Being in quarantine for the past 2 months has really put some things into perspective for me. A global pandemic, witnessing people in a complete panic running to the toilet paper section of the supermarket, seeing grocery store shelves go empty, so many people becoming unemployed. The future seems so uncertain right now, it made me think about survival. I had to ask myself “ how dependent am I on my local supermarket?” “What if I couldn’t afford to buy groceries?” "Would I survive?" With all the time I have during this quarantine, I thought of all the things I could and should be doing to live off the land,
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that money only goes so far, and living off the land like my ancestors is priceless and really something I should know more about. So I decided to spend this time in quarantine learning more about the essentials of hunting, gardening, and fishing.
I know the basics of hunting and have been hunting whitetail deer for years now, but there is always more to learn. My goal is to learn more about other animals in my region like turkey, rabbit, etc, even fishing and setting traps for different animals. These are all things my grandfather tried to teach my brothers and me as kids, but I just did not have the patience to learn at the time. I know the time is now! So I started with making a bow and arrow for my son. It was a success and he loved it! This was a big motivator for me to keep doing more.
Next, was a garden. I know this is hard work, so I had to do some research. After reading an old gardening book and bumping through a few podcasts, my wife and I are on our way to harvesting our first family garden!
My goal, of course, is to add some new tools to my toolbox but even more important, I want to continue to grow my relationship with nature. Nature is my culture and there is so much I can and need to learn. This is my first step and I am looking forward to the challenges and growth it’ll bring my entire family.
Lastly, I wanted to mention that I’m taking this time to grow with my family and teach my children the value and the ability to live with the land. Also, this time has been very enjoyable for me because for the first time in a long time, I’m able to be home every weekend with my wife and kids. Creating a stronger bond with my family is something I would choose over anything.