Fact vs fiction, when things get real
Even though I blog about how to better prepare yourself in an urban environment, I try to educate myself on other aspects of prepping. This week was one of those weeks of training. With some in depth training from Captain Matt Luttmann of InshoreAction Fishing Charters @matt.fish.hunt and the aid of Jesse and Lee for the bore hunting. I would like to thank Captain Matt Luttman and Jason for the great fishing experience off the Florida shores.
I had a specific scenario in mind when I set out on the adventure to hunt and fish. I wanted to discover how hard would it be to hunt and fish with a disability. There are rifles around that are powerful enough to take down medium to large game – if the shot was made in the correct spot. There are a lot of factors at play that should be rehearsed before taking on this task. I remember watching Elmer Fudd stalking Bugs Bunny. Now that I have gained the experience all these years later, I realize the vast difference between cartoon and reality. If you are disabled and you climb into a hunting stand, you should always use a safety tether or harness. There are ways to hoist a person into the stand if needed.
Determine what you will be hunting. If we are in a World without Rules of Law (WROL), bag whatever you need to feed yourself and your family. If not, then you should get an appropriate hunting and fishing license and go through the proper process and hunt what is in season.
Learning to process game is also very different than watching it on the internet. Although the internet can give you an idea of what to expect. The internet does not give you the experience of what the process of butchering an animal smells like or feels like. The only way to do that is to jump in and go for it. If you make a mistake, learn from it and do not repeat it.
In my opinion, fishing with a disability is tougher than hunting. Fishing has a lot more variables to cope with. The boat sways, the current is pulling the boat, and the fish are smarter that one would think. On top of all that, you must find a creative way to cast-out and reel-in your line.
In my case I have both knees partially replaced and a rotator cuff that has not been the same; even after surgery. The rocking of the boat and having to walk the lines around was tiring. I learned the reality of how long it takes to catch a fish and the work involved. Sadly, due to other commitments, I was not able to fish the entire day and I did not catch anything (I did get a bite though).
Watching the fishing shows on tv and the internet may lead you to believe all it takes is a few casts and the fish will come flying into your boat. I can tell you from several experiences of fishing, this is not the case. Some days you will be fed, somedays you will – grab a burger.
As an Urban Prepper, we tend to stockpile MRE’s and canned goods. This is great! Most likely we will never use some of the stores we accumulate and sometimes must rotate things out. If we lose power, it is usually for a couple of hours. For some this is an inconvenience not a crisis.
As preppers we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. That being said; if/when poop hits the fan; we will eventually run out of that stockpile of food. Then we will be competing with experienced hunters, desperate hungry people, wild animals, weather, and maybe some bad karma. It is better to get prepared now and get the hands-on experience, because saying “I got this, I saw it once on television,” always ends badly.
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