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Food In The Wild

Living or camping in the woods means you are ready for the harsh conditions that await you. You will need substantial amounts of food and behold, there is no Walmart in the middle of the forest. You will need to find food in the wild before you starve. Don’t starve! Lucky you, the forest has a selection of snacks that will keep your belly full and your hunger down. We’ll go through some of them to give you a basic idea of to do and what not to do in the wild. Everything I’m writing is based on experience, don’t take my word for granted and do your own research.

Nature gives you two choices, you either find food, or you end up as food. A great example for this would be the leader boards in Game Of Thrones Conquest, you either use a Game of Thrones Conquest hack tool and win, or you get kicked around by higher level players. Someone who already has experience with the outdoors and knows how to handle themselves might not have a use for this, b a person that has no idea what’s ahead and is eagre to learn could find a thing or two useful. Contact someone that already has a set of skills and knowledge at their disposal before adventuring in the woods all alone.


Fish is back on the menu boys, it never left, if you are near a river you can always try to catch fish, whether you use a fishing rod, a net or your hands, you can catch fish. Your goal is to feast on fish, if you achieved your goal nothing else matters. No sacrifice too great! Just make sure there aren’t any bears around, they usually fish using their claws and are attracted by the meat smell. I shouldn’t be telling you this but you can find fish in rivers, ponds or lakes.

fishing in the wild


If you’re more on the vegan side of things you can always get your self some nice grass to gnaw one, like a state-of-the-art lawn MOOER. I’m kidding of course, plants are a viable option, make sure they are edible, do some research and stay away from poison ivy. Green tea is always available in the woods, besides that, some plants can also be consumed raw.


Hunting should be your last choice here, you can’t just go around killing animals and eat them like a savage. There’s certain legal things which I’m not going to get into but make sure you have a firing license and it’s open season for hunting. I’m also positive that you can’t hunt using an automatic weapon or carabine, keep that in mind if you decide to let your inner man take control.

food in the wild

If you’re only reason for coming out in the woods is to have a good time then you can always bring food along. Fill the inside of your backpack or duffel bag with all kinds of snacks. Pack aliments with high protein and calories, remember an adult male needs about 1800 calories a day and women about 1500 calories. Before you head into the woods, make sure someone at home knows where you are going, this is just in case you get lost, they may be able to call for help. I also suggest you pack basic survival items in your backpack and food, you never know what might go wrong.

Items for your Survival Tool Belt

Like any form of art, survival has artists, and we, the artists need the tools to help us paint the bigger picture. Today we look at the most useful items to fit in your survival tool belt in case of a survival scenario.

Survival only happens when you meet the three magic requirement, water, food, shelter. Tools help you achieve all of those faster and more efficiently. Keep in mind that you won’t last more than 3 days without water, that’s the best case scenario and without a shelter you could perish in only one night, especially in cold environments. Food is a more expandable situation however, you can survive a number of days on end without it but it should also be a concern, try to get food as soon as possible. This also depends on your weight, height and age. Young and fit people will be able to go more without food when elders might need it more consistently.

Clean Water Will Get You Far!

Let’s get started with the first one on the list, water requirement, you need clean water. In order to get clean water, you need to boil it, boiling requires you to have a container nearby in which to pour your water, that’s where a bag cooking pot comes into play. Light and tough as nails, a pot will help you cook and boil the heck out water in no time increasing your chances of surviving alone in the wilderness. Before boiling water you should also filter it just to make sure you get rid of any debris that might be left in it.

Shelter for Cold Nights

Shelter is something that should not be overlooked, without shelter you could be done for within a day. Cold is not your friend in this type of situation, you need a fire and a place to sleep, the knife can also help you here, cutting wood, building a roof over your head, making a warm bed. The shelter is not gonna hold itself together, that’s when you give it a hand and tie the branches using a rope, you can use any kind of rope as long as it is too thick. I suggest you learn a few basic knots before heading out into the wild, fishing knot is one of the most known ones so you can start there. As I mentioned in my previous fire starting tutorial, you need to be careful when starting a fire, sparks can light a fire during hot summer days and you wouldn’t want that happening would you? Take care. Your shelter should not be in the range of the fire, it should be close to it, but not close enough for the fire sparks to touch it.

survival tool belt knife

Food After a Long Day of Surviving

Food comes second on the magic list but I kept it for last as I want to point out a few things. Don’t underestimate your hunger, you can only go so far without a source of food. You might not feel hungry during the moment but at the end of the day you need to have something to fill your belly with, and I’m not talking about water. After a hard day of trying to stay alive, gathering wood and keeping the fire lit you will need a source of nutrition. Nature provides both food and water, but food is way easier to get the hold of, there’s plants, animals, even bugs if you plan on going full Bear Grylls mode. Acquiring food is easier with a knife, cutting plants for tea or maybe even a natural salad. It is also used to chop meat which will be later cooked. A knife is always a must have for your tool belt. Know that not all plants and bugs are good for consumption and that they might be poisonous, do a little research on your own.

You can easily acquire those items at your local general shop, or checkout sites like Amazon or Newegg if you don’t feel like taking a trip down to your local store.

To summarize this whole deal, the things you are mostly going to need are as follows : knife, cooking pot and a rope. I have a hard time trying to image how you could fit a cooking pot in your tool belt but I’ll let you do the thinking on that one. Thank you for checking out this tutorial, share it with your close friends if you think it might be of some use.


Getting to Know Fire Starting Basics

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a quick fire for some reason or another, you came to the right place! Fire starting is one of the most basic tasks in a survival situation but it can make the difference between life and death, before we continue please be careful when building a fire, follow logic and common sense. Do not have fires in restricted areas, keep the fire small, make sure it’s away from any flammable materials, have the necessary tools to contain the fire if needed, after no longer needed extinguish the fire and always keep an eye on the fire. While out in the wild you can always find time for a little fun, especially when you have friends with you, you could always pull out your phones and enjoy a fair game of Clash Royale, this weeks sponsor provides you with a Free Clash Royale Gems Hack helping you gain a quick advantage against your enemies! Perhaps set their troops on fire with your new gained knowledge?

Fire Starting For Dummies

Let’s get right into the meat of it (so to speak), before you even start thinking about a fire, make sure the place you chose is not surrounded by flammable material that could catch on fire while you do this. Remove any dry leaves from the camp fire area and its vicinity, you could even dig a hole in which to place the fire or have it sitting on rocks for even better safety measures. If you do want to use a hole for your fire make sure you dig a tunnel connected to the pit so the oxygen can pass through and the fire doesn’t die.

  • Gathering Wood Fire

This step is pretty self explanatory, you get wood to make fire. All things nice and easy but remember your wood needs to be dry, wet wood isn’t gonna get you anywhere and you will end up wasting precious time and energy trying to light a wet fire. Divide the wood into groups, you’ll need small sticks to light the spark of the fire. Pencil sized sticks in order to get the fire going and burning and then thumb sized mini logs in order to keep the fire alive. After doing so you start adding larger logs on the fire as the charcoal is hot enough to set them on fire. While the fire is still small and feeble you could also start building a fire reflector to help you maintain the heat towards one spot, this works best if you are alone as you need heat pointing in only one direction. For more people you should just keep the fire as it is, no reflectors needed. The fire will spread evenly between the people sat next to the fire.

  • No Tinder Equals No Fire

Fire is almost around the corner but before you even think about it you are going to need embers in order to light your fire, you need a spark for the fire. Timber can be done in a lot of ways but my personal favorite is cutting strips of wood using a well sharpened knife and using that to light the fire, if you don’t have a knife at hand you can always craft your own stone axe. It usually doesn’t take a lot of time and it probably isn’t the most practical way of doing it, but I like it. Other ways of getting tinder include small branches and leaves, tree bark and even tree sap which also makes a mean glue if you know how to do it! A quick alternative for tinder is tree resin, you can find resin on damaged trees, cut some of it and use it for your fire. Please do not take all the resin from the wound of the shrub as it won’t be able to heal without it.

As fire goes there are many ways to start it, one of the hardest methods to master would be the bow drill method. It requires a piece of wood with a hole in it for the charcoal, a heavy duty stick and obviously, a bow drill. I have yet to use this method and successfully start a fire, but I’m looking forward to doing so in the near future. Please leave a comment if you know any ways I can improve my bow drilling skills!

  • Starting Said Fire

Everything done and said it is time to start our caveman like fire! I suggest you get yourself a tool to get it all going, flint and steel is a classic and reliable option but you can also go for things like bow and drill or the mighty lighter. Just keep in mind that a lighter might not work in a survival situation and you’ll need to improvise, adapt, overcome. Use your tool to light the tinder then start adding your wood to it, starting from thin to thick logs.

You might already know this but you can also use your mobile phone/smart phone to get a spark, the battery can be shorted using gum wrapper and will light it up. Just keep in mind this is not a safe method of starting a fire and the vapors coming from the battery are toxic, only use this as a last resort. The good thing about this is if you already own a Note 7 you don’t need to worry about making a fire, just wait around and it’ll eventually make a fire on its own. Joke aside, starting a fire using a battery is not an easy task and it could be dangerous, the battery could explode and burn you, use at your own risk. Remember to keep water or something to extinguish the fire with around in case things start going south.

Wrapping things up

Now that you know how to make your first fire I suggest you be careful. Always knowing how to get out of a tight spot is important but you have to be responsible whenever you make a choice, everything goes, even fire. Keep an eye on it and make sure nothing catches on fire or your risk starting a forest fire and that is one of the least things you would want to deal with, especially when life is at stake. Now go grab a big ol’ bag of marshmallows and roast those bad boys using your fire place!

Crafting a stone axe, it can cut wood!

I had seen a couple of professional flint knappers shape specific types of stone into many useful things including stone knives, arrowheads, spear heads and even axes. Of course at the time I knew next to nothing about flint knapping techniques, let alone what types of rocks are good to use. All of that aside I thought we’d try to make a primitive stone axe.

Before we show you how to make a stone axe, make sure to wear protective clothing, eye wear etc.

I want to remind you that I’m not a professional flint knapper and I’m by no means trying to teach the technique to you. I’m merely showing you what worked for me when I came across a rocky stream.

Supplies you’ll need to make the axe :

  • Rocks/Stones, the heart and soul of our tool.
  • A branch, preferably not rotten, you wouldn’t want the axe to break.
  • String, just a precaution, for fixing the head of the axe in place.

1. Rock and a hard place.

To begin with, finding sharp rocks is no easy task so the best option I had was finding something that I could use for an axe head. I threw a bunch of rocks at some boulders by the stream until I finally had the perfect fragment. Now common sense says that throwing heavy rocks around with the intention of fragmenting them can be dangerous so if you’re going to try this yourself do it as safely as possible. Don’t go throwing rocks at your feet and remember to wear protective clothing and eyewear etc. A more responsible way of doing this is finding a slim rock and sharpening it using another rock of some kind. You can add some gravel between them in order to create friction, thus speeding up the sharpening process. This takes some time, which I most certainly lacked, that’s why I had to rely on smashing rocks together in order to acquire a head for my axe.

2. Branching out.

Anyway the fragment that you want needs to be sharp, the one I selected was very keen and I was quite happy with how well it cut, it made a rather useful tool. I then realized that it wouldn’t be that much harder to make a stone axe using a fragment so I broke off a small live branch from a young tree to use as handle. Get yourself a branch.

Split the stick in order to create a crack, it shouldn’t be bigger than 1/4 of the stick size. Soak the end of the branch in water for a few hours and then wedge a smaller twig into the crack to help split the twig at the end. Now you can use your sharp rock as the axe head, secure it using your shoe laces or some kind of string and you are one step away from your axe.

After doing so I noticed the stone blade was sharp enough and it easily sliced through slim dead trees. I think it would be a perfect tool to help out in a pinch of a survival situation and it also worked great for chopping small pieces of wood. However while using it on wood it started chipping away at the stone and the blade quickly became too damaged to use but for a first try I was quite satisfied with what I was able to come up with.

Just a little did-you-know : the stone axe is also known as a celt.

If you have any doubts about this you can check out some other tutorials, WikiHow seems to have a solid idea of how to make yourself a stone axe, have a look here. If that still hasn’t got you convinced I guess you could give YouTube a shot, I suggest watching this :

Primitive Technology is a YouTube channel about outdoor survival and living, from  creating tools to building a shelter to living a decently comfortable life in the wild. It provides amazing content and you could learn a thing or two while you’re at it.

There you have it folks, crafting a makeshift stone axe is not impossible but I highly advise you to be cautious and use protection if you decide to do it. It may take a while to finish the work but when it’s all said and done you’ll feel like a hipster cave man!

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