A LESSON IN SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability is one of the most important aspects of any survival plan. Food stores and water supplies dwindle the longer you are forced to live in a bug out situation. It’s for this reason that learning to find sustainable sources of food is so important for the long-term well-being of you and your family. Hunting is an excellent way to accomplish this, but hunting takes up a lot of time and energy.
Tracking game, stalking, and hopefully landing a kill shot make hunting a difficult survival skill to master. Even the best hunters aren’t successful all the time.
This means expending lots of energy without a guaranteed result. Another sustainable food source is trapping. A skilled trapper can obtain just as much food as an experienced hunter but without expending nearly as much energy. Another plus is that once the traps are set, the trapper is free to complete other survival related tasks while the food comes to him or her.
There’s also the security benefits of trapping.
During the aftermath of a crisis, there will be thousands, maybe even millions, of people who were not prepared to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Discharging a firearm could let these people hone in on your location and ultimately result in a confrontation that you would be better off avoiding if possible.
Trapping is silent, effective, and sustainable. What’s not to like? In this guide, you will learn how the basics of trapping your own food. From modern live traps to ancient Native American techniques, there are plenty of ways to capture your own food with a few simple materials (many of which can be sourced directly from the wilderness). You will also learn some of the basic techniques required to become a proficient trapper. It’s not as simple as just randomly placing traps in the woods.
You need to learn how to find and maintain trap lines.
A trap line is the art of placing traps in areas where animals travel frequently. By learning how to look for animal sign, you will locate the best places to put your traps and greatly improve your chances of success in the field. Although this guide is meant to teach you about trapping equipment and techniques, it’s also worth pointing out the bigger picture when it comes to food sustainability.
Trapping should not be your only option just as hunting or fishing shouldn’t be. The idea here is that variety is the absolute best way to reliably procure food during a survival situation. By combining hunting, fishing, and trapping techniques, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot guarantee survival even in the worst of circumstances.