Fishing spear

by Ryan
(Ohio)

When you need food if you need to hunt build a fishing spear. It can also catch birds, snakes etc. Get a long sturdy stick without limbs (or knots). Make fire. When you see a small flame on the tip rub it on a rock until the flames go out.

Repeat until you are satisfied with your spear tip.

Test your spear on anything handy, that's it.

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Survival spears

by Trevor T
(Denton, NC, USA)

Try cutting a stick about as tall as you and with a diameter of about 2 inches. While still green, cut and sharpen, then char the tip, scrub the char off, and it will be nearly as hard as iron.

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Fishing kit

by Larry
(Palatka, Fl)

My tip for today concerns fishing kits. I live in North Florida so fishing as a forage skill makes a lot of sense. Fishing with a float is easier and frankly more fun.





You can make floats from dead wood or found materials. I have chosen to pack foam ear plugs in my kits as floats. They are cheap, work in all climates and reduces noise in my containers. In a pinch they can be used as tinder to start your fire. If one of your group snores they can even be used as ear plugs.

After being involved in this area for over twenty five years I am so glad to find a site like this. Thank you.

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Fish poison

by Jeremy
(United States)

Green walnut hulls crushed make a good fish poison and it does not kill the fish just temporary stuns them. They will float to the top of the water. The hulls are the best to use from this tree but the green leaves crushed work as well.

Another one is the berries of the poke sallet plant. If either one of these are available they are good methods of catching fish without a pole.

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Freshwater clams

by Winyan Staz
(WA)

. . . and snagging crayfish. As you are searching for food in the wilderness, don't forget to feel around under rocky overhangs and ledges along the banks of fresh water streams. Here in the Pacific Northwest I have found fresh water clams up above the Spokane area to be large and delicious.



If you have a piece of twine or string or make some cordage you can snag up crayfish in the rivers if you have an old bloody bone with a little bit of meat left on for bait. The bloodier the better.

Tie the string/twine to the bone so it can't slip loose and lower it down to the bottom of the water under a nice size bank that is slightly overhanging the water. (Crayfish likes the shade and the shelter). Let it sit still on the bottom for a few moments (have patience) and slowly bring it to the op of the water (don't bring it all the way out of the water until you know there is a crayfish on it) so you can see if you have anything holding on.

If you bring them up too fast or too close to the top of the water before you jerk the line they will let go). If you do bring you bait up and see the crawfish, you will either need a way to snag it with a net (or tie a shirt to a branch to make a net of sorts) or you will need to jerk it real fast at the top of the water and aim for the bank.

Usually the crayfish will try to hold on until the last second and that means you can get a goodly number by just tossing them quickly upon the bank. My little brother and my two little sisters and I used to do this on the Little Goose Creek in Wyoming many years ago.

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