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Wilderness Survival Human beings are born with numerous natural instincts yet none is as basic as the instinct of survival Humans are born to live and consequently they are born with the ability to survive If one can find food shelter and water then one can survive in the wilderness However should one find themselves lacking one of these four components one will not survive unless the void is compensated It is a simple fact that if one does not eat then one will not live However finding food is much more complicated than it seems The methods for finding and getting hold of wild food in a particular kind of country usually require detailed local knowledge Bridge 270 Unfortunately when in a survival situation detailed knowledge of an area and its edible plants is not always an asset In addition it is rare for one to have a fishing pole or any kind of hunting equipment Thus one might find oneself literally up the proverbial creek without a paddle However there are a few tips for finding foods and a few well-known plants that are edible First of all one must take advantage of ones location When a couple of Maurice and Maralyn Bailey were stuck on a raft for 117 days in the Pacific Ocean they took advantage of the oceans fish and turtles Despite how gruesome they found killing turtles to be they were driven by hunger and realized that extreme times called for extreme measures Bailey 62 Unfortunately it is harder to catch animals on land and thus one must find edible plants Among the well-known edible plants are blackberries black walnuts cattail daylily buds hickory nuts acorns and morning glory leaves Edible However it is often difficult to discern these edible plants from their poisonous peers There is an ediblity test one can use when faced with this situation One must simply take a plant and rub it
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