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Sorry I didn’t respond back when (doing so now in the off chance anyone searches here for similar info)! Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I have since moved to a place with a bigger backyard which enables me to practice. I did check out Adelphi once, but getting to any of these ranges is tough without a car. Maybe I’ll start doing carshare. On both the notes of wilderness/survival and archery, next month I’m going to a place in Vermont ( to build a bow and arrows! Very excited to learn some woodworking by hand.

I picked up a tanning kit from Van Dyke’s and it’s worked well. I’ve gotten a little more practice on some found squirrels, and have recently been introducing my cat to raw food, which gives me a great reason to get whole prey ( so there are my rabbits! Watching the Brain Scoop ( has totally helped get me over the hurdle of squeamishness, so next I’m going to try brain tanning and then learn more about using black walnut and oak. As far as hunting, I feel like too much of an outsider to even get started in any way, but now that I’m getting a better handle on skinning and butchering I feel a little more permitted to keep working towards getting there.