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  • October 21, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Para Knife 4.0 -1

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    Looking for a lighter weight survival knife? The 4.6-ounce UST SaberCut Para Knife 4.0 gave me a good first impression on appearance and listed features. But how would it perform?

    Out of the package, both the straight edge and serrated edge were plenty sharp. The straight section slices well, and ends at a very acute point. It has a grooved thumb guard and a finger choil for grip in slippery situations. The full-tang fixed blade is made from 4mm-thick titanium-coated 440C steel, and features a paracord-wrapped handle with a workable (but not great) grip.

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  • October 14, 2013

    Survival Skills: Turn Any Snare Into a "Constrictor"-2

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    With trapping season already upon us, it’s a great time to dust off your snaring skills and maybe even employ an upgrade or two. One of my favorite upgrades for snares is to create a “constrictor” set, which enhances the strangling action of a standard snare trap. This choke point in the trap’s action also makes nylon or hand-woven cord a legitimate option for lethal traps. Paracord or hand-twisted bark rope might be the only cord you can access in a survival situation, and while these are far from being the best options for a snare line, the constrictor element of the trap makes them a realistic choice. This works because the constrictor chokes out your quarry quickly, and doesn’t give it enough time to chew through these soft lines. Here’s how to set this snare on your own trap line.

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  • May 29, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Gig Frogs-1

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    Somewhere between hunting and fishing lies the food gathering art of frog gigging. While gigging is typically portrayed as a southern avocation, plenty of northern marshes are home to frog spearing enthusiasts and some good sized frogs, too.

    But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Not every amphibian is suitable for human consumption. Many North American toads have toxic glands in them or on them, and some frogs produce toxic secretions. Get a good field guide or go gigging with an experienced frog hunter to learn which frogs are good and which ones to avoid.

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  • September 9, 2011

    13 Survival Items No Hunter Should Be Without-21

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    As we get ready for hunting season, it's time to consider the survival gear that we will be taking along with us. And as we wander off the beaten path, we should be carrying the equipment to handle the most common emergencies that we could face in the field.

    1) If you need daily heart medicine, blood pressure pills, insulin or any other vital meds, bring an extra supply of them on all your outdoor trips. Also bring any event-related medications like asthma inhalers in case of an attack, or epinephrine pens if you are allergic to bee stings or certain foods.

    2) A fully charged cell phone or 2-way radio in a waterproof container could be your ticket home.

    3) Wear appropriate clothing and outer wear. Skip the cotton in most conditions, unless you are trying to activate your life insurance policy.

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  • August 3, 2011

    Which Wild Animals Are Safe to Eat in a Survival Situation? -4

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    While securing shelter, administering first aid, signaling for help and performing a host of other chores rank as top priorities during an emergency, the first question that tends to pop out of most people's mouths is, "So what are we going to eat out here in the woods?"

    A quick rule of thumb is that you can eat anything on land with fur or feathers, as long as it is properly prepared and cooked thoroughly to kill bacteria and other pathogens that would make us sick. That means mammals and birds are good to go, although palatability is never guaranteed. 

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  • January 26, 2011

    How Close is Close Enough?-9

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    In a strange turn of events, a group of coyote hunters stumbled upon a mountain lion in Missouri and shot it out of self defense.

    The group was coyote hunting outside of La Plata, Missouri when a 130-pound lion appeared just 20 yards away. Startled by the cougar, one of the hunters shot it and one of his partners also shot as the animal ran off.

    Mountain lions are uncommon in the state and attacks are almost unheard of there. It's illegal to kill mountain lions in Missouri unless they are eating livestock or threatening a human life and the Missouri Department of Conservation ruled that this shooting was indeed self defense. No charges are being pressed.

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  • December 9, 2010

    Battle of the New Jersey Black Bears-2

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    The bear population in New Jersey has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and the influx of bruins has caused residents headaches. Garbage cans have been raided, pets have been eaten, and suburbanites who are not use to seeing black bears have been worried.

    So this year, the Garden State opened it's first bear hunting season in five years. The state organized a six-day season that ends Saturday, and so far hunters have killed 441 bears. They're right on track to hit their management goal of 500-700 harvested bears … and everybody lived happily ever after right?

    Well not exactly. The hunt has been highly controversial and has drawn heavy criticism from animal rights groups all over the East Coast.

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  • November 11, 2010

    Mountain Lion Sighting in Delaware-3

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    For years mountain lions have been popping up in the Midwest and Northeast outside of their normal home ranges. Now police are investigating a lion sighting in Pike Creek, Delaware, which is located just 41 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

    A 45-year-old man was walking his dog just after midnight on Wednesday when he spotted a cougar watching him from beneath a tree. The man's dog began acting strangely and tried to pull him toward a nearby wooded area. That's when the man spotted the lion, according to msn.com.

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  • April 21, 2010

    Ben Roethlisberger—So Maybe I Was Wrong-6

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    It was just a few short weeks after the Pittsburgh Steelers had won the Super Bowl that I interviewed the game's most valuable player Ben Roethlisberger for Outdoor Life's new magazine feature, "5 Minutes With..."

    The back page series of articles features celebrities who hunt and fish and the questions are an attempt to delve a bit into reasons why the outdoors are an important part of their lives. I don't fancy myself a celebrity chaser, but I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge that I got a charge out of interviewing folks such as Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry--he called me back four times as I kept losing my cell-phone signal--who struck me as being more of a regular guy than a guitar hero. Or, most recently, Captain Sig Hansen from the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch who conversed with me as if we were sitting around deer camp drinking a cold beer. There have been lots of other pretty cool interviews: Fox News' Chris Wallace admitted to being a newcomer to hunting and I thought that refreshing; NASCAR's Bobby Labonte seemed genuine when he explained that it was the outdoors that grounded him; Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt probably knew more about quality deer management than I did and the list goes on. We have yet to publish some of the best interviews. On that list are: football coaching great Jimmy Johnson, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio and more. But I digress.

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  • March 25, 2010

    Time To Make The Donuts-20

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    Spring turkey seasons have opened down south in places like Florida, Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere, with buddies in my broad turkey-hunting circle sharing tales of gobblers with hens, and the frustration that brings, but also 100% success. Hey, that's turkey hunting.

    C.J. Davis just checked in from South Carolina, where the limit is 5 gobblers statewide, no more than 2 per day. He reported that he just got back from hunting the fabled Low Country. “Found plenty of gobbling turkeys, but they were henned-up and generally shut up by 8:30 leaving me to ponder life and admire the beauty of the Savannah River swamp. Two others in our party did better with one killing on the last day while another missed.”

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