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If these Boy Scouts were going to spend the night in this snow cave, they'd need a good sleeping bag and pad. (Pantenburg photo)

Try this practical method to build a survival snow cave

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This technique makes snow caves simply and quickly.

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A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm

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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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I always carry a pencil and notebook in my compass setup. (Pantenburg photos)

Don’t get lost: Tune up your compass

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There is no substitute for a good compass, and the ability to use it. Stay found to stay out of trouble!

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Prepare for the monster ice and snow storm in four hours

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Arctic weather is on the way. Here are some things you can do – within four hours – to prepare for the power outage.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Tips for spending the night in your vehicle during an emergency

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Anyone who drives faces the possibility of spending a unplanned night in a vehicle. Bad weather, breakdowns, running out of fuel, getting stuck are some of the more common reasons why a driver might have to bed down for the night (or perhaps for several nights) until the situation is resolved. A night out does not have to be a life threatening experience.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Dress to survive in extreme wilderness conditions

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Your first line of defense against hypothermia is your clothing. Make the right choices to survive

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Afraid of the dark?

Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

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Here are some ways to help you deal with this problem before it develops into a survival situation.

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Cleaning the strop is easy - just erase the residue.

How to clean a knife-sharpening strop

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One of the best ways to sharpen a convex grind knife is with a leather strop and abrasive emulsions. Here’s how to clean the strop. by Leon Pantenburg I thought I knew how to sharpen a knife. After all, I’d been doing it successfully since I was a kid. I regularly sharpen all the knives in my hunting camp, and…

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Mule deer bucks forage through the snow.

Why do you hunt?

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Every hunter will probably come across someone who questions, or possibly attacks, the activity of hunting. Here’s how to answer.

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An added attraction to hunting is the mountain scenery. These are the Owyhee mountains near Silver City, Idaho. (Pantenburg photo)

Living off the land – here’s the reality check

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So when everything goes down, you plan on using your wilderness survival skills to live off the land. Here’s some things to think about first.

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