Getting Prepared Week 21: Taking Advantage of Natures Bounty

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fishingToday I would like to talk about taking advantage of nature’s bounty.  Specifically, I am referring to food items that are out there and yours for the taking for free or for very little money.  Examples?  Fish, shellfish and game.

So what brought this on?  Last weekend some visiting neighbors brought over a bucket of fresh Dungeness crabs that had been caught in our local waters.  Oh yeah, I remember going crabbing myself when we had a boat.  But what happened?  Dunno . . . without a vessel I suppose I just forgot about this bounty from the sea.

That got me thinking:  now that I have this prepper mindset I need to gather up the crab gear and start up again.  After all, the catch will be free (except for the cost the license) and the results are delicious.  A double whammy of the good kind.

Same thing applies to fishing.  We are surround by an abundance of fresh water lakes filled with trout so why am I not fishing?  As with the crabs, there may be a time when this will be my only source of protein foods other than the canned and dried stuff  that I have so carefully stashed away.  (We also are surrounded by salt water but fighting the Orca whales for our fair share of the salmon is a losing battle in my opinion.)

Game is another resource that is available on our island.  At certain times of the year you  can hunt deer and rabbit but for now, I will leave that for Survival Husband to deal with as a very last resort.  Not to say that I won’t eat deer or rabbit to survive, but at the moment I just can not cope with the thought.

Lucky dog – I am surrounded by abundant bounty

My goal here is not to make you jealous of these fantastic natural sources of food here in Washington State.  Instead, I want you to take an eyes wide open approach and look around your surrounding area – a 100 mile radius is good – and see what is available in terms of natural bounty.  You might be surprised at you will find.  For example, in California you might find lots of grapefruit and oranges.

And then . . .

Get the gear and learn to use it!

As Badvoodoodaddy at The Retreat says (in my words):  get out your gear, test it, clean it and make sure it is suitable for the job.  If not, get something else.

Remember, if it isn’t working right or your do not know how to use it, it is worthless.  Sell it on Craigslist, Ebay or at a yard sale and get something else.  Side note:  one reason I like Costco is that they have a fabulous, no questions asked return policy so you can try something out and return it if it does not meet the stated standards.  I love Amazon for a completely different reason:  their user reviews.  If an item has a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, I know that the likelihood of it being a good product are great.

Thank you, Survival Husband

After talking about this over the remains of our crab feast last night, S.H. went to the storage loft in our garage and found all of our fresh water fishing gear including poles and tackle.  He is making a list of supplies that we need such as fresh line, sealed jars of bait, bobbers, etc., as well as looking up current license requirements.  We plan to go trout fishing soon so we can brush up.  And yummy . . . my smoker is ready to go and just waiting to be loaded up with some fresh trout!  Stay tuned.

Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!

Gaye

Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day:  I just learned that Gmail rolled out three new useful features:  Superstars, nested labeling (subfolders) and advanced IMAP controls.  I especially like the availability of colored stars since I can now more easily flag and color code messages the same way I do in Outlook.

Why Gmail?  Well, it’s free, for one.  But the overriding reason for a Gmail account is that I can keep newsletters and other types of read-only items separate from my must-see business (and of course Backdoor Survival) emails.  Plus, with its excellent spam controls, Gmail is a win win.

If your are interested in more information, check our the full article from How-to Geek:  Gmail Rolls Out Three New Features: Superstars, Nested Labels, and IMAP Controls.

From the Bargain Bin:  Emergency Essentials is a great source of food for long term storage as well as supplies.




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Getting Prepared Week 21: Taking Advantage of Natures Bounty — 5 Comments

  1. Had a two year stay in Tacoma back in the 70’s, courtesy of Uncle Sam. What a great place for the outdoor life! Fishing, hunting, recreational hiking, biking, camping; all was great!

    Don’t have the abundance of all that here, but what nature’s bounty does have to offer can be obtained, with the right skills, of course. I prefer the convenience of the local grocery store, but every now and then–just to prove to myself that I still can–I go primitive and test the old skills and equipment out again. I’m still kicking, and the gear’s still working as it should. What more can one ask for?

  2. I don’t like fish, but I can get catfish, brim, trout and bass from the creeks, river and lake within walking distance of my place. I’ll eat them if I have to, although I’ve never liked fish. I do like venison and hog, both of which are easily obtained here.

  3. No matter where we live there are all sorts of food, if you fish or hunt don’t forget you can also can i to preserve it longer. If you live in an area where there are lots of fruits or vegetables those are awesome canned to. One thing I like to can is tomatoes with a little fresh basil, then I have it to throw in soups, stews, spaghetti, making pizza anything you want during year. Yeah for abundance.

  4. I went out on my boat last friday and we got 25 Dungeness crab. That was a limit for everyone on the boat. The fresh crab really tasted GOOD!

  5. You hinted at gathering… I think this is a skill more preppers need to learn. After all you dont have to track and catch plants. Once you learn to identify them edible plants are all around. lots of semi-wild fruits and nuts go unharvested in this country. also dandelions are nearly everywhere in the coumtry. take some time to learn how to make them palatable. I find that in the center of the country they taste best in dec. jan. and feb. Come March dig deep into the rosette of leaves and get the flower buds before they produce a stem. I like them sauteed in butter with wild onion. The roots are also used as a root vegetable or dry roasted to a dark brown and ground for a coffee substitute. To fully utilize natures bounty learn to identify the edible plants growing around you…. oh and plant daylilies in your flowerbed…yum.

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