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Old 14 April 2020, 09:42
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I just signed up for a year long Foraging/medicinal plant course. I'm starting from zero, but honestly will be reluctant to harvest anything without the experienced eye of an expert. The course makes it quite clear that some of this stuff will KILL you with a bite or two..lol. But I feel so ignorant as I walk around the 'hood and realize I don't know an edible weed from a rock and figure I should..a little anyway.

How have you all learned?
For me. Mostly hand me down knowledge and just being in the woods half my life. Most things that grow locally I know. I taught wilderness survival as a civilian for years to kids in North Georgia which basically has the same variety of plant species as here.

In an unknown area or location, is where the difficulty arises of what is edible or poisonous. Some wild edibles you can eat part of the plant but the root may be poison. Or, just the opposite. Some roots you can boil and they’re OK, un boiled they may be deadly. It can get tricky!

Civilized or not an app like Plant Finder can help. A good Army survival manual or Ranger Hanbook has a test for experimenting with an unknown plant but it’s a 24 hr process.

I grew up with remedies like daisy tea for stomach upset. A common roadside plant called life everlasting dried, boiled and mixed in vasoline for curing sores/wounds. Just a lot of hillbilly hand me down knowledge. God Bless my alcoholic ole Uncle. RIP. We would hit the woods for a week with a loaf of bread and a can of Spam, no cell phones. Lived off what we found while digging Mountain Gold. Ginseng.
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Old 14 April 2020, 09:44
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I bet a lot of us learned by spending a disproportionate amount of time on the shitter, sharting, and getting a stomach pump... :-) after we were shown what was GTG...

This thread already shows that I for one, have forgotten a LOT.

Is there a go to bible for foraging for the “good” and “bad” plants that’s recommended?

P36, what course? That would be an interesting course to take.
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Old 14 April 2020, 15:25
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I'm the same as Top...I grew up around old mountain codgers and I took a shine to what they wanted to teach. And like most, I learned to navigate day or night by terrain association. Once the military showed me a map, protractor and how to use them, land nav was something I always liked because it came easier to me.

Most of us grew up as a mix between Huckleberry Finn and the Old Man and the Boy--but with a lot more adolescent mischief.
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Old 14 April 2020, 17:01
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I just signed up for a year long Foraging/medicinal plant course.
Where are you taking the course, Purple? I grew up foraging with my Grandparents... but have embarrassingly little knowledge of the local mushrooms here. I would love to take a course at some point.

Last summer I spent quite a few weekends picking and frying up these guys in sour cream. Major noms!
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Old 14 April 2020, 18:26
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Mushrooms were the one thing teaching survival that I recommended never to eat, unless your a botanist. You really gotta be careful unless you like a terrible gastrointestinal experience, or you may end up tripping. I stick to about 3 or 4 that I’m positive of.

Risk vs reward.
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Old 14 April 2020, 18:28
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Old 14 April 2020, 18:33
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For tripping?
Make that 5.
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Old 14 April 2020, 19:02
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Guy in my platoon in B/1-75 was SOR'd from Ranger School in FL after eating some mushrooms and needing a MEDEVAC- he was hallucinating pretty bad. Day 8 of the 10 day patrol with a 'GO'.
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Old 14 April 2020, 19:11
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Guy in my platoon in B/1-75 was SOR'd from Ranger School in FL after eating some mushrooms and needing a MEDEVAC- he was hallucinating pretty bad. Day 8 of the 10 day patrol with a 'GO'.
I bet he enjoyed that like I enjoyed you leap frogging my ass up cardiac hill for PT.
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Old 14 April 2020, 20:55
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How have you all learned?
As a pup, I was lucky to have an Aunt and Uncle who had a section in Indiana, She took me into the woods and started with what could hurt you, like poison Ivy/oak, moved on to identifying types of trees and their uses.

Same woods, a different Uncle showed me what trees held squirrels and the importance of a field/garden dedicated to local deer.

Parenting should include tutoring in all subjects.
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Old 14 April 2020, 20:59
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Pop and I were having a discussion... At some point he said something about buying a squirrel/rabbit trap. Coincidentally, I have one on the way.

Then he sent this pic, and asked how many deers I could see...

Two are obvious. The other one thinks it’s hiding in plain sight.

At 77yo he’s thinking about meat in the freezer.
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Old 14 April 2020, 21:11
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I count 5. Maybe one hidden behind the forked tree? Also, check out the squirrel pole trap in that Ranger Handbook. I leave the small game alone on the property. Squirrel and rabbit. Those deer look tasty though. Most probably carrying fawns.
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Old 14 April 2020, 21:45
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You should have the original by now. He and I did not discuss snares and such...

But he’ll need that info...

I’ll forward it on.

Thanks, Top.
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Old 15 April 2020, 01:49
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Where are you taking the course, Purple? I grew up foraging with my Grandparents... but have embarrassingly little knowledge of the local mushrooms here. I would love to take a course at some point.

Last summer I spent quite a few weekends picking and frying up these guys in sour cream. Major noms!
Going back to what I stated earlier, look at the gills on those shrooms. Not perfectly aligned, color and shape is right, chanterelles have a wonderful earthy sweet smell.
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Old 15 April 2020, 08:07
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I bet he enjoyed that like I enjoyed you leap frogging my ass up cardiac hill for PT.
I was the PSG or anyone in the CoC back then- I was a SP/4 and Robin Harrison was my roomie...as a SP/4.

Oh yeah, they tore up perimeter road from the barricade at the bottom of Cardiac Hill all the way back around the backside of the airfield.
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Old 15 April 2020, 09:34
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Old 15 April 2020, 10:22
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Red cedar is common here. My wife is an artist. I'm going to have a go at making cedar "hoops" for her to put artwork in. Mad scientist mode this morning with what I had laying around. Pressure canner to 1/4 tubing to 4" PVC to make my field expedient "steamer" to soften the wood for bending. This is a prototype, if it's effective I'll upsize it. I was gonna run it with copper line, but didn't want to listen to the jawing that would certainly ensue.
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I’m hoping to see a few of them next week Doc. Season opener on the 20th. If it ain’t f’ing snowing. The mild winter has helped boom an already healthy population of birds here. Looks like young Jakes.
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Old 15 April 2020, 13:57
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I’m hoping to see a few of them next week Doc. Season opener on the 20th. If it ain’t f’ing snowing. The mild winter has helped boom an already healthy population of birds here. Looks like young Jakes.
A lot of New England suburbs are overrun with Turkey, someone should introduce Elk here, followed by wolves....
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Old 15 April 2020, 14:21
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Iím hoping to see a few of them next week Doc. Season opener on the 20th. If it ainít fíing snowing. The mild winter has helped boom an already healthy population of birds here. Looks like young Jakes.
Saw 2 BIG Toms strutting in the big corn field around the corner from the Land Nav site, towards the dump, here at Campbell this A.M.
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