One of the problems people who practice bushcraft encounter is how to practice the skills they are learning especially if they are new.
Public, or state parks may not allow you to make fire, or camp outside designated areas. With that in mind here are some ideas you may be able to use to practice your new bushcraft skills.
Watch the video at the bottom for some outstanding advice on practicing bushcraft.
Here are some tips that you may find useful broken down into a few broad categories:
You don’t need to build a fire to practice lighting fires. Instead, try doing the following (in roughly the following order). Note that these are all things you can do in your back yard. All of these things are probably tolerated in a state park.
There are a few options, here…
The first is to try to fly under the radar. I don’t really condone this since you’re potentially subjecting yourself to fines and multiple slaps on the wrist, but I’ve done this more times than I can count and I’ve never had a problem. The secret is just to be discrete and to cleanup after yourself. There’s the added thrill of trying to go undetected as well. If you do this:
Note that most state parks will not allow you to fell trees willy-nilly. They usually tolerate the processing of dead, standing trees as well as sticks and boughs that are already laying on the ground.
The second option is to find a big piece of private land that looks suitable for bushcraft and then ask the owner if you can make use of it. You should pretty much just put your cards on the table and ask outright. It takes a bit of courage, but you’ll want to insist on the following:
The third option is to find lands owned and maintained by one of the following organizations, and negotiate with those entities.
Originally posted 2014-03-18 19:28:23.
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