FULL SEASON 6 PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDg2Qmw9pKieoXCXUQL3K5bNyNvI3oyeo
Jeremy (One Wildcrafter): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy7HUXYD7Ua6zPR384d1ETg
We collect wild or feral apples and also show you how to prepare black walnuts for eating as a wild edible. We finish the day off with wild apple cobbler made fresh with maple syrup and leached acorns. This entire season is about homesteading, but we are also looking at collecting as many wild foods as possible in order to send Jeremy home with some surplus foods for his “big wild year.”
In Episode 1 of our 6-day long survival challenge, we settle into cabin life in the woods. First we wake up to a squirrel hunt, which was supposed to be an archery deer hunt, just without deer. We spot a turkey, but it won’t come into our mouth calls. We give the raccoon call a try without much success either. Afterwards, we take a walk on our 40 acres to check our baited live traps set for raccoon.
In Episode 2 of our 6-day long survival challenge, we find that we have success with our live trap for raccoon. We harvest the nuisance raccoon for a meal later. We have had several farmers approach us for help reducing the raccoon numbers as they are devastating their crops.
In Episode 3 of our 6-day long survival challenge, we start off super early with a goose hunt over a cut corn field with a pile of goose decoys. Despite super high winds, we manage to get a whole pile of geese during a very eventful morning hunt. For lunch, we dive into a raccoon and wild rice feast topped with maple syrup. We end the day in search of whitetail deer and wild turkey. A warm meal of trout rounds out the day.
In Episode 4 of our 6-day long survival challenge, we are made lucky with a brazen raccoon that mistakenly travels through camp in broad daylight. The 22LR makes quick work, and we are on to a fantastic meal of fresh coon. In the early morning, we try for some more geese, seeing how well our first try turned out before. Thankfully, we still have left over wild goose from the day before. We grab some more rainbow trout from the pond and get a special visit from my wife and son who drop to see how we are doing.
In Episode 5 of our 6-day long survival challenge, we begin, like most of our days, bowhunting deer from a treestand. We process some more black walnuts, check our live traps, and do a few sets of raccoon and crow to try to get even more food on our survival challenge. The end is capped off with another deer hunt over freshly cut soybean field. We grind up our raccoon meat and fry it up combined with wild rice for a hearty meal.
In Episode 6 of our 6-day long survival challenge, we begin, like every other day, on an archery deer hunt. We follow this up by checking our live traps for raccoon and find some success. The day is topped off with some fresh made apple cobbler including acorn, and maple syrup. We do a deep clean of the cabin, and inventory all our extra wild foods which Jeremy will take home to use in his “big wild year.” As an exit meal, Steve, mushroom expert, prepares wild mushrooms, and goose medallions cooked fresh inside the cabin. We weight ourselves to see if we’ve managed to balance our calories during the survival challenge.
We will pursue all kinds of wild animals including beaver, raccoon, skunk, whitetail deer, squirrel, possum, crow, grouse, duck, goose, pigeon, porcupine, bullfrog, fish, bear, apples, black walnuts, wild grapes, burdock roots and whatever else makes the mistake of crossing our path.
We will use a variety of tools including live traps, bows, crossbows, shotgun, and fishing rod.
Our ultimate goal of this survival challenge is to not only survive, but thrive. We aim not to lose any body weight, but instead look at this challenge as a long term situation where calories in need to match calories out, sustainability.
Season 6 of our Wilderness Living Challenge will take place out of our homestead, off grid cabin complete with solar power, and battery bank system in order to help us make more use of the foods and resources we are able to collect.
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