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This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.

Restoring a Cast Iron Treasure: How to clean and season the old time cooking utensils

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A little elbow grease, and some steel wool, can help you salvage a badly rusted cast iron cooking implement. Somebody’s rusty, dust-covered survivor of a failed camping trip may end up becoming a valuable addition to your cooking tools.

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Survival Knives

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Cross Knives Forged Hunter combines good looks with usability

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Don’t let the good looks fool you –  this Cross Knives Forged Hunter, handmade by Pete Winkler, is pretty as well as being a hard working user. 

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Hunting and Fishing

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Video recipe: Try this no salt, heart healthy fish fry

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You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods to stay heart healthy, but you may have to cook them differently. Here is how to do a healthy fish fry.

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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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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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Learn how to identify these 10 medicinal weeds in your lawn

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A weed is a plant that is misplaced or in the wrong place. I learned that in a college botany class. Here are some “weeds” with medicinal properties.

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Survival Gear

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Review: Fenix rechargeable headlamp should be in your gear

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I love headlamps, and think one should be in everyone’s emergency gear. This Fenix rechargeable headlamp deserves consideration for your emergency gear and/or Bug Out Bag.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

How to | Make fantastic, tasty chicken fried venison steak

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When it comes to hunting camp cuisine, fast and simple is good. This philosophy also applies to feeding teenagers, especially when they’re athletes and absolutely starving after a day at school followed by a hard workout. This recipe for venison steak covers both bases.

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Emergency Shelter

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Take the right tools to build emergency snow shelters

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A snow shelter can save your life, but if you don’t have the time, tools and know-how to build one, you may waste your time.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Black Confederates honored at Mississippi Civil War monument
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War monuments are ubiquitous to the Deep South. But a monument in Canton, Mississippi may be one-of-a-kind. It honors African Americans who fought for the Confederacy.

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Video Bowie review: Bark River V-44 combines historical accuracy with new materials
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The Bark River V-44 Bowie combines modern materials with a time-tested design.

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Video review: A first look at the Bark River Crash Ax
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Tactical axes have been around for thousands of years. If you’re in the market for one, this Bark River Crash Ax may be just what you’re looking for.

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.