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Protect your head – Thousand Epoch Helmet® may be what the commuter biker needs

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Any number of outdoor activities can result in a head injury. A quality helmet can lessen the danger.

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Survival Knives and Gear

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Can Damascus steel cut it in the deer hunting world?

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Damascus steel is REALLY pretty in a knife blade. But how does it work in the field? I took a Jesse Hemphill custom blade on a deer hunt, and used it hard. Check out the review.

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Hunting and Fishing

How to: Make jerky from small game meat

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Venison or big game jerky is common, but few use small game animals as the basis of that frontier staple. Making jerky is a great way to clean out the freezer at the end of the season and create tasty snacks out of last year’s harvest.

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Make Fire

Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?

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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

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Clothing

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Eliminate optical brighteners in laundry soap for deer hunting success

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Does your camouflage design work? Well, the soap your clothing is washed in may ruin the concealment value. Here’s one way to solve that problem.

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Survival Skills

Reality check | Evacuating during the travel nightmare of Hurricane Irma

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Lisa Marie Gordon of  Welaka, Florida, her husband, four children and three dogs evacuated before hurricane Irma hit. She describes their travel ordeal. 

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Survival Gear

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Take care of your magnetic compass so it works correctly

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Compass operation depends on the action of the magnetic needle. Many items can affect the needle. Here is how to prevent compass failure.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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How much water is enough to survive?

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Without water, our bodies can get into serious trouble quickly – just a matter of days before dehydration sets in. Why do many people keep extra food, but don’t store water?

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Emergency Shelter

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Five tips for setting tarps for emergency shelter

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Tarp shelters can make a rainy campout much more bearable. In some emergencies, a tarp might save your life, Here are a few tips for making your tarp shelter more secure.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Video: What you need to make a Dutch oven survival kit
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Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s a basic, bare-bones list.

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Video: Start a survival campfire with gasoline and matches
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There is no probably no deadlier combination than gasoline and matches when it comes to causing serious injuries outdoors. But, if there is no other choice, here’s how to use gas and matches safely start your survival campfire.

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Video: How to keep your tarp corner grommets from tearing out
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A tarp camper can get in a situation where the wind blows hard enough to rip out the corner grommets. Here’s a rope trick to stop that from happening.

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