What is Bushcraft?

Bushcraft a Combination of Wilderness Survival & Primitive Survival

“Modern Wilderness Survival & Useful Primitive Survival Techniques Create Bushcraft”

Well-made Pair of Improvised 15-Minute Snowshoes

Bushcraft or Bushcraft Survival is the combination of Modern Wilderness Survival and useful Primitive Survival Techniques. It is a hybrid survival science that emphasizes both ancient knowledge (primitive technology) and the modern science of survival. Bushcraft normally splits it skill acquisition between Medium-Term Survival Techniques (4 to 40 Days) and Long-Term Survival Techniques (40 Days Plus). It is a combination of numerous skills including the ability to craft useful tools and equipment from the natural environment along with hunting and gathering skills.

"Bushcraft is about surviving and thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include; firecraft, tracking, hunting, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, rope and twine-making, and many others." - Bushcraft Wikipedia

Outside Canada the Term “Bushcraft” is often used synonymously with learning both Modern Wilderness Survival skills and camping skills. Many useful Bushcraft skills are taught in nearly all survival training courses. Technically Bushcrafting Skills and Training should be broken down by Region, as even Mors Kochanski “Northern Bushcraft” to separate it from the“Southern Bushcraft” of Australia is really to broad of a category.

Article by (, Updated 9th March 2016)
Chief Instructor of the Boreal Wilderness Institute