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  • August 21, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Render Fat - 0

    If calories are equal to survival, and fat is the densest form of calories, then wouldn’t it make sense that survival equals fat? I know my math is a little bit murky, but those of you who know the value of bacon grease, bear fat, and pure unadulterated lard can surely see the importance of preserving a fat resource for both survival food and practical uses.

    Fat is a little tricky to keep on hand, especially in a raw state when the temperature is above freezing. It goes bad fairly quick. So our ancestors (and plenty of modern folks) found a way to store fat at room temperature without it spoiling too quickly. Enter the solution of rendering.

    Unlike jerky production, which involves the drying of raw animal meat – in rendering, you will cook the fatty animal tissues for a long time at low temperatures, and finally filter the fat before storage. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 16, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For a Can Of Sardines - 2

    Maybe you’re sitting on a bunker full of these stinky little canned fish; or maybe you just have a can or two in the pantry. Believe it or not, sardines can be used for a variety of applications in a survival situation. Here’s 10 ways sardines can keep you alive. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 15, 2013

    Survival Skills: Hurricane Preps That You Probably Won't Like - 0

    As we move deeper into hurricane season, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the horizon. The Weather Channel isn’t too bad of a resource, either, but one thing they don’t have at Weather HQ is a crystal ball. Cooler than normal summer temperatures in much of the Northern Hemisphere may sap the energy from this year’s potential hurricanes. Or the clash of cool air and warm water could escalate this fall’s systems. It’s anybody’s guess right now.

    With this unpredictability in mind, it never hurts to have the supplies to subsist on your own for a while. You should at least have the basics: ample water for your family and a way to disinfect more water; a food supply that is non-perishable and acceptable to even your picky eaters; a battery-powered or hand-crank radio with NOAA bands; flashlights and extra batteries; a first aid kit; tools to turn off utilities; a cell phone with a solar charger; prescription medications; pet food and extra water for your pet; and some cash in small bills. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 13, 2013

    Behind the Scenes of New "Doomsday Castle" Show - 1

    No, you are not looking at the new “Game of Thrones” set under construction. Nor is this an annex for a new land at Disney World. This is Doomsday Castle, which is the setting for National Geographic’s first spin-off series based on their hit show “Doomsday Preppers.” I was granted a royal pardon from my day-to-day existence as a commoner, and allowed a rare glimpse at this secluded prepper haven at an undisclosed site in the mountains of the Carolinas. Arm yourselves, both mentally and physically, for I shall take you through my “behind the scenes” look at Doomsday Castle, which premiers on National Geographic tonight, Aug. 13, at 10:00 p.m. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 9, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Start a Fire With Steel Wool - 1

    You might not have these materials lying around the house, and you sure won’t find them growing in the woods, but steel wool combined with a small voltage electrical source, can be incredibly effective at starting a fire when conventional fire-starting methods aren't an option.

    First things first, you’ll need to hit the hardware store to scoop up some fine steel wool. There need to be some zeros on the package. The more zeros on the package, the finer the steel filaments are. The finer the steel is, the better it will burn. Four zeros on the label is typically the finest grade you can get. You’ll also need a battery to get this method of fire building to work. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 7, 2013

    Survival Skills: Double Disinfection Techniques For Nasty Water   - 2

    How foul was the worst looking water that you ever drank? We all want to be choosy when procuring water in the wild, but you rarely see crystal clear streams in environs where water is scarce. Sometimes, the only fresh water available doesn’t look very fresh at all.

    I’ve had to disinfect (and subsequently chug) some green-looking water from a ditch in a coastal plains region. I know other folks who have had to suck down water worse than that. In situations like those, purification overkill seemed justified, leading me to come up with a concept for “double disinfection.”   [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 5, 2013

    Survival Plants: Pawpaw For Food, Fire And Rope - 2

    For those who live east of the Rockies, the pawpaw is a “must know” tree. It’s even a documented life saver. While on the Missouri river, Lewis and Clark’s expedition survived by eating pawpaw fruit for roughly two weeks of their famous trek. Clark wrote:

    “By September 18 (1806), the party was within 150 miles of the settlements. It had run entirely out of provisions and trade goods… There were plenty of ripe plums, which the men called ‘pawpaws.’ Gathering a few bushels was the work of a few minutes only. The men told the captains ‘they could live very well on the pawpaws.’" [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 31, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to De-Scent Traps - 0

    There are many different types of traps that can be set to catch a meal for a hungry survivalist. There are primitive traps set with natural fiber snares and rock deadfalls. There are modern braided steel cable snares, foot hold traps, and body grip traps. And though these traps are very different in form and function, they all have the same problem in common—if you’re not careful, human scent will be smeared all over them.
    Trapping is never as much about fooling an animal’s eyes, ears, tongue or touch, as it is about fooling their nose. To have any degree of luck when dealing with wild animals, you’ll need to remove as much scent from your traps and your skin as possible. You’ll also need to cover up the remaining scent. Scent blocking spray is nice, but what do you do if you run out or don’t have any? Try these tricks to de-scent your traps with elements from nature. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 30, 2013

    Survival Skills: Maintain Hygiene in the Field - 1

    Maintaining some semblance of hygiene can be a morale booster in an emergency, and it can be vital to the health of individuals and groups. There are few things as vile as camping out with a group of people and having some kind of gastro-intestinal bug tear through camp because some fool didn’t wash his or her hands. You could contract things worse than that, too, that could create skin infections and cause serious harm.

    It’s a good thing that these sanitation and hygiene problems can be prevented with just a little conscientious behavior. Whether your situation is a survival situation or a family campout, you can keep cleaner and safer by following a few simple steps.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 29, 2013

    Survival Gear: 5 Handy Uses for Paraffin Wax - 1

    A block of wax may not seem very exciting. In fact, a dull white chunk of paraffin probably wouldn’t make it onto the gear list for most survivalists. But as it turns out, you can actually do a lot of important tasks with this common grocery store item.

    Petroleum-based paraffin wax has been around for a little over 100 years, and its discovery may have kept some whale species from being hunted to extinction. Popular lamp oils and candle waxes in the late 1800’s were made from whale fat, which also served many other household and industrial purposes. Whale numbers dropped at that time, due to the high demand for their fat. When a much cheaper petroleum substitute was invented, the whales caught a much-needed reprieve. Today, paraffin is used in home food canning and candy making; but it also has plenty of survival uses. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 25, 2013

    Survival Medicine: Signs and Field Treatments for Heat Illnesses - 0

    Who hasn’t worked up a lather of sweat doing both favored and dreaded outdoor chores and activities in the summer heat? That familiarity makes it hard to imagine that you can actually die from something as simple as getting overheated. Our ever-cheerful friends at the CDC have stated there are approximately 618 heat-related deaths each year in the United States; 68 percent of which are men (based on statistics from 1999-2010).

    Since August is only one week away, it’s more important than ever to monitor yourself and those around you for heat-related illnesses like hyperthermia. The high humidity and summertime temperatures can cause these illnesses to come on fast, as your sweat fails to evaporate in humid weather and the air temps are near to, or higher than your body temperature. Symptoms of heat illness can manifest in different ways, but they are generally divided into two conditions: heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

    Heat Exhaustion
    Heat exhaustion occurs when the body’s core temperature goes into a hyperthermic state (you are over 100 degrees F). This condition can easily occur when the air temperature is higher than your normal... [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 23, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: StatGear Auto Rescue Tool - 0

    A frequently overlooked facet of survival and preparedness is dealing with vehicular emergencies. But as anyone in law enforcement, firefighting, and rescue can tell you, people become trapped inside their own cars all the time. You may also find yourself to be the first person on the scene when someone else desperately needs your help.

    Even if you are not a first responder by trade, the T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool from StatGear could be a very handy and affordable piece of gear to keep in your vehicle. This multi-tool was designed by practicing New York City paramedic Avi Goldstein. The four main functions of this tool are a combination blade, a hook-style seat belt cutter, a spring-loaded steel-tip window punch, and a five- lumen LED light with replaceable batteries. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 22, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Make Your Own Blow Gun And Darts - 5

    When we think of the origin of the blowgun and breath-propelled darts, we tend to think of the world’s jungles. That notion is generally correct, but not completely. Native Americans of the southeastern United States have crafted and hunted with blowguns for centuries. This simple precursor to firearms can be made with store-bought materials, or you can harvest your own supplies to build a blowgun from traditional materials. It’s a fun weapon to use for target practice, and it could be used for small-game hunting if no other weapon is available.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2013

    Survival Skills: The Figure 4 Deadfall - 1

    The figure-four deadfall is often the first trap illustrated in the trapping chapter of your handy pocket survival guide. As a result, it’s often the first trap people try to build when learning how to make traps. It might also be the last trap they ever try to build because of the trap’s frustrating design. If you carve just one part incorrectly, the whole thing will fall apart. If you have an eye for carpentry, whittling, geometry, or physics, you can usually produce a functional figure four on your first try. But if you have ever been stymied by this classic trap, let me help you out. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 15, 2013

    Survival Skills: How Critter Scraps Can Keep You Alive - 0

    In recreational hunting and fishing, many of us are all too happy to ditch the guts, bones, fur, and feathers of our quarry. In these modern times, most people keep only the meat, and return the rest from whence it came.

    But if you’re lucky enough to get an animal during a survival situation, those less traditional edible parts (and all other parts and pieces) become a lot more desirable and valuable. With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to use critter scraps for survival.  [ Read Full Post ]

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