If you find yourself stuck in a survival emergency and you need to acquire food, consider hunting by bow and arrow. It’s easy to build the tools you need in the field that are adequate for taking down small-game animals. You can build your archery equipment with a sharp fixed-blade knife, some paracord, a flexible sapling, a few tree shoots for arrows, and a few feathers. Select a dead, dry hardwood stave for your bow, and pick some shoots or sucker growth for the arrow shafts. Remove some of the seven-strand core from a cut piece of cord to fletch the arrows. Cut the arrow shafts to your preferred length, cut a nock in each, sharpen the arrow to a point and fletch with “same side of the body” feathers, keeping right wings together and left wings separate. String your bow, see how it bends, unstring it, and do some tiller work—the process of carving the belly of the bow to make the bending limbs match. When you’re satisfied with the bow, untie one end of the bow string and twist the paracord to tighten it and remove some of its elasticity. Retie the cord while it is under tension from the twisting and you’re ready to shoot.