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  • September 27, 2013

    Survival Training with the Department of Justice: 4 Weeds You Can Eat Almost Anywhere - 1

    I had a rare privilege this week. I was invited to be a guest instructor for an inter-agency survival training camp for some folks who answer to the Department of Justice. Twenty guys from a diverse group of agencies were working on their wilderness survival skills in the mountains of Virginia, and I had the pleasure of joining them to provide a little training on edible and medicinal plants, with a focus on common weeds that are found globally.

    While I cannot get into the who, what, where, or why they were doing that training (nor provide you with pictures due to operational security), I’m glad to share a bit of what I told the team about the virtues of weeds that we all probably see every day. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 25, 2013

    Fire Building: 5 Myths of Friction Fire - 0

    Friction fire building has been surrounded by legend, story, and myth for all of recorded history. Our ancestors probably struggled to grasp the inexplicable way that fire sprang from otherwise lifeless pieces of wood. Although many of these tales convey culture and heritage, there are still a number of technical myths that seem to haunt the art of friction fire. It’s high time we laid some of these myths to rest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 24, 2013

    Survival Skills: 10 Most Nutritious Fall Wild Edible Plants - 3

    Fall has the biggest wild food payoff of the year. High calorie nuts, seeds, fruits and berries can be easily foraged. These foods can provide you with a valuable emergency energy supply or a tasty snack on your next hunt or hike. Here are your 10 best bets for fall foraging. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 20, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Types of Survival Training - 4

    I believe the five most important types of self-reliance and survival training are: 1) shooting, 2) first aid, 3) martial arts, 4) wilderness survival, and 5) food production.

    Why bother? For me, it’s not about prepping for a financial collapse or a zombie-pocalypse, it’s about helping my family and then being in a position to help others. And even if I'm never in a dire survival situation, I’ll still be better off for the time and energy that has been invested in training.

    Shooting  [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 18, 2013

    Survival Food: 5 Ways to Eat Snails and Slugs - 2

    Let me say from the beginning, that this is not a decision that I would relish: To eat slugs or starve to death. I’ve eaten them before, and I hope I never have to repeat that experience. But they will pass for food in a pinch. Terrestrial slugs and snails (found on land, not in the sea) are generally safe for human consumption, always after a thorough cooking. And their nutritional value certainly justifies the effort of collecting and preparing them. These critters have about 90 calories per 100 grams of “meat,” which is high in protein (12 to 16 percent) and rich in minerals. It’s a little hard to consider them food though, when you realize that their favorite meal is scat. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 17, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Rodent-Proof Your Food Storage - 1

    The last thing you want to see in your carefully stored food is evidence of mice and rats having their way with your stuff. Having the right containers, poisons, and traps can be a big step forward in rodent-proofing your food stores. And they beat the noise and smell of a cupboard full of cats.

    Put It In Glass:  Mason jars are my favorite glass containers. These canning-friendly jars with tight fitting metal lids will keep any critter out of your storage (rodent or bug). The biggest jars make a great receptacle for rice and other staple foods. Twenty pounds of rice fits perfectly into 6 of the large “half-gallon” mason jars. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 13, 2013

    Survival Gear: SurvivAMINO Emergency Protein - 0

    Every growing kid needs protein. But what about grown-ups? Especially grown-ups who might happen to be in a survival scenario? Yep, there’s protein for them, too. It’s a little white pill called SurvivAMINO.

    While I have always advocated calories as the biggest part of physical survival, there is some wiggle room when talking about food. Those calories need to supply you with fat, carbohydrates and useable protein. You may not find enough grubs or berries in the wild for your fat and carb requirements, but it is easier now to handle your protein needs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 10, 2013

    How to Survive: Stock Useful Plants At Your Bug-Out Site - 0

    Your bug-out site can be a lot of things. It can be an emergency location to shelter you during a crisis. It can be a favorite hunting and trapping spot that you know well and can return to when things fall apart.

    This site can also be a self-sustaining “garden,” if you plant the right trees, shrubs, and perennial plants there long before you need them. The following long-lived plants and trees can look after themselves once they are established on a piece of property.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 9, 2013

    Black Walnut for Food and Supplies - 4

    You’ll find tall and stately black walnut trees (and their cousin the butternut walnut) growing wild throughout much of the central and eastern U.S. They’re particularly noticeable in the fall when their green-brown-black, tennis-ball size nuts begin littering the ground. The rough round husks turn from green to a very dark brown as they lay on the ground in autumn. These native trees have provided people with food, medicine, dye, and beautiful wood for centuries. Here are just a few of the valuable things that these trees can deliver. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 5, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The myID Bracelet - 0

  • September 4, 2013

    The Pros and Cons of Bartering for Survival - 2

    Could you live off the barter system? It makes an interesting hypothetical scenario. Bartering for necessities can be traced back to pre-literate cultures at least 6,000 years ago, and it still exists today through various web-based systems and networking organizations. But could you really survive off that system if you were out of cash, or if cash had lost its value, or if the electronic payment systems went down?

    You’d have to muddle through the same problems with the barter system that our ancestors faced, and all of this is assuming that everyone plays nice and acts civil (which is a hell of a presupposition if we’re talking about an emergency situation). Still, if it works, the benefits are plentiful. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 3, 2013

    Survival Gear: 5 Useful Surprises from The Aisles Of Walmart - 5

    Say what you will about Walmart shutting down Main Street America with their bargain-priced wares, it’s hard for me to pass up good survival gear at those prices. On my last grudging trip there, I picked up five items that have a lot of utility in emergency preparedness and survival situations.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 28, 2013

    Survival Book Review: A Failure Of Civility - 1

    The new survival book, A Failure Of Civility, presents a gloomy, disturbing, and occasionally horrifying look into a possible future—one in which this book would be really useful.

    Before we get started, you should know that some folks may take issue with some of the content in this book. But the image of a burning United States on the cover ought to deter those who may be offended by such content in the first place. A Failure Of Civility was written by veteran Spec Ops soldiers Mike Garand and Jack Lawson, and is filled with true stories of survival and dramatized tales to illustrate concepts of teamwork, planning, and unexpected danger. In addition to their military careers, both authors have been involved in law enforcement and are able to present a wide range of self-defense strategies. The book brings together combat experience, the science of criminology, tactical skills, and military maneuvers—knowledge that could prove invaluable if you ever became fully responsible for your own defense, the defense of your family, or that of your neighborhood. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 27, 2013

    Survival Skills: Easy Food Preservation With Water Bath Canning - 2

    The ability to preserve and store your own food is a great skill set for the prepper, homesteader or anyone else who wants more control over what they eat. Canning can save you money, too, as you build a pantry that will be the envy of your self-sufficient friends. The easiest way to accomplish this is with water bath canning, since it doesn’t require much specialized gear—just a big pot, a rack that fits in the bottom of the pot, canning jars with lids, and acidic food.

    This canning method involves boiling the jars of high-acid food in an open pot or a pot with a standard lid. No pressure canner is required. Tomatoes are a great choice for this method, and you can also water-bath can most fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and juices.

    Here are a few tips that can help you. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 26, 2013

    How to Eat Roadkill - 3

    As autumn draws nearer, and many game animals begin their fall pattern of feeding and movement, you’ll naturally start to see a lot more roadkill on local highways and byways.

    Why not utilize these unfortunate creatures and bring home some food, fur, feathers, and craft materials, rather than leaving them to rot?

    Check Your Local Laws And Regs
    Before you start scooping up every dead animal you see on the side of the road, contact your local game agency to learn all of the laws, rules, and regulations surrounding roadkill recovery in your area. You’ll probably need to take the animal directly to a game check station, although some places require that you visit the station before recovering the animal. [ Read Full Post ]

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