Wednesday, September 17, 2014

List of Lists - Hunting, Fishing & Trapping

It's been a long time since my last posting on the list of lists. I've made many of those major life changes I've been alluding to and now it's time to get back to the list.

The entry today will be based around finding food. Hunting, fishing and trapping is a great way to supplement your food stores. Think of it this way; Every time you hunt, fish or trap a day's worth of food, that's another day your stores will last you.

Compound bow w/arrows & hunting arrowheads
Fishing poles & tackle
Cast net
Gill nets
Fish spear
Snare wire
Fishing yoyo
Trot lines
Body grip traps
Crab baskets
Commercial traps and snares up to deer size

One good tip is to try to make the work on your part as easy as possible. If you can set some snares or yoyos and come back a few hours or even a day later, that's minimal work. Less energy used means more energy for other critical tasks.

One excellent technique for fishing in a small stream or creek is to get a net and set it across the body of water. It will start to collect any fish that come through and as long as you're careful, you could end up with a nice haul of fish. Fish are easy to clean and cook, just watch out for the bones.

If you live near an area where you can crab fish, use a bit of meat (raw chicken works well) in a crab basket to attract them.


  1. Really good post! The only thing I could even think to include is to be mindful of the places you fish. Many of the local bodies of water are contaminated with either toxins or local biology made more harmful because of the toxins present.I have seen a number of people admitted to the hospital because of the local waterways.

  2. Yes, be careful of standing water as they can be breeding grounds for dangerous algae and bacteria. Collecting water from these locations can be okay in some cases as long as you have the proper filtration and purification capabilities, but collecting fish from possibly contaminated bodies will still make you sick if they contain toxins or don't have the bacteria killed by cooking. Observe the area for animal carcasses that may have died as a result of drinking the water, but don't let the absence of carcasses fool you into using bad water. Flowing water is much less likely to be contaminated.