What do you need to survive five days in the wilderness? For one Tennessee squirrel hunter all he needed – mainly because all he had – was “a shotgun, 15 shells, two bottles of water, a flashlight, a full can of Deep Woods Off, a squirrel call and a can of dip.”
And worms. Lots of worms.
From this story on reuters.com:
A Tennessee lawman who got lost while squirrel hunting survived his five-day ordeal on worms and muddy water as colleagues combed the dense woods of a 13,000-acre state park looking for him. “I would like to start by thanking the good Lord above, without him I would not have made it out alive,” Bill Lawrence said in a statement issued by the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, where he works as a corrections officer.
Lawrence, who appeared at a press conference but was too weak to speak, described in a written statement a harrowing ordeal that began on August 31 when he was separated from two hunting buddies while pursuing his quarry in dense woods. He said it wasn’t until he shot a squirrel and “realized I hadn’t heard the other guys shoot,” that he realized he might have a problem. He tried to find his way back to their truck, but got lost instead. Lawrence said that each night in the Meeman Shelby Forest State Park, he covered his face with bug spray and his hunting vest to keep insects off his face. He started out with “a shotgun, 15 shells, two bottles of water, a flashlight, a full can of deep woods off, a squirrel call and a can of dip.”
Thoughts? Anyone ever go all Bear Grylls and eat worms in a survival and/or doubledog dare and/or “hold mah beer and watch this” situation?