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#231768 - 09/09/11 05:57 PM Lost hunter survives on worms for five days
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...nting-trip.html

A man who became separated from his friends in dense forest during a squirrel hunting trip in western Tennessee says he ate worms and drank muddy water to survive five days in the wild before he was found.

Bill Lawrence said he gathered rainwater in his hunting vest and tried.... <snip>

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#231778 - 09/09/11 08:35 PM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: NuggetHoarder]
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And this boys and girls is what not to do when lost. Don't wander aimlessly, instead, hug a tree.

No way of making fire (well, there was, but not to his way of thinking), no food, inadequate water, no PSK... the list goes on and on. A great lesson in what not to do.

The comments under the article are priceless.

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#231797 - 09/10/11 01:54 AM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: JBMat]
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I am so glad he had a "can of dipping tobacco." A man has got to get his priorities straight. So much more useful than fire making equipment.

I am wondering how he walked 35 miles to reach a road three miles (about two hours walk at a very slow pace) away.
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#231800 - 09/10/11 02:34 AM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: NuggetHoarder]
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Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, guess I'll eat some worms!



really? Couldn't just go a few days w/o food? Good for morale maybe, but one wonders the true caloric input.

why not eat some squirrel? Wasn't that why he was there in the first place? And this may sound dumb, but if you've got a gun, you don't really need to chase the squirrels. Especially the apparent miles that he did to be out of sound with his "buddies."

Man, so many things wrong it's not even funny. With the usual caveat that we don't hear everything on the news.

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#231819 - 09/10/11 03:12 PM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: MDinana]
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Give the man some credit. Properly equipped or not he showed gut's, detemination and survived.
SAR probably expected to recover remains at that point.
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#231821 - 09/10/11 03:22 PM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: Leigh_Ratcliffe]
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What parasites did he consume along with those worms? Worms are way down on my list of things to eat. Going without for a few days would be preferable.
Quote:
...He was taking antibiotics because of the things he ate in the forest. ...
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Okay, what’s your point??

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#231827 - 09/10/11 04:47 PM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: Russ]
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Probably the usual suspects.
Do you what really gripes me about this? [b]Everyone on this forum except me diss's Bear Grylls at every possible oppitunity, but he, at least, has the brains to carry a reliable fire starter and a metal mug to cook or boil in. [ /b]

Enough said, I think.


Edited by Leigh_Ratcliffe (09/10/11 04:48 PM)
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#231828 - 09/10/11 04:50 PM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: NuggetHoarder]
Susan Offline
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He's too stupid to be allowed outdoors off a leash, much less be allowed to carry a firearm! I wonder if it was really water that he had in those bottles?

Google Maps shows the park has a river on the west side and the road down the east side. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Shotgun for squirrels? Not much of a shot, either, apparently.

Apparently he never thought of using the worms as bait.

He's a Darwin Award waiting to happen. Bill Lawrence -- remember that name.

Sue

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#231837 - 09/10/11 06:59 PM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: MDinana]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Even these hunters got themselves a better meal than worms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goARbRuLAVo

grin

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#231856 - 09/11/11 12:27 AM Re: Lost hunter survives on worms for five days [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
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Originally Posted By: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor

Even these hunters got themselves a better meal than worms


Looking at this guy's choice of food items. it is safe to say we will not order what he's having. Worms are pretty far down our list of things to eat.

However, animal protein is animal protein. He did receive some nourishment - whether it was really necessary in his case is a different matter.

In a survival situation, we must remember to set aside our learned food preferences and broaden our food choices and treat our palates to some new food sensations.

There are plenty of groups who eat things most of us would consider disgusting - ants, termites, etc. Western culture apparently has a thing against insects, but they are evidently quite nutritious.
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