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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873641833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873641838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ragnar Benson is America's most-esteemed survival expert. He has written more than 20 books for Paladin throughout the years on a variety of topics covering everything from weapons to politics to survival medicine.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a lifelong (now retired) conservation officer, I can assure you that the author knew precisely how (and when) to poach game better than anyone I ever came across over my 25 years of government service. While I do not agree with much of his venom about the world at large, I cannot deny that Benson's techniques will enable and empower would-be poachers nationwide.

One of his shrewd techniques, for example, is to post "No Hunting" signs on land owned by absentee landowners. Such signs only keep out the good hunters and provide a sort of private preserve for the poacher who posts such signs on land that he doesn't even own. Benson also gets into fish trapping (which works) and how to "blow ponds" with chemical bombs. Probably the most notable facet of this work is the emphasis on WHEN to poach, catching wardens sleeping in bed and away on holiday!

Is this a great book? I can't say, really, except to note that every technique that Benson lists is quite effective for getting around the fish and game laws as well as befuddling the average game warden. "Survival Poaching" was originally only available through Paladin Press (an underground press) and I have owned a copy for many years.

When one considers Benson's anarchist view of the game laws, you come to realize that the "survival aspect" of this book is NOT really for the weekend hiker who gets lost in the woods. It's for the "survivalist" who maintains a bunker mentality about revolution and the downfall of government -- for the guy who wants to make it after our current lifstyle is rendered to dust... should that ever occur. *.*

I also found the work to be darkly humorous, albeit it was never the author's intent that the work be so considered. In fact, it is primarily for casual reading that I recommend this unique work of outdoor lore.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2001
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I have had this book in my collection for 5 years. It does help if you have an open mind while reading it. This book is absolutely not about depleting the surrounding area of wildlife of all kinds for years & years. I think the author was trying to get this point across to the reader...modern hunting techniques will not work to your benefit in a "Survival" situation.(period) If you are interested in information & diagrams of: Snares, Traps, Urban survival, And collecting numerous animal foods & protecting yuorself in a "Survival Poaching" manner this book is for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zorro on January 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I first read this book from Paladin Press about 30 years ago. It still ranks as one of my favorites. Ragnar may spin a few tall tales in the course of this book, but that is part of his charm. I am a life long hunter and fisherman (on two continents incidentally), and while I have generally tried to hew to the rules, game laws seemingly the world over are so convoluted that complete compliance is rarely possible unless you want to dance to the tune of brainless bureaucrats most of the time. When Ragnar writes of how to avoid falling into the clutches of the game warden, he most definitely knows what he is talking about. Incidentally long after the reading this book I studied law, which gave me even deeper appreciation of the wisdom of Ragnar. READ THIS BOOK. Even if you are not an aspiring poacher or survivalist, you will be entertained while learning at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this book with an open mind. However I found the hunting and trapping information to be superficial. I could find out the same information from other books. What I really didn't like about this book was Benson's disregard for the property rights of others. He spent a fair amount of time in the book bragging about framing innocent farmers and landowners for crimes they didn't commit and ruining hunting seasons for people who hunt within the law. I'm not sure how anyone who loves freedom can be proud of those things. His "entitlement" mentality ruined the book for me.

As a window I to the mind of a poacher, I suppose the book as some value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aldo ray on March 6, 2013
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a pocket knife, a .22 rifle(home made or otherwise) and some fishing line will keep you fed if you need them to. follow old Ragnar here and you can tiptoe past the game warden and if not eat well, than at least eat enough to keep a spring in your step. all suggestions in this book have been tested and approved by me, and i "get canned more than tuna." without a job, without a home or just hoping to fill the freezer, this book is an encyclopedia for "keepin yer bellybutton from rubbin a blister on yer backbone."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Keeley on March 4, 2012
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This book is definitely an interesting read. It provides information on some of the different traps as well as what a poacher needs to do in order to avoid getting caught. It also has good information on how to build traps and snares. However, this book is kind of out of date. It instructs people on how to use two way radios instead of disposable prepaid cell phones to communicate. It also leaves out a technique I have seen rednecks use in the past for catching frogs. This technique is to use fishing gear with insect lures.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joshua L. Peterson on October 12, 2010
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This book is an awesome book to have in your survival library, as are the rest of Ragnar's books. Read "A Game Warden's review" if you havent already, his take on this book is spot on. My reason for buying this book, knowing how to get something to eat when this country falls apart. There is a ton of information in this book and if your already into survival / prepardness or just getting started, its worth reading and having on hand if that day ever comes.
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