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The world of bushcraft is different than survival and some of the tools are not as common as those in the survival circles. With only so much room in our bags its hard to decide what to give up or what to change.
We are going to look at three tools that you probably aren’t carrying that can change the way you look at bushcraft and also make you more effective in the woods. These tools are all cheap and simple additions to your pack that wont add much weight.
The gig is a simple, cheap, light cool to carry and its easily the most underrated food tool of all for getting food. When we think about food we think arrows, bullets and the like. A small gift costs about 4 bucks and will get you fish, frogs and can be integrated into trap building. This is a great tool that should be packed on all of your trips.
The ability to punch holes in materials goes a long way in the bushcraft world. You will find it much easier and more effective a practice if you have an awl. Now, an awl is not going to do the woodwork that an auger will but its still an effective tool for punching materials like leather cloth and thin cuts of wood.
The Hook Knife
You know there are some unique differences about bushcraft and wilderness survival. The idea of survival is that you are short on time and you are working towards an end that involves either rescue or finding your way to safety.
The hook knife really shines in a bushcraft scenario where someone is enjoying the woods. Sure it can be used in survival but its such a great whittling and carving tool for sitting by the fire and relaxing. Its really hard to beat.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.