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  • September 24, 2013

    Survival Skills: 10 Most Nutritious Fall Wild Edible Plants -3

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    Fall has the biggest wild food payoff of the year. High calorie nuts, seeds, fruits and berries can be easily foraged. These foods can provide you with a valuable emergency energy supply or a tasty snack on your next hunt or hike. Here are your 10 best bets for fall foraging.

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  • September 20, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Types of Survival Training -4

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    I believe the five most important types of self-reliance and survival training are: 1) shooting, 2) first aid, 3) martial arts, 4) wilderness survival, and 5) food production.

    Why bother? For me, it’s not about prepping for a financial collapse or a zombie-pocalypse, it’s about helping my family and then being in a position to help others. And even if I'm never in a dire survival situation, I’ll still be better off for the time and energy that has been invested in training.

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  • September 18, 2013

    Survival Food: 5 Ways to Eat Snails and Slugs -2

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    Let me say from the beginning, that this is not a decision that I would relish: To eat slugs or starve to death. I’ve eaten them before, and I hope I never have to repeat that experience. But they will pass for food in a pinch. Terrestrial slugs and snails (found on land, not in the sea) are generally safe for human consumption, always after a thorough cooking. And their nutritional value certainly justifies the effort of collecting and preparing them. These critters have about 90 calories per 100 grams of “meat,” which is high in protein (12 to 16 percent) and rich in minerals. It’s a little hard to consider them food though, when you realize that their favorite meal is scat.

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  • September 17, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Rodent-Proof Your Food Storage -1

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    The last thing you want to see in your carefully stored food is evidence of mice and rats having their way with your stuff. Having the right containers, poisons, and traps can be a big step forward in rodent-proofing your food stores. And they beat the noise and smell of a cupboard full of cats.

    Put It In Glass:  Mason jars are my favorite glass containers. These canning-friendly jars with tight fitting metal lids will keep any critter out of your storage (rodent or bug). The biggest jars make a great receptacle for rice and other staple foods. Twenty pounds of rice fits perfectly into 6 of the large “half-gallon” mason jars.

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  • September 13, 2013

    Survival Gear: SurvivAMINO Emergency Protein -0

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    Every growing kid needs protein. But what about grown-ups? Especially grown-ups who might happen to be in a survival scenario? Yep, there’s protein for them, too. It’s a little white pill called SurvivAMINO.

    While I have always advocated calories as the biggest part of physical survival, there is some wiggle room when talking about food. Those calories need to supply you with fat, carbohydrates and useable protein. You may not find enough grubs or berries in the wild for your fat and carb requirements, but it is easier now to handle your protein needs.

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  • September 10, 2013

    How to Survive: Stock Useful Plants At Your Bug-Out Site -0

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    Your bug-out site can be a lot of things. It can be an emergency location to shelter you during a crisis. It can be a favorite hunting and trapping spot that you know well and can return to when things fall apart.

    This site can also be a self-sustaining “garden,” if you plant the right trees, shrubs, and perennial plants there long before you need them. The following long-lived plants and trees can look after themselves once they are established on a piece of property.

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  • September 5, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The myID Bracelet-0

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  • September 4, 2013

    The Pros and Cons of Bartering for Survival-2

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    Could you live off the barter system? It makes an interesting hypothetical scenario. Bartering for necessities can be traced back to pre-literate cultures at least 6,000 years ago, and it still exists today through various web-based systems and networking organizations. But could you really survive off that system if you were out of cash, or if cash had lost its value, or if the electronic payment systems went down?

    You’d have to muddle through the same problems with the barter system that our ancestors faced, and all of this is assuming that everyone plays nice and acts civil (which is a hell of a presupposition if we’re talking about an emergency situation). Still, if it works, the benefits are plentiful.

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  • September 3, 2013

    Survival Gear: 5 Useful Surprises from The Aisles Of Walmart-5

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    Say what you will about Walmart shutting down Main Street America with their bargain-priced wares, it’s hard for me to pass up good survival gear at those prices. On my last grudging trip there, I picked up five items that have a lot of utility in emergency preparedness and survival situations. 

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  • August 28, 2013

    Survival Book Review: A Failure Of Civility -1

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    The new survival book, A Failure Of Civility, presents a gloomy, disturbing, and occasionally horrifying look into a possible future—one in which this book would be really useful.

    Before we get started, you should know that some folks may take issue with some of the content in this book. But the image of a burning United States on the cover ought to deter those who may be offended by such content in the first place. A Failure Of Civility was written by veteran Spec Ops soldiers Mike Garand and Jack Lawson, and is filled with true stories of survival and dramatized tales to illustrate concepts of teamwork, planning, and unexpected danger. In addition to their military careers, both authors have been involved in law enforcement and are able to present a wide range of self-defense strategies. The book brings together combat experience, the science of criminology, tactical skills, and military maneuvers—knowledge that could prove invaluable if you ever became fully responsible for your own defense, the defense of your family, or that of your neighborhood.

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