Posted by Self Reliance Outfitters on May 19, 2014
Asphalt and subdivisions aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when mentioning bushcraft. And while some would say sidewalks and street signs are the antithesis to bushcraft — there are exceptions.
For the city dweller who longs to escape his or her suburban surroundings, bushcraft may seem to be an impossibility. But with a little ‘outside the box’ ingenuity, bushcraft is never very far away.
Bushcraft skills can be practiced in the most unlikely locations — even in your own neighborhood, town or city.
BUSHCRAFT ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUBURBAN SURVIVOR
Suburban bushcraft can begin by locating hidden ‘off the beaten path’ places close to home. By combining a Google search and Google Maps, you can locate public camping areas that provide plenty of trees and undergrowth to practice bushcraft in. From identifying edible plants to setting up your shelter in a local camping area, any chance to practice bushcraft will be valuable in the future.
You can also contact your local Parks & Wildlife office to see if they have suggestions regarding little known or remote places where you can camp locally. Most of these campsites will provide an opportunity to set up a shelter and build a fire.
With the ever-increasing popularity of archery, there are more indoor archery ranges than ever before. These ranges offer both the beginner and advanced archer the opportunity to become more proficient at a skill that you may not be able to perform in your backyard.
If you have access to an archery range, take advantage of it. Not only will practice make you a better archer but will allow you to network with other archers which may provide an opportunity at hunting or ‘stump-shooting’ on private property.
Although not usually considered at the top of the bushcraft list, knowing how to tie a variety of knots is a valuable bushcraft skill. From shelter construction to fishing; knots are an important aspect of bushcraft.
Cordage and the ability to use it for survival have been around for centuries. Whether making a weapon to harvest dinner or a raft to float a river, rope and how to tie it together can be practiced anywhere. By using a variety of resources anyone can become proficient at knots. Even in a suburban environment.
It may not seem like a high priority on the list of bushcrafting skills, but fishing is a means of outdoor survival. Local subdivision ponds can offer prime fishing and a chance to hone your skills at what it takes to make a catch. The nuances of fishing are regarded as primitive skills that can mean you knowing how to acquire a means of food should the need arise.
Most cities offer some sort of canoe or kayak rental. These excursions can offer the bushcrafter a chance to put some vital skills to use. From food preparation,water purification, edible plants or first aid, a trip out of the house and down the river can be a chance to practice numerous bushcraft skills.
While the temptation is to believe you have to spend a considerable amount of money or drive some distance away, some bushcraft skills can be enjoyed close to home.
With a little research and imagination, even your suburban setting can provide some means to become more proficient at the ancient art of bushcraft.