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  • November 4, 2011

    Survival Skills: Treestand Survival-3

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    Besides our favorite firearms and bows, one of the most popular pieces of equipment used by many of us deer hunters is the tree stand. But every year, dozens of hunters in the U.S. are injured or killed by mishaps in and around their tree stands.

    A 10-year survey of deer hunting injuries at two major trauma centers in Ohio found that falling from trees and tree stands accounts for the majority of injuries to deer hunters each year. Tree stands can be dangerous if they are used improperly or carelessly.

    On average, one in three hunting injuries involves a tree stand. Falls from tree stands can be caused by a variety of factors, including structural failures, incorrect installation and unfortunate mistakes. To help prevent these accidents make sure that you, your friends and your family members follow these easy safety tips:

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  • November 2, 2011

    Survival Skills: How To Make A Torch-4

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    Hollywood always makes everything look so easy. The scene opens with someone stuck in a cave, tunnel, temple or another suitable backdrop for an adventure movie. Our hero grabs up a leg bone from an expired adventurer, wraps it in rags and lights the contraption on fire to create a torch that seems to last for the rest of the film.

    As someone who has tried to make a lot of torches (not with human femurs, mind you), I can tell you that there is a little more to it than that. Not to worry, though: There’s an easy recipe for making a torch and the ingredients should be lying around the house, and even readily accessible when you’re camping.

    But first, a little backstory.

    I have been a fanatical user of primitive lighting for years now, especially on campouts and in teaching survival classes. I’ve learned over the years that with the proper wick (plant fiber) and any oil, you can make an oil lamp. Liquid or solid oil—animal, vegetable or mineral—all are effective in making grease lamps and oil “candles.”

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  • November 1, 2011

    Happy Conclusion For Lost Eight-Year-Old Virginia Boy-2

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    A young Virginia boy who suffers from autism has been reunited with his family, nearly six days after he wandered away from them while they were hiking in a wooded park north of Richmond, Virginia, reports The Huffington Post.

    Hanover County Sheriff David Hines said that Robert Wood Jr. was found in a creek bed near a quarry--about a mile from North Anna Battlefield Park where he disappeared while on a walk with his family on Sunday, October 23rd--curled up in the fetal position around two p.m. on Friday. Young Robert was dehydrated and suffered from a few bruises, scratches and bug bites, but was in good condition. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

    Wood was the focus of an intense search involving thousands of volunteers, local law enforcement and search-and-rescue teams.

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