Survival Challenge in Texas

Bushcrafting A Better Tomorrow

Chewy. It tastes like, it tastes like grits. Sand. (food crunches) I’m Zachary Fowler and that’s Chris Thorne. And this is the 30-day survival challenge in Texas. There’s only one rule. If you wanna eat, you gotta catch and cook it. Good morning. It’s about in the morning. I went to be at 7:30. It was an early night. (yawns) With all the rain early night last night.

Hopefully that didn’t dampen down the turtles stewing overnight. Didn’t rain too incredibly hard. So it’s up pretty darn good. And I think I’m gonna get up and go for a hunt early here. Early bird gets the worm, right? See what we can do. (soft mid tempo music) (buttons click)

Turtle Soup

Turtle soup’s looking good. All right, that turtle soup’s looking good. It will be real nice to come back after tramping around here in the bush all damp this morning. See if I can’t get us some more food. And have a nice warm breakfast. Turtle stew. (upbeat music) Slingshot out and get ready to go. So I’m not surprised by anything. (mumbles) Load it up.

I load up my slingshot. And I pinch it and then I grip it. With my pinky like this. So I can walk with one hand on the camera, one hand on this and then just be able to put the camera down and be ready to go. That was how I got that rattlesnake the other day, and the possum. Ready to go. Drop the camera, turn it on. Just batch them and we’re able to have ourselves some rattlesnake and possum stew.

Playlist

So if you haven’t seen that yet, go back to the beginning of the series. Playlist is on the bottom there down in the description. And you could see our days leading up to this day. (upbeat music) Well, that was uneventful. That was like the most uneventful walkabout I have ever had while I’m here. So, it must have been the rain.

Everything’s hiding. Put my canopy up for the day. Get a fire going, it’s cold. It’s cold and breezy. I don’t know what to do today. So, maybe building something will warm me up. – And as Zach always says, fire likes buddies. So we need to give it some buddies. – And then my worst nightmare happened. I don’t know how it happened, but somewhere between the last scene and this one, I lost audio for almost the entire day.

Eating Turtle

As far as I could tell, between one scene and the next I must have just turned the microphone off. Because the next day everything’s just fine and back to normal. Fortunately we’re just gonna be eating some turtle here, so I’ll just do a bit of voiceover and tell you what the turtle was really like when we ate that, and we’ll do a little musical montage build of this awesome table that we did that day, then we’ll be back to business as usual.

Lord, thank you for this turtle. Jesus name, amen. All right, let’s dig in. We’re gonna start right off with some turtle eggs. (food crunching) Yep, chewing, chewing. It tastes like, it tastes like grits. Sand. (food crunching) And put a little soup in there to keep it warm since it’s a cold day. I have no idea why I’m pointing at the chopsticks right there. (slurping) Ah. What do you think, Chris?. Because, I like the turtle.

Turtle Eggs

I think maybe the turtle eggs might be one of my top three favorite things I’ve eaten out here. I don’t know, Zack. It’s kind of a toss up for me between bald eagle and maybe the great horned owl eggs. Hm, yeah, I can see that. (slurping)

But enough of that torture. It’s time to build something. Nope, not slingshots. That’s just one I found from my buddy Anthony, and another one for whoever picked that as their reward on the Kickstarter, and the rest of you, thank you so much for supporting us and making it so we could come out here and do this.

Upbeat Music

♪ Today is gonna be ♪ ♪ A little something more ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ I’ve got a plan in mind ♪ ♪ A special thing in store ♪ ♪ Oh oh ♪ ♪ The light bulb inside my head is saying ♪ ♪ Get out and play ♪ ♪ ‘Cause you’ll never feel this way ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ My lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ Don’t need a pot of gold ♪ ♪ A rabbit’s foot or two be told ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ Slept in ’cause I don’t care ♪ ♪ And didn’t make the bed ♪ ♪ Didn’t make the bed ♪ ♪ Sip coffee on my couch ♪ ♪ What can I do instead? ♪ ♪

What can I do instead?

♪ ♪ No work, it’s only fun ♪ ♪ ‘Cause it’s all okay ♪ ♪ ‘Cause you’ll never feel this way ♪ ♪ Feel this way ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ My lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ Don’t need a pot of gold ♪ ♪ A rabbit’s foot or two be told ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ (upbeat music) ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪

♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ Don’t need a pot of gold ♪ ♪ A rabbit’s foot or two be told ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ Don’t need a pot of gold ♪ ♪ A rabbit’s foot or two be told ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ ♪ It’s my lucky day ♪ Welcome to the grand opening of the Texas Outback Bar and Grill, where today’s specials are raccoon and turtle.

Raccoon Soup

Can I get you anything? Just like Henry Ford said when they released the Model T, you can have any color you want, just as long as it’s raccoon soup. (chill mid tempo music) (chill mid tempo music) Oh, there goes a big old buck. That thing’s here in the morning, that’s gonna be in my living room. (laughs) What do you think, huh? Air rifle will be here tomorrow. Or the next day by drone.

All right, made it down to the river. Gotta check on my fish-uation. Rebait the hooks. See if we got something. Hopefully it’s not another one of those turtles. That was a lot of work to process. Holy cow. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers, I’d take anything right now. Means we keep going, we keep strong.

We’re going doing good now. But man, so many deer. It’s all about the right tool for the job. The sling bow is not legal. So, can’t take that with it. I could take more raccoons and things. We haven’t been so fortunate finding too many treed raccoons.

Slingshot

Did get that possum with the slingshot, though. Nice, my little rocket still held up even during the rain. I can make another. That’s disappointing. (chimes tingling) There may have been something on there. I come down first thing this morning, two broken hooks. So much for that, early bird gets the worm. Didn’t get going today because of all the rain. And possibly lost ourselves some fish. They might have broken off some time in the night.

They were older hooks. Darn it. Well, nothing on the line. It’s time to rebait. All right, all my lines are baited. I’m gonna post up here for a little bit and journal, and see if I can’t get myself a fish. Temperature’s dropping quick. But I’m from Maine, so that doesn’t mean much to me. I love how, unlike Maine, you can carve and shape the ground any way you want.

The Hidden Woodsman

It’s not 90% rock, it’s just 90% sand. Malcolm the hidden woodsman included this with this pack that he gave me. I was like, what in the world am I gonna do with this? He was like, some people use this as a signal flag or they kneel on it. And I’m like, what a bunch of wusses. But I get down here and I been using it nonstop to wrap my fish in, bring it back. Now everything’s dirt, sand and clay and muddy. Put it down, make a nice little spot for my butt.

Oh yeah. Work on my journal entry for the day. Yee-haw. Lord, give me a giant, giant, or even a small catfish, please. (soft piano music) Dear diary, why is it that so many of the animals we’ve eaten out here taste like chicken? When I got that possum with the slingshot it tasted like chicken.

Rattlesnake

And the rattlesnake definitely tasted like chicken. Maybe. Who’s to say what came first? Maybe everything just tastes like possum. Well, it’s cold, it’s dark. And I’m not catching anything just now. So I think I’m gonna head back. (buttons click) (slingshot projectile taps) All right, we are back from our journeys. Nothing in his traps, nothing on my line. I guess it’s more raccoon and turtle stew. – No, yours is the same size as mine. I think. – It’s bigger. – Let me see. (Zachary laughs) Is it really longer? – No, it’s not.

  • Let me see. – It’s bigger. You don’t need to handle it, it’s bigger. The wind is ridiculous. I don’t know if I want to stay out here and wait for the soup. (Chris laughs) You went and got your Woobie, but I don’t got a Woobie! – Yeah, I love my Woobie. – I just want a cup of soup and go to bed. I don’t even care about eating some meat out of it or anything right now. It’s just too much work. It’s 10:00.
  • I’m done, I’m going right for the raccoon soup, a cup of that before bed. (lid rattles) Ooh. Nice rich looking broth. Doesn’t that look good? Everything a growing boy needs. Right there. Yes sir. Gotta fold my laundry I had out drying. There, done. Darn Texas was supposed to be warm. (Chris laughs) – All right man, I’m rollin’. – Good night. Come down here on days that are 90-something degrees.

Shelter

Miserable hot. Almost from the minute I got here. My nice shelter up at my place where it would be nice and warm inside with a fire. (Chris laughs) None of this wind junk. Blowing on you, making you uncomfortable. It’d be nice and cozy there. Instead I come all the way down here to eat turtle and… Raccoon. I could just be doing this at home. – Yeah. Could be. It’s not surviving when you’re already homesteading though. – I guess, yeah, that wouldn’t be surviving.

Didn’t try something new out. Mind you, I’m not complaining. I’m just explaining. Because if I didn’t explain, you wouldn’t know what I was thinking. And what fun would that be? About as cold as it gets. I had a little chunk of ice in the bottom of my cup when I went to go and. I don’t know if it was ice or gelatinized cartilage gel, you know. It probably was gelatinized soup broth. It sure looked like a little bit if ice in the bottom of my cup here. All right, I am in for the night. Really putting my gear to the test this time.

Sleeping Bag

Outdoor Vitals under quilt and sleeping bag are both rated to 30 degrees. It’s 30 degrees out there. But fortunately they gave me this sick still on Kickstarter at this point where I’m out here in November. Outdoor Vitals jacket, which is super warm. So that might make the added difference. There’s not many rocks here, so it can’t be heating up hot rocks. I’ll have to find one tomorrow. Just I don’t think it’s something I need, but man, there’s nothing quite like taking a hot rock.

A happy rock is what we call them, wrap it up in your (mumbles) and toss it down there by your feet. Oh, you sleep so well. It lasts for about four or five hours. It’s so nice. And if you’re sleeping on the ground, you bury it underneath the ground, like three or four of ’em, all hot rocks. You sleep so well, it’s so nice. Like a heated bed. That wind is blowing. I’m comfy in my Warbonnet hammock. And now that I finally got soup in me, I’m full. And tomorrow’s a special day.

Epic Day

Day 13. My Seneca air rifle. 50 caliber Dragon Claw air rifle is comin’ in. It’s gonna be dropped in by drone. It’s gonna be awesome. I can’t wait. Tomorrow’s gonna be the best day. I’m gonna feel like a kid at Christmas. I’m gonna try and go to sleep while daydreaming about my rifle and Dragon Claw. How cool is that? It shoots arrows too. I wish I had the catalog so I could just open it up and look at it one more time. But tomorrow will be here soon enough, so I’m gonna try and go to sleep.

So I can get that out tomorrow and get up and receive that as it gets delivered by drone. So thanks for watching, guys. Hopefully I’ll see you tomorrow. If not, I don’t care, because I’m gonna be having fun even if you’re missin’ out on it. Fowler out. .

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