This is by far one of the most important outdoor survival tactics to learn. Practice making different types of shelters, such as debris shelters, tarp shelters, teepees, A frame shelters, and 90 degree shelters.
You are in the woods and go to take a dump. Since your survival kit is all out of toilet paper, you grab a handful of leaves. Little did you know that those leaves were actually stinging nettles, and now you’ve got an itchy painful rash on your rear to deal with!
This is just one example of why it is so important to be able to recognize local plants in your area.
The other obvious reason is that a lot of plants are edible (including stinging nettles).
It is a lot easier to master the edible wild plants guide than it is to master the art of hunting with nothing but a snare line and survival knife!
This survival tactic goes along with the one above, because a lot of plants in nature are edible.
Since it is hard to identify every single plant in the wild, I recommend learning the Universal Edibility test , which has you put a small piece of unknown plant first on your lips, and then in your mouth, and then finally eating a small bit. This method takes time, but will allow you to forage food.
You’ll also want to master some basic hunting tactics for outdoor survival. I don’t expect you to be able to kill a deer with a homemade bow and arrow, but being able to fish and catch a rabbit with a small trap are good skills to master.
Do you know the difference between a brown bear and a black bear?
Hopefully you won’t come into contact with either of them but, if you do, you better know the difference – because you should make some LOUD noises and stand your ground if you encounter a black bear but WALK slowly away if you encounter a brown bear!
Better yet, make sure you’ve got a can of bear pepper spray in your survival pack if you plan on going somewhere where there are bears…
And while we are at it, do you know how to hang a bear bag?
Otherwise all of your hard-earned food is going to be gone in a flash. If a bear doesn’t get it, then some other critter will!
In addition to bears, you’ve also got to worry about a whole bunch of other wild animals when you are in the outdoors. These include:
Ticks (yes, these can seriously be dangerous!)
In an End Of The World situation, you are more likely to encounter dangerous people than dangerous animals. So you better be prepared to defend yourself from attacks.
Simply having a gun or other weapon doesn’t count as self defense.
You’ve also got to know how to use it!
Master self defense tactics if you expect to survive outdoors!
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