Nature’s greatest allure is how it allows us to rekindle our connection with our primal senses – the forgotten aspect of our nature.
The beautiful thing about nature is that, it requires us to strip down to the bare essentials and live off the natural elements. In this article we will share with you 18 essential bushcraft skills that all successful preppers share.
These skills will help you experience the liberation that a person gets from self-reliance and adventure.
18 Bushcraft Skills All Successful Preppers Share
The Craft of Fire
A bonfire can serve many purposes. Not only does it help illuminate the surrounding areas, but also helps in getting warmth, cooking food and boiling water.
It is also used for building weapons and tools.
Hence, fire is an essential element for wilderness survival.
Art of Navigation
There are two primary mediums for navigation: a compass and a map. If you have these two pieces of equipment you can almost never get lost, especially if you’re familiar with the area.
However, for a master navigator, all that’s necessary is keen observation skills and nature.
The sky becomes their map and the sun and stars become the directives.
Foraging for Food
Foraging is one of the most important skills as it allows us to find edible plants. Nature is filled with many delicacies along with just as many toxic plants.
A person’s ability to find wild berries, fruits and mushrooms is essential for their survival.
Hunting your Dinner
Hunting is probably the most primal of all the bushcraft skills and the best way to add some protein to your diet.
A good hunter will possess the ability to observe their prey and create a plan to either track it down or trap it.
No one can survive in the wild without sturdy shelter. This particular skill, is the foundation of an adventurer’s and their time in nature.
You must know how to create an appropriately sized shelter that can protect its inhabitants from rain.
The adventurer should also know about various different types of shelters and their proper use.
For example, a swamp bed is a type of shelter that allows shelter on wet surfaces or even water.
Understanding your Ropes
One of the most important, yet basic skills in bushcraft is the ability to tie poles or sticks together to create a rope.
Although, survivalist can take nylon ropes, but their real ability will be tested when they can create ropes from bush materials such as grass or vines.
Knots and Lashings
Your ability to tie knots will help you several other essential skills necessary for survival.
In bushcraft work you will be forced to learn many different types of knots and lashings, which will help you build shelters, ropes, beds and so on.
If you are ever forced to make your own shelter from the bush materials that are available at hand, thatching is a skill that allows you to do just that.
It is not difficult to construct a hut exclusively using with local materials. In place of nails you will use lashings and thatching with long grass ferns for weather proof roofing.
With some basic tools and know-how, anyone can set up a temporary or permanent camp.
Knowledge in camp craft will help you establish a u-shaped stone fireplace or a dug in fireplace.
Hooks, fire-throngs and forks from me made from bush material. It teaches you diverse set of skills such as stone baking, creating lamps or making camp-furniture.
Reading the Sun-Clock
Believe it or not, but our sun acts as a clock if we can learn to learn its rays. Well, all you really need is a stick to create a shadow, which will help you tell the time in the most primal manner.
We don’t really need refrigerators to preserve food for later. The best ways to keeping our wild animal meat fresh under bush conditions are by smoking or drying the meat.
Fishing and Fish Traps
Although, the most usual method for fishing is by using a rod and a line, however, we can devise a number of creative traps to catch fish.
This helps us free up time to perform other tasks during the day.
There are many natural indicators that can help us find water in the wild.
Water can be found in hollow trees, under the soil and water can also be extracted from vegetation.
Since water can be found and extracted in the driest of terrains, it is an essential skill for bushcraft.
Analyzing Animals and their Habits
The ability to recognize animals is of enormous benefit for an adventurer. Species identification can help you in finding water and food sources.
It can help you stay out of danger by avoiding threatening animals such as poisonous snakes.
There was a time when we could tract almost anything literally anywhere.
However, modern civilization has taken this skill away from most of us.
Ability to read tracks can help you avoid dangerous animals, while helping you find food.
Although, everyone carries a first-aid or survival kit, but a person’s ability to give first-aid can be extremely important and can even be the difference between life and death.
On the lesser extreme, it is important for one to understand how to properly clean a wound to prevent infections and other complications.
Understanding Your Weather
There are many effective ways to predict weather without the use of technology.
For example, observing cloud patters is an effective way to anticipate changes in weather.
This is a particularly important skill, as preparing for rain can make your life quite easier in the wild.
Emergency Signal Codes
Although, bushcraft and the wild are quite safe, it is still important to be properly prepared for the worst, because accidents and emergencies are not predictable and our disaster preparedness shouldn’t be lacking.
If you really are serious about mastering bushcraft, then you need to at least familiarize yourself, if not master these 18 survivalist skills all successful preppers share.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to experience the joys and purity of nature in it’s true form, which we all know is WILD.
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