When we talk about food in a survival, nearly all of it focuses on what and how to store it. But a real long-term food system must be sustainable. That means growing, collecting, harvesting, hunting and fishing. This edition of the Insider is all about fishing, hunting and trapping.
The best methods to employ are those that will allow you to pursue other activities. In a crisis, there will be no shortage on things that need to get done. You simply will not have enough time in the day to do all that’s needed. So, methods like trapping and using nets for fish will allow you gather food while you’re working on other tasks or even while you’re asleep!
Fishing with a pole is fun. But it means you’re only doing that one thing. Likewise, active hunting, whether with a bow or firearm, limits you to that one activity. To increase your chances, set a trapline that you can go out and check daily. Not only will this increase the likelihood of adding meat to your larder, but it will also get you out into the land.
Being familiar with the land around you has many benefits. You’ll learn the pattern of the animals and have a better idea of what you can trap. It will also give you an early indication if there are other people out there hunting or lurking around. Remember, if you’re not putting boots on it, you don’t own it.
The same goes for fishing. By going out and setting nets that must be checked, you’ll become more familiar with the bodies of water around you. Of course, you will need to be careful that someone else doesn’t find your nets and raid or steal them. But you won’t know this unless you’re actually out there!
In a world where you’re hunting and fishing to feed yourself and your family, everything is on the menu. You may not be into French cooking but working your net on a pond and seeing that it’s full of bullfrogs opens another food source to you and one that should not be overlooked. You can catch them on a hook and line, just like a fish.
Fish and other aquatic lifeforms can be trapped as well. You’re not simply limited to using nets. Spring poles can be set on the bank as well as trot lines. Weirs can be built to funnel fish into an easy to catch location using spears, scoop nets or even your hands. You’re only limited by your imagination and ingenuity.
In this edition of the Insider, we’re going to give you some tips and tricks to incorporate into your food system. Remember, however, that some of these may not be legal and you should always check your local game laws. Gill nets, for instance, are almost universally banned in the lower forty-eight states. But during a crisis, all bets are off. The only rule that applies then is the rule of survival.