Love him,or hate him Ray Mears is one popular bushcrafter. He has many instructional videos that are outstanding. In the following video Mears teaches how to make a very good fish hook out of primitive materials.
He makes this fish hook with nothing more than a twig, a root, and a piece of bone. The only tool used is a belt knife. Best of all it’s fast, and easy to make. Watch this outstanding video now and learn how to make one of these bushcraft fish hooks.
Note: sadly, Ray Mears took down his video, so we substituted another video that is every bit as good. We hope you enjoy it.
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Knowing how to make a bushcraft chair could come in real handy in the wilderness. It beats the heck out of sitting on the ground, or on some hard rock. In the following video you will see how to make your own bushcraft chair that’s really comfortable.
It’s so comfortable that even Ikea would be jealous. Okay, maybe not that comfortable, but you get the point.
The video below will show you how to make a comfortable bushcraft chair. The chair is made out of natural materials and rope. This might make a fun weekend project.
For those that are rather new, Bushcraft broken down to the basics is all about primitive living skills, and of course acquiring those skills.
It’s also about living off the land using the natural materials around you. Bushcraft, and survival are different. Bushcraft is about knowing how to live in your environment.
However many Bushcraft skills can be adapted for survival proposes. In this post we are going to take a look at 7 Bushcraft essentials. 3 Bushcraft Essentials You Need To Know.
1. The Blade
The Cutting blade, the most important tool to the Bushcrafter. It is as important as the sword is to aspyderco-bushcraft-survival-knives warrior or teeth and claws are to the Lion.
A good Bushcraft blade is sturdy and light and is made from the highest quality materials with the tang running the full length of the knife.
With appropriate use, the Bushcrafter can use this blade to stab or cut to give or take life. A Survival Knife and a Bushcraft knife has a lot of the same similarities, find out what you need to know before buying a survival knife click here.
The ability to make fire under almost any condition is essential part of Bushcraft survival. With How to Build a FireFirecraft there are many techniques to building a fire; a fire drill, smoldering plants and trees, sunlight, striking rock that contains iron such as flint, and of course matches and lighters.
Firecraft in the ability to create, control, and use fire to aid in one’s survival. Another critical skill in Bushcraft is the ability to transport fire, usually by carrying a burning coal around in some type of dry sage grass to keep it smoldering.
3. Knots / Ropecraft
The ability to join two or more pieces of natural or man made material is a vital skill to have for Bushcraft survival. By joining two or more pieces together, you not only increase the strength of the material but also the usability as shelter, a raft, a weapon or a sled.
We like the idea of bushcraft debris shelters. Instead of cutting down trees you can make a nice shelter out of sticks, and leaves. You’d be mistaken if you thought debris shelters are complicated to make, because they’re not.
Another feature of a debris shelter is how well they blend in with your surroundings, virtually keeping you invisible when having a leaf-covered door pulled in flush with the entrance.
Some advantages of debris shelters are they don’t require you to cut down any trees. They blend in with your surroundings if you are going stealth. They are fairly easy to make. Watch the video now for the easy step by step directions for making a debris shelter.
We think this long bow survival bow is great! The following video will show you how to make it the easiest way in under 90 minutes. Please see the notes section below the video which will give you some added insights.
If you can find a straight young oak I’d use that but I know gamble oak in AZ are almost never straight and have a lot of knots.
I have made many bows from aspen, the draw weight has to be a little lower unless you are backing it with something. but apsen will make a good shooting bow, and if you are talking about a survival bow then anything you can get will have to do
This is a new Bushcraft skill that even the most experienced bushcrafters may not know. It is a somewhat new skill that we happened across and wanted to share. We feel it could be very valuable to learn this.
What you will be learning is how to turn a plastic bag along with nothing more than a knife into high tensile cordage.
The cordage can be used for many things such as fishing, tie downs, along with a number of other things that you’ll see in this outstanding video. You’ll definitely want to take notes on this one.
We love these bushcraft tips and techniques. If you own one of those expensive knives this is not something you want to use it for. However if you happen to own, a less expensive knife then this is something you may want to consider.
Using these bushcraft tips and techniques we’re going to make a pommel ferro rod striker on that less expensive knife.
The advantage of this when completed is you would have a knife and a ferro rod striker giving you the ability to start a fire with your knife.
You want to use a knife that already has exposed pommels such as a Scharades. Another knife that you can do this with would be the Schrade SHCF24.
All you need to do this is a rotary tool, and accessories. This is fast and easy to do, and you’ll be pleased with the result.
If You Are New To Bushcraft, Here Are A Few More Bushcraft Tips And Techniques
Learning the environment
This involves the study of the behavior of wildlife. Living in the raw nature, as you would’ve guessed, is all about adapting to the surroundings. Understanding and predicting the actions and reactions of the animals in the bush where you are is very important. Similarly, being able to identify the plants and trees also help you survive. It tells you how these plants can be used for different situations as well as why some of them should be avoided.
The main purpose of hunting is of course to find the food to survive in the bush. It involves fishing as well as tracking. Tracking lets you find and follow the foot tracks of the animals and finally get them for food. And if it is a ferocious animal, tracking also lets you escape from the animal.
Fire serves many purposes in a forest. From providing you safety from animals at night to preparing food, it is the best gift nature has provided you. Besides the warmth and comfort that fire provides you, fire can cook food as well as preserve many items. It sterilizes wounds and also helps create smoke signals to get rescued.
To erect a shelter in any environment is one of the most important aspects of bushcraft. It is highly important to know how to make a shelter, be it a tent or a caravan, to protect yourself from animals or other natural damages.
Rope making To know how to twine ropes together to make different items is also another important requisite while dealing with natural environments. Rope twine making has several mechanical uses like making pulleys, knots, etc.
Bushcraft involves many tools that can help you manage in the forest. Some of them are:
The basic idea behind bushcraft is always to make use of the available resources. This requires some pre-knowledge that can let you take the maximum advantage of the items that you come across.
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In a survival situation you have to use what’s available. Many times mother nature will provide us with what we need. That’s assuming we know what to look for. Part of knowing what to look for depends on the survival skills we have.
Yes, you can make usable cordage from leaves! The leaves you’ll want for this particular task are fibrous ones such as those from Yucca or Cattail. I’ve found that dead yucca and cattail leaves work best but they’ll work when green in a pinch. Below is a photo of a Yucca plant and then also a coil of yucca leaf rope that I made.
The technique used to fashion usable cordage from fibrous natural materials is called the Reverse Wrap. It’s an awesome survival skill – so cool that I filmed a short video to show you exactly how to do it. Watch the video below:
LEAF SURVIVAL HACK # 2: NATURE’S TIN FOIL
Have you ever wrapped food in tin foil and cooked it in the coals of a fire. When we were kids, Mom would wrap up some ground beef, onions, potatoes and carrots in tin foil and cook them in the coals of a fire.
She called them Hobo Dinners. I’ve never found a tin-foil tree in the woods but I’ve found a leaf that works just as good – BURDOCK. Food wrapped in three layers of burdock leaves cooks just as good as any tin foil I’ve ever used. Look how huge the leaves of burdock can get.
I’ve cooked fish, quail and rabbit in burdock leaves and it never fails to produce a delicious juicy meal. Check out this quail and potatoes we cooked in burdock leaves during a SurviVacation II last summer.
We tied it up with Basswood Bark. Mmmmmm, my mouth’s watering just thinking about it. That same day I also used a burdock leaf as an improvised container to hold some freshly picked raspberries.
LEAF SURVIVAL HACK # 3: INSOLES
That’s right – SHOE INSOLES! Need some extra cushion to help prevent blisters? How about some extra cushion that is also antibacterial? Look for a mullein plant. It’s very distinct, you can’t miss it. The leaves are thick, durable and fuzzy.
Not only do they make excellent improvised shoe insoles that will reduce foot odor but they also are your go-to natural source for toilet paper. They are also an excellent substitute for paper towel and are very absorptive. I use them as napkins all the time.
LEAF SURVIVAL HACK # 4: INSULATION
Whether from the cold ground or the air around you, leaves are nature’s perfect insulative material for creating dead air space below and around you.
One of the most effective cold weather shelters is a Debris Hut and it’s made almost entirely of leaves. The leaves capture dead air space which acts as a barrier to the cold.
They help keep warm air (body heat) in and cold air out. As the cool temps come, Mother Nature drops all the insulation you could ever need to the forest floor. She’s nice that way.
Until his mid-twenties, my Dad slept on what’s called a Shuck Bed. This is literally a mattress stuffed with dried corn husks. He recalls it being a little lumpy, but functional. It hasn’t been that long ago that people used natural vegetation insulation for sleeping purposes.
LEAF SURVIVAL HACK # 5: SHINGLES
Yes, leaves are not only insulation but shingles as well. Large leaves from plants like burdock and skunk cabbage can be used to shingle a lean-to in a matter of minutes.
Leafy branches can be used the same way. Remember to start from the bottom and work your way up, just like you would shingle a house.
This overlapping pattern prevents rain from seeping through. Below I used a full burdock plant to protect jerky on a drying rack from a light drizzle.
LEAF SURVIVAL HACK # 6: HARVESTING WATER
With a little creativity, you can use leaves to direct and harvest water. Rain water is the easiest form of fresh drinking water in the wild if you can get enough of it.
Arranging leaves to harvest rain can gather exponentially more if you do it right. Look at them as nature’s little mini-tarps. Read The Rest Of This Article Here: WillowHavenOutdoor.comImages Source
You’re going to love how simple it is to make this bushcraft chair. One of the important things to understand about bushcraft is you want to try a use your bushcraft doing as little damage to your surroundings as possible.
In other words respect mother nature. That’s why we really like this bushcraft chair. It’s constructed from scavenged dead wood that was found in the area,
There was no cutting of any live trees. Aside from that this chair is easy build. The following video will show you how to make this outstanding bushcraft chair.
Watch the video below now to see how to make your bushcraft chair. It sure beats sitting on the ground, or on a hard rock.
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If you are at all familiar with friction fire you know how difficult it can be. However it’s one of those tough skills that must be learned, and practiced.
Sure, you may have all sorts of devices to help you make fire, but you never know when you will be thrown into a situation when you’ll have to make fire in one of the most primitive ways, meaning friction fire bushcraft style.
This video is actually a very well done tutorial that will cover everything from A-Z of making friction fire via the floating hand drill method. We had to dig, and dig some more to find this video that delivers a lot of great information.
Making a primitive bushcraft birch bark bowl is one of those skills that may come in handy one day. It is also a fun weekend project to work on with the kids.
This video contains step by step instructions on how to make a primitive free standing birch bark bowl. This bowl can be used as a cup as well though it is more useful as a bowl.
It will sit upright on a flat surface unlike most of the birch bark liquid containers demonstrated on the net. To make this bowl it might be easier to first practice the design using a standard sheet of paper a couple times.
Birch bark if handled too much in the wrong way can lead to splits and cracks therefore a finished vessel that leaks and won’t hold liquids.
We’ll tell you up front that cooking in a steam pit is a bushcraft, or survival skill that takes some work to get going. However it’s well worth your time. The steam pit cooking method requires a hole with hot rocks at the bottom of the hole.
The hole will be layered with dirt, vegetation, and of course food at the top. This method of cooking works due to the rocks creating steam from the layers of dirt, and vegetation.
Try this steam pit method of cooking and you’ll get great tasting food that will keep piping hot ready to eat whenever you’re ready. You’ll also like the fact that you don’t have to worry about over cooking your food.
Steam pit cooking will make indigestible foods, more digestible. All the step by steps directions are included in the video. Be sure to read the “Handy Tips For Working With A Steam Pit” that appears below the video.
Trying to survive a winter night in snowstorm is a tough proposition. How to do so is demonstrated quite well in this video. We’ll tell you up front there are no verbal directions. The bushcrafter who did this video did such a good job demonstrating that spoken directions were not needed.
In making this video the bushcrafter went into the bush during a pretty strong snow storm that was supposed to stop early in the day. It didn’t, so he decided to make himself a quickie shelter, and fire.
Here’s a few comments by people who’ve seen this video:
“Best video I’ve seen! The part I liked the most was the narration, only mother nature. If a person needs step by step verbal directions, in my opinion they need more help than a video can provide. Excellent step by step instruction, thank you!”
“Thank you, Sir Appreciated the quiet time through your video. Get things done before darkness sets in. Shelter built, wood cut and a fire going. Well Done!!”
You know you’ve done a great job if you don’t have to use your voice to explain what you are doing
“Dude never even thought about excess branch’s for a pillow filler (that is if that was the plan) Awsome vid man keep doing them.” Source
Making a good fire in the rain is a challenge to say the least. It is for certain a skill that many take for granted. Trying to make a fire in the pouring rain is something even the most experienced of preppers, and survivalist can struggle with.
In this very well done video an experienced bushcrafter shows you how to get a good fire going in the pouring rain. Hats off to this bushcrafter for making this video.
As you’ll discover he didn’t choose a light rain to demonstrate his skill. It’s coming down like cats, and dogs. This one is well worth your time to check out.
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When you’re out in the bush or in a survival situation you have to make do with what’s around you. Such is the case if you need to do some cooking, or perhaps boil some water, but you don’t have a stove. Enter the primitive bushcraft rocket stove.
This is a unique rocket stove that is made with clay, and sticks. Following the directions in the video you can have your rocket stove made and ready to go in just 35 minutes. This is totally awesome and knowing a bushcraft skill like this really comes in handy. What’s also really neat about this rocket stove is that it doesn’t need much wood to fuel a pretty hot fire.
Tinder fungus is also known as chaga. In addition to being an excellent tinder source it may be used in other ways as well.
A few of the the uses besides being a great fire maker is it is a light antiseptic, and a remedy for headaches. The smoke from chaga is an outstanding bug repellent.
Bugs absolutely hate this stuff! If you are cooking in the kitchen the smoke gets rid of bad odors. Last but not least chaga makes a very powerful tea that has medicinal purposes.
We’ve included a great article on the benefits of chaga tea below the video. Watch this video now and learn where, and how to locate this highly useful multi purpose fungus.
Chaga Mushroom Tea is Widely Considered a Powerful Anti-Cancer Beverage in Russia!
Chaga mushroom tea has long been considered a health elixir in Russia, Siberia and many northern European countries but has so far largely avoided the limelight in the Western world. This drink, derived from the irregularly-shaped and strange-looking mushrooms that grow along the barks of birch tree trunks in Russia and northern countries, has made a name for itself as a potent strengthener of the immune system and has shown great promise in the treatment of cancer.
The chaga mushroom has a black, solid, charcoal-like appearance, very much different from the appearance of the typical mushroom. It is parasitic in nature, and eventually contributes to the death of its host. The inside of the mushroom bears the color of rusted iron and has cream-colored veins. It has a texture that resembles that of a cork.
Chaga mushroom tea was introduced to much of the world by the Russian author Alexandr Solzhenitsyn through his novel ‘Cancer Ward’ where the main character is cured of cancer with help from this beverage. Curiosity about the chaga mushroom tea was thought to have increased as interest in Solzhenitsyn himself deepened in the West. The novel was thought to be autobiographical, as Solzhenitsyn likewise suffered from cancer himself.
Over the decades, there have been studies conducted in various parts of the world on the purported cancer-fighting abilities of the mushroom. In 1958, researchers in Russia and Finland found that chaga mushroom has potent fighting capabilities against cancer affecting the breast, the liver and the uterus. Japanese researchers meanwhile tested chaga extracts in the mid-1990s and came to the conclusion that cells exposed to such extracts were less likely to grow uncontrollably. Two years after that, Polish researchers were able to demonstrate that chaga inhibits tumor growth. And in 2005, Korean researchers were able to show that cells infused with chaga mushroom extracts were considerably more resistant to DNA damage upon exposure to oxidating agents.
The anti-cancer properties of chaga mushroom are said to be derived from the huge load of phytochemicals, polysaccharides and antioxidants that are naturally found within the herb. Many of these substances are also found in many types of medicinal mushrooms that are also thought to impart anti-cancer properties like reishi, cordyceps and shiitake. In addition, it is also a source of betulinic acid, a compound derived from the wood of the birch trees that typically host the mushrooms. Betulinic acid is said to help counter viral infections and fight tumors.
Traditionally, the chaga mushroom has been taken as a tea in Russia. The inner parts of the mushroom are typically shredded, then soaked and softened in cold water for a couple of hours. The water with the chaga essence is then saved and stored in a container while the softened mushrooms are further placed in a cup of hot water and allowed to stand for about two days at room temperature. After two days, the remnants of the chaga mushrooms are discarded and the resultant tea is combined with the stored essence to create a potent drink that can be taken (and believed to be effective) within four days. The tea is quite bitter, is slightly astringent, has a coffee-like flavor, but has no aftertaste.
While chaga mushroom tea is chiefly believed to be effective in fighting tumors, strengthening the immune system and promoting cellular health, it has likewise been used in folk medicine as treatment for pains, stomach problems, hypertension, viral infections, and diabetes. It has also grabbed some attention as a potential treatment for HIV.
While it is often described as free of side effects, it is best that patients with cancer and other ailments should always discuss the use of chaga mushroom with their physician so that it is used in a complementary method with their existing treatments.
Clearly, the world is yet to fully discover and realize the maximum potentials of the chaga mushroom tea in preventing, treating and even curing many of today’s most pervasive ailments and diseases. But it is worthwhile to note that many eons ago, the Chinese herbalist and monk Shen Nong has already declared and described chaga as a ‘precious gift of nature’ and ‘king of herbs’. He even classified chaga mushroom as a ‘superior herb’.
There seems to be a wellspring of evidence that the chaga mushroom indeed imparts valuable health benefits, particularly to those who suffer from cancer. The world may just need to study and evaluate the evidences thoroughly to truly unlock the health properties so that generations may fully realize the benefits of ‘nature’s precious gift’.
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If you are familiar with making, and using torches you know that they usually don’t last very long. This video proves that all torches are not created equal. This primitive bushcraft torch will last from 6-8 hours.
If you needed to you could also eat it. This is one of the best natural torches we’ve seen. The demo at the end of the video shows how durable the torch is. Try making one of these on your next camping, or hiking trip and keep it in your survival bag of tricks.
In this interesting, and informative video you are going to learn how to make an olive oil lamp using bush craft techniques. Why make an olive oil lamp? One good reason is if they should spill, they go out rather than setting everything on fire. This is one of the reasons olive oil lamps were used on ships.
Oil coming from plants are not as volatile as petroleum based products. It’s important to note that you should practice these skills at home and make them a part of your life…not just something you do a few weekends a year.
To practice your new skill you could make these olive oil lamps and give them as unique, and thoughtful gifts.
If you all of a sudden had to go out into the wilderness, or had only a few minutes to prepare for a survival situation what 10 survival items would you take with you? If you were to ask 10 people to make a list of what they would take you’d most likely get 10 different lists.
In this video a bushcraft expert reveals his 10 essential survival items, and why he selected them. Try making your own list and see how many of the items you select are on his list. In the comments section let everyone know what other items you would consider essential that are not mentioned in the video and why.
Here’s a Swedish bushcraft secret for carving spoons from wood. We think you’ll enjoy this amazing approach to spoon making. There is something quite special about hand-made wooden spoons. Follow these instructions, and you’ll have spoons that won’t give you splinters.
Sure you’d rather use a real spoon however if you ever need to make one you’ll know how to make these wood spoons. It’s a nice survival skill to know. This is a fun project, but does take some work.
It may turn out that you’ll enjoy making these spoons in your spare time as a hobby. Below this video we’ve include an article on spoon making if you want to learn more.
How to Make a Wooden Spoon
Spoon Making MaterialsA supply of hardwood (I use red oak and maple) is, of course, the first requirement for spoon carving. You should be able to scrounge all of this lumber that you’ll need from high school and college shop classes, furniture factories, or local lumberyards. These outfits often discard “spoon-sized” scraps, so they’re not likely to charge you for ’em. At least, I’ve never had to pay for my materials.
You’ll also need a few basic tools … though how many you require will depend upon your talent and patience. I use a wood rasp, a good pocketknife (it must take and hold a keen edge), an X-Acto handle with a replaceable gouge blade coarse and fine sand paper, and a handsaw. The latter isn’t absolutely necessary, but it sure comes in handy once in a while.
How to Make a Wooden Spoon, Step By Step
Sometimes the idea of putting tools to wood can be more intimidating than the actual job ever will. Because of this, I’ve found it best to just “jump right in.” You should, however, draw a “pattern” or two on your piece of board (let the grain and color of the wood do most of the design work for you). And don’t expect the sketch to be just like your finished product … the shape will change as the spoon “comes out” of the lumber.
This is a pretty cool project that we’re sure you’ll want to try. Turning an old putty knife into a bushcraft survival knife is a fairly easy project. You’ll also have fun making your knife.
When completed you’ll have a bushcraft knife that you’ll be proud to own, and show your your friends. Make sure that you begin your project with a putty knife that has a thick heavy duty blade for best results.
Here’s how to make a small bushcraft knife from an old heavy duty putty knife. This will only work with the putty knives that have a thick heavy duty blade. Go ahead and watch the video now to see how it’s made.
Imagine being able to make a survival campfire that will keep you warm, and toasty all night long without having to to any additional work after you get it set up and going. Believe me you will be glad you learned how to do this.
If you ever get caught out in the woods without a shelter, and fire, and think you can deal it fairly easily and keep warm you may want to think twice about what’s really involved.
If you’ve never been out in the woods without a shelter, and fire you’ll find it’s more difficult than you might think. Trying to keep warm all night usually takes a lot of work, and you don’t get much sleep. It takes a lot of wood, and normally half of you is warm, while the other half of you is cold.
We’re going to show you how to avoid all those problems. This video is about making a long term fire that doesn’t require you to maintain it throughout the night. You’ll be exited to try this on your next camping trip, or put it in your bag of survival knowledge.
In the video Ashley Cawley shares the tools he uses most often. It’s interesting to note that he does not carry all the tools shown here every time he goes out. He selects the tools he’s most likely to use on an outing.
Your survival kit need not be elaborate. You need only functional items that will meet your needs and a case to hold the items. For the case, you might want to use a bandage box, soap dish, tobacco tin, first-aid case, ammunition pouch, or another suitable case. This case should be—
Water-repellent or waterproof.
Easy to carry or attach to your body.
Suitable to accept various-sized components.
Your survival kit should be broken down into the following categories:
Each category should contain items that allow you to sustain your basic needs. For example, water—you should have items that allow you to scoop up, draw up, soak up, or suck up water; something to gather rainwater, condensation, or perspiration; something to transport water; and something to purify or filter water. Some examples of each category are as follows:
Water—purification tablets, non-lubricated condoms for carrying water, bleach, povidone-iodine drops, cravats, sponges, small plastic or rubber tubing, collapsible canteens or water bags.
Fire—lighter, metal match, waterproof matches, magnesium bar, candle, magnifying lens.
Shelter—550 parachute cord, large knife, machete or hatchet, poncho, space blanket, hammock, mosquito net, wire saw.
Food—knife, snare wire, fishhooks, fish and snare line, bouillon cubes or soup packets, high-energy food bars, granola bars, gill or yeti net, aluminum foil, freezer bags.
Medical—oxytetracycline tablets (to treat diarrhea or infection), surgical blades or surgical preparation knife, butterfly sutures, lip balm, safety pins, sutures, antidiarrheal medication (imodium), antimalarial medication (doxycycline), broad-spectrum antibiotics (rocephin and zithromax) and broad spectrum topical ophthalmic (eye) antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen), petrolatum gauze, and soap. Medical items may make up approximately 50 percent of your survival kit.
To build an Apache foothold trap all that is necessary in the way of materials is a rope, a knife and some sticks. Dig a hole about twenty inches deep and about a foot in diameter, and gather about a dozen one-inch thick sticks.
At about 9 inches from the bottom of the hole you have dug, pound the sticks into the side of the hole horizontally to form a circle, with the opening about 5 inches in diameter at the ends of the sticks.
Take a knife and shave a point onto the end of each stick. At about 18 inches from the bottom of the hole, repeat the procedure with a new set of sticks.
Take a very sturdy piece of rope and tie one end to a tree, and on the other end tie a slipknot to the size of the circumference of the hole, and place it on top of the higher set of pointed sticks,
Cover the hole with leaves or grass to disguise the trap, and cover the rope running from the hole to the tree with leaves as well.
The basic idea is that an animal will step through the slipknot in the trap, and as it struggles to get loose from the sticks in the hole the slipknot will tighten around the animal’s leg, thus trapping it.
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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.
Make your own char cloth
Start a fire using char cloth and a ferro-rod (It’s easy, You’ll be surprised!). Note that you don’t have to get a full-fledged fire rolling. Once you get your tinder to ignite (usually some dried grass or hay), you can call it a win and stamp the thing out with your foot. If you want to actually build a full-fledged fire, do this in one of the fire-pits and move on.
Find and process tinder fungus that grows in your area. Repeat step 2 using tinder fungus instead of char-cloth
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a piece of high-carbon steel and a very hard rock (e.g. flint).
Start a fire with a magnifying glass. The same details from step 2 apply here as well.
Start a fire with a fire-bow or fire-plow. Set an afternoon aside and do this in your back yard with a glass of cool lemonade nearby.
Camping stoves are usually tolerated outside of designated fire pits, so you can always construct a penny stove and cook stuff with that. It’s not the same, but it’s a good trick to keep up your sleeve. Besides, there’s a satisfying DIY component.
Alternatives to public parks
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:
Do not, under any circumstances, light a fire. (You’ll get hammered with fines when you’re inevitably caught)
Have some sort of obnoxious signalling system handy. Camouflage is good (and fun), but you want to be found if shit and fan meet. At a minimum, I suggest having:
A whistle (the loudest, most offensive motherfucker you can find. Avoid those with the little balls inside and opt for something similar to a Fox40)
A bright, reflective construction vest or something similar.
Tell someone you trust where you’ll be and when you expect to return. You should always do this, but it becomes even more important when you’re going out of your way to avoid detection.
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:
You won’t hunt.
You won’t trap without asking for permission first.
You wont make a fire unless they’re okay with that. If you make a fire, you’ll take all the necessary precautions.
You’ll give them a heads-up before going out on their property each time.
You’ll give them your contact information so that they can get in touch with you if need be.
The third option is to find lands owned and maintained by one of the following organizations, and negotiate with those entities.
The Boy Scouts of America run a number of camps which they may (or may not) give you permission to use in the off-season. Here is such an example.
Lands owned and operated by the civil air patrol (or another similar SAR group) may be tolerant or understanding of your needs.
Here is some outstanding advice on practicing bushcraft right near your home.
Making a bushcraft survival kit can be an expensive proposition. However after a lot of time and research we have come up with a bushcraft survival kit that you can make for $50 plus. or minus a few dollars.
The items shown in the video below are basically bigger, longer lasting items that address the needs of survival in much the same way as a pocket survival kit. Obviously prices/availability may differ in your part of the world, but hopefully this will give you a good idea of what to look for.
Please keep in mind this is a starter/ low cost kit, and things can be upgraded as you are able. Get used to using something and then get better quality when you learn. A few items additional items we would recommend adding at some point are bug spray and sting ease. Anyone who has spent a night or two out in the woods knows the pain and suffering mosquitoes cause. Some time it’s the little things that really make life hell out in the woods.
Other small items that may be included are few very small and cheap things like, fish hooks, sewing needle, Mon filiment, or high test sewing thread, cheap mylar space blanket, clear plastic painters tarp for solar still or super shelter, etc. but all in all this will get you started in making your bushcraft survival kit.
Video: How To Make A 10 Piece Bushcraft Survival Kit for $50 (give, or take)
Finding edible wild food is fundamental bushcraft skill that every survivalist should be proficient in. Okay, so you can make a shelter for the night, you know how to start fire, and you’ve got a source of water that will keep you going.
However if you don’t have a food source you’re going to be hungry, and not able to think straight. In this post you’ll discover how to find all sorts of things you can eat, and where to find them. Make sure to watch the video below.
Bushcraft like improvising a shelter, making a weapon, or producing fire are basics that one must have in case of being lost or isolated in the wild. These skills maybe necessary but what is most important is knowing what you can eat when you are out there.
If you eat, most likely you will have the mental capacity to think of other ways to survive. Food will keep you calm and supply the energy that you might need to move from one point to another or face life threatening situations.
In the wild, there are basic survival food categories. What you can get will primarily depend on your location and the tools that you have with you. Here are the foods that you may have in the wild:
The rule of thumb in the wild is that if it tastes like blueberry, strawberry, or raspberry, most likely it is.
Wild berries maybe the most basic bushcraft food that you have to be aware of. You may want to find out other substitutes like june berries, wild currants, rose hips, cranberries, blackberries, wild cherries, winter green berries, bear berries, and thimble berries.
Foods from the Water
If you are in North America, it will be easy to remember that all freshwater fish are safe to consume. Even with your bare hands, you can catch small fish if you can find the right spot to wait for them. Wait for them where they commonly swim or lead them to shallow water where you can easily trap them. You may also improvise a line for fishing and use worms or insects as baits.
Other choices may be obtained from lakes and streams. You can pick up shell fish like mussels, clams, or mollusks and boil them. You can also have crayfish with their meaty tails.
Insects and Bugs
Some insects may cause you harm. You might want to stay with grasshoppers and wood grubs. You can find grasshopper in grasslands and the wood grubs in rotting big logs. They are a great source of protein and you can prepare them by removing the wings and legs. You can make a tasty barbecue out of these crunchy crawlers.
It might be next to impossible to capture wild birds without the proper weapon but it is worth a try. If you have a gun or the bushcraft bola then you can give it a try. There are birds that nests on the ground and it will take a few rock throws to capture them.
You can also go for the eggs that are left in the nests on tree tops or those which lay on the ground. It will be very easy to improvise and cook these eggs.
It will be very difficult to take down a large mammal if you don’t have a gun. It will still be quite a challenge if you have spears or other bushcraft weapons. The priority will be to meet you basic survival needs like shelter and fire. Try to look for easier catches like those mentioned above before attempting to go for the big catch.
Small animals like the porcupine though can be hunted using a sizeable rock. Be careful of the spines and clean them from the underside. They can be tasty as well and a good source of protein to help your muscles while in the wild.
From bugs, birds, and mammals, you have to think of how you can use bushcraft or your wilderness skills to make sure that you have a good food source for the day. Remember that eating will be key to your survival in the wild.
Any good survivalist will tell you that building a fire is one of the most important skills you can learn. If you can’t start a fire you’re in big trouble.
If you are prepared you’ll most likely have all the items you need such you as a lighter, wood stick matches, a can of gas. However bushcrafters pride themselves on being able to make fire using their own hands.
Every Prepper, and survivalist needs to know how to create a friction fire. Bushcraft fire starting, or creating a friction fire is very difficult at best, and many experienced survivalist struggle with this from time to time.
This report we’ve put together will help you hone your fire starting skills.
Watch the following video now, and read the tutorial (below the video) to learn some outstanding bow drill tips.
Using the bow-drill method
Before you start your bushcraft fire you will need to collect some dry wood, leaves and foliage from the surrounding area to use as fuel for your campfire. Keep these items as dry as possible. To light a bushcraft fire you will need to create friction. Taking to sticks of wood and rubbing them together will create friction, but this will take far to long to light any campfire. One of the better alternatives for lighting your bushcraft fire is the bow-drill method. To make a bushcraft fire using the bow-drill method you will need to collect the following items from the surrounding area: –
o 1 X 8″ long stick (drill) – hardwood o 1 x 24″ long stick (sturdy sapling capable of bending into a bow) o 1 x flat stone (approx. 3″ round with small indent) or wood with notch in middle. o 1 x flat peace of wood approx. 12″ long and 4″ wide o 1 x Length of Para cord or bootlace. o Tinder such as Maya dust or cotton wool
1. Take the 8″ stick (drill) and sharpen one end to a point like a pencil then round of the other end. 2. Take the 24″ sapling stick and fix the bootlace to one end. 3. Twist the bootlace once around the dowel stick, tie the remaining end of bootlace to the other end of sapling stick to form a bow. 4. Next take the flat peace of wood approx. 12″ long and 4″ wide and make a small notch on the side with your bushcraft knife. The rounded end of the drill will sit onto this notch. 5. Place the flat peace of wood on to level ground and place tinder into and around the notch. 6. Whilst kneeling on one knee hold the wood in position with your other boot. 7. Hold the bow and drill in one hand with rounded end of drill placed into the notch. 8. Place the indented stone onto the pointed end of the drill and apply downward pressure. 9. Slowly use a sawing motion, moving the bow back and forth allowing the drill to spin and generate friction, which in turn will create heat and then fire. If the drill is not moving freely release downward pressure slightly. 10. You will need to increase speed until the tinder begins to smoulder.
When you have a smouldering bushcraft fire, you can start to slowly add the dry wood, leaves and foliage. Do not add too much until you are sure your buscraft fire is going well. Remember to keep a stock of wood near by to keep adding to you campfire. Article Source
Below is a Bow Drill Tutorial by survival instructor Kevin Estela that we thought you might enjoy.
This is an extreme survival skill that may come in handy one day. What we’re going to do is learn how to build strong shelter in a wet forest. Another potentially life saving skill you’ll learn is the correct way to light a match.
Should you get down to your last match and you need to start a fire with it you’ll see the correct way to do it.
One the first steps we need to take in building our extreme survival shelter is to make sure we have a couple of strong trees to support a ridge pole. This will also allow you to lean a roof on it.
In the video below you will learn how to build a raised bed that will keep you off the freezing ground. Two important tips to note to build your shelter is that you will need a good cutting tool such as an axe, and a lot of firewood. Your going to be tying everything together using spruce roots which should be readily available.
Building your shelter takes a lot of work, so you want to make sure you do it right the first time. You don’t want to go back and have to redo it.
A few other things to consider are to be organized, take whatever time you need to get it right. Make sure not to rush the job. Rushing through it may cause you to injure yourself.
One of the benefits of this shelter is that you will be able to make it water proof with relative ease using moss. The roof that you create needs to be at a fairly steep angle to be able to shed potential heavy rain.
The shelter you are building comes complete with a bed. The video shows you how to make a raised bed, and how to make it soft using spruce bows. You’ll even learn how to create a pillow.
Building this extreme survival shelter this way pays off big time when you are able to build your fire in front of it which will allow you to sleep without a sleeping bag. I think you’ll agree it’s not exactly the Hilton hotel, but it sure beats sleeping out in the open.
Make sure to watch the video to get all the details. Watch the video to the end to learn how to light a match correctly if it’s you’re last one. Could be a life saver.