If you happen to be in the wilderness, whether lost, on the run, or even tracking others that are on the run, you still have to eat. There is a problem with many different methods of acquiring food, however. If you are in a tactical situation, or a hostile environment, most food acquisition can paint a big red target on you. It is a good place for people to surprise attack you, so we need to begin using covert methods of food acquisition.
I am mostly talking about fish, just as an extension to my last fishing post. I will be discussing two methods of covert fishing. Stakeouts, which are underwater trotlines supported on both ends, and poisons, which are bad for the fish, but not for you.
To build a stakeout, first, drive two saplings to the bottom of a shallow lake, stream, or pond. The tops of the “sticks
” should be just a few inches below the water surface. Then you tie a cord, or line if you have it, between the stakes and just below water surface as well. Tie some shorter lin
t have hooks or gorges attached to the first one that are short enough, and far enough apart, that they cannot wrap around each other or the stakes. Bait the hooks and wait just out of sight… or come back later to check on it.
Since you have this covert trap under your belt, let’s get a little more advanced with some poisons you can use. The benefit AND downfall of poison over traps is the speed at which it works. It is very quick acting, so even though it is a covert method of fishing, it is an active fishing method, requiring your attention. Poison also has the benefit of catching multiple fish at one time.
Since you are doing this to be covert, you should collect ALL fish that you affect, so they don’t float downstream and arouse suspicion.
The main contributing substance for fish poison is rotenone. This is quick and great for water greater than 70F or 21C. Once poisoned, the fish will rise to the surface. If you use it in water that is between 50F and 70F (10-21C) it is MUCH slower. If you use it in water below 50F (10C) then it is ineffective.
To kill or stun the fish, use the following plants:
1. Anamirta Cocculus (Indian berry, fishberry, or Levant nut)
2. Croton Tiglium (Purging Croton)
3. Barringtonia Asiatica (Fish Poison Tree, Putat, Sea Poison Tree)
4. Derris Eliptica
5. Duboisia (Corkwood Tree)
6. Tephrosia (Many species)
8. Nut husks from butternuts (Juglans Cinerea, white walnut) or black walnuts (Juglans Nigra)
9. Nut husks from black walnuts (Juglans Nigra)
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!