With all that was said in the previous section; do not under value food. Your body needs fuel to run efficiently. Even a day or two without food will affect how you think and move. If you’ve never experienced going without food for a few days, try a fast and see how quickly you start to get goofy. It becomes difficult to concentrate or focus and your mind feels as if it’s in a fog.
- Become familiar with easy to identify edible plants in your area. While wild edibles don’t generally offer a lot of calories to give you tons of energy, they do benefit you with vitamins and minerals that can keep your body working as it’s supposed to and keep your immune system operating.
- Mammals, fish, snakes and birds are food sources in a survival situation. Know which are available in your area and familiarize yourself with how to butcher and prepare them. Also note that all bird eggs are edible if you happen upon a nesting area. You need proteins and fats, if your squeamish, get over it.
- Speaking of getting over it and not being squeamish… Insects. Grasshoppers, crickets, worms and grubs can be found most anywhere and all are a source of much needed nutrients and really aren’t that bad once you get past the thought of what you just put into your mouth. Currently, I live in a desert area and along with grasshoppers and crickets there are a lot of scorpions that also provide protein and fat (remove the stinger first).
- Now matter what critter I am eating in the wild, I have a couple of guidelines that I follow: 1. Unless under extreme circumstances I don’t eat anything that I haven’t killed. If I don’t know how it died, I don’t eat it. 2. Check the liver when butchering it. If the liver looks healthy, it should be fine. Spots on the liver or any kind of cyst or growth… I don’t eat it. 3. While the heart, liver and kidneys are fine, I don’t eat any other innards for fear of parasites and since the discovery of CWD, I avoid brains out of fear of prions.
- Cook critters well in the wild. This especially applies to ground dwelling rodents and mammals.