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bae wrote:I don't know why you'd want to rule out traps and snares. I used to run a trapline for profit when I was a kid, the nice thing is that it works while you are in bed or off to school or playing football
Fishing, not with rod-and-reel, but with nets and fishtraps is also a wonderfully lazy way to go.
In a PAW, I'd think you'd want maximum yield for minimum effort. While I'm quite good with a bow or spear, I think traps and nets are superior to stalking through the woods with a hand-held weapon.
If I truly had to deal with a weapon, I'd go with a spear, bow or atlatl.
free0352 wrote:I have a big knife that can make a spear (using my skills to make cordage and find wood) not to mention the knife is's self. That takes care of close and medium range. For longer range, I'm make a bola out of rocks and more cordage. 3-5 good sized rocks, make and tie netting around each rock, and a lanyard from each net connecting at the bottom. Contraption can be thrown to entangle and trip an opponent or you can whack someone on the skull with it like the old medieval Mace-and-Chain. That will stun an animal if thrown or horrifically smash the skull of an intended target... like the walking dead. As for further range, have to go with a recurve torque bow and arrows. That of course assumes I can find or kill a bird for fletching or improvise some other material.
Tater Raider wrote:Outside the box I'd trap, and that's not me being a smart-ass. Everyone will have to be calorie efficient in the PAW and I'm only one guy so trapping is the route I'd go with the exception of deer, and then I prefer to find why they hang out and then drive around until one jumps through my windshield.
On hunting: When I do the gathering/roaming around in the ZPAW I'd keep an eye out for animal sign, features that would attract critters, and maybe even the critters themselves but not hunt them, just scout the lay of the land. When I think I've found where my best odds are, I'd set up a stand and wait. Rabbits and squirrels are obvious exceptions because they are everywhere.
EtA: bow hunting FWIW.
squinty wrote:Safety isn't a lever on a gun, a guard on a knife or any other mechanical device. Safety is a behavior.
ZombieGranny wrote:If my hens were gone, I would hunt for & gather fertilized eggs of the ducks down at the lake, hatch them out and eat eggs, drakes & the occasional duck for many years.
Lots of fish, clams, scallops, kelp, etc too.
The Indians around here used to smoke salmon for winter food and for trade.
I love hard-smoked salmon.
SMoAF wrote:'Tis better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:ZS Primate Squad to the rescue !
HKTackDriver wrote:I love improbable WWYD threads.
"If you were one armed, lived in a hobbit house, couldn't cut firewood and rabbid bunnies were outside your door and all you had was a toothpick, hand grenade pin and some strawberries, WHAT WOULD YOU DO!?"
In this scenario, I do have guns, I do have ammo, I do have a compound bow and a good number of arrows, traps, snares, etc. So I plan on using them. Making an inferior bow, or a speer I have to get in closer with or something else handmade is the last of my concerns in the PAW. Want to hunt "tribal" now? Sounds fun, let us know how the hunt goes. And when the under powered bow you created, causes undue pain and suffering for whatever you shot, I hope you reevaluate your home made weapons. Unless they're feral hogs. I hate feral hogs.
Murph wrote:"Any problem on earth can be solved with the careful application of high explosives. The trick is to not be around when they go off."
I'm thinking you could do some serious fishing with dynamite.
Rev wrote:Why are we hunting? Doesn't your future dinner just come when you call?
Rev wrote:While true, I was referring to something a bit more bovine.
Lycosa wrote:Rev wrote:While true, I was referring to something a bit more bovine.
Oh ok, I completely misinterpreted that.
I don't want to derail my own thread, but I guess it could be argued that having cows in a PAW could be a real challenge. I raise chickens and everything wants to kill my chickens.. especially raccoons. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to defend cows against hungry humans.
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