Time to look at a selection of survival knowledge from around the web, some helpful commentary to assist you!
From American Preppers Network: Full Gut Bugout: Why Trapping Is Essential For Long-Term Survival
This is one of those articles that shakes up your expectations a bit and injects some reality. I know that many people tend to think that hunting will involve active, rifle/bow in hand searches for a big buck or perhaps a few rabbits during a survival situation but as the author points out that may not be sufficient to keep you fed. Also nice are the recommendations that vary depending on your need, ranging from a few lightweight snares for short-term trapping to the heavier traps for extended meat acquisition.
From Off Grid Survival: Navigation: How to Read a Topographic Map
I love infographics and visual aids, especially for things that are pretty complicated at first. Topographic maps are a key tool for plotting a route with your trusty compass, and do use it properly you naturally need to be able to read it! Even if your plans are to bug-in and try to avoid moving about too much a topographic map can still give you important knowledge about the location of approaches into your area, hills or mountains that might serve as a natural barrier, and even rivers or streams that provide lifesaving water. Furthermore, as the author points out, “Every year thousands of hikers and outdoorsman are lost in the wilderness in areas they thought they were familiar with.” Make sure you take the opportunity to download the printable .pdf linked on that page for a convenient chart of all the symbols!
From SHTFPlan.com: How to Beat Coming Killer Food Shortages
I’m not a fan of hyperbolic “IT’S TIME TO PANIC! BUY THINGS!” articles, but the author here balances things out with some actual data. There’s no doubt that the drought in California and the issues with lower livestock populations are going to increase food prices, and goodness knows those are already high enough as it is. The solution proffered is also a practical one: start growing that garden! Furthermore, the basic instructions for starting seeds and getting your own garden started are spot on, and I’ve used some of those methods in my own gardening. In particular, I can vouch for one seed supplier listed in the article: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has done well by me every time, even when seeds I wanted were out of stock. You don’t have to believe in “mega-droughts” or some global catastrophe to see that cyclical and normal changes can be just as damaging to your pocketbook in the short term, so get that survival garden started!
From Modernsurvivalblog.com: Risk Management and Good Judgement
Rather than a discussion on what you should bring, raise, or grow, this article focuses on the proper mindset for survival. It can be easy to forget that the best way to stay healthy is to not become injured or sick in the first place! I know I’ve often focused so much on making sure I had sufficient bandages and medicines that I neglected preventatives like sanitary gloves and extra clean towels. Many common activities during an emergency (chopping wood, extreme physical exertion like running or lifting heavy weight, treating the sick) are more likely to kill or injure you than any looter most of the time, so taking the right measures to mitigate those risks should be top priority.
This article first appeared at Prepared For That: How to Beat Coming Killer Food Shortages: Josh’s Take on Survival Knowledge