Wilderness Survival – Do like the animals

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In a wilderness Survival situation, animals can provide you with not only food, but valuable knowledge. Animals are experts at survival, they have adapted to their environment and can give you clues on what to do.

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Animals, just like people, require food, water, and shelter to survive. By keeping an eye on what the native animals are doing, you can find sources of water and food. Try to find out when, where, and what they eat and drink.

While Animals can provide you with valuable knowledge of your environment, keep in mind some animals can eat plants that may be poisonous to you. It’s still a good idea to test anything before you eat it.

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  1. Sandyra says:

    As an example of what we can learn from the animals, for one of the best techniques for keeping warm & building emergency shelters, go look at a squirrel’s nest.

  2. N.Mich says:

    Birds can alert you to what’s going on. Blue Jays will squak at any threat, and just about anything moving around the woods too. They’re the tattletales of the forest. A flushed pheasant, quail, and grouse makes a lot of noise – if you didn’t flush it out, something else must have.

    No wildlife noises can also be a clue. Most stop their activity if somethings not normal. Using the same reasoning, if you thought you heard/saw something, but see/hear the normal wildlife activity in that direction then it probably safe to say it wasn’t a person.

  3. mike says:

    Im having a real hard time out here in the world,I had a business partership split that left me high-and-dry….and now Im having a real hard time getting back on my feet,Im alone with very few friends and family,Im worried that I might become homeless,and I just don’t know how to handle that. If i find myself homeless,I would try and go to the wilderness some where,any tip on the wilderness thing? thanks Mike.

    • jeremiah says:

      hey mike my name is jeremiah. Im going out in the wilderness my self here in a while and am looking for someone to go with me. get back to me if your interested.

      • dude says:

        Yaaay my generation found an open mind :)

      • Don says:

        Hello Jeremiah,
        My name is Don and I am always looking to head out into the woods. I am in florida.

    • deal says:

      Man up get any job u can find and work your ass off giving up is not a option

      • Jake says:

        Hey, it’s a tough economy and it isn’t easy to find a job. He’s asking for advice helpful advice on wilderness survival which makes sence he would come here. No one wants to here your Bulls**t. And screw your “man up” crap I bet half the girls on here are tougher than you.

    • garrett says:

      i think if u do that u need to do some survival reserch like books and videos and learn what u can use out in nature to aid in ur survival like porcupines they are slow and die easy so thats like 40 pounds of meat right there i would recomend 2 books 98.6 degrees by cody lundin and survive by les stroud also top 5 things to bring 1 a knife 2 shelter 3 a way to boil water 4 a way to make fire and 5 a way to hunt or fish
      good luck Mike

  4. MaddCelt says:

    Mike,

    Having lived a great deal of time homeless, I know a bit on surviving such a situation.

    1. Swallow your pride. Pride will not feed you, cloth you, keep you dry. Stand tall, keep your head up but know when to accept help. Work at McDonalds, temp jobs, any place that will pay you.

    2. Know your area. Stay in the city if you do not know the wilds, stay in the wilds if you do not know the cities. Know what resources are available to you. Know where the free resources are, food, shelter, clothing and medical care. If something is not available for free, learn where you can get it as cheap as possible. It was not uncommon, in my travels, to hit the dumpsters of grocery stores when I could not find food elsewhere and was seldom hungry for long.

    3. Travel as light as you can. It makes upkeep easier and less to keep an eye on. If you have to stay in a shelter you will want to be able to protect what you have from others wanting it more. When looking for or working you will not be burdened as much with your possessions or worry about keeping them in a safe place.

    4. Avoid the shifters. These are people who shack up together for as long as they can before they are evicted. Do not agree to paying half unless you know they are good for it. Support yourself and yourself only.

    5. Volunteer. An odd thing to add to this list but volunteering can get you quite a bit. During my time Homeless in Seattle, I volunteered to do security watch at the shelters I stayed in. This got me in while the others stood in long lines and I was never turned away as others had been. If I missed a day, I didn’t have to start over because they knew I was worth my salt, so to speak and when perks were available, I was always included in them because of my willingness to volunteer.

    6. Do not dwell on the past and what you had. This is one of two serious problems newly homeless face, the other is keeping to old ways. What you had is no more, dwelling on it will keep you from looking forward and dealing with the present. What you did in the past cannot be done in the present. Hitting up Starbucks because you have a few extra bucks, smoking packs a day, eating only name brands, dressing in the best only. Doing this will not only drain anything you may may have, but it will also fuel the feeling of loss you will be hit with when you cannot keep it up.

    7. And stay away from drugs and alcohol. If you have to stay in a shelter, you will see all too well the logic behind this.

    I hope you never need to use this advice and things improve.

    • John Soderberg says:

      This is very good advice.. Word fore word.. I’ve been there.. Have a Blessed Day.!!!

  5. Joe says:

    look for hotels with ‘happy hours’ like Holiday Inn, whereyou buy one drink (coke/7up is OK) and sit around for two hours gobbling up their tacos or other offerings.

  6. lara says:

    I wonder what job you had in the past and how you could use those skills to find work. There are free resources out there as well to help you with you and assistance with gas to get to interviews, JobCorps also here in Florida there is a website called Employflorida.com that has thousands of jobs available and you can post your resume.
    also, what about extended family? It seems its always been a punchline how, for instance, Chinese families live in a one room apartment but there are 8 people living there. My point is, as a nation, we need to realize that we have a responsibility to take care of our own. We need to learn to be ‘uncomfortable’ for the sake of the bigger picture. A two bedroom apartment or home can fit a family of 12!! If every adult in that situation had a job that paid $8/hr. And lets say there are 6 adults..thats $48/hr being brought into the home! If we focused more on bringing our elderly parents, siblings and their families together we could work together and hopefully chip away at the enormous amount of poverty that is flowing over this country like a tsunami. Government jobs have grown and taxes will have to go up to pay those salaries, so as a people we need to say enough and stop relying on big brother, whomever he may be, and start at home.
    Good luck and please find, dig, beg for other options than hitting the streets. You can be so much more than that.

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