Survival Challenge Texas
I’m Zachary Fowler, and that’s Chris Thorn. And, this is the 30 day survival challenge, Texas. There’s only one rule, if you wanna eat, you gotta catch and cook it. I know, how about snakeskin purses. – Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. – You want snakeskin purse too? – Yeah. – All right. Let’s get my bags. A giant hug. – Yeah. – My girls. See ’em in a month and a half. Or month and a week, I guess. It, technically, all together. 49. Is that, that’s the limit, 50, right? – 50 yeah. – All right, we’re good. That was pretty painless.
I had to check my camera bag as always. I never put that down below in the plane. That always stays right with me. Not the way I see people tossing stuff out of planes when they’re packing our stuff. Yee-haw. Texas here I come. Best part about traveling, traveling by montage. (upbeat music) (beeping) – There you go. – We will be dimming the cabin lights for takeoff.
Individual reading light controls are overhead. Thank you for your attention. – I know, carbs. But, in like three days I’m gonna be eating opossum, and catfish, and who knows what else. Hopefully boar, and something bigger and tastier. So, carbs it is for today. – This is for an evacuation. If you want, and are willing and able. – Look at you, you are half the size you were last time I saw ya, in person.
All right, we got my bags. And, we can get outta here. – Now it’s time to eat. – I gotta get my knives outta here before we go too far. And my slingshot. Mostly my slingshot. I could live without my knives, I don’t know if I could live without my slingshot. Woo, it’s hot here.
What the heck. – It is not hot. – It was freezing at home with snow on the ground. There’s a nor’easter. And, it’s like 70. All right guys. What is up? – What’s up? – I don’t know man, you hungry? – I am starving. – All right, let’s go eat.
- Happy new year. Open your mouth. – Hoo, Chris is a great host. Took me to an awesome Mongolian grill. And, we did a live stream about the 30 day challenge the next day. But, somebody asked, are we bringing food? We are not bringing any food, we’re not bringing any calories. We are just going to survive, catch and cook, the whole time we’re out there. That’s the whole point of this adventure.
- Shave the Wookie. A little haircut action from Chris, ’cause it was hot down there in Texas for a Mainer like me. It’s already been late fall. And, my package showed up with all my stuff from Maine just at the last minute. It might look like a lot of stuff that we’re bringing with us. But, a lot of it comes from different sponsors, so we’re showing it off on different days. And, that’s all of it.
- Not a lot of stuff. Haversack, backpack, camera bag, and trapper basket. I don’t wanna spend so much time telling ya about all the gear that it ruins the video. So, there’s gonna be a link in the description for every single one of the videos with a gear video related to that video.
So, you can see that and get to know the stuff that we brought with us. But, let’s get out there, and really start this adventure. And, we are off and away. I got my pack, I’m gonna have to make another couple runs to get all the way out here. Not sure of the full distance, but we’re out there. We’re out there. You won’t hear cars. Might hear planes, just ’cause there’s planes that fly over everywhere.
So, as you can see, the light is pretty dusky. We definitely did not get an early start to the day. Had a lot of last minute preparations, things going on to make sure when we leave the email world and all that stuff behind, that everything was cued up and set to go, so we could just enjoy ourselves out here and have some fun. – Hi guys. Well, we made it. This is a beautiful area. – And, there’s a stream, and it’s beautiful.
A nice little open spot right here. Ouch. Those things hurt. Here we go, there’s a nice couple of trees right here. I could set up my hammock tied to there, to there. Feels almost anti-climactic. I mean, I have to add some like dramatic music right now, ’cause it just, yeah, I don’t know. It just, I feel like I’m just going out camping.
Not the beginning of 30 dramatic days of surviving, and hunting, and catch and cook, you know. (dramatic music) This’ll have to do for tonight. I picked two trees that were a little on the close side here.
I didn’t mean to. So, my tarp’s like squinched against each of these trees. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get it set up better. I want it a little bit higher so I can have a little, build a little bushcraft desk area to keep my other stuff and a shelving unit. You know me, I love to build stuff.
Establishing a Camp
I never got a chance when I was up in Canada ’cause that wooded beardsman keeps you right busy the whole time when you’re out there adventuring with him, you know. Catch and cook, catch and cook, every day. But, here we’re establishing a camp, and a beachfront to attack the wild from, you know, as it were. And, so I’ll be building this up with a bit of an area to protect my stuff should it rain, ’cause water in Texas tends to pile up on things and then run off.
And, yee-haw. Time to make another run, and get the rest of the camp set up. (chopping) Hacking our way back to camp. Making our own trail. All right, he’s marking our trail, the trail that we had found earlier took us way out and around. And, he’s trusting my guidance to allow us to go straight through the woods. We got permission from the landowner as we’re doing this.
All right, we made it. – I recognize that beautiful bed. – There’s your hammock. There’s you. And, mine’s over there through the bushes. All right, we got all of our stuff down here now. We got the dog food to bait the crayfish traps, got my haversack.
We’re gonna head on down to the water. Or at least I am. I don’t know if Chris is joining me. Got some catfish stinkbaity stuff here. I got a powerbait version, some 30 pound test, got my gloves, and I got my water filtration system. Becasue, I wanna fill that up. This is basically, it’s a perk pot. Like, just like a, no not a perk pot. Kinda like a french press.
You got the inner liner, and that pulls up like a french press. So, I fill it here. Put that in. Press that down. And, boom, I got clean water. All right, you ready? Look at this place. He’s got little lights all set up in here. He’s got some little… ♪ At the copa, Copacabana ♪ – Yeah man. Ready to see if we can catch some catfish? – Let’s do it. Catfish and crawfish for breakfast. – Yeah, I’m down.
I have never gotten one of those pull tabs on dog foods to work. So, like we said before, there’s no rules. So, we brought bait for catfish, and bait for dog food. – Yup, for crawdads, dog food works really, really well. Cheapest stuff you can find. Works really, really amazing.
All right, handful should do. Just bump it right there in the center. Or you could put it in the pocket. – Put some in the pocket. – Instead of them pulling away. – Yup. – And, it’s as simple, just let it sink. You want me to tie it off? – Yup. To some reeds.
- Second one’s going out. – That’s a good size hook, middle size hook. Got the powerbait, catfish bait. Right here, here, here, here. What you got going on there? – All right, so we got the fire strip rolled. And, we have Smurf crap. – What? – It’s basically diesel fuel and dragon’s breath, realistically.
- It’s a special tinder from the Lightening Strikes Firestarter. That’s actually what it’s called, Lightening Strike Firestarter. – Huh. – One shot and it’s up. – That’s a nice one. Now, that’s what I’m talking about. That’s a meal right there.
- Looking crawdad right there, there’s like four of ’em in there that size. That’ll make us a tasty meal. – You want me to get a close up on that one? – Hey, where you think you’re going? The big one’s trying to get out. (rattling) That’s good, that’s a good size pot. Most of them are the size of my finger, not exactly huge. But, that will be dinner.
Let’s go put this on to cook. (water splashing) (clanging) Look at you, you got fancy tongs. – Yeah man, these are my sprongs. I love these things. – Think they taste like a Maine lobster, but tiny? – Probably not. – Boy, there is not a lot on these guys. Here we go, first bite. Mm. That’s good. They’re ready. They are ready. What do you think? – Some fresh water scrimp. – Yeah, that’s good.
That’s like freshwater lobster. – Yeah. – That’s quite the bounty for what, three and half hours. – Yeah, that’s not bad. – Oh, speaking of which, we got sidetracked. Thank you Lord for this first bountiful feast of crawfish. – Um hm. – Amen. Thank you Jesus.
Throw in some of my adobo here. And dip my. So, we didn’t bring food, we did bring our spices though. Mm. All right, just like when I make a fish head soup, making crawdad head soup. Breaking the bodies down a little bit, ripping them apart so that they will cook better. Like that, break it down.
I’m still kinda hungry so, I have a pot of crawdad soup for… I got four of the tunas from the cactus when I was out exploring, looking for chairs. These are super juicy. They’re like kiwis but not sour, and not nearly as sweet. Oh, rich broth. All right, turn your bowl to the side so I don’t hit the handle. There we go.
Watch, I’m gonna be cured from my cold tomorrow, all because of this. – All because of crawfish soup. – Campbell’s. – Let me know if I seasoned it to flavor properly. – Yes. – Nailed it? – Yes, it’s just incredibly hot. I should’ve waited. (laughing) I shoulda waited a minute, I was like, oh it burns. – It burns so good. – Like one of those 90 year old people who can’t like sip food.
The Crawfish Soup
That’s actually really good. – Yeah? – It has that crawfish vibe. – I’m gonna need to whittle a spoon so I can try it out. Oh. That’s good, I seasoned it just the right amount. The crawfish soup. That’s so good, it tastes like, it tastes like ramen noodles to me for some reason. It’s like, it is so good. Yeah, it tastes like shrimp flavored ramen noodles. The shrimp packet ramen noodles, those. But, this is like the legit kind, like good. Fire’s dying down, it’s super warm.
It’s probably 50 out. About at night. Put in a long night so we could have something to eat. It was worth it though. The feel good about that whole thing, makes you feel good. I’m gonna finish this up, climb into bed in my hammock, have a good night’s sleep, get up good and early. See if I can’t go for a hunt, get something with the bow.
And, so I’ll see you guys next time. Day two. See ya there. Fowler out. .
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