The Hunter Gatherer Prepper
Historically hunter-gatherers date as far back as prehistoric times when our ancestors used to forage for wild plants and hunt animals. As part of their preparedness planning the hunter-gatherer prepper learns and practices these hunting and foraging skills to increase their chances of survival should an extreme SHTF event take place.
For example, if a future event in time caused the food chain we rely on to cease to exist, we would once again need to become hunter-gatherers in order to source food. Learning these skills forms an important part of the prepper skill set and without the skills needed to hunt and trap animals or forage for wild edibles our chances of surviving would be at risk.
If a SHTF event does ever happen that results in the end of the food chain as we know it, the hunter-gatherer prepper would be able to use their hunting and foraging skills as a short-term method of providing food. Following on from this they would then look to move on to implementing agricultural methods that offer more long-term sustainable food sources.
Considering Hunter Gatherer Prepper Permanency
When thinking about what would happen post SHTF, it’s natural to assume that we would want to stay in one place and pursue self-reliance through agriculture. Working as a group using tried and tested farming methods would give us a better chance of survival. The group dynamic brings with it a diverse skill set providing many advantages over the alternative of going at it alone.
Many preppers have already successfully put agricultural methods in place and are producing their own food. Moving closer towards self-reliance they are able to stockpile the emergency food supplies they need, but there is, however, no guarantee these food supplies or agricultural methods would survive an extreme SHTF event. If an extreme SHTF event does happen that prevents us from settling in one place and using the agricultural methods we had planned, it could result in having to continue to hunt and gather on an indefinite basis, leading to a nomadic way of life once more.
Circumstances Leading To Hunter Gatherer Prepper Permanency
Before we consider the potential effects a man-made or natural disaster would have on our agriculture and farming abilities post SHTF. We should also consider that there are already signs that climate change and global warming could impact on agriculture and farming in the near future.
“Over the next several decades, the Western United States and the semi-arid region from North Dakota to Texas will develop semi-permanent drought, with rain, when it does come, occurring in extreme events with heavy flooding. Economic losses would be incalculable. More and more of the Midwest would be a dust bowl. California’s Central Valley could no longer be irrigated.”
The above excerpt talks about what could already happen in our lifetime as a result of global warming. Now imagine for a moment that some form of apocalyptic event happens that causes far more extreme environmental changes. Consider that these changes may prevent us from staying in one place. If this was the case it’s possible we will have to adopt a permanent hunter-gatherer prepper way of life.
Here are some examples of unpredictable events to consider that could impact on our ability to use traditional agricultural methods.
Nuclear Winter, Asteroid Impact or Super-Volcano
Should a nuclear winter, asteroid impact or super-volcano happen. It could result in the sun being completely blocked out for several years preventing the use of agriculture methods.
Sea Level Changes
Extreme sea level changes would cause saltwater intrusion and loss of land due to mass flooding.
Unpredictable Weather Extremes
Unpredictable weather extremes such as wildfires and landslides would impact our ability to stay in one place for very long. Another example of an extreme change in climate would be a new ice age.
Animal & Plant Life Behavioral Changes.
Extreme weather conditions including significant shifts in temperature can impact the behavior of the animals and fish we hunt. It could also have an impact which plants grow where and when. No longer affording us the luxury of staying in one place.
Hunter Gatherer Prepper Permanency Consideration Summary
Continuing to learn and practice hunting and gathering skills will always remain an important part of prepping. As will the goal of striving to become self-reliant by using agriculture as a means of food production. Although in no way is this article intended to belittle such activities.
Instead, it offers up a different perspective that considers the possibility of having to become permanent hunter-gatherers. If an extreme event prevented us from settling and using agriculture to provide our food, we would no doubt still survive. The human race has long been resilient with its proven history of being able to adapt and evolve. We survive because we keep an open mind and consider such possibilities.