You can go weeks without food, however hunger can weaken
you, and impair your “will
to survive”. Lack of food can also increase
your chances of hypothermia, and effect your overall
health and feeling of well being.
In this section we will go over the very basics of
finding food. Hunting mammals, gathering plants, and
other advanced techniques will be covered in greater
detail in future updates.
Insects & Snails
Insects are one of the best survival foods available;
they are easy to find & catch, and are high in protein
and fat. In a life or death survival situation you need
to get over the yuk-factor and do what it takes to survive.
Slugs, snails, grubs, earthworms, mealworms, ants,
termites, locust, grasshoppers, and crickets are some
examples of creatures that can be eaten. Insects can
usually be eaten raw (grasshoppers,
locus, and crickets should be cooked to kill parasites),
but will taste better if fried, roasted, or boiled.
You can find insects inside of rotted logs, and under
tree limbs. There are always insects to be found around
water, and under leaves.
If you don’t know what your eating, don’t
eat it! Watching what animals eat proves nothing; some
animals can ingest toxins that are harmful to humans.
Choosing plants for food is beyond this basic survival
guide, for an advanced plant gathering guide check out
our “Advanced Gathering” survival guide.
Don’t eat mushrooms unless you are 100% sure
that it is safe!!! Mushrooms can kill the untrained.
Fish, are the next easiest to catch food source. Turtles,
frogs, snakes, newts, salamanders, lizards, mollusks,
crustaceans, shrimp, and ells are some of the available
food that can be found near fresh & salt water.
The best times to fish is before dawn, and after dusk.
Use bait (small fish, worms, etc.), or create a lure
out of a shinny piece of metal to attract fish.
You can make fish hooks out of natural
or man-made materials
You can make fishing line from plant or cloth fibers.
Some materials that work well for fishing line are the
inner bark of trees, hemp, nettle, milkweed, yucca,
- Gather the fibers together and tie one end together.
- Tie the strands onto something solid (tree branch,
- Separate into two separate strands.
- Twist each strand clockwise.
- Wrap the strands together in a counter clockwise
- Tie the lose end together.
You can also set out trot lines, and check them every
You can also make a fishing spear out of many man-made
& natural materials.
You can make a fish net for catching smaller fish,
or pulling large fish to shore.
You can also make several handy types of traps for
You can even poison fish by dumping a lot of lime into
the water. Heat coral, or shells till brittle, and beat
into a powder to create lime (or use lime stone).
We will only cover a few types of traps here, for more
hunting techniques visit our “advances hunting
A noosing wand can be used for catching a variety of
animals including lizards and nesting birds.
Below are recommended methods for cooking various foods.
Fry, boil, or eat raw (grasshoppers, locus, and crickets
should be cooked to kill parasites).
Skin, cook, and eat the whole body.
Skin, gut, and eat.
Cut of the head, gut, skin, cook, and eat.
Skin, gut, cook, and eat. Small lizards can be skewed
and cooked whole; meat is done once skin bubbles and
Pluck feathers, gut, cook, and eat.
Skin, gut, cook, and eat.
Tip: You can skew small animals, and
burn off the hair; this will help to kill parities,
ticks, and fleas that may carry diseases.
Gut, remove scales, and cook. (You can fillet the fish,
but cook and eat all of the remains.).
One of the fastest ways to cook something is by skewing
it, and cooking over open flames. You can boil many
foods to remove unsavory flavors, and to retain many
of their vitamins and minerals.
If you don’t have a pot available for boiling,
you can use natural and man-made materials.
Rock Method for Boiling
For non-fireproof pots, you can heat rocks and place
in your water. Keep replacing cooled rocks with hot
rocks until your food has been adequately boiled.
Porous rocks, water logged river rocks, and concrete
may explode when heated.
Animal Hide (Skin)
Wool, or other water resistant material