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the optional 12x12 tarp, the gillnet, the hammock, the 5 lb ration of gorp, the ration of salt and sugar, the saw, the slingshot (50 lb bands from slingshot channel) with the 6 arrows, the canteen cup (with haftable lid, ferro rod and diamond sharpener hing pins) the fishline and 25 hooks, and as big a roll of duct tape as allowed, preferably the 6" roll of 2" wide stuff. 3 of the arrows to have fishing heads, 3 to have broadeads, all to have slip on rubber fletching, cause feathers are worthless when wet and are easily torn off. Haft one of the broadheads for use as a knife. Unravel the hammock (preferably a 2 person one, 11 ft long, made of paracord) and weave yourself a gill net 3 ft wide, as long as possible, with 5" mesh. every other line should be made of split natural stuff, like vines, willow shoots, pine roots.  Using the shoreline as one leg of a 'v", stretch the net out along the shore, and bait the apex of the v, with minnows caught in "j-traps". Use your digging/throwing stick to make a lot of such little channels alongside the banks of your body of water. Minnows will enter them,. Stuff a rock, hunk of wood, or clog into the mouth of the j-channel and the minnows will be caught.  catch them by hand, and then spear them with sticks that you embed in the mud at the head of the j. YOu can of course also use them to bait your trotlines.  Once you catch a few fish the heads will bait snares all around your camp, while the guts bait in more fish.

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the tape can form cordage, as can the tarp (cut off corners, stick the cutting instrument in wood, and pull the circle of tarp past the edge, slicing off hundreds of yards of cordage (if needed and you know what to do with it). twist it for strenth, and braid 3 of them if you need real strength, as in foot snaring a deer or hog to a drag log, after the deadfall has impaled him. The tape and chunks of tarp will form watertight cordage. With such a container, tinder and a pumpdrill/hearth can be kept dry enough to start most of your fires. YOu have to go like HELL the first week, while you still  have a carbo-load and bodyfat/energy. If you aint reliably getting 3 lbs per day of food at the end of the 2 weeks, you might as well tap out, cause you can't win, other than by having 60+ lbs of bodyfat and being lucky. So why give up your job and do all that suffering, embarrassing yourself on national TV, hmm?

 

you do NOT want to be wasting a ton of time and energy on making primitive cordage, guys.  you do not want to be actively hunting, or running a long trap line. It's just not worth it. You dont want your fire to be within 100m of your camp/tree platform/blind, cause the scent of fire runs off critters, or makes them hyper-alert.  YOu just keep your sling/arrows ready and your senses alert, as you hide on your platform and make cordage, netting, snares, fish and bird traps, etc. 

 

lean fish and meat wont hack it. Gotta have a source of carbs, fiber and fat.  if you have a fatty fish (catfish, salmon) it can suffice, but otherwise, you'll need critters, or acorns, nuts, seeds for fat.  tree sap and cambrium, tubers, greens can offer carbs and fiber. Fat can be very hard to arrange in the wild, especially if you dont have a silenced AR15 with a .22lr conversion unit.

 

you can boil fish skins heads, and bones (crack open for the marrow) and evaporate/boil off the water for some fat. but mostly, you have to take coon, chucks, possums, deer, or hogs in order to have a fat source, unless you are so lucky as to have a wonderful source of nuts/seeds.

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now that I've discovered that a considerably longer saw blade can be fitted to the Leatherman Surge, that is my choice instead of the saw.  There's not that much need for structural construction, cause nobody's going to last more than 3 months with the gear and hunting/fishing restrictions of the Alone show. Certainly no one's going to make it thru a winter with such limitations. So why bother with a large, heavy duty shelter? Why be restricted to one area, cause you're stuck with that shelter. Go with 2 broadheads, and 4 fishing heads. remove the 4 spring wire barbs from a couple of the fishing heads and convert them to small game blunts. Use the Surge's pliers and file to convert the wires into fishhooks. For the remaining 2 fishing heads, remove one of the barbs, and shorten the other 3 barbs, gaining you wire for another 12 fishing hooks.. YOu'll be able to make more arrows with the duct tape as fletching. The slip on rubber fletchings that you came with are easily swapped onto new shafts that you make, too.  Short cross sticks on the foreshaft help you hit small critters. you can split/barb/sharpen and fire=harden wooden fishing heads. Bones make decent big game heads.

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if you go at this right, and if you start with 60+ lbs of body fat, you can win by lasting 3 months. Nobody's ever lasted 2 months, and they wont last any longer, unless they get lots of traps, trotlines and nets going for them.  active hunting (with a wooden bow and restricted areas) wont hack it, for sure.  The slingbow is a lot easier to have handy than any bow, and it offers the use of clayballs for targets not worth the risk of loss or breakage of an arrow.  The surge is SO much more capable than any one knife (or saw) that the choice is a no brainer.  you get batteries given to you (and replaced readily) so you can short them out into charred punk wood and start fires in that manner.  You are given a flare, which can start your first fire. that fire can dry out your bow drill spindle and hearth, and  your tinder. The tape and chunks of tarp can form airtight containers for keeping dry your fire-kit and tinder, too. ASAP, make a pumpdrill, so you dont have to work so hard to start a fire and so you're not battery dependent.

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you also have to know to boil your food, so you dont lose nutrients and drink the broth. you also have to boil the heads and crack open and boil the bones, for the fat therein and then boil off the water, so as to retain the fat for later use. baited treblehooks will catch waterfowl, by far the best fat source. It's a horrible thing to do, justified only by lean-meat starvation.

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