How to harvest protein using your eyes, ears, nose and hands.

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by beepete, Oct 8, 2016.

  1. beepete

    beepete Monkey

    The bush is a supermarket filled with food. You just need to know where to look. I learned this technique from my dog.

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  2. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    That's a possum?
  3. beepete

    beepete Monkey

    Yep, that critter is an Australian brush tailed possum. Quite different to the animal you have in your neck of the woods. They were introduced to New Zealand back in the 1800's and have done a lot of damage over here.
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  4. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    What sort of if I may ask.
  5. beepete

    beepete Monkey

    They defoliate favorite trees over here like northen Rata, and they eventually die. They also have a penchant for birds eggs, reptiles,insect and have almost obliterated a lot of our native species. The government is trying to eradicate them - reckon it can be done by 2050 - but I doubt it. It is not hard to trap 100 + per day or get many hundreds with Cyanide,
  6. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey+++

    growing up we ate lots of opossum but what most people don't know is they are like buzzards they are scavengers and will eat all manner of dead things but not as a general rule but will not pass up a free meal. they are greasy to cook but taste good when you are hungry about like a ground hog aka woodchuck
  7. GrayGhost

    GrayGhost Monkey++

    New Zealand noodling....good job!
  8. beepete

    beepete Monkey

    You certainly have a lot more animals to choose from in the states. The only native mammal in New Zealand is a bat. All the mammals we have now, deer, pigs, rabbits etc were introduced.
  9. beepete

    beepete Monkey

    Thanks Gray ghost. We used to have an iconic cartoon series in NZ called foxtrot flats. The main character was Nick named the gray ghost.
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  10. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    They didn't by chance introduce the Bushmaster at the same time... ohno
  11. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    How many rednecks does it take to eat a possum?

    Two, one to eat and one to watch for cars.
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  12. beepete

    beepete Monkey

    No, but they did introduce ferrets, stoats and weasels to try and control the plague of rabbits (rabbits were introduced to feed the miners). Stoats decided NZ birds were quite tasty and chased them as well as the rabbits. Bit like the old women that swallowed a fly.
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