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Beginners Guide to Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping for Survival

Beginners Guide to Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping For Survival

Fishing, hunting, and trapping skills for survival are all about being smart and resourceful. Whether you’re trying to put food on the table or survive a bear attack, being able to catch your own food and use your environment to your advantage is a major advantage. And the best part? You don’t need fancy gear or expensive equipment in order to do it. In this blog post, we’ll go over fishing, hunting, and trapping skills for survival—and you’ll learn how you can get started with minimal investment in both time and money. Let’s dive right in!
One of the most important things to learn when it comes to surviving in nature is how to catch and prepare fish. Fishing provides a great food source that can be cook over an open fire or even eaten raw. However, if you’re new to fishing it may seem daunting at first. Here are tips on where, what and how to fish along.
Where do I find fish?   
Fish can found in any body of water from small ponds all the way to large lakes, oceans and rivers. The list below outlines which types of fish are safe for eating:
  • Catfish (channel catfish)
  • Salmon (boneless fillets)
  • Trout (boneless fillets; wild-caught)
How to fish?
There are several ways of fishing techniques that you may try, whichever you think is you’re good at. 
  • Hand Fishing – In hand fishing, you actually grab the fish from its watery lair with your bare hands instead of using a pole or metal pole to pull it out of the water.
  • Gill net- These nets are effective at catching fish as they try to swim through the openings of the nets.
  • Dip net – A net can be use to catch fish caught with hook and line, but it can also be use as a standalone fishing method to scoop up unaware fish.
  • Fish spear – It’s not always easy to pierce the slippery scales or defeat the slender profile of most fish, but spearfishing remains worthwhile activity in most survival situations. You only need to compensate for refraction and aim below the fish.
  • Handline – All you need to catch fish is a hook and line, along with some bait.
  • Basket trap – All you need for an effective fish trap is a container with a funnel-shaped entrance.
If you end up making use of a bow or crossbow, choose arrows with large broad heads which can cause rapid blood loss and death within minutes. When hunting larger animals such as deer or elk, it is important that you retrieve the kill as as possible so the meat doesn’t begin rotting in the sun. If you are using a firearm, be sure to select one that has enough power behind it to ensure one-shot kills without going overboard and blowing a significant chunk out of the animal. Be sure to skin and gut your animal after killing it (a knife will need). In some cases, it may not actually be necessary for survival purposes to gut an animal immediately after killing them (some prefer leaving it until they get home). However, if you do decide not to, make sure you have proper refrigeration for all your meat so it doesn’t go bad on you before using it all up!
There are many different animals that have eat by humans throughout history. These include:
  • Mammals
  • birds
  • reptiles, amphibians, and insects, including arachnids like scorpions and spiders
One of the best ways to trap these creatures is through the use of traps. When you are in a survival situation, sometimes it can be hard to catch prey. This is especially true for those who do not know how to make traps and snares with natural materials. These are some of the most simple survival traps you can make:
    • Spring snare- When the game runs through the snare, trigger bar is disengage, the prey is flung off the ground.
  • Deadfall trap- can made to any size. It is a simple and effective trap. It consists of a horizontal bait bar balanced at an angle to an upright and a lock bar under which a rock or heavy weights pivot around the tip of the upright
  • Simple snare – the basic tie behind any trap. The ideal scenario would be for the animal to run straight through the loop and trigger the trap.
 You can watch all these 3 simple survival traps here.
So, now you’re a pro-hunter-fisher-trapper! You’ve got all the skills you need to gather food in the wild.   The truth is, though, that if you want to catch a fish, trap an animal, or shoot an animal for food, all you have to do is look around—nature is everywhere.
It’s a good thing that the universe is on your side. The more you practice these skills for survival, the better you’ll get at them—and the more fun they’ll be! So practice makes perfect (almost).
So, that was a lot of information. We hope you’re feeling like an expert now! These skills have been pass down through generations and are still used by people all over the world today—we’re all part of that legacy.

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