(TacticalNews.com) – Becoming a skilled bushcraft expert requires time, research and most importantly, practice. Unfortunately, not everyone has a convenient forest or mountain they can visit every weekend to train. Additionally, most state parks don’t allow people to set up makeshift shelters or start fires at random. So where can a blossoming bushcraft enthusiast turn to hone their craft?
The answer is shockingly simple: in the backyard.
In the following video, The Bearded Northman explains why traveling to practice bushcraft isn’t necessary, then provides examples of skills that can be honed at home:
Practicing bushcraft skills in the backyard not only saves you the time of heading out into the wild, but it also provides a safe environment should something go wrong. If an improvised shelter fails, a warm bed is not far away. The same thing applies to wounds suffered while learning to cut wood. A trip to the emergency room is much easier when you’re not in the middle of nowhere.
By learning the basics of bushcraft at home, you lessen the risk of making life-threatening mistakes when it counts. You will develop vital skills, and have an opportunity to test out gear to see what works and what doesn’t. It’s better to find out that fancy new gadget is actually junk at home, rather than when your life is depending on it.
You might not be able to hunt large game animals in your backyard (unless you have an impressive piece of property), but you can practice splitting wood, building shelters and starting fires. The more training accumulated in the backyard, the better off you’ll be in the field when your life could depend on these skills.
Bushcraft isn’t the only skill one can practice in the backyard, either. Testing bug-out bags or even new camping gear are perfect examples of dry-run training you can do at home. If your home happens to be in a HOA, you might want to check with them before you dive into training. Better safe than fined.
As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. The more you do something, the higher the likelihood you can do it under stress, without error.
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