When The Food Is Gone - Living off the Land

When The Food Is Gone Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Oklahoma tornadoes in April 2013, the Colorado floods in September 2013; all caused shortages of food and everyday supplies. For those of us in regions where snowfalls can drop 4-12 inches at a time, we have seen how spastic people get for bread, milk and toilet paper. Can you imagine how they would react if all food deliveries, to stores, were interrupted for an extended period of time? An EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) can stop trucks, cars, aircraft and watercraft engines from running, delivery truck hijackings can occur and disasters and riots can close travel routes. If any of these happened, and people panicked (guaranteed), how long do you think it would take for stores to be void of food and the streets unsafe to travel? Have you been to a grocery store after an announcement of potential inclement weather? Estimates are 3 days for stores to be empty of food and a week for people taking to the streets to get food from other sources (including those who have prepared for the event). BUT what if your personal stockpile of food runs out before the crisis is over? What if you have to leave your stockpile of food behind for whatever reason? Or something more basic; what if you are in the wild on a planned visit but things go horribly bad?

Meat Eater or Vegetarian, by far, the road to self-sufficiency begins with hunting, gathering, raising and preparing your own food. With these skills, you will provide food sources for as long as you live. Indoor and outdoor options are available for growing fruits and vegetables, livestock and fish. If you have never participated in these activities, cultivating a friendship with someone who has, and learning from them, could be a life saving relationship. Growing vegetables and fruits that produce their own seeds (open-pollinated or heirloom) insures seeds for subsequent plantings. Ditch the stores. Feed yourself.

HUNTING:
A Pellet Rifle is a great training tool and nearly silent and powerful enough to take down small game or severly injure, and slow down, large game for dispatching at close range. But, carefully consider "air-powered guns" as self-defense tools; not recommended.

FISHING:    [Without Gear 1]    [Without Gear 2]    [Without Gear 3]
[Wacky Fishing Tips & Tricks]
Fishing with Juglone (from Black Walnuts) to Paralyze Fish & Make Worms Crawl Up From the Ground    [Article 2]
Soda Can Fishing Reel, Hook & Lure: Tie thin cordage around the can as a reel, cut the pull-tab into a hook (with a barb) and use the drinking hole seal flap as a lure. Use a rock as a sinker and some kind of floating material as a bobber.

TRAPPING:
Simple Animal Traps and Snares for Outdoor Survival

FOOD ALTERNATIVES:
Bugs/Insects: Insects are the best food source - Yeah, it may sound unappetizing but pound for pound, insects are more valuable and nutritious than any meat. They are always available and full of protein. Sometimes it pays to think small . . . especially when it comes to eating in a survival situation. Anything under 1 inch is game. Roast them to make more palatable. What bugs are edible? As a general rule, DON'T eat insects that are brightly-colored, hairy or have a potent smell (except stinkbugs). If in doubt about its edibility, cut off a tiny, cooked piece of it, swallow it, and wait a few hours. If you don't develop any symptoms, eat a larger piece and wait again. If nothing happens, it's probably fine. Knowing how to identify edible insects and stay away from the ones that could kill is a skill worth learning. Here's a basic list of Edible Insects. Other resource
Wild Edible Plants abound all around us. But it is highly recommended to develop a knowledge of what is edible and what is not rather than by trial and error that could end in disaster.
FOOD PRESERVATION METHODS

LEARN BASIC SURVIVAL SKILLS for Independent Living

STOCKPILING -VS- HOARDING

HOW MUCH SHOULD MY STOCKPILE CONTAIN?

SEE ALSO:
Produce Drinking Water from the Air, Ground and Undrinkable Water
Replenishable Water and Food Sources
Camping, Emergency & Long-Term Food & Storage