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  • November 22, 2012

    Nine Survival Uses Of Turkey Parts-0


    With Thanksgiving upon us, more than a few of you are probably going to dine on a bird you shot yourself. When the time comes to feast, we all have our favorite part of the bird. But what happens to the less traditional edible parts or the more obscure, yet useful, pieces? There’s no better time than now to discuss the useful animal parts that often get thrown away.

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  • November 19, 2012

    Survival Gear: How to Make a Char Cloth -0


    Char cloth is one of the easiest fire-building materials to light, whether you are working with a magnifying lens, a modern spark rod, or old-fashioned flint and steel. On top of that, you can make char cloth yourself and it is a renewable resource in the field, which is great if you run out of char in middle of the wilderness.

    So what is char cloth, you ask?

    The char cloth is some form of blackened, plant-based material for catching and feeding a spark. Scraps of cotton and linen cloth were traditional American frontier char materials. Most flammable plant fibers, tinder, some shelf fungi, and punky rotten wood can also be turned into “char cloth."

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  • November 16, 2012

    Survival Gear: The Orion Signal Flare/Fire Starter -3


    If you’re ever in a survival situation where you need to both signal for help and light a fire, Orion’s Signal Flare/Fire Starter might just be your new best friend. This versatile tool can be used to start a fire in wet or windy conditions; and it can be used to signal rescuers with a bright red light that helps them locate your position, day or night.

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  • November 14, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make A Coal-Burned Bowl -0


    How can you survive without a container to boil water or cook food?

    Fashioning a heat tolerant, waterproof container can be a difficult task during seasons when the tree bark doesn’t peel, or in places where no bamboo grows.

    So when you get pushed to that point, you can do what people have done for thousands of years, burn out a container from a piece of wood.

    Controlled Burning Wood
    Controlled burning is a process of shaping wood by slowly and repeatedly burning it with coals from your fire, and then scraping away the charcoal. Many different types of wooden articles and tools can be made with this method, including wood bowls, tool handles, and even canoes.

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  • November 13, 2012

    Survival Skills: Backwoods Hygiene Tips-1


    When most folks think of survival, the words clean and hygienic don’t usually come to mind. In fact, the art of surviving in the wild can be a filthy, nasty endeavor. But it doesn’t always have to be.

    As you’ll see, there’s more to surviving than just wiping with leaves. (see my emergency toilet paper post here). Here are a few simple tips for staying clean while you stay alive.

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  • November 12, 2012

    Survival Skills: 5 Fall Edible Plants You Must Know About-2


    If you find yourself in a wilderness emergency without food, and the wild game is scarce, you can rely on some of the wild edible plants that kept our forebears alive through tough times.

    Here are five of the most common and most nutritious wild edible plants that you must know for the fall season.

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  • November 8, 2012

    Survival Gear: 15 Uses For An Emergency Poncho-3


    Those little, throw-away plastic emergency ponchos may seem like a poor addition to your survival gear. They are thin, flimsy and they blow around in the wind like a ship’s sail. However, all of their other uses may inspire you to think again about adding them to your survival supplies.

    Here are fifteen other survival chores that your poncho can handle, beyond its normal job of rain protection.

    1. Shelter waterproofing:
    Since the average lean-to or survival shack tends to have a leaky roof, you can place the poncho in the roof structure as you build it to make a waterproof section in your shelter. Just be careful that sticks and thorns don’t poke holes in the plastic.

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  • November 6, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make Your Bug Out Bag Lighter-3


    The carrying weight of your Bug Out Bag can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the bag needs to be lightweight enough so that you can move quickly while carrying it. And on the other hand, the bag needs to have enough supplies (including heavy things like water and food) to last you a few days or even a few weeks in a pinch.

    Since every ounce counts, let’s look at some constructive ways to make the best use of the weight you need to carry.

    Assuming the standard Bug Out Bag contains shelter, water, first aid, food, clothes, and other supplies, you should consider losing weight from each group of gear. My personal BOB weighs 40 to 45 pounds, depending on the season. It’s about as lean and mean as I dare to make it.

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  • November 4, 2012

    Survival Skills: What to Do After The Disaster-1


    You never know what you are going to find as you clean up after a storm, especially after a significant storm like Hurricane Sandy.

    If your home, business, or other property became damaged, or was simply strewn with trash, limbs, and debris, you may have a big clean up job ahead of you.

    How can you clean up a disaster’s aftermath safely?

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  • November 1, 2012

    Survival Skills: What to Keep in Your Emergency First Aid Kit-8


    How do you manage medical problems until medical care is available?

    Impressively, folks survive all the time with very little in the way of supplies, training, or equipment, but not everyone is so lucky. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many people were cut off from the normal medical care that they need. Worse still, many were injured by the storm and had few places to turn for help.

    Help can be difficult to reach through a variety of situations, not just hurricanes. Those in rural areas and wilderness areas may be far from help on a good day. Natural disasters and terrorist attacks can also create a delayed-help scenario anywhere or anytime. What can you do when you or someone with you cannot get the help they need?

    First, you need to get yourself and your patient away from any dangers that may be present. Second, call for help or send someone to get help, if doing so is possible. In remote areas, this might mean signaling for help after treating the patient. Third, treat the wounds as best you can with a first aid kit. This kit should include a minimum of the following: 

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