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Wouldn't it be a crying shame to come across a stand of delicious wild berries or a cluster of elusive morels, but have nothing to carry them home in?
We thought so too, so we took one of our most popular products, the Foraging Bandana, and sewed on micro-mesh, a simple addition that multiplies the capability while staying compact, so you can still pack it in a pocket, backpack, or purse and have it when you need it.
If you are into foraging, you know that a foraging bag is a critical piece of gear, allowing you to harvest and transport plants and fungi.
*PLEASE NOTE: We have been prototyping this thing for over a year. Some of the photos feature prototypes, therefore color and style may slightly vary.
- Lists the most common plants/fungus of North America, including their common and scientific names
- Indicates the field uses of all 12 plants/fungus using part indicator icons on each plant illustration
- Includes the ”5 Steps of Identifying Edible Plants” by Samuel Thayer and ”Rules and Ethics of Foraging” by Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen
Arrowhead/Wapato (Maranta spp., Sagittaria spp.), Burdock (Arctium minus, Artium lappa), Prickly Pear Cactus (Opunita lindheimeri), Cattail (Typha latifolia), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Maple Tree (Acer spp.), Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes versicolor, Coriolus versicolor), Plantain (Plantago spp.), Stinging Nettle (Urtica chamaedryoides, U. dioica, U. urens), Wild Violet (Viola spp.), Willow Tree (Salix spp.), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Foraging Bag - Tie one top corner to a belt loop (or Wazoo Cache Belt gear loop), leaving the bag easily accessible at waist level and allowing easy picking and packing
- Bugnet - Made of special purpose "NoSeeUm Mesh" means that insects like mosquitoes or "no-see-ums" AKA biting midges, can't bite through. Simply put the Bandanet on your head to use in this way.
- Tinder Pouch - Dustin discovered this one on a Pathfinder School survival course. All the Tulip Poplar inner bark was soaked through from days of rain, which was needed that night for starting a bow drill fire. The rule at the course is that you have to keep all of your gear with you at all times and are required to perform tasks all day. Throwing the Poplar bark in the Bandanet and then hanging it on the back of the backpack allowed the sun to penetrate through the mesh while allowing the moisture to evaporate.
- Net - Not only can you catch small aquatic creatures in it, but you can also keep them submerged and alive inside
- Filtration - The tiny mesh can be used to pre-filter water of debris
- Field Pillow - Stuff some clothes inside, tie closed. Poof! You have a pillow
- River Fridge - Throw beverages in, tie to a branch, dangle in a river, and enjoy a chilled beverage
- Dipnet - Not only can you catch small aquatic creatures in it, but you can also keep them submerged and alive inside.
- Strainer - From herbal tea infusions and decoctions, to leaching tannins from nuts
- Critter Container - Snakes, insects, and even small mammals can be caught and kept inside
- 21" x 21" - 3-sided sewn mesh open-top pocket
- Sage-Grey .09/oz Micro Mesh, Polyester Bugnet Material
- Big thanks for the design inspiration from Ben's Backwoods
- Made in the USA
This design is by Wazoo Survival Gear LLC in cooperation with Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen and Dr. Nicole Apelian.
We worked with these experts to choose plants based on the following criteria:
Abundance in the USA
Ease of Identification
Few or no poisonous look-alikes
Ability to represent on a bandana
Ease to process into its usable form
Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen
Ph.D. chemist by day, rogue naturalist by night/weekends. Mark has become one of the most experienced foraging experts in North America. He's the creator of www.foragingtexas.com which is probably the most useful foraging resource available... and it's FREE!
Dr. Nicole Apelian
Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world. Learn more at NicoleApelian.com
Illustrations of Burdock, Nettle and Prickly Pear Cactus copyright: Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. Made and printed in the USA!
The plant representations and denoted characteristics featured on this bandana are in no way intended to be a source of proper identification, use, or processing of plants.
Wazoo Survival Gear LLC and all other mentioned parties are not responsible for any harm resulting from the act of harvesting or attempting to forage plants.