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shaunx

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shaunx says:

eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

 Has anyone every tried this type of trip out before, I saw a program called "Reel Wars" and "Hugh's Hungry Boys" and in both these programs the subjects could only eat what they caught, forgaed or hunted. It looked like such a rewarding experience, as you really get to explore the land (as opposed to sticking to trails or just following a map). I say this because, in this type of trip you travel slower, exploring various environments for food and therefore taking a lot more of the land and wildlife in.

Back to the question, has anyone tried this type of trip, and if so, could you tell me your experience of it (ie were there more hungry nights than full ones, etc...) If you haven't been on this type of trip, would you like to try it, etc... Basically any thoughts on the subject

Thanks Shaun
 
arch

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arch says:

RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

Yes, this chap tried it.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2089634/Bear-Grylls-survival-challenge-man-dead-remote-Scottish-mountain-hut.html

Hope you have better luck.

ElizabethS

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ElizabethS says:

RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

Hunt, do you mean poach unless you have the landowner's permission (except for rabbits)?

diolch

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diolch says:

RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

I tried this with some friends; over 3 days we managed to tickle just 2 trout, snared nothing and filled up with cabbage & swede pinched from a field. Yeuch.

That was 50 years ago and we were never tempted to try again - if you stuck your hand under a stream bank now you'd probably lose a finger to a mink.

  

Diolch
twiglegs

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twiglegs says:

RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

Depends on your knowledge and experience.

I've often picked a couple of pounds of mushrooms in autumn, berries about a plenty too, so given the right conditions it's possible.

Would i like to try it?, not really.

"Technically, Everest was quite easy, in comparison with something like Grindslow knoll, for example". - Sir Edmund Percival Hillary
billyblue

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billyblue says:

RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

nor me!, spend to much time mucking about, and less time enjoying the hill's. nothing like a rucksack full of goodies--yum! yum!====

mickjaggersbestmate

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RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

Tried a bit of foraging once (mostly in bins) found a few discarded sandwiches and half a banana. Empty crisp packets are often allready filled with water and these then act as a container to drink out of. The downside of my forage trips is that I would often come home with the most violent case of vomiting and diarrhea, I have had mouth-sores as well as a cloudy-eye from eating some road-kill (and of course diarrhea) I have had my stomach pumped too after a eating a mushroom...turned out to be a toadstool! (who can tell?) I often have terrible heart-burn and indigestion, my burbs smell like sht and my farts (which are VERY loose!) smell much worse!

However, this doesn't cost me a penny (except for the prescription anti-biotics and bus trip to and from hospital)  Could I live of foraging.....probably not.

'The Only Way is UP!'....Yazoo!
mike509

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mike509 says:

RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

does anyone on here care about bushcraft i think not, i like to backpack with food, but if you go in spring or summer and your in an area with good forest and water you should be able to live off the land, dont just think it will be easy tho, infact take atleast 2 days worth of food with you incase you do find yourself in the middle of no where without food, the link above is bullshit you wont die, maybe if your realy stupid you will that guy probs didnt have a warm sleeping bag, find some birch tree make a fire maybe tap them in spring for some sap, gather mushrooms (penny buns), nuts and neetles are good with some butter n salt on them, berrys and fruits are good, pine needle tea at nightime always a good drink, you could maybe fish if you get a permit, grey squirrel and some pigeons should be fine to be hunted, rabbits im not too sure about, cat tail root is good eating, if your gonna do this i would say do it in a remote part of scotland, england you arnt even aloud to camp cause our rules are ****, english rangers are mostly pricks thats what i've found.......just go out there have fun find yourself thats what its all about.

its about the journey not the destination
DarkSideOfTheMoon

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RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

The guy in the link tried to stay in the wilderness for a year, was very well equipped and had attended survival classes and bushcraft classes. I know a guy who stayed in the woods for 3 months living off berries etc and fishing in the local reservoir, he never got caught but I'm not saying I'ts a good idea. This guy was an ex marine mountain leader so he had good experience.                                                                                                                                                                                             My tip would be if you are doing it find an area which is in comfortable walking distance, say maybe a days walk from potential help., make a semi- permenant shelter and campsite. Research on the local foods sources and do it in the summer. If you don't get enough food, the chance of you freezing to death because of no fuel in your body and bitter weather will be far less likely. If I wasn't training just now I would give it a bash, never hurts to try it if you are sensible. Oh the above post some good advice, but take more so your first day your well fed and you have a bit extra. If you get to your last days meal, pack up and head home just to be safe,. 

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camprunner

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camprunner says:

RE: eating only what you catch, forage and hunt hiking trip

Sounds like  a fantastic way to lose a few pounds! Thanks for the suggestion! 

Nora "Mini Caravan Adventurers in Europe"

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