When I used to think it was fun/challenging to spend a couple of days in the woods with just me and my belt I always had thin (high tensile) snare/trip wire with me. It’s way better than trying to catch rabbits and squirrels with a strand of para cord or a dead fall. Every thing else has pretty much been listed at least once.
Been a Long time since I was that young and primitive camping/ hunting
I remember one Michigan second season bow hunt waking up with a 1/4" of ice from our breath covering everything and then going and sitting 20’ up in a tree with a -30F wind.
Neither one of us was too smart because we were both miserable, but neither of us would be the first to admit it either.
Loved getting out before dawn, climbing up in the stand , listening to the woods wake up…
Then that trophy walking out, heart speeding up, adrenalin rush … been awhile
Not that cold , not any more, would be sitting by a raging fire drinking Hot coffee
It’s off topic, but not in a bad way. My absolute favorite is heading out for salmon on the great lakes. Idiling out of the harbor rigbt when it’s going from dark to light with the water as smooth as glass and the mist/fog lifing off of the lake.
Yea, sounds inspiring, one of those bonuses we get when we get out in nature for fishing, hunting, camping…
I love being out in nature, don’t like cities, oh there are some great restaurants, museums to VISIT, but the beauty, the peace, the serenity of being away from all the hustle and confusion…
Sooo, back on subject, add a camera to my bob list, never know what you might want to record…?
Thought this might make an interesting stand along topic…
The Hunting aspect of our 2A rights? And benefits of being out in nature?
I will take a day in the woods over a day anywhere else. One thing I have noticed is that it takes me a couple of days to “get in tune” with the woods. We spend so much of our lives rushing from place to place deadline to deadline or meeting to meeting it is VERY hard to slow down. One technique that I have used to some good effect is to get inside the tree line about 50’ and just sit down and wait for the animal sounds to return. Then do the three step rule. Take no more than three steps before stopping to look around and listen. It is difficult to do but very worth while when a deer or turkey walks up on you and you see them before they see you. Hoping for that chance this year.
If you really want the experience, may I strongly advocate a Primitive muzzleloader rifle. Either a flinders or a side hammer cap lock with patched round ball (no inlines with scopes as they are basically “Modern” single shots-they just load from the front)). A traditional rifle will pose a challenge to the hunter and will help you become a woodsman. One of the biggest thrills I ever had was hunting squirrels in West Virginia with a .38 caliber long rifle. I was loading lights with 18 gr of 3F behind a .375 round ball in a .010 think greased patch. Basically .22 ballistics. Walking an old logging road above a draw. Lots of mast on the ground. Shot a nice fox squirrel, and saw signs of lots more. Reloaded and sat down in an old deadfall tree watching the draw. Heard the “restless, rustle, rustle” of the leaves moving, so I’m watching for another squirrel to appear below me. Suddenly out walks a black bear! In retrospect he was probably no more than 175 lbs or so, BUT when you’re expecting a squirrel, he looked HUGE😳!! He passed by 10 ft below me about 10 yards out. Took an hour for my heart rate to return to normal😊. A great hunt. And only one of many I’ve had with an old fashioned “smoke pole”
Agreed…snare wire over paracord anytime I have the option. You forgot to add mice to your list…but that’s another SERE story, lol.
The troop is going camping this weekend but it’s standard tents etc…next month we’re going to do a little backpacking adventure.
100% agree with @Craig6…a day in the woods beats a day anywhere else…especially if you’re alone to really enjoy the quiet.
A bit of baileys Irish cream at the end of the day doesn’t hurt
Have managed to be still enough and watch my breathing and movements slow enough to have game walk up at times when I just brought a camera to shoot with, this one walked up about 15 feet in front of me before she took a second look…
When I was young, I worked on a cattle ranch starting at 14 all the way through high school.My boss had 4000 acres surrounded by open range. Me and my buddy were told the task and pretty much left alone to finish on our own. We did the usual fixing of fence, the occasional bit of horse logging etc. But our favorite was the fall gathering of the heard off of the open range. We were out on are own for days at a time and only getting resupplied when we brought a bunch back to one of the holding yards before we shot off again. We had a blast and learned responsibility at is now considered a young age. after high school, me and Tom went are separate ways, but remain in contact to this day. Those lessons have helped me for years and to this day, MCRD San Diego didn’t seem so bad LOL.
I quite enjoy the serenity of a crisp morning, in the quiet of the woods. Interrupted only by the sound of what ever round I just fired. The echo of the report. The smell of burned gunpowder. Yup. I like hunting.
I have some trees I have been thinking of making a bow with. Use the para cord for the bow string. Keeping in touch with mother nature is just a good healing time. Keeps me balanced.
I prefer the G chord from a Piano. Then a ring at each end. Then I can call it a cheese slicer. Used to wear one for years taped inside my belt along with 2 different types of handcuff keys. You would have had to have been there for it to make sense and no it had nothing to do with escaping an arrest.
Nice picture brother and that close should have been a meal.