Well, totally! They were all that and a Bug-Out Bag.
The United Survivalist Network of Ontario descended onto E.T. Seton range this past Sunday. A lot of them. Like, there was a serious line-up of folks waiting for a turn at some archery instruction courtesy of Joe McCumber and his daughter, Cassie. They had a motley array of arrows, and bows compound and recurve. When asked about the mismatched arrows, Joe explained that in a survival situation, one’s just going to have to use what’s at hand. The group has done workshops on making wooden arrows and sling bows, to fill that gap. Also, Joe explained how you can improvise broadheads from popcans, and one will need broadheads when it all goes down, because one will want whatever or whomever they poke to bleed out.
No joke: these folks don’t shy away from the grody. More people come out to their bloody, gory sorts of events than other ones. Other workshops have included finding edible plants, ways to use water, using a compass, and making traps, bucksaws and survival caches.
‘Preppers’ is a term that survivalists refer to themselves, and therein lies the rub: all of these skills need to be practised to be any good when the End-of-The-World-As-We-Know-It happens, so say a friendly “Hello!” when you see the survivalists out honing up. And here’s some good news: All you target archers have been prepping for your Bug-Out, intentionally or not. You will survive!