Following the “Rule of 3’s”, the average adult can survive without food for up to 3 weeks. This is why food is a lesser priority than other elements, like core body temperature and hydration, but soon enough food, or the lack there off, will become a problem. Staying fed in the wild can be a challenge. The more you learn about your local environment the easier it will be.
Many of the plants you will find in the wild are glorified salad. Roughage and vitamins but not a lot of calories, so you will need to add meat to the menu at some point. Most of them also can be cooked as a potherb, and if you change the water once or twice, the bitter taste usually will become palatable.
Common plants like Dandelion and chicory are most useful in the wild. Not only do both provide greens that are decent eaten raw or cooked as a potherb. Both also have a root that can be eaten or roasted and brewed into a coffee substitute. (If the brew is to light and weak, try roasting the roots darker)
Obvious food sources include fruits and nuts when in season. Gather as much as you can and dry/store any extra.
Hunting can be a real calorie sucker. Meaning you will burn up more calories hunting than you will gain by eating what you kill. However if you are in an area where you only need to do sit in one spot and kill several animals without burning hardly any calories, then you are in luck and hunting might be your best option.
If, on the other hand, you must do a lot of walking for every critter you bag, you should consider trapping as a better way to make meat. Then you hunt while you are checking your trap line.
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