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9 Improvised Hunting Weapons for Fish and Game in the Wild

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9 Improvised Hunting Weapons for Fish and Game in the Wild
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We always assume we’ll have a rifle when hunting, but in a survival situation, we may be lucky to have a pocket knife.

A rifle is the standard, contemporary tool or weapon for almost any hunting situation. It’s a highly sophisticated weapon customized with scopes and by caliber for a variety of game species and sizes. But hunting without a rifle is a whole different story and it’s not as hard as it sounds.

Lessons from Our Ancestors

Our primitive ancestors successfully hunted for thousands of years without the firepower we typically take into the fields and forests when hunting. They often hunted in groups, but solitary hunters also found great success, although smaller game tended to be the target of the lone hunter.

A Multiple Weapon Strategy

Primitive hunters left nothing to chance and would often carry multiple weapon types to take down and kill game. Some of these weapons could be used at a distance to cripple or incapacitate an animal long enough for a hunter to close in and finish it off. There were also middle-distance weapons and close quarter weapons.

A Game Strategy for the Solitary Hunter

There are cave paintings showing primitive groups of men hunting everything from Mammoths to Bison and Caribou. A very brave and dangerous undertaking for any group and mostly impossible for a solitary hunter. A lone hunter tended to scale-down their choice of prey to smaller and less dangerous animals. These included:

  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Birds
  • Racoons and Possum
  • Mice
  • Chipmunks
  • Frogs
  • Snakes
  • Crawfish and fish
  • Turtles

These animals may not fall into the trophy class, but all provided valuable sources of protein and were not only easy to hunt, but easy to prepare and cook. In a survival situation, you’ll probably want to pursue a similar strategy and go after smaller scale targets not only for your own safety, but for the relative ease of hunting them.

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Quick Tips for Survival Cooking

Assuming you’ve been able to start a fire, there are some easy ways to cook your wild game without the usual utensils. The easiest technique is a Japanese style of cooking known as “Yakitori.” This consists or two rows of rocks running parallel to each other with a gap of 3 to 6 inches between the row. The height of the rocks depends on the size of the cut of meat. 3 to 6 inches high works for smaller cuts, but larger rocks and more coals can be used for cooking larger cuts of game.

Hot coals are dropped into the gap and the game is skewered onto two sticks zig-zagged through the meat on either side. The sticks are then suspended on the rocks with the meat exposed to the coals and the ends of the bare sticks protected by the rocks. The two sticks allow you to turn the meat over the coals without the meat spinning like it would on a single stick.

You can also opt for a large spit-style of cooking which involves suspending the impaled game or fish over coals on a thick, green branch that you need to rotate frequently. The Chinese support their larger spit-branches on two logs parallel to the coals and the spit is rolled on the logs to keep the meat from burning.

You could also zig-zag two large branches into both sides of a large piece of game and insert them into the ground next to a burning fire with the meat side, and later the bone side, facing the fire. In this instance, the radiant heat from the fire cooks the meat without the meat getting exposed directly to the flames. This is a style of cooking popular in the Patagonian region of South-America.

What’s great about these techniques is you can cook a variety of game and even some vegetables at the same time over the same fire and manage the cooking process easily. It also lets you eat as you go. When something is done, you take a bite and let the raw portions continue to cook.

Wild Seasonings

Forget about the salt and pepper. There are some wild alternatives for flavoring wild game in the wilderness. The red berries from the flower tops of the Red Sumac tree have a peppery, citrus flavor that’s often used in the Middle-East to flavor kebabs and roasted meats.

Crushed Ramps or wild onions and the crushed flowers of Garlic Weed can also offer some flavor accents especially for gamier cuts like Possum and Racoon. A mash of berries like wild blackberries or mulberries can add a bit of flavor as well when used as a rub.

Assembling Your Primitive Hunting Arsenal

We’re going to cover a range of types and styles of primitive weapons and categorized them by their use relative to distance and the hunt.

WeaponIdeal DistanceIdeal Game Skill level
RocksClose-quarters to Mid-distanceSquirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, birdsBeginner
DaggerClose-quartersSnakes, small turtles, frogs, wounded or stunned preyBeginner
ClubClose-quartersAll game wounded, slow moving or stunnedBeginner
SpearClose-quarters to Mid-distanceRacoon, possum, squirrel, rabbits, fish, snakes, large turtles,Beginner
AtlatlLong distanceLarge birds, racoon, possum, rabbits, possibly small deerIntermediate to advanced
BolaMid to Long distanceLarge birds in a grounded flock, racoon, possum, squirrel, possibly small deerIntermediate to advanced
SlingLong distanceRabbits, possum, racoon, squirrel, large grounded birds in a flockAdvanced
GigClose-quartersFrogs, fish, snakes, small turtles, field miceBeginner
Bow & ArrowMid to Long distanceRabbits, possibly deer, racoon, possums, squirrels, large fishIntermediate to advanced

It’s unlikely and unnecessary to carry all of these weapons, but you might want to combine a few depending on the location and the game you are hunting. But first, a few definitions are in order.

1. Rocks

They may seem to need no definition, but there are a few considerations for rock selection for primitive hunting. For one, you’ll want to collect more than a few. You’ll probably lose many of the rocks you throw, and you’ll often get the chance to throw more than once. A squirrel in a tree will give you plenty of opportunities.

Select rocks that feel right in your hand with sufficient weight to deliver a knockout blow, but not too heavy to throw accurately and with some distance. Like all primitive weapons, practice makes perfect, so set up a few simple targets and assess your skill and need for practice.

2. Dagger

It sounds exotic, but this is nothing more than a short length of a tree branch that has been sharpened to a point. It’s not intended for dispatching any wounded animal with teeth, but it is easily carried in your belt for a quick stab to a slow-moving animal like a turtle, frog or non-poisonous snake.

3. Club

A caveman wouldn’t leave the cave without it. A club is a great close-quarter weapon for dispatching a wounded or stunned animal, or for a quick kill on slow-moving prey. They also come in handy for wild and aggressive turkeys in early Spring. That’s wild turkey mating season and they will fearlessly attack you. A good baseball bat swing with a club will put the turkey on the spit over your fire.

Clubs are usually 3 to 4 feet in length and taper towards the end with the slimmer part in the hands. Roots make great clubs if you can find one with a knobby end and a thin root emerging along the length down to your hands (for a better grip).

4. Spear

They’re not just for throwing anymore. Spears are typically as long as the hunter is tall, as straight as possible, and the points are hardened and re-sharpened after repeated heating of the tip in a fire. The use of fire to build a layer of charcoal on the tip also gives you the opportunity to sharpen your spear with the edge of a sharp rock if you don’t have a knife. Spears were mostly used as stabbing weapons that allowed some distance between the hunter and prey, and when the opportunity presented itself, they were thrown at game.

5. Atlatl

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Atlatls exhibit in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, USA

An Atlatl is a spear on steroids. It consists of two parts: the spear, and a lever about a foot to two feet in length with a notched end to fit into the base of the spear. The spear is thrown, and the lever is gripped and thrust forward to further propel the spear. It’s essentially used to add inertia or speed when the spear is thrown. This not only increased the distance of any throw but added penetration power in order to cripple or kill game.

6. Bola

The Bola is a primitive, South American invention. It is essentially two rocks tied to the ends of a strip of leather about 4 feet long. The bola is held by the center of the leather strap and the rocks are twirled over the hunter’s head and thrown at the legs of game like deer, antelope or large birds like cranes, storks or herons. The rocks and the leather strap trip up and occasionally break the legs of the animal, allowing the hunter to close in and finish it off at close quarters with a club, spear or dagger.

7. Sling

You don’t have to be David to take on Goliath with a sling, but it helps. A sling is a small patch of leather or fabric that usually had two thin strips of leather tied to either side of the patch. A stone was put into the patch and the two leather lengths were held in one hand and the stone was swung in a circular motion. Releasing one of the straps hurtled the stone at great speed towards the target.

The sling requires quite a bit of practice for accuracy, but it will hurtle a rock much faster and easier than any stone thrown by hand. This was particularly important for any game up a tree that would require extra effort from any hunter repeatedly hurling rocks straight up at a squirrel or bird.

8. Gig

A Gig is a customized spear with two or three sharpened prongs at the end that often have barbs carved into the tips. Gigs are usually used for hunting frogs but will also work for hunting crawfish, small fish, field mice and small snakes.

9. Bow and Arrow

It’s not easy to put together an effective bow and arrow from natural materials in a survival situation. For one, it takes a lot of time. Two, you need to find the right natural materials. The best trees for making a bow include the Osage Orange and Willow tree branches. They have a natural springiness but are strong enough to give you a good bend in the bow.

Leather shoelaces can serve as a good string for the bow or you can embark on the tedious process of braiding a string from natural fibers. The Burdock plant has sinewy fibers in its stalk that could be strong enough to withstand the stress of stretching and firing an arrow if braided properly.

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Any arrow should be as straight as possible with a tip sharpened and reheated in a fire. Bird feathers can be stripped on one side of the vane and affixed to the notched end of the arrow with some grasses or pine sap. A quiver can be improvised from some birchbark or pine bark as well.

It helps if you’re an accomplished archer, but with a little practice, you might get lucky if you come across some larger birds like ducks and geese on the water. You may even have some luck with a squirrel or rabbit. Here again, you’ll probably only wound the animal giving you some brief time to close in for the kill with your club or spear.

The Poison Option

Pygmy tribes in Africa used a secretion from a frog actually referred to as the “poison dart” frog. It’s unlikely you’ll find one, but poisons abound in the wild. The berries of Deadly Nightshade or “Belladonna” produce a potent poison that can be very carefully smeared on the tips of arrows or spears to add a lethal effect to a weapon. Be careful here and don’t eat any meat from the wounded area. It could also take time for the poison to take effect, depending on the size of the animal and the dose.

A squirrel up a tree struck by a poisoned arrow will eventually fall to the ground as well as possums and raccoons up a tree. That’s up to you.

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Add to Your Arsenal as You Go

Your first priority should be to assemble a good selection of rocks, improvise a dagger, Gig, and spear and find a decent club. As time goes on, you can get more ambitious and try to improvise an Atlatl, sling, bola or even a bow and arrow. Carry them with you as you travel, and if you are working from a short-term fixed camp, just bring along the appropriate weapons for your hunting forays.

And While You’re at It…

Don’t forget to do some wild foraging for plants, fruits, and other food sources while you’re on the hunt. The idea is to eat, and having knowledge, experience, and a decent selection of improvised weapons can help you get through a rough time. With any luck, you’ll eat quite well and enjoy it too.

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

prosciutto avocado sandwich

When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

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As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

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The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

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Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

A Chinese billionaire and whistleblower who lives in U.S. exile says Wuhan crematoriums have burned 50,000 coronavirus victims. | Credit: Chinatopix via AP

  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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