Find food in the wilderness

by Ross
(Minnesota)

The subject of survival has been primary to me since I read "Patiots" a couple of years ago. One of the things I have realized is that wilderness survival is nothing new or high tech, the Indians, pioneers and explorers were all experts at it. Since I realized this I have read several books about Indian, pioneer and explorer life, and these guys were hard asses. They could walk 30 - 40 miles a day without a compass or a map, paddle a canoe upstream all day and portage 150 lbs over rough ground.

In todays world of satalite images/maps and GPS, four wheelers, Gortex everything, $100 knives, rifles and scopes capable killing anything within half a mile and $1000 bow that shot 350 ft/sec. Anyway enough rambling from a 45 year old fat guy. You can eat almost anything.

- Inner bark from most any tree. Dry it by the fire and grind it up between two large rocks (needs salt).
- Catails the whole plant (needs salt).
- Acorns dry, grind and rinse acids out.
- Pine needles
- Pine cone nuts
- Weeds like plantain, fox tail and many more that produce seed heads, dry and grind.
- Maple and Birch tree sap
- Water weeds ie. reeds, coon tail, wild rice, arrowhead etc.
- Hunt at night for coons, porkupine, beaver and deer
- set up fish corral with rocks in shallow water leave a carcass hanging overhead so magots with fall into water and attract more fish.
- Frogs, turtles
- Clams and crayfish.

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by: Andy

The tips that are shared here on the webpage to find out food in the wild will be useful to many who are interested in exploring the wild. I am so happy that this website is sharing helpful articles to survive in the wild.

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knowing your plants...
by: Winyan Staz

Yes that is correct. In some plants,,some parts are edible, some poisonious. Some can cause gastric upsets such as diarhea etc. Some can be eaten young but not older, some raw, some should be cooked. Some are medicine that you may find yourself in need of.
Take the time to learn your plants..
Also you are correct in saying to learn tracking. Know what is around you and what you are hunting.
Also learn to tell weather.
Great set of comments and a fine article.. thanks :)

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by: Anonymous

Good post - plants are tricky - you need to have the right part, harvested at the right season, and prepared the right way. Some plants are edible, but eating too much will cause gastric distress, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. which then puts you in a worse predicament than being calorie poor and hungry.

Most 6-legged insects can be eaten, roasting is almost always the preferred method of preparation and makes them the most palatable. Lots of local museums have "bug fests" where you can explore species and ways to prepare and eat them.

Learn to track... environmental awareness is a critical survival skill in any environment.

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Good article
by: Joe

You're right, there is much bounty if the wild if you know where to look.

You can also eat grasshoppers & worms. You can eat them raw but they are far more palatable when added to some kind of stew. Birds are also available to use if we can catch them.

As for plants, the prior commenter is right. You must make absolutely sure that you know your plants. Wild onion can be a life safer during survival yet it looks almost identical to Death Camass, the latter being poisonous to people.

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Know your plants..
by: Winyan Staz

Thank you for an excellent article..
Very informative.
Only thing I would like to add is this: Know your plants.
There are plants that can kill you with just a few bites..some, like the Distroying Angel or water hemlock are not fun ways to go at all.
Know your plants BEFORE you get out there in a survival situation.

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Just so!
by: Shaykh Idris

Ross; you have said what I do: start with what is at hand. We are surrounded by food, and it is up to each of us to become expert at it. You seem to have covered the range, congratulations.

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