So the world as we know it came to an end last fall (make pretend). It was a long, crazy winter as the world spiraled out-of-control and anarchy and lawlessness ruled supreme. You survived, however; but the road ahead is not easy. Hunger is always present as you scramble to find food. Summer roles around and you’re busy as hell gardening, getting firewood, etc. You’re working hard in the garden as you notice honey bees also working hard, and you think, “Gee, I wish I’d kept bees so I could have a honey source. That would be . . . . sweet (nyuck nyuck nyuck).” Or maybe if you kept honey bees you’d think, “Gee, I wish the neighbors hadn’t smashed my bee colony in search of food.”
But wait! You’ve heard of a “bee line” – right? Of course, it means a straight line. When bees are loaded with nector they head back to their hive in a straight line. Soooooo watch that bee! Follow that bee! From flower, to flower, to flower, to flower, to over there, to flower, to flower – okay – there’s an easier way:
- get an old piece of honey comb from any old nest and fill it with honey or sugar water
- put the comb in a hinged box and place it near busy honey bees
- walk away, come back in a little while, watch which direction the bees are flying, and get a compass bearing
- flip the cover on the box to trap some bees inside
- walk in the direction of your compass bearing for a ways
- set the box down, open it up, and see if the bees are still heading in the same direction. The closer you get to the hive, the more bees will come.
- Keep moving the box until you’re able to find the bee tree. Keep looking up, because the hive will likely be inside the tree up high
Now comes the fun part – layer up in 14,000 sets of clothes, cut that tree down, and come back in an hour – lol. Have fun with that one!
After the bees recover from their own SHTF situation, locate where in the tree the hive is, and make a small, very smokey fire near it. This should help chill the bees some. Then cut the tree above and below the hive, set the chunk up on its end, and give it a good ole whack with the axe – shazam! You’re swimming in a whole lot of honey.
It’s THAT easy!
Yeah, easy, right. But hey, sugar will be a very valuable commodity after Doomsday.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Bee keeping is on my list of things-to-do. You know . . . someday . . . when I have lots of spare time . . .
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