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In many ways, John "Lofty" Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook is like the Bible: you're not really supposed to read it linearly, but rather refer to it for support and answers no matter the little page number at the bottom.

Truly a great book—both are actually and, come to think of it, the Bible is also about survival.

I recently found myself reading the Polar Regions part of the Climate & Terrain chapter, out of sheer curiosity since I definitely have no immediate intention to go freeze my sensitive parts in these parts, and I found this most delicious cartouche offering a gourmet advice in the Food: Hunting and Trapping section:

Polar Bears

Confined to the high Arctic — in Europe only resident on Spitzbergen — they have a keen sense of smell and are tireless hunters on sea ice and in the sea. Feeding mainly on seals, with some fish, they swim well and can stay submerged for two minutes. Rarely found on land — though in summer they may feed on berries and lemmings. Like many cold-climate animals, they are larger than their warmer-climate relatives. Most are curious and will come to you — but treat these powerful animals with respect and caution.

Always cook meat: muscles always carry Trichinosis worm. NEVER eat polar bear liver which can have lethal concentrations of vitamin A.

In bold, the facts on polar bears that Al Gore, "He Who Claims Polar Bears Can't Swim", famously ignore. I, for one, learned something even more important and will make sure to cook the meat and avoid the liver of the next polar bear on my menu.

The SAS Survival Handbook truly is a mine of practical knowledge. Right after the bit on polar bear comes this:

When food is scarce animals will steal it — so cache it carefully. If there are signs of would-be thieves look out for them — they could be your next meal.

Practical, focused and informative: that is so my kind of books.

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3396 - TooTall

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The American Indians found the hands and feet of bears to be quite a delicacy. The "paws that refreshes" if you'll pardon the pun.

3397 - Mikael

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While on the - rather gross - subject, don't ever never eat dogs liver either.

3398 - 2hotel9

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  • 2hotel9 Western Pennsylvania

A new edition to my library, always looking for good info!

An anecdote, a man I served with was stationed in Alaska, working on remote radar installations in the '60s. He and another soldier were attacked by a polar bear. Troop A emptied his .45 into bear. No effect. Jack put 20 rds from his M16 into said bear, bear firmly grasped Troop A by the neck and dragged him away. Jack promptly requested transfer, to anywhere not Alaska. He did 2 tours as a LRRP in the Central Highlands. No further trouble with polar bears. Though he did accidentally kill an elephant with a claymore mine. Oops.

3400 - mycroft69

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  • mycroft69 Bristol, Vermont - United States

And again, DF, when are you getting your State of Montana hunting license and going after some elk?

3401 - 2hotel9

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  • 2hotel9 Western Pennsylvania

Hey, don't bogart the Frogman! He can hunt elk here in PA, too.

3402 - Lady Cincinnatus

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  • Lady Cincinnatus Ohio & Kentucky

Sorry to be a bit off point, but D. Frogman have you seen this article on the arrest of an anti-Islam blogger in the UK? Unbelievable. More reason to take up our offers to come visit Vermont, Pennsylvania and Ohio or Kentucky and do some elk hunting or just start your own cable network tv channel/radio show. :) Seriously, if they arrest the Frogman, I'm going to be pissed and it will mark the beginning of the Caliphate of Londonistan. Islam isn't even a race!

3403 - mycroft69

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  • mycroft69 Bristol, Vermont - United States

Anti-Islam blogger in the UK? I wonder if DF has seen that Ms. Bardot has been slammed with another fine for offending Islam! Who would've thought she had it in her?

The only elk hunting in Vermont that DF might engage in would be shooting caged animals. Any elk around here are few and located on ranches. Nothing wild for sport. That's why the western U.S. or Canada might appeal to him. But he'd have to stay for a couple weeks or more. It takes that long for one hungry guy to barbecue an entire elk carcass.

3404 - DaToad

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  • DaToad Glendale, AZ, USA

The first thing I thought of when reading about eating polar bear meat was the book/movie, The Red Tent.

"One of the grandest adventure/survival films is one you've probably never heard of - “The Red Tent” - an oddball fusion of Italians and Soviet filmmakers with an all-star international cast and crew. It tells the true story of a failed Italian expedition to the North Pole via airship in 1928. The great Soviet filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov directs his first and last English language film with complete authenticity. Other than the completely realistic arctic disaster story the film is a powerful story of ambition, greed, international politics, heroism and cowardice." - Alan Bacchus

They kill and eat a polar bear to survive. I don't remember if they cooked it or not.

While I don't think Bridget Bardot would like anyone killing and eating polar bears, as long as she continues her islam bashing ways, she's OK in my book.


3405 - 2hotel9

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  • 2hotel9 Western Pennsylvania

Bridget basically smacks everyone equally. EEOC and all that, doncha' know!

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3406 - VladMartel

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Hi dissident frogman. why are you a traitor? why are you an unloyal person? Why do you like to bash your ancestors?

I'm looking forward your next news, In order to debunk your biased and foolish mind.