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  • December 27, 2013

    Survival Skills: 3 Wild Plants to Cure the Flu and Common Cold-1

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    Can’t make it to the drug store right now? Whatever the reason, you do have some natural medicinal options in the winter season. Look for these three plants to lessen the symptoms and shorten the duration of your next case of the cold or flu. All you need is a sharp eye and a patch of wild growth to find these common and potent medicinals.

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  • December 23, 2013

    5 Survival Uses For Less-Than-Trophy Antlers -2

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    A freezer full of venison is a beautiful thing as deer season winds down, but what do you do with all the “leftovers”? Hides can be tanned, organs can become dog food, and sinew can be dried, but what about smaller antlers that you might not want to turn into a mount? Here are five pieces of survival gear that you can make from antler scraps during the long, dark winter ahead.

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  • December 19, 2013

    Survival Skills: Make A Swedish Marshmallow For Water -0

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    Being snowbound is a bit like being stuck in a life raft in the middle of the ocean. In both cases, you’re surrounded by water, but it’s not suitable to drink unless you do something to it first. In the raft, you’d need a solar still or a reverse osmosis filter. But what’s the approach with snow?

    Since you’d be in a condition cold enough for snow, eating the stuff to stay hydrated is out of the question. Weather that’s cold enough for snow is plenty cold enough to give you hypothermia, and chilling your body core directly with snow is the last thing you’d want to do. It would also take too long to hydrate with snow. Snow is mostly frozen air. Depending on the snow crystal type and size, most snow is about 9 parts air and 1 part frozen water. This means that you’d need to eat 10 quarts of snow to have one quart of water in your belly.

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  • December 17, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Identify and Utilize Evergreen Trees -3

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    Winter tree identification can seem like a very daunting task in most areas. With the broad leaves having fallen in autumn, many trees require a very close inspection to determine their genus and species. Even then, you could still be completely stumped (pun intended). Lucky for us, though, the evergreens don’t change much over the colder months, and they offer many handy parts and materials. Here are three of the most useful needle-bearing trees that are common through much of America.

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  • December 10, 2013

    Survival Medicine: Don’t Fall For Immersion Foot-0

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    Frostbite is a scary, injury that can cause permanent damage and is a constant threat in sub-freezing winter conditions. But did you know that moisture combined with cool temperatures can give you similar damage to frostbite—at temperatures above freezing?

    This condition is commonly known as immersion foot, and it is a chronic issue for cold-weather outdoorsmen and many homeless people. If the skin on your feet (or other extremities) is subject to days of uninterrupted moisture and cold temperatures between 32 and 50  degrees, the tissue can swell and shrivel; and some of the tissue can even die. This damage is similar to frostbite injuries, though immersion foot tends to sneak up on its victims, as opposed to the rapid harm and obvious surface symptoms of frostbite. The tissue does not freeze with immersion foot, but the circulatory, nerve, and skin damage can still be significant.

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  • December 2, 2013

    Survival Gear: Grate Chef Firestarter Packets -3

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    Considering the wintery weather we are already encountering in late fall this year, you better be ready to do some fire building in the event you get into trouble over the next few months. Cold, wet, and windy conditions make fire building a very difficult chore. Use this time to stock up on lighters, matches, and various forms of tinder and fuel to add to your emergency equipment. When it comes to fuel, it’s hard to beat the good old cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly, but Grate Chef FireStarter packets make a great back up.

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  • November 25, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Identify and Treat Hypothermia -2

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    Every outdoor enthusiast has probably had a touch of hypothermia at one point or another, and perhaps you’ve had more than just a touch. This dangerous cooling of the body occurs when a person’s body core temperature drops below 95  degrees Fahrenheit.

    Water, wind, and cold temperatures can work against you, causing the loss of critical body heat. But how do you spot this condition in yourself or others?

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  • November 21, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Streamlight Microstream Flashlight-0

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    LED flashlights have come a long way over the past few years, and shrunk in both size and price. I recently received the Streamlight Microstream as a gift (thanks, Wes!) and here’s what I thought of it. Spoiler alert: great stocking stuffer, if you’re planning that far ahead already.

    From the size of the light and the AAA battery enclosed in the package, I was expecting the Microstream to perform like a typical keychain light: Handy, but for short-range use only. But when I installed the battery and clicked it on, I realized that this little sucker is bright.

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  • November 20, 2013

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways To Improve Signaling Equipment -2

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    Since signaling for help is your ticket to getting home, it makes sense that your signaling gear should work to its fullest potential. Just a few little tweaks can get your gear working harder and signaling farther. Here are three handy options for common signal equipment. Let’s just hope we never need them.

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  • November 19, 2013

    Survival Tips: 5 Important First-Aid Items To Replace -1

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    A first aid kit is an essential piece of survival gear, and keeping it stocked and accessible is a must. But what happens when your good intentions go wrong? Perhaps someone you are treating is allergic to something in your kit. Or what you are doing just isn’t helping. You may be doing more harm than good.

    Here are five important items in a first aid kit to consider replacing:

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