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Basic Bush Survival


By: Meyers, Ted
ISBN: 0-88839-399-7
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Pages: 160
Photos: 38
Illustrations: 22
Publication Date: 1997


PR Highlights: A guide for bush survival skills.
PHOTO Highlights: 16 color photos & b/w sketches throughout.

Description: Filled with pictures and diagrams, the book describes how to construct shelters, snares and fish nets. It details how to light a campfire, cook wild flora and fauna and recognize harmful plants and animals. Across North America in any given year, there are dozens of people who go missing in the woods. Some are found in a matter of hours, some are found in days (not always alive), and some are never found. Most are totally unprepared for the ordeal and have no idea what to do once they realize they are lost. Author Ted Meyers has created an easy-to-read guide which spells out to readers how to avoid trouble in the woods and what to do if they find themselves in such a dilemma. Filled with pictures and diagrams, the book describes how to construct shelters, snares and fish nets. It details how to light a campfire, cook wild flora and fauna and recognize harmful plants and animals. This book is a must for hunters, campers, hikers or anyone contemplating a trip into or through the wilderness, whether it be forest, desert or southern bayou. Don't leave home without it!

This book is not intended for the experienced hikers or woodsmen who know what they are doing in the bush. Neither is it intended for serious plant gatherers, as they are well acquainted with the plants they seek. They have already studied the excellent books which have been written on the subject, books which teach the serious student of wood lore and herb gathering, not only how to identify thousands of plants but also how to use them as food and medicine. This book has a totally different purpose. It is sort of Wilderness 101, if you will, and is intended for those who do not realize the bush is a good place to avoid unless you know a thing or two about it. Still, while it can be hostile, dangerous and inhospitable, there is no reason to think of the wilderness as being so fearsome that it cannot be tamed. Most people who become lost in the bush find themselves in trouble because they go in oblivious to the dangers, sometimes on purpose but more often by accident. Most of these people find themselves in deep trouble because they fail to take a few simple precautions. This book will help you avoid, or at least alleviate, much of the danger you will encounter. Every year in Canada and the United States, hundreds of hikers, hunters and just plain folk get lost in the woods. Most of these people are rescued, some relatively quickly. Some, however, are never found or are found dead or close to it. Some of the deaths are from starvation because the lost ones do not know they are surrounded by edible plants which they could not identify in any case.
Most other deaths are from exposure because these people do not make a shelter. Indeed, most don't know how. Only on a rare occasion does someone die because he or she falls into a chasm or is drowned in a torrential creek. Even more rarely is someone killed by and animal or because they are bitten by a poisonous snake or spider. Some die because, in their bid to stay alive, they eat berries not knowing they are poisonous. When dealing with wild plants it is important to know whether a plant is edible, and if it is, which is the edible part. Some people perish because they drink water from alkaline water holes - just because water looks fresh, it does not automatically make it so. The saddest thing about these calamitous deaths is that most are avoidable. Anyone, including children of reasonable age, can survive in the North American wilderness - even if a rescue is not effected for months. Not only is survival possible, one can actually live in a modicum of comfort - for months if need be. The priorities of survival - and they are simple in the extreme - can be easily memorized in three short words: WHAT, WHEN and HOW. To be successful the survivor should know what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Most of those who perish in the bush are victims of circumstances, often aiding and abetting their unfortunate situation through ignorance, carelessness, panic, naivete and fear of the unknown. Some of those who survive do so through nothing more than sheer dumb luck or a chance sighting by a sharp-eyed searcher. Luck and chance are not good things to rely on exclusively. The problems which arise from being lost are usually distressing, but there is no need to die because of them. This little book will show anyone who can read (or listen while someone else reads aloud) and remember a few basic tips about ways to survive in any situation in any area of North America - including the Arctic. Because survival is not an exact science, techniques are not cut and dried. Therefore, specific chapters deal with specific situations. Each will cover the circumstances a lost person is most likely to encounter in the hostile and unfamiliar environment into which he or she is thrust. Therefore, if you or someone you know might be venturing into the bush anytime in the future, flying over rugged country or trail riding without a qualified guide (guides have been known to get lost as well) through unfamiliar terrain, check out this book first. Make it part of your basic kit or give it to your friends as part of their kits. It could prove to be your salvation, perhaps your only friend, for a greater number of days than you care to think about.

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