Humans need water to sustain themselves, long before food becomes an absolute necessity, but if you have ever pondered a situation where you are alone in the wilderness, you probably first thought about food and shelter. Learning how to find food in the wild is a valuable outdoor survival skill.
We are so accustomed to the luxury and convenience of walking over to the fridge. And grabbing a snack or cruising through the drive-through of the local restaurant that finding food in the great outdoors seems frightening to many individuals.
In reality, nature often provides foods that are nourishing if you know where to look. Granted, these items may not taste as delectable and palatable as a cheeseburger or steak made-to-order, but they do provide necessary nourishment and energy to survive.
Plants are a form of nourishment if you know which ones are edible and safe. Learn about plants and their edible parts by reading up on the topic or taking a hike with an experienced guide. Be wary of any unknown plants that may cause a harmful reaction.
Do be aware that some parts of plants may be edible while other parts of the plant are not. Focus on studying specific plants that are abundant in your area of travel. Learn which plants are edible and what varieties are poisonous in your region.
Animals are another option for food when it comes to survival. Humans need protein to survive and nature often provides wild animals for this purpose. If you are alone in the wilderness, you can trap animals for food. Also, if surface water is available in the area, fishing is a great option.
If animal trapping and hunting isn’t your specialty, it is important to learn about this outdoor survival skill before you actually need it. Fishing requires some technique, as well. Learn from watching survival shows, reading from books or the internet, or first-hand from someone experienced in the trade.
Preparation of the fish and game is equally as important as knowing how and where to find the animals. Learning the fish that are safe to eat, for example is an outdoor survival skill, but knowing how to prepare the fish is a completely different task at hand. Some fish are safe to eat raw, but others, must be cooked.
Insects and worms are other forms of nutrition in the wild. These animals are often abundant in most any environment. Learn what types of bugs are safe for eating. Worms and insects can provide valuable protein.
To survive, you will probably need to open your mind to new forms of food that are initially unappealing to you. Getting over the unappetizing idea is one of the largest issues for survivors, but it can be done in an emergency.
To be adequately prepared for an outdoor survival situation, you must learn the survival skills necessary to find food. Educate yourself about edible plants, wild game, and safe fish. Once you are knowledgeable about what you can eat, then it is important to learn how to prepare the food for consumption. This information can save your life in an emergency outdoor survival situation.