I am unfortunate enough to live in a small city, and being a full-time college student who also has to work (I refuse to take the government handouts) I don't have time to test things out extensively. What I do have is a network of connections.I volunteer my time at various organizations and chat up owners and suppliers. I know where emergency food is and (WCS) how to get it. I made a map of where to collect what I need and have a loose idea of where to go in case of certain scenerios. I also know the fastest routes out of my city.Knowledge is my tool, and about the only one I can afford. And I have the experience of outdoor camping/gun ownership. The survival training will hopefully come in time (and when I have time) but I do know how to 'streetfight' and at least how to scavange off the city.No real stockpiles to speak of, excepting utility things. . .
I'd say you have a definite edge, and probably more prepared than 99% of city dwellers.
That's like saying to a midget "you're the tallest of the dwarves!"
I have a new assignment with work, I will be traveling back and forth across the country a few times in a six month period. Most places I will only be in for evenings and mornings, my days off mostly in a truck or van. I do plan to set some traps and identify and use some plants for cordage or food. The traps are no kill practice sets that do not injure or detain the animals. Some of the areas have really usefull rocks, and I plan to learn more about them as well.
Solar you say you hate venison!Perhaps it's because your in the Sierra. Here in Illinois a primary food for deer is Corn. My opinion the Venison is very tasty. However there are some caveats. Dress the deer immediately. Remove all the fat and tallow. Then if possible Age the meat for 4-7 days in a local meat locker if possible. Many people soak their steaks in salt water overnight.However I think if your using a particular recipe to prepare your venison - look for a different recipe to see if it helps to enhance the meat. Here are two Videos. The first one should be owned by all survivalists in my opinion. Deer from Field to Freezer $24.95http://www.amazon.com/Deer-from-Field-to-Freezer/dp/B000EE05UWNot intended to put professional butchers out of business, this DVD shows you one familys way of handling large animals, getting them ready for the frying pan using only a knife whilst yet in the field. John & Geri McPherson take a deer sized animal (here a goat) from moment of kill to ready to package for the freezer. As with all of their "How-To" instructional materials, they clearly illustrate step by step the way to take this animal apart using only a knife (they have used stone blades). John begins by removing the insides and then shows the proper way to skin leaving no holes or scores behind so that you retain a quality skin in the event that you decide to tan it (using their DVD Brain tan Buckskin as a guide). Geri then removes the sinew, head, tenderloins and loins. With the carcass, hanging from a tree limb Geri attacks it removing one quarter at a time, deboning and cutting the meat into steaks, roasts and stew meat. You will come away from this presentation understanding what is involved in taking your animal From Field to Freezer.________________________________Game Processing $19.95http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=746490Field to the Freezer DVDThis DVD gives you professional, step-by-step advice on butchering your whitetail deer. You'll see six phases of game preparation in all, including skinning and front and rear quartering. No butchering detail is left out. Learn how pros cut choice boneless pieces of meat. Master Butcher Garry Zick provides clear and concise instructions. Zick is one of the country's most renowned butchers. You'll save a fortune on butchering costs. 140 min.