Want to learn foraging?
You can go on foraging courses that will teach you the safe food stuff to collect.
Which is kinda nice and an easy way to learn the basics, but my foraging is all-encompassing and covers the whole spectrum of survival items. As such, there will be times when the rule of law will get crossed and some will see that as looting.
So let’s talk about the differences between foraging and looting even though when the rule of law has been disrupted and martial law will become the norm, you’ll probably be shot out of hand for simply surviving.
- Foraging is searching for and exploiting natural food resources i.e. berries, nuts, and “wild” meat.
Scavenging (the gray line in foraging)
- Scavenging implies taking of essential items such as food, water, shelter, or other material needed for survival. Only to locate such items needs you to go searching for them in places that use them or have them ‘in stock’.
- Looting is different from scavenging and foraging as it implies taking items of luxury or not necessary for survival goods such as , precious metals, or other valuables.
Like the fools who are basing their survival on stores of gold, looting is pretty much useless for survival purposes. Only some stressed out LEO or National Guard weenie won’t see the difference between you carrying a few cans or an armful of vegetables or a colour TV.
Just keep that in mind as you carry on reading.
Thus we start off with a list of basic or key items.
Water, fuel, food, medicines, items for personal hygiene (imagine being shot for scavenging a few bars of soap), clothing and blankets as the seasons change or something wears out. Medicines and first aid kit are going to worth more than solid gold in an austere time. Why say that? Because a simple scratch could kill you without the proper care.
One other item, really for our American colleagues, ammunition.
After all you can’t fight a war without making noise can you?
When the rule of law has collapsed, it’s not going to be ‘nicey-nicey’ time anymore.
You’ve got to be thinking 101% tactical as basically everyone is either after what you need, after you to take what you have, or simply to prevent you from getting what you need.
Add to that there will always be vestiges of “authority”, probably working to old directives or on their own volition. Aw let’s just cut out the nonsense, everyone will be after you. Now this could be seen as a massive disadvantage to survival or an indication that the world is about to get easier.
As for tactical thinking?
I can just see all you budding Rambo’s tooling up with your AK or AR whatever and taking by force what you need. Only how stupid is that.
Know how to be successful when foraging, or scavenging?
Don’t get caught and leave no mark of your passing.
That falls into a number of simple tasks.
- Carry out covert surveillance
Don’t blunder into a situation you can’t get out of
- Don’t work alone
Set up an over watch as once you are inside, they watch the outside and ultimately control your actions.
To the end you need good communications
- Use covert movement during the operation
Having one way in but many covert ways out
- Non destructive entry and exit is best
Locking doors behind you to stop unexpected intrusions.
Never leave by the same route you entered.
- Leave no mark of your passing
If no one knows you’ve been there, how you got in, or even what you took, it all adds to the time you have to exfiltrate the area.
- Shop to a list and on a timetable.
If you are on your own, what you gather you will have to carry, possibly at speed over a long distance.
Your surveillance will have given you some idea of how long you can safely enter the building. It may also have exposed any dangers from security systems (which may still be operating) and reaction times of any protective force (if you care to go that way).
NEVER push your luck. This is a key role of the over watch.
Your time on target rigidly controlled by them.
- Finally understand that what you gather, or are attempting to gather, is probably available somewhere else. So if things are too complicated, well protected, or just too hard a prospect (bearing in mind the survival rule of everything has a cost benefit and should be gauged against “gain over effort” or even “potential loss”), don’t try it.
All very complicated? Not really but answer me this.
You are approaching a seemingly intact house foraging for whatever.
What sensible basic actions would you take to avoid being SHOT!
Or are you truly confident no one is home and they aren’t armed?
All I’ve done above is ‘formalise’ the basic procedure.
Foraging 3 will explore access methods and tooling.
As always I will be using the KISS philosophy in everything I do.
KISS? Keep it stupidly simple.