Bow hunting? in Training. Wayfarers: Quest for the Cure
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Bow hunting?

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Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games has helped make archery popular again. (Photo courtesy Lionsgate.)

“How are you going to get away with carrying a bow?”

I look at him deadpan, trying to figure out where the joke is in his question. I blink, waiting for the punchline. Nothing.

“What do you mean, a bow?”

“For hunting,” he explains. The remnants of our lunch are collected neatly on a tray, and he points to it with a smirk. “You’re not going to be stopping at Subway when you’re over there, are you?”

Well, no. This is a more common question than I would have expected – with a focus on period-style tents and heavy steel armour, most people are only now realizing that we won’t have insulated coolers or a car to jet out to the nearest pizza shop during our trip.

Historically, my friend would have been right – we would have supplemented the less-than-appetizing rations in our packs with game like rabbits or squirrels. If we were especially lucky, we may have shot a deer, though that would have taken us the better part of a day to properly treat.

Brave, opening this weekend from Pixar, is said to be very realistic about shooting, but does it teach bow care too? Probably not.

Beyond the mess (and the time it takes to clean it up and turn a dead animal into dinner), taking care of a bow is a great deal of work, especially an accurate one. Oiling the wood, and keeping the bowstring as dry as possible; re-making arrows (with new fletchings if necessary); ensuring that the bow is safely stored when walking to make sure that undue strain was not put on the stave… suffice it to say, all things that would be unnecessarily difficult during our walk through rainy Scotland.

Thankfully we have alternatives. On our training walks we have been bringing bakery bread, hard cheese (specifically gouda, which is both delicious and doesn’t need to be refrigerated), and either beef jerky – good protein, long-lasting – or prosciutto, a dry-cured, thinly-sliced ham that lasts for days outside of a refrigerator.  We will be doing something similar in Scotland, possibly substituting some hard sausage for the prosciutto, and adding in apples, nuts, and berries to our diet to keep us going over six hours of walking every day.

Do you have any favourite foods that will keep over a five- or six-day stretch between cities? Leave them in our comment section below and let us know!

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