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  • June 30, 2014

    Survival Skills: Build a Cage Fish Trap-1

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    Fish traps offer the fisherman many of the same rewards that terrestrial traps offer the hunter. Chief among them is the ability to catch something to eat while you’re not around. Given some time, some flexible vines, and a bundle of reeds or tree shoots, you too can build an “automatic fisherman” to bring in fish while you’re busy elsewhere. These traps can be worth a great deal to a starving survivor in a wilderness area. They can also help an angler collect some useful bait fish (where legal to do so). Here’s how to put together a simple fish trap at home.

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  • June 26, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Build a Survival Kit on a Budget -3

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    As with most consumer goods, the cost of survival gear is creeping upward. But don’t let inflation stop you from being prepared for emergencies — it’s entirely possible to pull together some critical gear on a miniscule budget. Here’s how to build a life-saving survival kit with just $10.

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  • June 25, 2014

    Teach Your Kids These Survival Skills This Summer-1

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    Not sure what to do with the kids this summer? How about teaching them some handy survival skills? If you can educate them in a way that’s fun, it won’t seem like work for them or you. And think about the big picture: You will be providing them with skills that could save their lives someday. Before you pack your summer schedule with useless entertainment, take a look through our list of fun summer survival skills for kids.  

    Grow A Kid’s Garden

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  • June 24, 2014

    How to Mend Your Feet, With Wild Medicine -1

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    Foot injuries and ailments in the field can be crippling. And once your mobility is compromised in the outdoors, you’ve opened the door to all manner of potential downfalls. Luckily, there are plant compounds you can use as field treatments to get back on your feet again. Follow along, and find out four ways to patch up your feet with natural wild remedies.

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  • June 20, 2014

    STARI and 3 Other Tick-Borne Illnesses You Probably Haven't Heard About-3

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  • June 19, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Dry and Pickle Wild Edible Plants-0

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    Some of the best wild edible plants are only available for a short window of time. With summer berries and many of the wild vegetables coming into season soon, now is a great time to get set up for the preservation of these free seasonal foods. Two of the easiest methods to preserve your wild harvest are drying and pickling. Here’s how to get started.

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  • June 18, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Tricks With Matches -2

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    Talk about a survival story: A full century has passed since the invention of the lighter, yet matches remain a staple in survival kits. Lighters last longer and can resist water better, but there’s something about matches that keeps them in circulation.

    Maybe it’s the fact that they’re plentiful and often can be obtained for no charge from bars, restaurants, and some stores. Or maybe people like matches for nostalgia reasons. Whatever your fixation, here are three match tricks that will give you a boost when you’re down to your last box or book.

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  • June 17, 2014

    Win This Book: "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual" -0

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    Win a free copy of Outdoor Life's Prepare for Anything Survival Manual by signing up on our Facebook page HEREThe sweepstakes runs until June 27!

    Are you prepared for a category 4 hurricane? What about a financial collapse or an extended blackout? What would you do to survive a chemical spill or terrorist attack?

    Outdoor Life's Prepare for Anything Survival Manual explains how to survive these scenarios and many more.

    The book is packed full of hands-on tips, helpful checklists, and first-person accounts. It takes you through the gear, skills, and techniques needed to survive everything from the next Chernobyl, to your truck breaking down in the backcountry.

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    Not every survival skill pertains to a life-threatening, earth-shattering situation. This book will take you through the day-to-day dos-and-don’ts to make you a more self-sufficient individual. It will show you a survivor's attitude, giving you the confidence to respond to whatever an unpredictable day may have in store for you.

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  • June 16, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Ways to Use Tree Bark in a Survival Situation-0

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    Even after all the experiences I’ve had using bark for tinder and medicine, and making cool containers from this woody growth, tree bark still amazes me. Once you get past the rough and unfriendly outer appearance of most barks, there are so many survival tasks that can be accomplished with the useful material underneath. There really is a wealth of useful materials in (and underneath) the protective structure of the trees.  The following are just five of the many uses of tree barks.

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  • June 11, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Uses For Mulberry Fruit -2

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    Has it really been a year since we saw the last mulberries? For most of us in the lower 48, the mulberry is the first ripe berry of summer, but it’s only here for a couple of weeks. There are three species you’ll find scattered across the U.S.—the black mulberry (Morus nigra), the white mulberry (Morus alba), and the red mulberry (Morus rubra). The red species is native to North America, while the other two are native to southwestern Asia. You’ll find these imports throughout the country, as they were brought here to create silk in the New World (silk worms live on mulberry leaves exclusively). We can’t eat the leaves, but the ripe fruit is a great snack for humans, right off the tree. These blackberry-like morsels provide 60 calories per cup, with 85 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin C and 14 percent of your daily Iron. Make sure they are ripe and sweet, because under-ripe mulberries can lead to serious reactions like vomiting, diarrhea, and hallucinations.

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