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  • June 7, 2013

    Wild Edibles In June - 0

    Before the real heat of summer sets in, the month of June can provide a great number of tasty wild edible plants. You’ll have to get a feel for the timing of this season in your area—maybe summer is running early or late where you live. Once you figure that what to expect, and go out to forage, you’ll see that there is wild food everywhere. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 6, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For a Mason Jar - 3

    If you’re a home canner (or a moonshiner), you’re already familiar with the wonders of the mason jar. These old-timey, reusable storage jars are very versatile. But are we using this container to its fullest potential? Here are my top 10 urban survival and wilderness survival uses for the classic mason jar.

    1. Re-pack Dry Foods: Pour your rice, beans, etc. into mason jars and screw the cap on tight to keep bugs, rodents, and dampness out of your dry-food stores. Add food-safe oxygen absorber packs or desiccant packs if you have them. [ Read Full Post ]


  • June 3, 2013

    Best Axes: 11 Awesome Axes, Hatchets, and Tomahawks - 9

    Axes and hatchets give you some decided advantages in any outdoor scenario. Compared to a knife, axes and hatchets allow you to gather and split firewood more efficiently, speed up game processing, and create bigger and better shelters.

    Archeology even shows us that our ancestors with axes were able to build bigger and better homes than their pre-axe brethren. The tools to chop bone, split logs and shape wood are an important leap forward in self-sufficiency, and having the right tool for the job can make all the difference. Here’s a round-up of my favorite axes and hatchets on the market right now. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 31, 2013

    Survival Skills: Build Your Own Gunshot Medical Kit - 3

    Don’t look for Band-aids or Neosporin in this medical kit. This assortment of supplies is tailored specifically to deal with gunshot wounds. A modular kit like this is a great addition to your range bag, your vehicle and even your BOB .

    There are plenty of reputable companies out there selling their own gunshot trauma kits. Most kits start around $80. This is a quick solution if you have the money to buy them, but lack the time to assemble your own kit. Or you can follow our lead, by building your own custom kit. I picked up a nice little gear bag for $8 at a gun show, the other gear can be purchased for about $60. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 29, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Boil Water in Clay Soil - 0

    When you’re stuck in the middle of no-man’s-land, and boiling is your only choice for disinfecting water, how do you get that job accomplished without a container?

    You may already know the trick of rock boiling, which is the technique of using fire-heated stones, dropped into a cavity filled with water. This method is used when your water container cannot be moved (like a cavity in a rock) or should not be placed over the fire (like a wooden bowl or bark vessel). But can you rock boil without any rock cavities or another type of container? [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 28, 2013

    Tips from an Herbalist: How To Make Your Own Tick And Bug Repellent - 6

    Our ticks here in Virginia are everywhere right now, and if your local ticks and biting bugs are thriving as well, then this remedy might just be a lifesaver this summer. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 24, 2013

    Fire Starting: How to Build a Friction Fire with a Bow and Drill - 2

    The bow and drill method is, by far, the most likely friction method for making a fire in the field. This method has been around for thousands of years, and the components can be made from a wide range of materials.

    A friction fire happens when one wooden surface is rubbed, ground or spun against another wooden surface. This action is typically done quickly, under significant pressure and in a “back and forth” manner.  Both surfaces are consumed with this act of friction, creating wood dust - along with heat - which can form a small, red hot coal that is actually burning. With the bow and drill method, you have several mechanical advantages to assist you. A lubricated bearing block sits atop the drill, keeping the drill stable and creating the necessary downward pressure on the drill. The bow’s string wraps around the drill, giving you a mechanism to spin the drill quickly by moving the bow back and forth.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 24, 2013

    Tips from the Air Force: How to Field Dress a Rabbit Without a Knife - 8

    This image comes from AFR 64-4, the Air Force's manual on search, rescue and survival training, Volume 1 (July 1985).

    The book contains information on everything from shark identification to the psychological aspects of being taken prisoner. It also has a pretty interesting section on trapping and preparing wild game. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 22, 2013

    Survival Skills: 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home - 0

    If you have a little space to grow some plants, you can get a lot of enjoyment and even some medicinal relief from growing your own remedies. While these should never take the place of professional medical care, it’s nice to have a sense that you are not helpless, should you end up having to fend for yourself. This is a list of 10 great plants that you can pick up now at home improvement stores and garden centers, and set out as your own personal medicine garden. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 21, 2013

    How to Fund Your Preparedness Plans - 0

    With our wounded economy limping along as pathetically as a run-over possum, and no apparent relief in sight, you might be wondering if you can afford to buy emergency supplies and survival gear right now. Car and home payments, light bills and groceries do seem to have most of our attention these days. But does this mean that we just forget about preparedness? Or put off our purchases until “better times?” What if there are no “better times” ahead?

    Most often, if you really want something, you’ll find a way to make it happen. So let me offer five ways to come up with the cash and five high-value/low-cost preps. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 21, 2013

    5 Keys to Your Family’s Disaster Communication Plan - 0

    The ability to communicate with your friends, family, and loved ones anytime, anywhere is one of the most undervalued features of the modern world. When an emergency cuts off this ability, we can be caught off guard and out of the loop if we are unable to reach out to those we wish to contact.

    There are a few things that can help us, if we should find ourselves in this disorienting situation. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 20, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Build a Fish Funnel Trap - 1

    Fish traps may be as old as fishing itself, and can prove vital during a survival situation. Even if the fish you catch are not big, getting any amount protein is worth the trouble when you’re up against it. A funnel fish trap can be used in two different ways to get you some small fish, either to eat directly or to use as bait for other things.

    One way is to build a large, cone-shaped funnel 4- to 6-feet long; and place it in running water, preferably with a blockade around it to direct the fish into the trap. The pressure of the moving water tends to keep the aquatic creatures packed down in the bottom of the trap, but you need to be right there to lift the trap from the water and retrieve the fish, eels, or crustaceans. The other way to make a funnel trap is to have an insert in the trap that allows the fish to go into a container, but prevents them from coming out. This is the style we will work on today. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 10, 2013

    How To Plant a Calorie-Conscious Survival Garden - 1

    The strategy behind growing a survival garden differs from that of growing a standard vegetable garden. Sure, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs taste great, but they are all low in calories. A savvy survival gardener will grow a diverse assortment of high-calorie food crops. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 9, 2013

    Rock Climber Found Dead With Hundreds Of Bee Stings - 1

    A tragic tale comes to us from Arizona this week, where a man was found dead Monday evening, still hanging in his climbing harness on a mountain south of Tucson. He had apparently been attacked by bees while rock climbing and stung hundreds of times, according to authorities.

    Steven Wallace Johnson, 55, of Tucson, had been rappelling from a cliff on Mount Hopkins. He was an experienced hiker and climber who had gone to the mountain on Friday, said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department. Johnson's dog was also attacked by the bees, and was found dead on top of the ridge from which Johnson was rappelling, Rodriguez said. The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Johnson’s death, and determine whether it was a fall or the bees that killed him. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 8, 2013

    Wilderness Survival: Visiting a Modern-Day Medicine Man - 6

    Last week, I had the pleasure of being a guest in the home of a truly fascinating person and a master at his craft. Rod Morey is a locally renowned herbalist and knife maker in the Virginia panhandle, and he was gracious enough to spend a day with me to share some of his wild medicinal plant secrets.

    I have long been a dabbler in medicinal plants, curing bee stings with plantain leaf and mending scratches with yarrow. But my focus has always been plants that can be used to make a friction fire and good-tasting wild plants. I had always steered away from deeper studies in medicinal plants because there was so much bothersome stuff associated with the trade. [ Read Full Post ]


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