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Video: Beware of ‘Widow Makers’ in the forest

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Walking in the woods is one of my favorite things. But danger lurks in the tree tops – beware of the widow-makers.

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Survival Knives

Review | Bark River UP Bravo EDC expands popular knife design series

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Bark River and Knivesshipfree.com came up with a winner last year with the UP (Upper Peninsula) Bravo series. This latest addition to the series is going to be a really popular with backpackers, hiker and folks who want a smaller knife.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

Nine tips for getting and keeping hunting access on private land

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Finding a place to hunt can be really tough. Here are a few tips that might help you get onto that prime, private habitat.

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Making Fire

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How to Make Charcloth: A miracle material for catching sparks and making fire

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Charcloth is a material that has been “cooked” like charcoal is at high temperatures until it becomes black. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember. This ember can be transferred to a tinder bundle and blown into a flame.

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Emergency Shelter

How big should your emergency shelter tarp be? Consider the splash line before buying

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Tarp shelters can be very effective and comfortable, or they can be miserable. Here is how to choose the right-sized tarp to keep from getting wet when rain water drips off the edge and into the shelter.

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Survival Gear

Shell Portable Lithium Jump Starter takes risk out of jumper cables and cold, dead batteries

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It’s a bad feeling to go out to your vehicle on a cold, dark night to find the battery is dead. Now what? Who or what will help you jump start the battery and get the vehicle going? This what the Shell Portable Lithium Jump Starter is designed to do. You might need to take a look at one.¬†

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Survival Skills

Mullein tea to treat COVID symptoms? Maybe – here is one user’s story

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An ancient herbal tea made from a common weed may be useful in relieving some  symptoms of COVID.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Video: Five things you need to know about using a ferrocerium rod for emergency survival firemaking.
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Your survival gear is as effective as your ability to use. Here is how to use a ferrocerrium rod to make sparks for firemaking.

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Video: How to make sauerkraut chocolate cake with storage foods
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Sauerkraut is a super food for preppers and survival and off-grid types, and here is one way to integrate it into your diet. With a delicious chocolate cake.

Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations
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What kind of maps do you need to function in urban and/or wilderness situations? What happens during a disaster where you are forced to evacuate and need to travel by road, then go off road and finally cross country? You better know where you’re going!

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help typical folks survive an unexpected urban or wilderness emergency, using their common sense and emergency preparedness training. Topics include survival knives, survival clothing and camp cooking, making a fire, emergency shelter, hunting and fishing, competent survival skills and survival gear reviews.