Hunting and trapping One thing I’ve learned about surviving is – packaged food is great. Well, living on a farm is the best, then pre-packaged food that you can buy. But since in the Tribulation its going to require you to get the Mark, you may have to hunt and trap.
Plants tend to be poisonous. There’s not too many animals who are poisonous to eat. But many, many plants can make you sick. Some will kill you. So, we’ll deal with plants more on another posting. Let’s talk about hunting.
Now common sense will tell you to hunt something big. Alas, big things seem to understand that the guy creeping towards them with the gun, bow or spear, probably means something bad. So the deer, elk or moose tends to run away.
Prior to the tribulation, animals had a natural fear of man. Once the Tribulation began, that began to change to show that things are now different
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Rev 6:8 (KJV)
Hunting for the most part requires weapons. Spear, archery, or guns.
For guns, we need to cover safety rules first.
- Treat every weapon as if it was loaded.
- Keep your trigger finger along the receiver and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Never aim the weapon at anything you are not prepared to shoot or destroy.
- Be sure of what is in front of your target and what is behind it.
Rule 4 is important – there’s a phenomenon called “hunting blindness” where the shooter becomes so focused on the target (usually deer) that they do not notice their hunting partner walk in front of the barrel.
In addition, many bullets have the capacity to go THROUGH the target and strike someone behind it. If a deer wanders in front of someone in your party, do not take the shot! You stand a very good chance of the round going completely through whatever you’re shooting at and into someone else.
It takes a large caliber round to stop most of the animals that are edible in the northern climates. I’ve recommended weapons on the rifles page and the handguns page that are fast, and can penetrate through a deer and beyond. All four safety rules must be adhered to at all times.
See the Shooting page for information on how to fire a weapon.
My time at the Boys’ Club camp when I was 9 taught me two things.
- I can shoot a gun
- I cannot shoot an arrow to save my life.
I’ll have to look up some info this week on how to shoot an arrow, and I’ll get that online as soon as possible.
The spear takes guts, if you’re going after a bear. Bottom line – you better have about a dozen other people with spears, and expect to lose two of them. I don’t recommend it.
However, spears are great for something else – snakes. Chinese spears come with two things that are extremely useful… fringe and a rattle. If you’re being threatened by an animal you’re trying to scare (like a black bear) point the head of the spear at them, and slide it like a pool cue. Do a semicircular motion, and pull the spear back. Mr. Black Bear is going to run like crazy.
You’ll end up feeling sorry for Mr. Black Bear as he runs like mad. “poor little guy! Come back here!”
The Chinese spear does something else. It intimidates snakes. They can’t hear the rattle, but the fringe flying around and the dead of the spear going in opposite directions scares snakes away. Too much motion, they don;t know where to attack, so… they run.