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On my Outdoor Survival page I've just added notes from two books about raising worms. I'm intrigued by two methods of "calling up" worms out of the ground, a process also known as Grunting. According to one book, take a seasoned piece of wood, about four feet long. It should be in the shape of a wedge, about two inches wide at the top and ½ inch wide at the bottom. Pound this wedge three feet into the ground. To create vibrations down the wedge and into the ground, rub a piece of tapered steel across the wood, just like you’re playing a violin. Some people make their “grunting bows” out of wood. These bows have lots of raised notches that vibrate when gently rubbed across the surface of the wedge. And here's a method from another book: Drive two metal rods into the ground, about two feet apart. To each rod, hook up jumper cables connected to a car battery. Worms are said to just jump out of the ground.

Offered by Mike.

This is wild if you have never seen it, and the setup does not have to be all that fancy. A farmer friend of mine showed me how just by stomping a shovel into the ground and then sort of drumming on the side of the shovel handle with his outstretched fingers. I have done it on a small scale with a trowel in my garden. It does help to have worms in the soil though. If there aren't any they won't show up. It is a good way to tell if you have worms nearby once you are predictably good at it. Must be some survival behavior to get out of the ground when moles approach or something that makes sound like that. Perhaps the sound is not specific either, I wonder. If you intend to eat them after the pole shift then you might want to practice a bit.

Offered by Steve.

Here is a video of the process by some Florida folks who sell their produce to fishermen.

Offered by Nancy.

Almost every indigenous society around the world utilizes "earthworm calling" techniques. The concept is simple: For some reason, vibrations seem to drive earthworms out of the ground. So here's what you do. Take a smooth piece of wood and drive it into the ground. Then take a notched piece of wood and draw it back and forth over the smooth piece in a sawing motion. The idea is to create a constant dull vibrating series of closely spaced thuds underground, sort of like a slow motion jackhammer. It may take around 15 minutes for the worms to start surfacing.

Posted on the Pole Shift ning.