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Best Survival Dogs

Curling up with your pet to stay warm certainly does work, just ask the authorities of Elgin, SC, who have recently credited one family dog with keeping a missing 2-year-old boy safe and warm as he spent a night lost outside with temps in the 40s.

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Spring Wild Edible Plants

How do you know which plants are the right ones to pick and eat? Well, here are a few guidelines that will help you.

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  • January 9, 2014

    Survival Skills: How To Desalinate Water in the Field - 1

    Last week, I received a call from some friends who provide survival training for a branch of the Department of Justice. They were mid-experiment, trying to desalinate water with field expedient gear. Short of building a still as featured on the show Moonshiners, they couldn’t figure out how to achieve the necessary controlled water condensation. Their results were hit and miss, as many of my experiments with this technique have been. I have built several pressure canner stills (for water, don’t get too excited!) and some tea kettle water distillers, but these large pieces gear aren’t going to fit in anybody’s backpack or survival kit.

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  • January 6, 2014

    Survival Skills: The Ojibwa Bird Snare, Part 2 - 0

    After last week’s post about the Ojibwa bird snare, I wanted to follow up with some more details and options for this unusual trap. One of the most fascinating parts of trapping (for me anyway) is the variation that you can employ with your traps. This bird trap is no exception. Change up the “engine” that drives this simple machine, or place it in an unexpected location, and the Ojibwa bird snare can act like a whole new trap. Try out these two options on your next adventure. [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 6, 2014

    Disaster Documents: 15 Things You'd Need In The Aftermath - 0


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    Ever wonder what it would take to start all over again? Not in a personal reinvention kind of way, but in the “start from scratch” kind of way. In the event of an emergency that would prompt an evacuation from your home, you’ll need a lot of paperwork to facilitate a reboot in a positive direction.

    Here are 15 critical documents to securely store, should you ever have to grab them and go. [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 2, 2014

    Winter Survival Do's And Don'ts - 2

    Bad winter weather is one of the roughest backdrops you can have for a survival scenario. Every necessary task of subsistence becomes more difficult in the cold. Very often, little mistakes become amplified by these conditions. A winter survival situation is no time to cut corners or take unnecessary risks. This is about as challenging as it gets. To keep things simple, should you end up fighting the freeze, consider this list of do’s and don’ts for winter emergencies in the outdoors.

    SHELTER
    DO take shelter for your most critical survival priority. Use insulation and supplemental heat sources as much as possible. This might mean ripping up the upholstery in your vehicle to use as insulation, or placing hot stones in the floorboards of the car to warm it. Whatever you deem necessary to live, do it. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 31, 2013

    Survival Skills: 14 Resolutions for 2014 - 5


    While everyone’s making New Year’s resolutions to join a gym or start a diet, let’s think about resolving to do things that will help us save our butts, not just make them smaller. Here’s our list of 14 survival-inspired resolutions to start 2014 smarter and safer than ever before. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 30, 2013

    Survival Skills: Build The Ojibwa Bird Snare - 2

    With snow on the ground in winter, setting traps for food can be trickier than usual. But a skilled trapper should have plenty of options, including some classic traps of ancestral origins. If you have a pole with a hole drilled near the top, a bit of twine, a twig, and a rock, you can set up the Ojibwa bird trap to catch small birds to add to your emergency food supply. While each little bird is not a meal in itself (less than 100 calories), add them together and you’re getting somewhere.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 27, 2013

    Survival Skills: 3 Wild Plants to Cure the Flu and Common Cold - 1

    Can’t make it to the drug store right now? Whatever the reason, you do have some natural medicinal options in the winter season. Look for these three plants to lessen the symptoms and shorten the duration of your next case of the cold or flu. All you need is a sharp eye and a patch of wild growth to find these common and potent medicinals. [ Read Full Post ]


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