Senior Project - Bushcraft

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  1. Noah Solomon

    Noah Solomon Tinder Gatherer

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    Hey im Noah.
    Im a Senior in highschool. Ever since I was little I remember watching survivor man / man vs wild wanting to be like them. Now many years later I am doing my senior project of survival/bushcraft and it has became a passion of mine. I go outside in the forest behind my house whenever I have time. I will start making YouTube videos soon especially when all the snow melts.
    If anyone has any tips that they would like to share please do as it will benefit my senior project. I would greatly appreciate it.
    - Noah
     
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  2. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Welcome Noah, this place is full of more tips than you can shake a stick at bud... just dig in. :dblthumb:

    PS. The bush class section is a great place to start. Lots of tutorials and skills to be learned there.
     
  3. southron

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    Howdy from Alabama Noah

    There are tons of "bushcraft" things you could pick and choose from. To me it all just sort of mixes together.

    I'd think that making cordage, or maybe a bow drill fire would be good for youtubes.

    Knife use is interesting and a mainstay of woodsmanship, but you might have problems out of a Politically Correct teacher. Might want to check with them on that sort of stuff.

    Then there are first aid kits, water obtaining and purifying, and campfire cookery.

    Making soda can alcohol cooking stoves out of found materials

    Using a tarp to construct a shelter

    lashing poles for things

    a Try stick with a knife is interesting.

    I'll suggest a visit to the bushclass forum and see what looks interesting and attempt it. As a side benefit if you do all of them you can get double use out of your film both school and to get the bush craft tab if you like collecting things like that.

    There is also a nice sticked thread on bushcraft kit for under $100 total as a starter if you want to hit the frugal side of it.

    Have fun out there

    Jim
     
  4. DomC

    DomC Retired Old Scrub Stomper

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    Greetings from East Central FL, welcome to BCUSA Noah.

    Dom
     
  5. FIELDCRAFTLTC

    FIELDCRAFTLTC Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    Greetings from CT and welcome to BCUSA. If you want to gain some great information and learn some skills - check out the BushClass Thread. BushClass is FREE!!!!
    Looking forward to your videos in the future.
    Cheers!
     
  6. blind & lost

    blind & lost Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Welcome Noah from SW Florida.
     
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    Bushclass for sure. As you look around in the various sub forums you'll come across topics that will interest you. Nothing needs to be done in order and everything is interrelated so one interesting skill leads to and builds on another.
    Hello and welcome from Kansas.
     
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    NJHeart2Heart Backyard Bushcrafter Supporter

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    Welcome aboard Noah from NW New Jersey! Terrific that you're able to do your senior project on a GREAT topic! There is plenty of reading on here to get lots of great information, and I echo other members that Bushclass is a terrific tool you can use for a logical progression of bushcraft skills!
     
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    Welcome from s.c. There is a lot of information from people here. search the posts on what you are interested in. We are all willing to help you. joe
     
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    Badey Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Another rewarding aspect of bushcraft is using the skills you develop to make connections across generations. You can be a mentor figure to people younger than you who will benefit from time spent appreciating the natural world around them. Likewise, in your travels, you may find a few people older than you who will relish telling the stories of their life lessons, and passing on to you the wisdom and serenity of years spent outdoors.
     
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    Welcome from south Louisiana. The woods will become more fun each year
     
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    tennecedar Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Tips I learned from experience-

    Watch others and try to replicate what they do that works. If it works for them try it for yourself. Most of all, practice in the woods is the best teacher.


    Over do anything you attempt. Especially as a beginner. I've never heard a seasoned woodsman complain his tarp was lashed too well or he had too much bedding or his camp was too wind proof.

    Don't get caught up in buying a lot of gear at first. There's plenty of time for that later down the road. Skills acquired thru doing will tell you what gear you need later.

    Take each task that you want to do and get good at it. Fire, carving, cooking, shelters... Each are fulfilling skills that need attention to get good at. But its hard to get good at everything at once.
     
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    Welcome to BCUSA!

    Once the winter passes, be careful of ticks if you live in tick country (which is increasing every year). Make sure that you treat your clothes, yourself and your gear. Also, do a thorough tick check when you get home. Proper protection can help you keep your health--which is invaluable.

    Good luck with your project!
     
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    ewtoutdoors BCUSA Friend Bushcraft Friend

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    Hello and Welcome from SW Connecticut. You will find lots of info for your project, try practicing some of the things you learn and do the bushcraft lessons it will help give your project a real personal touch. Good luck on your adventure with your project. :dblthumb:
     
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    kcardwel Hardwoodsman Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass III

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    Welcome; great stuff here and good you are starting out early. bush class for sure and anything else you would like to try. plenty here will give you sound advice.
     
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    Hi Noah! Welcome to BCUSA!

    I remember doing something similar when I was in High School. For me, it was my Biology class (Bushcraft/Survival wasn't considered scholarly enough back then I guess LOL!).

    From what I remember, I detailed wildlife in the area as well as spent time identifying edible/useful plants/trees in the area. I then did a photo-based "report" of my findings. This helped in two ways, 1. it provided documentation for my teacher and 2. it gave me a great start for reference for my future bushcrafting. I learned A LOT about cattail plants from that project!

    Essentially you will be sharing with everyone what you have found useful in your area.

    Good luck with your project!
     
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    hunter63 Bushmaster

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    Hunter63 saying Hey and Welcome.....From Wisconsin.
     
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    One of the most important things I have learned is to be observant when you're out in the woods. Try to look at things with purpose. For example: You pick up a stick and start carving something out of it. You could look at it and see "just a stick", or you could see "softer hardwood with straight grain, slightly green, carves easily, with fibrous inner bark." A big part of learning skills and gaining knowledge is to observe and file things away so you remember them the next time.

    Being familiar with your resources is key. Get a basic field guide to trees and start learning to identify them. Once you find a tree that you positively identify, grab a dead branch from it and peel the bark off. What is the bark like? Would it make good tinder? Would it make good cord? What is the wood like? Etc... Soon enough, you'll be walking around saying to yourself "Hey, look at that dead tulip poplar branch. I could make cord out of it." Or "hey, look at that that peeling birch bark. That would make great tinder."

    This would probably add to the educational twist as well.
     
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    Hello from all of us here in New Mexico!
     
  23. The Woodsrunner

    The Woodsrunner Bush Nerd Hobbyist

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    Welcome aboard from Texas! I'm glad to see more younger folk here!

    Definitely check out the BushclassUSA section. Great stuff there.

    Also check out this long, but super helpful thread: CampGearUnder 100 Dollars
     

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