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Bark River Knives, ambush tundra, best deer hunting knife

Review | Custom Ambush Tundra combines new handle design with old wood

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My latest knife collaboration combines an Ambush Tundra blade with a custom walnut handle by Pete Winkler. It is sooo cool.

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Survival Knives and Gear

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Field test | How do these hunting knives perform as meat cutters?

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To test a hunting knife for its intended purposes, you must do some meat cutting and processing. I took several to a butcher shop to do some hands-on testing.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Five tips to prepare for western big game hunting

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Got tags for that first western big game hunting trip? Start preparing now! Like right now!

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Make Fire

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Review: Lightning-Strike Fire Starter

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During a backcountry emergency, you may stake your life on your firemaking tools. Here is a system that is worth looking at.

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Clothing

Mosquitoes can carry many different diseases.

Should You Buy the Hook and Tackle Bug-X shirt?

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What’s the best way to co-exist with biting insects? Here is a new product that might be what you need.

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Survival Skills

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Learn this tip to stay found in the wilderness

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A baseball field backstop keeps the ball from going to far. Here is how to create a “backstop” in the wilderness to keep you from going in the wrong direction.

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Survival Gear

Dry Canyon, near Bend, Oregon.

Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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You don’t have any wilderness experience, but you want some. So what do you take along to make sure you get back? Where in that urban wilderness maze of outdoor stores, catalogs, websites and eBay will you find the gear you need? Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

Stock Your Prepper Food Pantry on an Affordable Budget

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For a little bit of money, you can have a well stocked food pantry that keeps your family healthy and comfortable during a natural disaster. Invest in your family’s safety now and feel confident that you can survive anything.

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Emergency Shelter

Include an insulated pad for sitting upon, because the plastic bag doesn't have any insulation. (Photo copyright 2013 Peter Kummerfeldt)

Six survival uses for plastic bags

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I carry a variety of plastic bags in all my survival kits. They can be worth their weight in gold during an emergency.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Backroads Oregon | Visit a 1850s sod roofed log cabin
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This 1850s cabin is one of the few dwellings left from the early Oregon frontier. I got to visit and video the interior.

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Video: Make an effective firestarter using recycled throw-away items
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Make a great, effective survival firestarter with old, junky candles and a raggedy terrycloth towel or cotton rags.

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Video: How to make an Altoids tin pocket survival kit
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The only survival gear you have is what you have with you. And that gear is only as good as your ability to use it! Here’s what I carry in my Altoids Tin survival kit.

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.