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Below you will be able to view a series of videos about the Florida Keys, a renowned fishing destination. As soon as one video ends, the next one will automatically play.
Some of the best wild edible plants are only available for a short window of time. With summer berries and many of the wild vegetables coming into season soon, now is a great time to get set up for the preservation of these free seasonal foods. Two of the easiest methods to preserve your wild harvest are drying and pickling. Here’s how to get started. [ Read Full Post ]
Talk about a survival story: A full century has passed since the invention of the lighter, yet matches remain a staple in survival kits. Lighters last longer and can resist water better, but there’s something about matches that keeps them in circulation.
Maybe it’s the fact that they’re plentiful and often can be obtained for no charge from bars, restaurants, and some stores. Or maybe people like matches for nostalgia reasons. Whatever your fixation, here are three match tricks that will give you a boost when you’re down to your last box or book. [ Read Full Post ]
Has it really been a year since we saw the last mulberries? For most of us in the lower 48, the mulberry is the first ripe berry of summer, but it’s only here for a couple of weeks. There are three species you’ll find scattered across the U.S.—the black mulberry (Morus nigra), the white mulberry (Morus alba), and the red mulberry (Morus rubra). The red species is native to North America, while the other two are native to southwestern Asia. You’ll find these imports throughout the country, as they were brought here to create silk in the New World (silk worms live on mulberry leaves exclusively). We can’t eat the leaves, but the ripe fruit is a great snack for humans, right off the tree. These blackberry-like morsels provide 60 calories per cup, with 85 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin C and 14 percent of your daily Iron. Make sure they are ripe and sweet, because under-ripe mulberries can lead to serious reactions like vomiting, diarrhea, and hallucinations. [ Read Full Post ]
Looking for a way to test your fire-building skills? How about lighting a one-match fire? This feat is even more impressive in wet conditions, windy weather, and in other scenarios that increase the difficulty level. If you want to make sure you can pass this fire-starting test with flying colors, be sure to use the following guidelines.
1. Pay attention to detail. One-match fires work best when you’re certain that each part of the operation is as flawless as possible. Everything from striking the match to building your fire lay should be executed smoothly and flawlessly. [ Read Full Post ]
Earlier this year, Vulture Equipment Works debuted their new Cholera fixed-blade knife at SHOT Show, where it was declared “People's Choice Knife Shot Show 2014.” That’s quite an endorsement, but will I make this knife my choice for a wilderness EDC blade? Follow along and find out.
First things first, I had to ask what was up with the name “Cholera?” Normally you’d want to avoid something like cholera, right? It turns out that this catchy bug is one of many pathogens that can live in the guts of a vulture (the company’s “mascot”). President and Chief Designer of Vulture, William Egbert Jr., spent years of R&D coming up with this wicked blade design, and he says a nasty knife name was just what he wanted. Fair enough. [ Read Full Post ]
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 ]
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