Getting prepared for any survival situation is different whether it is a natural disaster, economic collapse, or an invasion from foreign or domestic enemies, etc. Any of these reasons will be followed by an invasion from those set out to destroy us, and having the right tools are essential.
When we think of the right tools, we usually think of food, shelter and firepower. Many have put their life savings into guns and ammunition but if you have saved a little, consider the education I am going to lend to you.
You are out to scavenge for food, quietly approaching a nice kill that is sure to feed your family good for some time. You cautiously bring your weapon up to your shoulder, keeping a steady, firm grip in order not to miss your target. You have the perfect shot and you pull the trigger, “BANG.” The gun fires and the game falls, success, or was it?
You are the caretaker of your wife and children, but what have you just done besides collect a vital resource to provide the necessary requirements to life? You have given away any secrecy you might have had if anyone was close enough to hear your shot.
When men are hunting men, you must become a “ninja” when at all possible for the safety of you and your family. You could build illegal suppressors and silencers, hoping not to get caught and put in prison, or you can begin learning alternative weaponry.
Long before guns and even after, many tribes have successfully used many non-explosive weapons and maintain survival. Have I built up an ammunition collection, of course I have. But I do not plan on using it for any food source. I have blades, hatchets, throwing objects and bows that will become my primary hunting devices. Silence is my number one goal during any invasive situation.
Unless you are in a small community with scouts, you will have no idea just how close you are to being located and you must do your best to stay in the shadows.
You have many modernized, but ancient tools at your disposal such as bows, slingshots, boomerangs and much more. They all have the potential to be utilized in any hunting situation. Remember, bows and sling shots will wear out, so you must keep up on maintaining them and prepare with a few different tools. Blades will dull, but keeping a sharpening stone will assure long life for any edged weapons. Arrows will break and some will be lost, so stock up. Practice on shaping stones and making your own set up for any long-term survival.
Now, you have learned quieter methods and become successful at hunting with them. You collect your kill and return to your family, ready to prepare a much needed meal. Have you taken the proper precautions to begin cooking?
There is a pretty good chance we will not have the luxury of conventional cooking equipment and cooking on an open fire is sometimes tastier, however, it also will put out smoke signals saying, “Hey, I am over here!” Building a stove now will help you later should you need it.
Think back to the moonshiners who “cooked” liquor by the gallons without out being spotted. How did they do this without smoke rising into the sky? A lot of it could have been passed off as exhaust from a chimney in that era, but others went a step further. You can build a stove utilizing the same concept of your highly efficient gas furnaces you see in homes today. Twisting and turning smaller tubes that are air cooled allows the hot air/exhaust to have heat removed, bringing the temperature back close to the ambient temperature. You will have much to the same effect as the “worm” on the old steels that allowed the alcohol to cool back into a liquid state after everything else was burnt off. The other option you have comes to us from the Maori tribe who still occupy much of New Zealand to this day. That method is cooking underground. You will have minimal exhaust from the initial heating of the stones but not near what you would from an open camp fire. You can learn to make your own Imu, which is widely used in Hawaii, and I will say with firsthand experience, you cannot taste a better pig than one cooked in an Imu.
Hopefully, we will not need to do any of the above, but knowing how could do one of two things. First, it could save your family’s life. Second it could become a very nice bonding tool and art to pass down to your children to make sure the knowledge is kept alive throughout generations to come.