You’’ ve found out how to discover excellent fire wood in tough conditions and then utilize it to dependably get a fire going no matter what . You’’ ve found out how to layer for the outdoors . You ’ ve discovered how to check out a map . What ’ s the rational conclusion of discovering all this and the other abilities we ’ ve covered in this video series? The capability to experience brand-new, risker environments’with self-confidence and convenience. With the ideal technique and equipment, winter season outdoor camping can be simply as comfy as camping any other season. Here ’ s how.
Learning How to Make a Spear Is a Must for Survivalists
Whether you’re in an authentic survival scenario or just up at the lake for a weekend camping trip, you’ve got to eat. But what if your food supplies are running low, or worse, you never had any, to begin with?
That’s when knowing how to make a spear comes in handy. Here, we’re going to show you how to make a hunting spear from wood.
We’ll also offer some basic fire-hardening techniques to prolong the life of your spear. Stick around to the end to learn the most effective way to make this multifunctional, primitive hunting tool.
Along the way, we’ll pass on some important safety warnings and tips. Before you get started, here are a few things you’ll need:
Once you’ve cut your pole, saw off the fat end to make the surface flat and even. Take your cordage and wrap the pole about 10 inches below the working end.
This will help keep the pole from splitting out once you begin the batoning process.
WARNING: Make sure your spear stands at least as tall as you do. This will help ensure the sharpened points of your spear are above eye level, just in case you take a fall while out on the hunt.
Step 2. Split and Sharpen the Working End of Your Spear
Once you’ve wrapped the working end of the spear with cordage, butt the opposing end up against a tree or stump to help stabilize it. Slowly baton 8-10 inches straight down.
Turn your knife perpendicular to the first split and repeat the batoning process.
Next, find a couple of three-inch sticks about the diameter of a pencil and slide them firmly in place between the splits to keep the spear points expanded. With your knife, sharpen each of the four points.
Step 3. Harden the Spear’s Points with Fire
Once the points are sharp, remove the cordage and place the sharpened points below the coals of a fire for 10-15 minutes. This speed dries or “fire-hardens” the wood.
Tip: Be mindful of your spear during this process; check it often to make sure it’s only drying and not burning.
Side Note: An alternative drying technique is to hold the spear just above the flames of your fire like a marshmallow so the flames lick the points of the spear.
While this technique may take longer, it’s easier to keep an eye on the spear points to make sure they aren’t burning.
Step 4. Reinforce the Spear
Once the spear is removed from the fire and allowed to cool, latch the three-inch wooden pegs in place to reinforce the spear during impact. Align your cordage vertically against the shaft of the spear and create a loop.
Next, wrap cordage around the shaft while alternating over and under the wooden pegs.
Step 5. Finishing Touches
After two or three times around, slip the working end of your cordage through the loop you created earlier, and give a stout tug on the other end. When done correctly, this will tighten the pegs up nicely and leave you with a durable, four-prong spear point.
You can also opt to sharpen the other end of the spear into a single, fire-hardened point for self-defense against potential predators.
Watch this video from AVmake for an alternative which is how to make a spear for fishing out of bamboo:
There you have it, survivalists! A sturdy spear good for self-defense and harvesting small game and fish. Your DIY survival spear will work great to take down small game and fish, but when it comes to larger game you’ll need a more heavy-duty weapon.
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