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SCS Pantenburg is the best hunting knife for me

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I have not “needed” another knife for decades. But I couldn’t resist when custom knife maker Jesse Hemphill  told me “Design your grail knife and I’ll make it.” Here is what we came up with.

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Survival Knives

Survival Knife Video and Review: Cold Steel Master Hunter

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The Cold Steel Master Hunter’s name says it all. If you could only have one knife for big game hunting, the Master Hunter just might be the best bet.

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Hunting and Fishing

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 habitat. by Leon Pantenburg When I was growing up in Iowa, my dad and several of my uncles were farmers. My access to good hunting in Central Iowa was virtually guaranteed. Learn how to access private lands through…

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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

Review: Garmont® 9.81 Track GTX may be good choice for rugged trails

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One thing you don’t want to scrimp on are your hiking boots. These Garmont® 9.81 Track GTX may be what you are looking for in a trail runner or light hiking shoe.

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Survival Skills

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How to: Set a bearing with a magnetic compass

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A bearing, or sighting, on a compass determines the direction to an object, and/or helps a hiker identify his position in the backcountry. Here’s how to set one.

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Survival Gear

Genesis 6, LT Wright Knives

Best survival knife? L.T. Wright Genesis 6 proves itself on ‘Alone’

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The L.T. Wright Genesis is one of my go-to bushcraft knives. So it took some convincing that it could be improved upon. If you’re looking for the ultimate bushcraft knife, the Genesis 6 is worth considering.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

One of the best things about chili is the variety of ingredients that can be used.

Try this favorite wild game chili recipe

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Few dishes evoke the passion of chili, and you probably either love it, or don’t care for it at all. I love this recipe, and you will too!

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Emergency Shelter

Set up a new tent in your backyard before taking it camping.

10 things to consider before buying a tent

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Thinking about investing in a new tent for camping season? Here are some things to consider.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Edible plants video: How to tell look-alike poison iris from cattails
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Every part of the cattail plant is edible. But don’t mistake a cattail for a toxic look-alike. Here is how to tell the difference.

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Pimp your Bic for survival use | video
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There is no single method or technique for survival fire starting that works 100 percent of the time. That said, I carry a mini Bic butane lighter in my pants pocket, my coat pocket and in my pack whenever I go out. Here is what you can do to improve this product for survival use.

Video: MS River sets new flood longevity record
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The Mississippi has set a new record for flood longevity, eclipsing even the epoch, benchmark flood of 1927. Things are not looking good along the big river.

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.