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Three surefire freshwater fish recipes for outdoor gourmet cooking

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The next best thing to catching fish is eating them. If you’re wondering how to cook those fish outdoors, here are three of my go-to recipes that work every time

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Survival Knives

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What makes a good knife review?

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Before you invest in a tool that might save your life, look around for a thorough, knowledgeable review.

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Hunting and Fishing

This pocket-sized box holds all the lures I need for a day of smallmouth bass fishing on Oregon's John Day River.

Should you include fishing gear in a pocket survival kit?

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Many commercial personal survival kits include hooks, sinkers and fishing line. I don’t see much value in fishing equipment as part of an emergency survival tool. Here’s why.

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Make Fire

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How To: Combine charcloth and a non-functional lighter for ignition

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Suppose your butane and/or Zippo-style lighter both fail, but continue to spark. Here is how you can use a piece of charcloth to catch a spark and get that initial ignition.

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Clothing

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Five wool clothing tips to keep you from itching

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Can’t wear wool because it makes you itch? Here are some things to consider before you give up on the natural fiber.

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Survival Skills

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Find drinking water during floods with desert survival skills

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During a flood, there may be water everywhere, but none to drink. Here’s some survival tips on where to find potable water during a disaster.

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Survival Gear

Review: Pak-Lite compact backpacker/survival nine volt LED flashlight

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A good, reliable flashlight is essential, IMHO. And getting one that is light, convenient to carry and reliable means you will most likely take it along on dayhikes or longer excursions. I found this Pak-Lite at a preparedness show, and it is worth taking a look at.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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Emergency Shelter

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How to choose the best tarp for survival shelters

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Tarps can be really valuable survival tools. But what if your budget is limited and you need several that will do the job? Here are some tarp materials that have worked for me.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video and Review: Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Propane stove
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Among the preparedness products I wouldn’t be without is a Camp Chef Double Burner. It can’t be beat for preparedness and/or camping

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Video: Make your own solar powered emergency interior lights
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Have some of those solar-powered outdoor garden lights on the path outside? Here’s how to adapt them to an interior emergency lighting setting.

Video: How to find dry firemaking tinder in wet weather
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The ability to start a fire under survival conditions can save your life. The inability can cost your life. Here are some tips for finding dry tinder under wet, stormy conditions.

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help average people 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.