Witchetty grubs

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 22:38
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No one taught me how to live off the land so I ask someone in VIC to spend a few days with me somewhere showing me how to trap and eat a rabbit or fish or the little blighters witchetty grubs.

I am seriously keen to learn to live off the land in it's most literal sense.

Anyone keen?

This is not a Friday Funny.

iMusty

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Reply By: Grungle - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:24

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:24
Hi iMusty,

I am a survivalist at heart - spent my youth in the territory and grew up with Les Hiddens however rabbits are introduced and not as in abundace as they once were since the "diseases" were introduced. Now it is a matter of working for your food and checking "the signs" that will help with knowing how to survive.

I carry Potassium Permaganate and a whole host of other things for steralisation of water but also have a "knowledge" curtosey of books of what I can expect in the area I am travelling.

Call me paranoid but I feel I am teaching my children at the same time as honing my own skills so feel like I make a difference.

For an extra kilo of weight I have a comprehensive survival kit that will benifit my family.

Did I mention my 4.5 year old can light a fire from a camera lens AND a matchless fire set (Army survival box)

Regards
David
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:46

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 23:46
I appreciate the reply.

Stay in touch please.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 01:03

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 01:03
Times are tough eh iM??? good start would be the les hiddens bush tucker book but he concentrates on the northern foodbasket rather than the tougher central and southern areas. dont forget eating natives can get you a 10k fine. As has been said bunnies are now a bit scarce but seem too be making a comeback recently. For someone of your abilities I would suggest start by hunting down a blue tounge lizard but be warned!!! the display of the tongue can be far more ferocios than an all black haka and may turn your legs to jelly. a quick dong to the head and throw it on coals ............................................... tasts like crap but you can live live on it
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:25

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 08:25
I'd suggest you hang around a few homeless urban survivalists, they know how to get a feed.
I'm afraid there's not much future in humping the bluey these days, the tax people will getcha wherever you go :)))
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 09:54

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 09:54
Come up to Broome (where I live) and spend a week or so with local indigenous people. Can't see I like witchetty grubs but goanna is really good, ditto green ants.
Collyn Rivers
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Follow Up By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 10:03

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 10:03
Well I just singed the whichetty grub on the fire, and the skinned and cleaned blue tongue looked a bit like a rabbit so I ate some raw!!!! I was very young at the time, neither had enough flavour for me to bother doing it again and of course we didnt have "sweet chilli sauce" for dipping way back then. lol. Enjoy Musty but dont invite me to tea.

Carolyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 22:15

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 22:15
Spot on Collyn,

The tail end of those green ants are the sweetest stuff you will ever eat.

I'm guessing they are full of energy, and protien as well but I'm no scientist.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 10:37

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 10:37
iMusty, This site is a good start...
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 10:41

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 10:41
Then there is this one

or the more scientific approach
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Reply By: Nudenut - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:04

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:04
i'm glad my hunting mate is a cray fisherman!
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:25

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:25
Gee im glad i have a big fridge, I'll settle for a steak and a beer!!!
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:55

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:55
iMusty, give your local conservation mob a call. Here in WA our CALM used to run bush survival courses. Suspect that in Vic. similar bush tucker and survival stuff/training is available.

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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 22:00

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 22:00
pretty staight forward for deadfalls and bird traps have used them a bit as an adventrous scout.
grubbing with a wire easy too but dont get caught onprivate property!

what about condensation evaporation water catching ideas like rock in a bag over a small hole or tied around a small plant.
bogong moths are fairly edible too!

remembering nature usually shows the signs to be wary of.

would love a full on survival weekend !
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