Why you need to know!
According to Wikipedia, "Bushcraft is a popular term for wilderness survival skills...
Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter-building, navigation by natural means, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, water sourcing, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, and rope and twine-making, among others."
The term "buschraft" actually originated in Australia where they refer to their wilderness as bush. When you break it down, bush (meaning wilderness in the U.S.) and craft (meaning trade or skill) simply means wilderness skills. Bushcrafting would be putting those skills to use. Notice it isn't called "busheducation", but rather "bushcraft". Inferring that to simply be educated on what buscraft is and not putting into practice the actual skills in the wilderness, would not be considered bushcraft(ing).
What does bushcraft have to do with prepping?
Actually, prepping and buschraft are two separate things; kind of. They are separate, but yet they can intertwine. At some point, prepping may have to evolve into bushcraft(ing). For instance, in a SHTF (S#@t Hits The Fan) scenario you may not be able to stay in your home or even homestead that you spent so much time, energy, and money preparing for such an event. Somewhere along the line, most all preppers will need to utilize some bushcraft skills; such as firecraft, water sourcing, hunting, and fishing. I realize how hard it is to think of living in such a condition as to not have all of the resources we are accustomed to. But the possibility of such is very real. We need to be prepared for such.
Mark 13:14, "But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. (NASB)
If we, as Christians, truly believe that we are living in the End Times, then we must be prepared and be ready! Jesus Himself tells us that there will come a time during the End Times when we will need to flee to the mountains! What are you going to do when you get there? How will you live? You've lived in the city your whole life. There will be no stores in the wilderness or mountains; at least no functioning ones. There are no houses in the deep mountains or wilderness (which is where a majority of us will have to flee to). And, even if there are houses, you don't want to be in a populated area; for the same reason you had to flee the city.
Do you see where I'm going with this? What does bushcraft have to do with prepping? Nothing and yet everything. Prepping means preparing, or being prepared. If you are just prepared to live off the food storage in your home and for whatever reason you have to leave your home, what then? What will you do? We need to be prepared for whatever may or could happen.
What can we do?
The most important thing we can do is seek The Lord. Ask God what we should do and ask Him to show us and provide a way for us to do it. Then, we need to get educated on bushcraft. Google it, watch YouTube videos on it; read, watch, study and familiarize yourself with it. One of my favorite YouTube channels for bushcraft is Fun in the Woods with David Pearson. He is very informative and often times funny. His videos can sometimes be long, but they're well worth watching for the learning experience. Another favorite YouTube channel of mine is TA Outdoors.
After you've familiarized yourself with bushcraft you will probably want to look into purchasing some bushcraft tools. All you really need to start with are some basic tools. I've actually included some of those on my Links to products for your BOB page. You will also need pretty much everything that's already in or goes into your BOB. So, if you've already started that, you've got a head start! I've just been adding my bushcraft tools to my BOB as I get them. It's best if you can fit everything in or on one backpack.
Here is a list of some of the basic tools you will need for bushcraft. I will include Amazon links with them so you can check them out. Please note that I might (and that's a pretty big might) earn a small commission if you purchase any products from the links, but the products do not cost you any more than if you went straight to Amazon and searched for the products yourself.
The links should give you a good idea of what you will need, at least to start out with. I will be adding an additional page with these and more links under the Blog/Resources page for bushcraft tools over the next couple of days.
Taking the next step
Some bushcrafters actually own land where they can either set up a permanent camp site or build a cabin on. They spend their weekends and holidays learning and practicing their skills. They are the lucky ones! If you have access to land that you own or that a friend/family member owns, you could be doing that too. I don't have that privilege, but if I did, I would be out there right now! It is definitely a goal of mine.
Even if you don't own any wilderness land, you can still practice your skills. You can even practice some skills, such as fire starting in your own back yard (if you have one). You could also go on a camping trip and practice your skills.
If you do decide to look into purchasing some land, make sure that it is close enough to where you live now that you could get there without the convenience of modern transportation. Just in case.
If the situation were to arise where you would need to bug out and find a spot to set up camp, make sure you don't do so on private property. You may end up getting yourself (and your family) killed by doing so!
I hope I've helped you to see how having bushcraft skills can be an important part of being a prepper. If nothing bad happens to where you would need to use them, you have still gained new knowledge and skills. If something bad does happen to where you would need to use them...well, there you have it.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!