Living off the Land

Post image for Labrador Tea – Tonic or Toxic?

Labrador tea is the name given to three closely related Rhododendron species. These plants were traditionally used for many medicines as well as Labrador tea, most commonly made from , becoming a popular beverage tea. But is it safe to consume? Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 011: Andy Chadderton On Life As A Professional Deer Stalker

Professional deer stalker and firearms instructor Andy Chadderton joins me to talk about his work in deer stalking, deer management and education about deer… Read more >>


Post image for Bushcraft Take-Aways From The Manitoba Museum

What can you learn about bushcraft and wilderness living skills from a museum? Lots, as it turns out. If it’s a good museum, that is. And the Manitoba Museum is a good museum for nature, native skills, bushcraft, self reliance, anthropology, history of wilderness living, voyageurs, trappers, surveyors and first nations… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 010: Alyssa Crittenden On The Hadza, Honey And The Human Diet

Alyssa Crittenden, Lincy assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada joins me to talk about her work amongst the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania, evolution of the human diet and the importance of honey… Read more >>


Post image for How To Identify Giant Hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum

Giant Hogweed is an invasive species of plant originally from Central Asia. It’s a member of the carrot family, or Apiaceae. This species is in the news again as another child has been injured by coming into contact with the plant while playing outdoors. The following blog post contains a video I made on the plant and how to identify it… Read more >>


Post image for Favourite Films: Cree Hunters Of Mistassini

This is an anthropological documentary about a band of Cree hunters from Mistassini, Quebec who travel to live and hunt on their traditional hunting grounds. It’s a sympathetic film made during a time when these people’s traditional lands were under threat from hydro-electric development and the associated infrastructure. It puts across the Cree point of view about their traditional way of life and philosophy. For the student of northern forest bushcraft, this is a treasure-trove of techniques, skills and knowledge. In almost every scene there is… Read more >>


Post image for Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point

The wild carrot, Daucus carota, is a widespread and relatively common species, native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced and naturalised in Australia and North America, where it is often referred to as Queen Anne’s Lace. This species also lends its common name to what is often referred to as the carrot family, […] Read more >>


Post image for Rosebay Willowherb: Taking The Pith

Rosebay willowherb, Chamerion angustifolium (also known as Epilobium angustifolium) is a widespread plant of the Northern Hemisphere. Known as Fireweed to many, particularly in North America, this name reflects the plant’s appearance following forest fires and other events which leave the earth scorched. With greater light on the earth again, C. angustifolium seeds then germinate […] Read more >>


Post image for Five Survival Plants Every Forager Should Know

In a previous article I outlined a realistic approach to survival foraging. In such a situation, you would have nothing stored or preserved from previous seasons, little or no gathering or processing equipment (such as baskets, bags or grinding vessels), limited experience and possibly little or no familiarity with the geographic area. In short, if […] Read more >>


Post image for The Difference Between Foraging and Living Off The Land: Bushcraft Show 2013 Presentation

I was among the expert speakers on the main stage at the Bushcraft Show 2013. Since then, I’ve had a lot of people asking me about the content of the talk and I’m delighted to be able to share it here on my blog. The video combines a recording of my talk with the slides I used for the presentation… Read more >>