There are a large variety of SHTF scenarios that could take place at any moment, but the question is are we ready? This is where preparation comes into play. But, in any survival situation the entire goal is to survive. In order to sustain our bodies we need to have shelter, protection, proper oxygen, water, and food.
These are the main components of survival. They all work together to keep us going, however, not having one or more of these could ultimately cost you your life. We can prepare for weeks on end on how to protect ourselves and make a shelter, but if we don’t have food available to us; we are bound to starve.
We can have a large stockpile of foods in our household, but when SHTF, there could be a situation that would require you to leave your household quickly to a bug-out location. The urgency of bugging out could ultimately prevent you from taking such a large quantity of food with you.
SHTF is unpredictable and there’s no telling if you’ll have to be away from home for a long time. Your food supplies may need to sustain you for quite some time. The one major component to survival preparation is knowing how to attain food once everything is chaotic. Not having to rely on electrical sources either, because one possible scenario could be a major grid outage, preventing you from keeping food fresh in the fridge and making cooking that much harder.
The following article provides us with the 6 fantastic methods we will need in order to get food and keep from starving:
Some people have a wrong approach when it comes to obtain food through hunting. They go for large game such as deer and bear, without knowing the amount of work required to bring home such prey. Large game requires much more work compared to small game. You need to know how to field dress the animal and how to make the most out of it. There’s no point in hunting large game if you can’t use it entirely.
Your best bet would be to try and bag some waterfowl and other small game like rabbits, raccoons and even squirrels. It might not seem much at first, but if you manage to harvest enough ducks and geese and other small animals, you will be able to sustain yourself.
No matter how you look at it, learn about what game is available in your region. Learn of the ways it behaves (when it feeds, sleeps, breeds, etc.) and how to preserve the meat once you caught said animal. If you want to obtain food through hunting, you need to practice as much as possible and learn from the experts.
To obtain food through fishing you have to remember the golden rule, keep things simple and use what works. The goal here is to put food in the freezer and not to win a prize for the biggest catch. If you lack spoons or in-line spinners, or any other type of fishing gear, learn to set fish traps. These will never fail you as long as you follow the right approach. It may require some time to get some fish, but I guarantee you will catch something. The best part about fishing is that you can do it all year round, and it doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer.
Everything from wild berries to wild apples and grapes are yours for the taking if you know where to look for them. Learn to harvest acorns, walnuts and beechnuts, just like your ancestors did. Obtaining food through foraging is not complicated and you can just stick with easily identifiable plants at first. Just like any other skill, this takes time to master. I recommend stealing some knowledge from the more experienced foragers.
And as an added bonus, besides edible plants, there are a multitude of medicinal plants you could gather. Make sure you bring a field guide with you, to make sure you don’t make any mistakes. As I always say, when in doubt, leave it be!
After all, bartering is the oldest form of commerce. We’ve all done it one way or the other. Bartering was always part of our life. When we were children, we used to swap lunch with our school buddies. We used to trade baseball cards with our friends and so on. By doing all of that, somehow we learned about supply and demand, value and negotiation and some of us even ended up being successful salesmen.
The key to successful gardening is to grow crops that thrive in your area, have large yields and store well. Even urban communities began to develop large gardens to grow their own food. The examples in Venezuela are unbeatable proof that even the roofs of building can be turn into large gardens to obtain food. Some preppers are also relying on modern methods to produce their foods, such as aquaponics or old ones such as permaculture. It all depends on what works best for you and your family. You should try your luck with one of those methods now, before it’s too late.
For an entire city to be stripped of resources, it would be required for a good percent of people to survive. And in a world without laws, that’s highly improbable if not impossible. Most people won’t make it back home. Sickness and fear (stupidity) will claim a lot of lives long before the human factor comes into play. After the looting and killing stops, those who survive will be put to the test. They will have a hard time making it more than a few months. Most probably, they are not preppers and lack the skills to survive. They have no clue how to handle emergencies that would become a threat for their physical integrity. People will die eventually, but resources will still be available for the taking.
That being said, they remaining ones will still become a threat for you and your family. You would have to know how to handle every scavenging trip and put your safety first. You will need to learn how to move undetected, learn the behavior patterns of the remaining people and do a lot of recon before you go for the grabbing. Never go alone and have someone watch your back if possible.
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Being a prepper is all about learning to be a self-sufficient individual ready to take on the challenges of survival. Practicing these skills in order to know how to get food will really help you in the long-run. If only one of these skills can be mastered at a time that is completely okay, remember, knowing one is better than none. Also, if you can practice being able to get food by all six methods can definitely keep you from going hungry and increase your odds of survival. These are skills that must be mastered in survival preparation. Once you have the skills to master these methods of attaining food, you can focus on your other survival needs. After all, there are much bigger fish to fry once SHTF (pun intended), therefore, taking hunger off your list of issues will give you much more needed time and energy to fight the good fight.
Until next time…
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