Without our gadgets and devices, we are totally helpless. There are hundreds and thousands of people in the world, especially the younger generation who may even have panic attacks without the cellphones or if there is no internet connection.
What happens if you find yourself in the wild lost and when there is no modern resources to help you? Here are some great survival tricks that can even save your life in tricky situations.
1. How to set a bonfire correctly
The first thing you should always do in the woods is light a bonfire and we don’t mean set fire to the forest. You need to remember a bonfire is made up of three parts. Tinder, kindling and firewood. You will need a lot of tinder which looks like thin dry twigs no thicker than pencil lead. Collect as much as possible.
2. A self-made tool
If you don’t have any tools to make a shelter, then make one. You can make a hammer by taking a fresh tree branch. Split into thirds and then look for a flat strong stone. Place it in the cleft and tie with a rope or twig both below and above the stone.
This can be used as a hammer for installing things like tents and huts. One edge of the stone can be sharpened for self-defense or cutting down tree branches.
3. Automatic fishing rod
Fish is an easy food source in the wild especially when you are in any bad situation with no food. You can make a makeshift fishing rod for catching it.
Now into the ground hammer a trap of two wooden wedges and a hook for both of them. Now tie a rope with a bait and hook to the same wedge. The trap works when the fish grabs the bait and it will be thrown to the shore.
4. How to lure worms
To catch fish, you need worms and this is one trick that many fishermen use. Locate a wet patch of ground and then overturn a rotten and fallen tree. Find two strong sticks and hammer one into the ground and start swing it as if you would be trying to spark a fire. A few minutes later, you will see earthworms crawling to the surface which you can use for bait.
Earthworms rise to the surface because they think that the noise is being made by a mole. This is also why they crawl up in rain as raindrops make the same vibrations.
5. Make a spear
If you can’t find anything to catch fish, you can make a spear. You will need to find a long damp strong stalk or wood pole. Split the end of the stalk into 4 parts. Now sharpen the spikes with a sharp stone or knife if you have one. This will help you catch your fish in shallow water.
How to clean a fish
It isn’t easy cleaning a fish but this will show you how. Once you catch one, clean and undress it thoroughly by removing the scales. Now insert a sharp small knife into the anal area of the fish and cut towards its head. Once you cut up the upper jaw, the bony part between the frontal fins have to be split. Now hold the jaw and take hold of the frontal fins and pull backward firmly. Now you can remove all the insides, head, gills and tail.
7. How to identify an animal by its paw prints
It is useful to identify animals through their paw prints for your own safety or for food. The paw prints are easily noticeable on wet ground. You will also find paw prints on crushed grass and loose mud paths.
8. What type of fire to make?
If you use the wrong type of firewood, your fire will never burn properly. There are different types of logging and it also depends on the situation where you should select the appropriate type of fire. Swedish firewood can burn for as long as five hours and is good for preparing food but will not light up a terrain effectively.
9. Other type of fires
If you use the wrong type of firewood, your fire will never burn properly. There are different types of logging and it also depends on the situation where you should select the appropriate type of fire.
Swedish firewood can burn for as long as five hours and is good for preparing food but will not light up a terrain effectively.
10. Dakota hole fire
These are hidden underground fires that have saved those in the wild for centuries. It doesn’t require much firewood and gives out maximum heat. You will need to dig a pit about 5 inches and place firewood inside it. Then another pit has to be dug at an angle which provides the fire with oxygen. This kind of fire needs to be made near tree so to diffuse the smoke. Covering the embers will make the fire go out.