The Lost Art of Bushcraft Survival

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The lost ways, that our Ancestors used as bushcraft survival tactics to keep their families alive. The Days of old. When men had to be men. Bushcraft, the lost art of being self-reliant. Outdoorsman mastery. What you ate depending on what you caught, killed, grew or gathered.

Thank goodness today we don’t have to do that. To eat, all we need to do is go to a grocery store or our favorite restaurant. But what if our local grocery stores went out of business?

What if we had to rely only on what we had?

Going back to how our ancestors had to live. Would your family be able to survive? Could you be able to provide for your family?

These are some questions that you need to ask yourself and be honest. Your family could have to rely on you. Rely only on what you caught, killed or grew to live.

Would you be prepared? Do you know what to do? Would you have to rely on someone else to provide for your family or could you step up to the plate to provide?

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That is exactly what our great grandfather’s and their grandfather’s had to do back in the day. Their families relied on what was caught, killed or grown in order to survive.

What if there was an economic decline?

Do not think it can happen? Remember the Great Depression of the early 1900’s? That is exactly what happened. Everybody lost everything and had to rely on what they produced using skills passed down from their ancestors.

What if the government collapsed? Happens all over the world, every year, every day. People having to do without because their government could not sustain.

A food epidemic?

Where grocery stores, cannot get good produce or meet? Plagues on crops, droughts, disease, regulations and many other contributing factors when it comes to supply and demand.

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What would you do?

What would your family do?

These are some things to really put some serious thought to.

In this series, hopefully, we’ll be able to narrow down to some more specific ideas. It is not designed to scare you but make you think about the “what if”. The skills that you will need to know. Skill sets that will come in handy not only during a catastrophic event but in some emergency situations.

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For example, you and your kids are out in the woods and become lost? Would you be able to make it out? Would you be able to survive in the amount of time that it takes for you to get rescued?

Hunting, fishing, gathering needed essentials, building a shelter and survival preparedness is what it will take to be able to get you out of a sticky situation. Like the lost art of bushcraft and homesteading that our great, great grandparents’ had to do to survive.

They had no refrigerators, freezers, vacuum sealers, supermarkets or any of the convenience luxuries we have.

21 basic wilderness survival skills that might save your life

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They could not grab their smartphone or computer and Google “How to” whatever skill they needed. The skill was passed down to them from their parents and grandparents. They had to learn and put them into action. These lost ways of survival bushcraft and homestead living have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries all the way back to the beginning of time.

Wouldn’t you feel better having the assurance you will have the skills you will need in your toolbox for just about every situation?

Do you wish your parents and grandparents would have continued this tradition with you?

I know I sure wished they would have for me. If they did, like with Wes A. our co-founder (lucky dog), you are a step ahead. However, if you were like me, which my grandparents taught me nothing of the lost ways of bushcraft survival that they were taught, then you are just as eager to learn as I am.bushcraft_survival_lumberjack_pin

That is what we are going to learn. Skills like making:

  • Pemmican – The first MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), created by Native American Indians, to sustain energy and long shelf life.
  • Fire – how to make one in any condition without the use of gas or lighters.
  • Sharpen Tools – keeping knives and hatchet sharp with minimal tools.
  • Self Feeding Fire – to make sure you can sleep through the night at your next campsite and not worry about adding logs to the fire.
  • Medicine out of Foliageplants and weeds that can help heal your ailments when you do not have access to medicines.
  • Many others…

We are all on this journey together and we were going to learn together.

I don’t claim to be an expert, nor do I want anybody to think that I’m an expert. I’m just an average guy, with kids, who likes to be outdoors and who wants to be prepared for whatever life can throw at me. Whether that be a catastrophic event or simply just being lost in the woods for a couple days. I want to know that I, and my family, can make it through.

Skills that can save you and your families’ lives are invaluable. Learning to sharpen these skills and learn new ones along the way. This is the beginning of this series to get us back to survive like our ancestors did for the “just in case”.

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This does not mean, you have to go off the grid and become one of those “crazy preppers”, wearing a tin foil hat, waiting for the world to come to an end, fighting off rats and zombies. I like my comforts that technology provides for me and my family, however, this series is to build a toolbox full of skills so “if” those luxuries cease to exist we know how to survive.
As God provided for our ancestors he will provide for us, but we must make an effort to prepare. We must take what God has given us and learn from the past.

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3

Solomon, (noted by history as being the wisest man ever to live) states that a wise man (person) sees bad things before they happen and adverts away to keep himself safe (preparing for the bad) but the simple (not wise – foolish person) continues on their way (not preparing) and the bad will catch up to them. Have a game plan for bad situations when they arise.

The Bible gives us several instances where survival plans were given by God.

  • God gave the children of Israel, Joseph who through several trials, tribulations and interpretation, the job to oversee the storage of grain in Egypt to withstand the famine.
  • He gave Noah and his family exact plans to build an ark and to prepare to withstand the flooding rains to come.
  • David fled to the wilderness and caves after King Saul put out a warrant for his head. He had to rely on what he was taught by his ancestors to survive the countryside.

The lost art of bushcraft survival tactics is all through the biblical stories.

Hunting and fishing for food. Shipwrecks, living in the wilderness and collecting wild produce to survive. Caves, huts, tents for shelter and fires for warmth. All given by God and past down to generations for thousands of years.

We can learn from the past and apply it to our everyday lives so if the day comes you will know to do.

Let’s learn together and fill that void making sure we can survive almost every situation.

What do you want to learn?

What skills do you think you will need to make sure you and your family will survive “when it hits the fan”?

Let’s Begin the Journey – Beginner Bushcraft

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