow in the wild, which are safe to eat and will help to keep you nourished when faced with a survival situation.

 

Dandelion leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, the roots make a welcoming hot drink (if you’re not in a survival situation and want a natural snack, the flower itself can be dipped in batter and made into a fritter).

 

As we know nettles can be steamed or boiled and make a useful substitute for your ‘greens’ and of course, there’s nettle tea! The roots of the burdock plant can be boiled and then eaten like potatoes and pitted rose hips are packed with vitamin C.

 

You may also find more common foods like blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

 

However, be absolutely sure you know what you are eating before putting it in your mouth and also remember that some wild plants need to be cooked before they are safe to eat.

 

In brief, you shouldn’t eat anything that you can’t identify. However, there are a few clues as to the kinds of things you should definitely steer clear of.

 

Anything that has thorns or spines you should treat with suspicion and unless you are highly knowledgeable about mushrooms and fungi, you should keep away from as, although you can eat many fungi, some of them are deadly.

 

Plants with shiny leaves or with umbrella flowers or which have yellow or white berries or a milky sap (except dandelions) are also highly ‘suspicious’ and should be avoided.

 

And if a plant gives off a pungent odour, you’re better off leaving it alone.

 

Many people fall ill because they assume that if an animal is eating a particular plant or berry, then it must be safe for humans.

 

This is not the case. Also, make sure that if you’ve found what you know is a patch of plants that are edible that all the plants you gather are the same species, as there may be similar looking plants growing in the same area but which are highly dangerous.

 

You also need to know which plants need cooking first to make them safe as some plants are still harmful if you eat them raw.

 

Some survival books will show you how to do an edibility test on a particular plant if you cannot identify it.

 

This is a quite lengthy process beginning with testing a small portion of the plant on your skin to see if it causes an allergic reaction, then on your lips and tongue etc. but it is a painstaking, lengthy process and doesn’t offer a 100% guarantee as to the plant’s safety and should only ever be used in an absolute emergency.

 

There are plenty of resources on the internet to show you how to conduct a plant edibility test but you should treat these with some caution.

 

The only way is to be sure that you have identified the plant in question is by doing your research in order to be confident about what is edible and what isn’t.

Wilderness Myths

Fire Myths

Survival Matches – I see “waterproof survival matches” listed in more kits than I care to count, and I got to say… terrible idea.

 

While it may add a sense of drama to a movie when “Rambo” is down to his last couple matches, you don’t need that kind of drama if you’re in a life or death situation!

 

The space and weight taken up in a kit or in your pocket by a dozen “survival” matches would be better filled with a small Bic lighter.

 

A lighter will start a LOT more fires than those few matches. If you’re worried about the lighter failing, then bring a magnesium fire starter.

 

These are 100% waterproof, will light thousands of fires, and the magnesium burns a lot hotter than matches.

 

Flashlight Method – This is a method I’ve seen by which you can break the bulb of your flashlight, and then use the coil inside to light a fire.

 

Simply put… give it a shot in your backyard and you’ll find that it’s great at destroying flashlights but terrible at actually starting fires!

 

Recommendation bring a lighter, and uses your flashlight for… LIGHT!

 

Ice Lens Method – Can you start a fire with a lens that you fashion from ice? Probably not.

 

Scientifically, it’s possible, but in all practical sense, the odds are really slim to none.

 

Seriously, give it a try in the comfort of your own backyard on a nice warm day.

 

Feel free to let me know how well this works. Also, while you’re wasting hours on this, imagine that you’re also freezing to death in a snowy, icy environment.

 

You’ll quickly realize that this is a colossal waste of your time and energy, and you won’t get a fire going. I guarantee you that.

Recommendation bring a lighter!

 

Shelter Myths

High Ground is Warmer – This is one survival tale that keeps popping up all over the place.

 

We’re told that when considering locations for a shelter, we should avoid valleys and low lying areas because cold settles there and it may be several degrees colder than higher ground.

 

This is scientifically sound, but in actual practice… it’s pure, unadulterated bullshit.

 

This is because while a thermometer may show a few degrees difference between two elevations, thermometers are incapable of measuring wind chill factors.

 

In most cases, higher elevations are exposed to a lot more wind while small valleys and lower areas are sheltered from it.

 

A thermometer may show that actual air temperature has increased 2 or 3 degrees by moving to higher ground, but the temperature as far as your body is concerned is likely to have dropped by20 or 30 degrees.

 

Wind will suck away your body heat faster than you can generate it. Today as I write this, it’s almost 50 degrees and sunny outside… a seemingly nice October afternoon.

 

However, today’s wind chill factor drops that to somewhere between 20 and 30… And suddenly it’s not so great!

 

Now consider what happens once you get a fire going. Most fires will quickly heat the surrounding area, but when you have some wind factored in, most of that heat is carried off.

 

Also remember that a fire in the wind is going to consume about twice as much wood. You’ll spend most of your time and energy finding firewood, and then get very little heat as a reward!

 

Not a very good trade off. As such, one of your primary concerns is to find a place that’s very sheltered from the wind and elements, and then build yourself a nice, warm fire to keep you warm!

 

Shelters Should Be Built From Dead Materials – This one came from our friends in the “green”survival movement.

 

They are far more concerned that a few trees might get killed than they are about your life.

 

All advice from them should be considered highly suspect. Imagine building your shelter as a big pile of dead leaves and wood.

 

Now imagine having a campfire anywhere near that. Do you really want to climb in there and go to sleep? Nuff’said.

 

Water Myths

Boil for 10 Minutes – This is one so old, I don’t even know where it came from. I’ve also heard 5 minutes, 15 minutes and even 20 minutes of boiling time.

 

All of these are B S I’ll keep this short… if the water reaches boiling point, it’s safe to drink, period, end of story.

 

Divining Rods – This is another old wives tale. Use your common sense and you’ll probably find water

 

Use a forked stick and “mystical psychic powers”, and you may find yourself very dead.

 

I’ve heard people claim that a divining rod is simply tapping into one’s subconscious thoughts.

 

I suppose if you’re some sort of walking emotional wreck who keeps every shred of logic and common sense buried away in your subconscious… then sure… go ahead and wave your stick.

 

Hold a séance while you’re at it. Maybe the spirits will tell you where to find water.

 

The rest of us (sane folks) will simply think our way through the situation.Common sense says water runs downhill.

 

If you walk downhill, you’re pretty likely to find water. Birds and animal trails can also lead you to water… they need it as much as you do.

 

Food Myths

Plants Are a Good Source of Food in the Wilderness – Unless you’re a certified expert not just in plants, but in the plants of the given region you happen to be in, stay the hell away from the plants!

 

Here’s the facts…

 

– ALL fur bearing mammals are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.

 

– ALL 6 legged insects are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.

 

– Almost all freshwater fish and almost all birds are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.

 

…and finally – MOST plants will harm you, make you sick, or worse… poison you.

There are actually very few that will provide you with any nutrients or calories.

 

It’s a simple equation… if it walks, crawls, swims, or flies, the odds are in your favor that it’s not only safe to eat, but that it will provide you with the nutrition and energy your body needs.

 

If it sits there like… umm… like a plant, the odds are against you both for your own physical safety, and for nutritional content. It’s just not worth the gamble unless you’re absolutely sure!

Catapult Hunting and UK Law

It is completely legal to shoot rabbits with a catapult with the intention to kill. So if you are looking for dinner you can use a catapult, it is legal.

 

However you must:

 

Have permission from the landowner to do so first!

 

Be proficient enough to be able to kill, and must use suitable projectiles to ensure this! For example steel ball bearings.

 

Intend to kill.

 

It is also important to note: The Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 which makes it an offence to injure, maim, beat with sticks, torment, burn, wild animals etc. .

 

In other words not to kill but merely to cause suffering.

 

Therefore if you are seen shooting at a rabbit time and time again without killing or stunning the rabbit only hitting it, this could be seen as contrary to this act, and would need to answer for it, possibly in court.

 

Therefore power, accuracy, using adequate and suitable projectiles, and at a range whereby an accurate shot will kill, is vital to be and be seen to be within the law.

 

Anyone hunt with a catapult?

 

When I was younger I used to make my own catapults and hunt rats, squirrels and pheasants with steel bearings.

 

I was playing out in the snow today with my hand made EL Cocodrillo Catapult from http://www.catapultelite.co.uk and was amazed that I was back to grouping bearings in a 1.5 inch group at 20 yards again in no time.

 

Think I will have to practice some more and maybe have a hunt on the tree rats around here.

 

This catapult as with all of Elite’s catapults is designed to fit into your hand and feel like it is supposed to be there it is so easy to use.

 

SIMPLE CATAPULT PLINKING:

 

Use an old cardboard box, full of crumpled papers such as computer paper, newspaper etc., and take a couple of drawing pins, staples or tape etc. and fasten a target on the box – and shoot away.

 

At the end of the session, you can take out the papers and shake them lightly, recovering your ammo – for your next volley.

 

Be sure to try various distances, and various sizes of ammo, and varying weights – practice as much as you can before actually going out hunting.

 

I usually like a bull’s eye of about two inches square, with the target placed about 10 feet away to start, and then extend my distance out to twenty five yards.

 

SIMPLE CATAPULT HUNTING:

 

Firstly, be ethical, and practice at home with your catapult before venturing out in to

the field to hunt for rabbits, grouse, pheasants, pigeons, squirrels etc.

 

We want good clean killing shots. As well, be ethical, and take only shots at close range, learn how to hunt various animals, so that you get very close to them before taking your shot.

 

Nearly any ‘small game’ can be shot and killed effectively at close range with a catapult, but rabbits & pheasants are likely the easiest because they often ‘stand still’ and will allow a catapult hunter to get within several feet allowing for an excellent shot.

 

Often these animals will hold tight for a second and even a third shot if need be. Your adrenaline will be surging – and you will experience ‘buck fever’ so – beforehand – practice, practice, practice!

 

Get as close as you can to your quarry, and by using the same catapult draw technique that you use for target shooting, but with the heavier hunting ammo, draw back, taking aim at the head of your target/quarry, and let fly!

 

Pigeons, especially in barns can also be great sport, in that one usually has an excellent shooting opportunity, and you won’t put holes in the roof, either. Most farm folk don’t like pigeons in their barn: pigeons are carriers of much disease!

 

Small glass marbles (like you played marbles with, as a kid!) work well for this plinking, and is a cheap source of ammo that is obtainable by all. I don’t recommend using them for hunting purposes.

 

 

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