Surviving Off Wild Animals
Surviving Off Wild Animals
If you ever find yourself in a position where you have to capture, kill, and eat your own food to survive you will want to know what to go after. What you eat will greatly depend on your surroundings and the animals that live in that environment so familiarizing yourself with these particular areas and the animals that exist can play a part in your survival skills. Not all animals are suitable food choices although generally anything that walks, flies, swims or crawls can be consumed. Don’t limit your food options to personal preference as in survival situations you must eat what you can to live.
Insects and worms are not typical American cuisine but in survival situations can help to provide you with a valuable protein source. Ants, termites, beetles and grubs are insects to seek out and are amongst the edible. Avoid insects that sting or bite, are hairy or brightly colored, and caterpillars and insects that have a pungent odor. Don’t eat spiders, ticks, flies or mosquitoes either. Look for insects on the ground, within rotting logs, in grassy fields, or in areas that provide good nesting sites. Although you can eat most insects raw, you can cook them or combine them into a paste to eat them with edible vegetation.
Edible Sea Life
An obvious choice for survivors is the creatures of the sea including crustaceans, mollusks and fish. Shrimp can be found within the bottoms of lakes and ponds. Look for crayfish under stones and in the soft mud or by tying small bits of internal organs to a string and then pulling them to shore when they grab the bait. Crabs and lobsters are best caught at night within baited traps or a baited hook. Mollusks such as snails, claims, squid and octopus can be found in tidal pools or clinging to rocks above the surf line. These creatures are best when cooked.
Fish are a good source of protein and fat and are often more abundant than other animals. Fish tend to feed heavily before storms so knowledge of their habits can come into play. They also are attracted to light and like to rest in places where they are protected from strong currents. They also gather in areas where there are deep pools, under overhanging brush, and around objects that offer them shelter. All freshwater fish should be cooked as should saltwater fish caught near a reef or a freshwater source to avoid parasites. You can eat other saltwater fish raw.
Amphibians and Reptiles
Frogs and salamanders are easy to find around fresh bodies of water and can be eaten. You can eat reptiles like turtles, snakes and alligators but should be wary of their threats to man.
Some birds can be captured in their nests at night. They are some of the most difficult animals to capture although all species are edible. Birds’ eggs are also edible and can be a good source of food.
Mammals are a most common food source to man who are not in the wild and as such the taste will likely be the most satisfying. All mammals are edible but present individual challenges in their capture as well as their self-defense mechanisms. Traps, weapons, and tools can be used to capture these animals for consumption.