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A Beginner’s Guide to Foraging

Hunting and fishing are amazing ways to connect with our roots and ancestors, but another less popularized connection to the good ol’ days is foraging. Our wildlife counterparts still (mostly) find their food by foraging through the woods, but it’s rare to meet many humans who do the same. However, there are plenty of tasty plants and vegetables that you can find and consume just from a trip into the woods. Here are a few tips for beginners to keep in mind the next time you find yourself wandering around the great outdoors with an empty belly.

Foraging.

Looks tasty, huh? [Image: http://inhabitat.com/]

Study What is and isn’t Edible

This is probably the most important rule, hence why it’s first. You absolutely need to research what plants are edible and what plants may poison you (or at the very least, upset your stomach). Pick up a field guide—Peterson Field Guides are particularly information-rich and helpful—and read, read, and then read some more. And then once you start foraging, if you aren’t sure if a plant is edible or not, just toss it away. It’s not worth the risk.

Petersen Field Guide for Edible Wild Plants.

A great resource for new foragers! [Image: http://www.amazon.com/]

Respect the Plants

Different areas have different laws about foraging, so make sure to read up on the rule of the land in the area you’re trekking in. With these laws, there are certain plant species that are rare, protected, or even endangered, which means you should definitely avoid plucking those out of the ground. Additionally, never grab the entire root of the plant because then you’re making it impossible for that plant to reproduce again. And if you liked it enough to pick it, it’s almost a certainty that another creature would appreciate it as well. On that same train of thought, don’t overharvest a plant, either. It’s typically recommended to take 10–20 percent of the plant or however much you think you’ll need, otherwise you risk endangering a popular plant species.

Tree hugging.

Respectful foraging is the best kind of foraging. [Image: http://guardianlv.com/]

Know the Best Spots

Are there pesticides used here often? Is this the neighbor’s favorite spot to walk their dog? Does this area attract a lot of pollution and trash? Make sure you know the area you plan to forage in well before heading over there. This is food, and you don’t want to end up giving yourself an upset stomach because you didn’t do enough research into the area.

Berries.

Yummmmm. [Image: http://www.offthegridnews.com/]

Some Popular Choices

Foraging yields different results for everyone, but there are common plants that span far and wide, which you are more likely to come across. Keep an eye out for any of the following!

  • Dandelions
  • Hawthorn
  • Wild garlic
  • Elderflowers
  • Elderberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Stinging nettle
  • Mushrooms
  • Seaweed
  • Nuts
  • Apples

Foraged vegetables.

Looks like dinner to us. [Image: http://prepperbroadcasting.com/]

Happy foraging! Make sure you bring our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps to help aid you in your journey.

Five of Our Favorite Hunting Movies

In the offseason, we find ourselves craving hunting and doing anything we can to get our fix. Some days that means sitting down and putting on our favorite hunting-themed films, trying to live vicariously through the actors on the screen. Here’s a list of just five of our favorite hunting movies.

The Hunter (2011)

A man standing in front of a mountain with people behind him.

[Image: http://www.impawards.com/]

This Australian flick revolves around a hunter who heads off to Tasmania to track the last remaining thylacine (also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf). Martin David (played by William Dafoe) is hired to hunt down the animal for a military biotech company to ensure that no competitors will have its DNA after he acquires it. It’s a thrilling story that’ll capture your attention from the start to finish. Our favorite part is that Dafoe worked with a bush survival expert, learning to descent himself and other survival tips to prepare for the role.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

A man with a red bandana on holding a gun to his head.

[Image: http://www.impawards.com/]

Although this movie mostly takes place during the Vietnam War, it captures the serenity and brilliance of hunting in a unique way. Five friends who enjoy hunting together enlist into the chaotic world of the Vietnam War. Three of the friends (Nick, Steven, and Mike) find themselves together as prisoner of wars and try to deal with the aftermath of the camp and effects of the war overall. It’s the type of movie that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, possibly shedding a tear or two. Although hunting isn’t the main focus of the film, its significance is apparent and its implications appear throughout.

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Two men standing near one another with red cutting over their faces.

[Image: https://www.movieposter.com/]

Based on the true story of two lions that attacked and killed workers in Kenya while they were building the Uganda-Mombasa Railway, this movie tells an entertaining and at times frightening story. Henry Patterson is brought into the camp to try and kill the lions that are ultimately holding the project back from its completion date. Once there, he sees the havoc these lions are wreaking and works to try and contain the problem without any other casualties.

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

A man in Wild West gear in the snow.

[Image: http://www.thesinsofelijahmccann.com/]

A tale of survival that’ll have you on the verge of ditching all your belongings and heading for the nearest mountain with just a single backpack in tow. It has drama, suspense, and—most importantly—hunting! Jeremiah Johnson heads West, seeking solace after the Mexican War where he becomes a full-fledged mountain man. Johnson lives life in the Rocky Mountains as a trapper where he encounters problems, some of which are predictable and others that aren’t.

Into the Wild (2007)

A boy sitting on top of an old abandoned bus.

[Image: http://www.moviepostershop.com/]

Speaking of having predictable and unpredictable issues after venturing into nature, Christopher McCandless comes face-to-face with many problems during his time as Alexander Supertramp. The movie provides a chills inducing story of a recent college graduate with a promising future that decides to donate all his money, destroy his identifying papers, and head for the open road. He encounters issues, but for the most part, the good times outweigh the bad. Until McCandless faces his final struggles in the Alaskan wilderness, that is. Throughout the movie (and book!), McCandless hunts, forages, and does what’s necessary to survive.

Don’t forget to check out our Pocket Ranger Trophy Case® mobile app before hunting season comes ‘round. Happy watching!