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  • June 5, 2014

    Survival Skills: Make Your Own Primitive Fish Hooks - 0

    Gorge hooks may well be the oldest style of fish hooks on earth. They can be made from a wide range of materials and they can be surprisingly effective, though they are not suitable for catch-and-release. But that’s okay: We’re going to talk about them as a survival tool, so throwing back fish would be counter-productive.

    The function of these hooks is pretty straightforward. Your goal is to entice the fish to swallow a pointed object that will lodge in the soft tissues of its stomach or esophagus, allowing you to land the fish. Bait is usually involved, but the technique is different from those employed in modern fishing. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    3 Must-Haves for Your Survival Fishing Kit - 4

    You’ve got a good chance of providing food in a wilderness survival scenario if you have a little fishing gear in your survival kit. All you need is a small coil of monofilament line, some weights, and one or two dozen hooks. This seems simple enough, but over the years, I have found that the fishing gear in common survival kits is not that useful.

    People expect the fishing gear to provide them with food in a survival scenario. But this gear often comes wadded up into little bundles and shoved in the corner of the box, tube or pouch with the other items. They seem more like an afterthought rather key items used to improve your odds in the game of survival.

    Here’s how to make a survival fishing kit that works — if you treat it right (and if the fish are biting). [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 25, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Great Fire Starters You Can Make At Home - 3

    We all know how critical fire starting can be, especially in cold conditions. Fail to get a fire lit when you need it the most, and that could be the end of you. If you head outdoors in cold conditions, make sure you take gear that can perform. By carrying one or more of the following homemade fire starters, you can rest assured you’ll be able to kindle a blaze in no time. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2014

    Field Test: 6 Best Fire Starters - 5

    Photo by Brian Klutch

    Fire is your best friend in the wild. It can make water and food safe to consume, let you signal for help, and provide warmth. But the cold, wet, windy conditions that can cause hypothermia can also hamper fire building. That's why you need a quality ferrocerium fire starter, or spark rod, to back up a lighter or matches. We tested six very different spark rods—and tinder—to determine the benefits and drawbacks of each.

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  • December 13, 2013

    Water Purification: Which Tablets Should You Use? - 4

    Anyone who has ever had a waterborne disease can tell you that being sick like that is no picnic! There are many ways to prevent these illnesses from happening (i.e. boil the water, use filters, etc.), but the leanest and most effortless method to make water safe to drink is to drop a purification tablet into a bottle of the suspect water.

    So, which tablet is best? Let’s take a look at two of the most common and popular options—Katadyn Micropur and Potable Aqua—and let you be the judge.

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  • November 25, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For A Trash Bag - 1

    The humble garbage bag doesn't often get the recognition that it's due, probably because of its association with trash and other “worthless” items. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll see that this plastic pariah has loads of emergency uses. Here are ten of the most important reasons to add a few large trash bags to your survival kit.

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  • November 4, 2013

    Survival Skills: How To Weave A Minnow And Crawdad Trap - 2

    The idea of a fish trap must have been a game changer for our ancestors. Imagine being able to catch fish and other aquatic critters without even being there. While today we’d argue that being there catching the fish is the whole point, when subsistence is your goal it makes a lot of sense to employ survival strategies like fish and crayfish traps. This small trap is just about right for my local crayfish, and took an hour and a half to build, including harvesting materials. [ Read Full Post ]

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