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Hank vs Wild: Joe’s Valley Part 2 – Primitive Survival and Food Foraging

Hank vs Wild: Joe’s Valley Part 2 – Primitive Survival and Food Foraging


welcome back to Joe’s Valley Utah I’m Hank and this is buddy a 14 pound
Yorkshire Terrier with a thirst for adventure and we’re
back to continue my foraging expeditions My first day of foraging led me to the eastern canyon of Joe’s Valley where I found a stream and was able to scrounge for some food but it wasn’t enough the average person needs at least 1200
calories per day to prevent starvation and I only consumed a total
of 30 calories for the day so picking up from where we left off
last time I went up the eastern canyon I am not really
recognizing very many edible plants and none of the pine
cones here seem to have any seeds left to eat there is a lot of wild rose in the area and
the fruit is known to be edible and high in vitamin C but it’s more
of a supplement food I start to wonder are the leaves edible I haven’t read
anything about them being poisonous and it would help me out to have another
food source so I decided to do a test the universal edibility test for plants first choose only one part of the plant and rub some on
your skin if you feel burning itching or your skin becomes irritated then stop after waiting for at least an hour press
some of the plant part to your lips and check for numbness stinging itching stop the test if any reactions occur next place a pinch of the plant part
into your mouth hold for 15 minutes spit it out if there are any
negative effects step 4 chew but do not swallow if no irritation occurs in the
next 15 minutes then go ahead and swallow a small portion of
the plant part do not eat any other food for the next eight hours check for nausea cramping headache diahrea or any other ill effects if ill effects
occur induce vomiting and drink plenty of water
just because a plant isn’t poisonous does not mean it’s edible the raw leaves I
tested made me sick sometimes cooking plants can neutralize toxins and I may have gotten a better result
if I had cooked it after a short rest I head up the canyon for about five
miles until I reach 8500 feet by this time I realize things aren’t
looking good here so I decided to hike over Middle Mountain to see if the western canyon has anything
better to offer the way up seems like a short hike and before I know it I arrive at 9,000 feet the vegetation is a lot different up here
for one thing there are elderberry bushes scattered over the
hillside some are in different stages of development and boy are they tasty even buddy likes them I consumed about 50 calories worth of elderberries heading across middle mountain and I’m going to need all the
energy I can get now it’s a 1000 foot drop in elevation through dense brush to get to the western canyon and I’m running low on water I stop to rest about halfway down hill and I suddenly notice a black bear standing 15 feet from my face It ran away so quickly that I was not able to
get a shot with my camera Whoa buddy holy buddy buddy come back here buddy buddy come on come on buddy a little shaken up by the Bear I rush
to the bottom of the canyon as it turns out this canyon has an even bigger stream than the eastern canyon does it looks like the Bear is no stranger to this area so I fill my water bottle and head downstream in search of some grub this one
will do nicely I will hold onto that for later squirrels and other warm-blooded animals
can be very tasty but they’re fast hard to catch reptiles the other hand make for easy meal and this
little snake looks like dinner to me I’m able to
catch it kill it skin it and clean it in less than three minutes By now I am thirsty and hungry so I build a fire and hang my plastic bottle from a rope above the heat boiling
water this way takes a lot of patience and time after about 30 minutes the water has
started to boil and I call it good because it’s time to eat recipe
for wilderness stew start with some dandelion add a little snake meat one fresh beetle larva and boil until well cooked I’ll start with a little snake cooked up nice and tender not really very much
flavor good thing about small snakes is you can just chew up the little bones the
bigger snakes you have to take the meat of the ribs the whole time that’s nice how about some grub pretty plump mmm whoa a lot of flavor in that grub it’s a little bacony hmm (slurping) I brought some dog food for buddy after I feed him I’m on my way
downstream again a bountiful patch of elderberries
provide a tasty after dinner treat bringing my total
calorie count for the day almost 300 I ended up losing five pounds the two
days that I was forging though my trip was not a complete
success this year I did learn a little more about the
place we all call home until next time planet Earth (music)

12 thoughts on “Hank vs Wild: Joe’s Valley Part 2 – Primitive Survival and Food Foraging”

  1. Too bad I was not able to capture footage of the bear; It hauled ass out of there, leaving behind a cloud of dust…

  2. yes! love it. I have been doing extreme conditioning for a few years, lets join forces! I am exploring and training in the Mazatzals this week, come out with me!

  3. the real trick is to not burn calories and stay perfectly still and quiet for hours at a time. preferably with a large spear, bow or shotgun in your hand. I like deadfall traps too.

  4. I love the Tonto National forest area up there around Payson… Pretty hardcore this time of year I bet. My time has been booked for the rest of the month, but I will be rooting for you 🙂

  5. Great video. Not many people state the edible food test, so it was good to see it in your video. A very honest presentation of events too, which is something I always try to maintain myself, but you also managed to stay very concise with it, so well done.
    Regular folk often don't realise how difficult it can be to forage in those kinds of terrain/environment.

  6. I agree, it is very hard to find enough food to subsist (and function) on during the wintertime or in barren areas. Even in the summertime it can be difficult in some areas. There's a reason natives worldwide have organized themselves into communities on the move.

  7. What's in my survival backpack? Take a gander on my website: https://allthingsforthewin.com/2017/12/06/the_go_bag/

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