Preparing for the big day and hunting squirrel

Are you almost ready?  No, not for Christmas.  I’m talking about the other big date this month:  December 21, 2012.   We sat around with friends tonight and our minds turned to making some essential preparations.  What if the Mayan prophecy did prove correct?  How long could you survive a cataclysmic event? 

We discussed that we had the advantage living out in the country. You don’t want to be in the city when the doomsday scare proves true. We would be safely away from the danger of roving bandits out to steal our food and shelter.  We have lots of wood to build fires, water to drink and we could live off the land and provide our own food.   

 My neighbour grows nut trees (chestnut, walnut, hazelnut) and across the road we now have a farmer raising rabbit for market.  Just up the street they have chicken and ducks and a farm within walking distance has a herd of dairy cows.  We live on a lake which  could provide us with fish, Canada geese and frog legs. 


 My contribution to the commune would be that I have seeds saved from my summer garden and I have lots of jars of chilli sauce.  That’s got to be good for something. 

Both our  friends own hunting rifles.  Our conversation at this point started to go a little off track.  We talked about shooting and skinning squirrels, beavers and raccoons.   Did you know that there is a squirrel season in Ontario and you can get a licence to shoot squirrel?  No kidding.  Unfortunately for the purposes of living off the land and surviving  this doomsday scare…  squirrels will not be in season on December 21.  Their season runs from September 15 to December 15, and in case you are curious the raccoon season would be over then too.  I’m not making this up. You can read more about small game regulations (frog, turtle, raccoon etc)  in Ontario on the government’s website.

In spite of having all of these advantages, I don’t think I could survive for long.  raccoon

What about you?  Tell me how your preparations are coming and what  you can contribute to the commune?

About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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9 Responses to Preparing for the big day and hunting squirrel

  1. I would basically be useless unless people wanted me to read my old newspaper columns–at least they could laugh at me,

  2. Rev. Marilyn says:

    I would have been useless, because I believed that the Mayan “end of the world”, was simply an end of a cycle of life. I would have theologized before hand about it not being the end of the world. It was the end of the Mayan calendar. I would suggest that we go buy a new calendar. Anyway, on this day, the point is moot. Today is the day after the end of the world. Cheers!

  3. Rev. Marilyn says:

    BUT! My husband would be useful because he is resourceful and would come up with ideas on how to survive. He’s made it in the world this long. He is a survivor. So I just stick with him. How lame am I! Depending on someone else for my survival. Scary thought.

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