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trappng or hunting small game is not worth doing for survival

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  • trappng or hunting small game is not worth doing for survival

    in and of itself. You have to be trapping and hunting BIG game, while your net traps and trotlines are also catching lots of fish. Since you have to be running your trapline for big game anyway, of course you watch for big and smal game as you do so and QUIETLY shoot it as you are able. and you can of course check small game traps set in between the big game traps and the treble hooks and other traps set to eliminate predators, since they are edible and are competing with you for game and fish. Small game by itself, burns at LEAST as many calories trapping and shooting it as you get back from having caught such critters. A cottontail is just 500 calories, a squirrle is just 400 calories. A grouse 200 calories. There just isn't that much small game out there and you wont catch all that much of it, either. You burn 100 calories per mile walked, un-burdened, on flat pavement, in room temps. When it's cold, fighting brush, mud, snow, hills, carrying gear, you'll burn more like 150 calories per mile walked. You'l have to run your trapline twice a day, or find your catch stolen by predators. So you burn, say, an extra 1000 calories per day, compared to just remaining holed up in your shelter, If you dont catch 2 rabbits or 3 squirrels per day, EVERY day, , you're losing on the deal.

  • #2
    How do you plan on storing the meat from big game you harvest?


    • #3
      Two things here.

      1. If your hungry enough you will kill, cook and eat almost any thing. While attending military survival schools I've learned to eat a lot of things I would never find on a menu!!!

      2. If you get an elk, or moose you need time to process all that meat. While you proocess that animal, you have made your location a target for all predators big and small. You need someplace to store your meat if it's cold. Otherwise you need to be able to smoke, or can all that meat fast!!


      • #4
        Depending on conditions, the smell of cooking travels farther than one would believe. The same applies to smoking meat.
        The safest way would be to air dry meat same as our own Native Americans did and also many other primitive people. The popular name is jerky.
        In most BOL, the smell of air drying meat would attract predators
        Where we live, we must bring the bird feeders in at night or the bears will destroy the feeders for bird seed or plan on guarding your air drying meat same as the Native Americans did.
        Another thought, along with other supplies; how much dried meat/fish can one carry?

        The NVA/VC put dried rice, dried fish and fish sauce in a container with a tight lid and added water. Hours later it rehydrated and was eaten. Nutritious food, yes, but not something I'd order at a restaurant.

        FM 21-76 Army survival manual. It's interesting reading and why we will stay where we are..