I’m a wanderer of the wild places as opposed to many of the traditional outdoorsman who love hunting and fishing. For me getting out there is about finding the unexpected, finding adventure and of course the ever present element of danger. These past few weeks I’ve seen some of my kindred spirits have found that last part in spades, and some of them didn’t live to tell the tale. Let’s remember them:
A Minnesota hunter killed a wounded 525 pound bear with a hunting knife while being mauled! The hunter sustained two broken arms but us expected to make a full recovery.
Jeff Thompson, host of the Predator Pursuit television show, caught a 809.5 pound Mako shark with a fishing bow. The catch is possibly a record.
Sadly 22-year-old Rutgers student Darsh Patel was killed in an unprovoked bear attack while hiking a trail on the Apshawa preserve in New Jersey. I only link to the loathsome Huffington Post story so you can see the comments by their disgusting readers who think the bear that killed and ate some kid should be left alone. For example here’s a nugget of wisdom from a woman named Kate Dougherty:
Kill the bear for being in it’s own space and the hikers did everything wrong
This is why I prefer the solitude of a long walk alone. Although I guess I’m asking for it according to Kate.
A man was killed in front of his son by a copperhead snake while camping in Missouri. The snake bit him three times and he was dead within a half hour. He had apparently picked up the snake to show his son. . .
Back in August German authorities launched a desperate search for the vicious beast that attacked young boy – an Alligator Snapping Turtle nicknamed Lotti. The boy’s Achilles tendon was severed in two places. Since the species isn’t native to Germany the theory is it was a pet released into a popular lake. Though no one can prove a turtle actually did it.
A drifter was bitten by a rabid skunk in Burlington, VT. He killed the skunk then must have turned it over to authorities for testing but promptly disappeared forcing authorities to search for him to give him treatment.
Be safe out there.
Bushcraft is a global pursuit and some of the best bushcrafter videos on the web come from countries Americans tend to think of as simply giant urban centers. Here Austrian bushcrafter Lily, aka AloneWolverine1984 on YouTube, demonstrates a quick, cheap way to make a water filter without shelling out your hard earned cash for the ever popular “survival straw” we’re all told we need to carry or we’ll die of thirst in some wild series of mishaps.
American woodsloafers will appreciate the simplicity of her design. Moss, Charcoal and pine pitch are things you’ll have access to in almost every environment except deserts so why drop almost a c-note on a Katadyn?
Be sure to drop by her channel and support her efforts.
I get a lot of people writing in looking for old issues of H-T-T. This blog is an homage to the old outdoorsman/adventure magazines of the early 20th century and is not associated with A.R. Harding publications. You can find old issues at sites like Amazon but why pay inflated prices for facsimiles when archived copies of the original Hunter-Trader-Trapper are floating around the Internet, free for your perusal.
There’s a few copies uploaded on Scribd by a fellow outdoor magazine enthusiast that you can read for free. I chose this particular volume to embed here because it has a fascinating article about silencers that clearly demonstrates that even in 1910 the mainstream media was full of misinformation about guns and their various accessories. The vintage ads for the various fur buyers are also sure to excite history buffs. Of course, there are enough stories within of trapping, hunting and making money in the woods to fuel your day dreams of quitting your job and moving permanently to a hunting camp until the next round of bills come in at least. It’s a Google doc so the first few pages are legal rigmarole.
If you’re like me you like guns with character. The single shot .45/410 pistol is definitely a gun with character and the Super Comanches that hit U.S. Markets awhile ago were priced right. The problem I always had with them is that I never met anyone who had one and reviews I’ve seen tend to be shy on detail.
A Youtuber named Steve Justice uploaded this 15+ minute clip of him shooting one with various ammunition while jawbonin’ a little about what he likes about it. I like that he shows the grouping, which makes him a better man than me. Seeing the video re-enforces for me the idea that this may be a fun gun but it’s not for people looking for an all round survival tool. If you’re on a budget and in a state with magazine restriction it might be a good gun for a “bug out” kit. Otherwise, they’re mostly for us weirdos who like to carry a brace of single shots but can’t be bothered to play around with flintlocks or caplocks. In most gun shops they’ll run you about $225 or so – less than a good black powder pistol and a good c-note or two less than my precious snub-nosed revolvers. Enjoy:
It’s been a while and I should explain my absence. I’ve blogged at various sites and freelanced on the web since around 2002 and I was pretty burned out. I was especially burned out by the crime blogging I used to do at another site. So after years of reporting on rapes and murders (with short breaks to write articles about mind numbingly awful subjects like death cults, America’s sex slave trade and violent blood fetishists) I needed a longer break than I expected.
But I’m back and giving up the politics and crime for good old fashioned outdoorsy adventure writing so thanks for hanging around while I got my mind right.
Speaking of adventure and old time backwoods wisdom here’s a selection of links you’ll probably enjoy:
In Oregon a rabid bat channeled its inner Bela Lugosi swooped down on some campers and bit a man – on the neck. A quick thinking friend killed the unholy beast with a BB gun so it could be tested for rabies.
A pregnant woman in Syracuse, New York had to fight off a rabid fox over the summer.
A Utah man was mauled to death by a bear in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in central Wyoming. Authorities have yet to identify the type of bear involved but assumptions are it was a grizzly.
A Brooklyn boy was mauled by a rat while in his bed. The poor child was “special needs” and could not cry out for help during the attack.
Hmm. Those story didn’t make me feel better. How about these:
Here’s a complete breakdown of how to breakdown that deer you get this season courtesy of Backwoods Home
Paleotechnics has a great article on making and using lampblack.
Old fashioned rust prevention for your firearm at A Woodsrunner’s Diary.
Rediscover the scout staff – once considered and essential piece of equipment for boyscouts.
A video from Woodsloafing.com showing the Lymans ideal 310 reloading tool in action. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.