Survival Hunting Includes Spear Fishing, Bow Hunting, Trapping and Snares
Learning efficient survival hunting methods will make your long-term
survival prospects infinitely better. However, hunting in a
post-apocalyptic landscape does not necessarily mean using a gun and, in
fact, rifles and handguns have many disadvantages when hunting.
The sound of the bullets will scare off other prey, as well as
attracting attention to you. The mechanical parts can jam and rust, and
you have the use of the gun only while you have ammunition.
Survival Hunting Skills
comes in two main forms. You use long-term traps and snares, which you
set up and leave, returning every day or two to check. You can also
choose immediate-reward hunting where you actively pursue and hunt down
Fortunately, a large amount of American wildlife around the country
is edible and provides a good amount of meat, but you will still need to
hunt quietly. To help you do this, you may want to learn the following
immediate-reward survival hunting skills:
- Bow and arrow — You
can get almost as much force behind an arrow from a well-strung bow as
you can from a small caliber pistol. A good bow will allow you to fire
accurately over a hundred yards without startling the animal and any
arrows that miss can be picked up and reused. You will need to work on
your upper body strength to allow you to shoot farther and hold the
archers pose for longer.
- Fishing — If hunting animals
through the woods is not your thing, learning to fish properly will give
you a long-term source of protein and fat. You do not necessarily need
to spend hundreds of dollars ahead of time on the best equipment, but
several hundred feet of fishing line will be invaluable as without it
you will be hard pressed to hold onto the bigger fish. Fishing also
requires a lot of bait so you may find you need to source some worms or
maggots for when the time comes.
Some people find the idea
of tracking and actively killing animals unattractive, so it is also
worth learning some wait-and-see survival hunting methods. These involve
devices that you set up in known locations and go back to check on
periodically to see if any animals have been caught. The two best
wait-and-see methods are:
- Snares — Using wire, you create a
loop, usually placing it in a known animal path, usually for rabbits and
other small animals. When the animal comes down the path and the head
slips into the loop, the forward movement tightens the loop ensuring a
- Snap traps — These typically large metal jaws
are spring-loaded to clamp shut when anything disturbs them. You can get
hold of them from any hunting store, in a variety of sizes depending on
what sort of animals live in the wild near to your home. The jaws tend
to be sharp enough to cause a fatal injury to the animal, so in most
cases you will not have to worry about having to apply the final blow.
— Traps are a much more sustainable way of catching prey as they can
use a variety of different materials. For example, a stick and a basket
with some food underneath will suffice to catch small prey, while a
looped rope tied to a bent plant or tree will catch larger prey by the
legs. Each of these can be re-used once you have removed the animal from
Many people dismiss the idea of learning survival
hunting techniques ahead of time as barbaric or something that makes
them very uncomfortable. However, you should learn to track animal
spoors, to make the final kill and to skin and prepare the carcass so it
does not come as a surprise or a shock to you when the time comes.
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