Subsistence: A Guide For The Modern Hunter Gatherer: Hunting, Trapping, Fishing & Foraging for a Living In Central Texas by Nathan Martinez.
[NOTE – this book is area specific, focused on Central Texas]
This is one of the best available books on hunting/gathering. It rapidly becomes clear that the author has lived what he is preaching and knows his stuff. There are plenty of valuable details on how to do things that are also available in other books. But this book includes some unique information. The author includes personal logs that show how many of a specific item he collected during various periods of a field trip. He analyses how much effort it took and how long it takes and how many of the item would be needed. The intent is to allow development of a food supply strategy that will work well. Likewise, the excellent foraging section includes how many calories each substance can supply so this can matched against the effort involved to collect and process the food. Understanding the calendar and terrain specific to food sources and being able to balance the effort against the yield are key to creating an effective hunting and foraging strategy.
There is good information on trapping, including both crafting and using primitive traps, as well as using commercially manufactured metal spring traps like the Conibear. There is a similar good section on fishing. This book doesn’t try to teach all survival skills, but it is the best book out there on living off the land (without farming) in Central Texas.
Subsistence: A Guide For The Modern Hunter Gatherer: Hunting, Trapping, Fishing & Foraging for a Living In Central Texas – [amazon.com]
by Nathan Martinez