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  • October 21, 2013

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

    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. [ Read Full Post ]


  • October 14, 2013

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

    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. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 29, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Gig Frogs - 1

    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. [ Read Full Post ]


  • September 9, 2011

    13 Survival Items No Hunter Should Be Without - 21

    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. [ Read Full Post ]


  • August 3, 2011

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

    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.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 26, 2011

    How Close is Close Enough? - 9

    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. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 9, 2010

    Battle of the New Jersey Black Bears - 2

    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. [ Read Full Post ]


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