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A freezer full of venison is a beautiful thing as deer season winds down, but what do you do with all the “leftovers”? Hides can be tanned, organs can become dog food, and sinew can be dried, but what about smaller antlers that you might not want to turn into a mount? Here are five pieces of survival gear that you can make from antler scraps during the long, dark winter ahead. [ Read Full Post ]
Being snowbound is a bit like being stuck in a life raft in the middle of the ocean. In both cases, you’re surrounded by water, but it’s not suitable to drink unless you do something to it first. In the raft, you’d need a solar still or a reverse osmosis filter. But what’s the approach with snow?
Since you’d be in a condition cold enough for snow, eating the stuff to stay hydrated is out of the question. Weather that’s cold enough for snow is plenty cold enough to give you hypothermia, and chilling your body core directly with snow is the last thing you’d want to do. It would also take too long to hydrate with snow. Snow is mostly frozen air. Depending on the snow crystal type and size, most snow is about 9 parts air and 1 part frozen water. This means that you’d need to eat 10 quarts of snow to have one quart of water in your belly. [ Read Full Post ]
Winter tree identification can seem like a very daunting task in most areas. With the broad leaves having fallen in autumn, many trees require a very close inspection to determine their genus and species. Even then, you could still be completely stumped (pun intended). Lucky for us, though, the evergreens don’t change much over the colder months, and they offer many handy parts and materials. Here are three of the most useful needle-bearing trees that are common through much of America. [ Read Full Post ]
Frostbite is a scary, injury that can cause permanent damage and is a constant threat in sub-freezing winter conditions. But did you know that moisture combined with cool temperatures can give you similar damage to frostbite—at temperatures above freezing?
This condition is commonly known as immersion foot, and it is a chronic issue for cold-weather outdoorsmen and many homeless people. If the skin on your feet (or other extremities) is subject to days of uninterrupted moisture and cold temperatures between 32 and 50 degrees, the tissue can swell and shrivel; and some of the tissue can even die. This damage is similar to frostbite injuries, though immersion foot tends to sneak up on its victims, as opposed to the rapid harm and obvious surface symptoms of frostbite. The tissue does not freeze with immersion foot, but the circulatory, nerve, and skin damage can still be significant. [ Read Full Post ]
Not sure if your friends and family can hack it in a survival situation? Maybe they need a “cheat sheet” to walk them down the path to survival. I’ve seen a lot of booklets and survival cards over the years in my on-going search for concise, high-quality survival literature. What I’ve never seen before, though, is a set of waterproof, tear-proof survival cards that give you the tools to light a fire, too. That is, until I came across the new K12 Pocket Survival Cards.
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Considering the wintery weather we are already encountering in late fall this year, you better be ready to do some fire building in the event you get into trouble over the next few months. Cold, wet, and windy conditions make fire building a very difficult chore. Use this time to stock up on lighters, matches, and various forms of tinder and fuel to add to your emergency equipment. When it comes to fuel, it’s hard to beat the good old cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly, but Grate Chef FireStarter packets make a great back up. [ Read Full Post ]
Every outdoor enthusiast has probably had a touch of hypothermia at one point or another, and perhaps you’ve had more than just a touch. This dangerous cooling of the body occurs when a person’s body core temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water, wind, and cold temperatures can work against you, causing the loss of critical body heat. But how do you spot this condition in yourself or others? [ Read Full Post ]
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