Monday, August 6, 2012

Bushcraft - Central Texas Style - Natural Cuisine - Part Two - Mud Bugs

Many rivers are fed by small creeks and streams. Many of these creeks and streams originate from springs that occur naturally. Many of these springs are also a source of the fresh water that is necessary for many aquatic species to survive. One such creature that can be found in fresh water is the crayfish. 

Crayfish or “crawdads” are considered a delicacy by many people and are a staple food item at most Cajun celebrations. They are easily trapped and are often caught by hand and are also quite simple to prepare. They are an excellent source of food in a survival situation. Crayfish are found in most regions throughout the United States

In my younger days, many a “mud bug” fell victim to a stick with a piece of bacon hanging by a string.

Got mud bugs?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Probably showing my age here, but does anyone else remember that Granny Clampett (Beverely Hillbillies) episode where the hippies wanted to share some of Granny's smoked crawdads ? Lol, that was hilarious - let the good times roll!

Here is a link to some tips for crawfish fishing, maybe it will help someone. Please delete if this is against the rules Riverwalker.

Thanks - hope the recuperation continues.

Ken said...

...yea, sad but true most of the people will die of starvation, rather than eat the things they are unaccustomed to...more for us

...i've ate alot of strange critters, some good, some BAD, but protein is protein, i will live Brother, believe it

Gorges Smythe said...

Don't get 'em often (my fault), but I love crawdads! Them Cajuns are right on with their etouffee (or however you spell it)!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if that meat can be dried to make snacks ? Some Mexican markets sell those packaged dried shrimp and they seem to have eager buyers.

My brother made a great little folding 'cage' with some spare hardware cloth he had. Covered the entire thing with insect screen. Ran fishing line across the short side for 'racks'.

Attached the entire enclosure (about 16" long, 8" wide and deep) to his clothes line to make it harder for ants to get into it. He hung some thinly sliced meat inside it for a day in full sun - instant jerky supply.

riverwalker said...

To: anon 12:10

Yep! Those hippie types would "smoke" just about

The link is OK...used it myself a time or two. Trapper Arne has a very informative website.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: Ken

I usually try to find the good tasting critters the "yucky" ones for later if needed.

Thanks Ken.


riverwalker said...

To: Gorges

Really have a craving for gumbo at times...

Just have to cook up a big old pot full of shrimp,okra, rice to satisfy the craving.

"Laissez lez bon temps roule"


riverwalker said...

To; anon 6:14

I know the dried shrimp you're talking about and I don't see any reason why the crawdad meat couldn't be dried just like fish.

Thanks anon.


The Ferret said...

Ok,now you got me craveing a big pot of gumbo.If your to chicken to try the mud bugs they make great fish bait.

riverwalker said...

To: Ferret

There's just something about a pot of gumbo that makes life a lot nicer...



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