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Video: Bushcraft Basics teaches wilderness skills to help urbanites survive

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Can bushcraft skills and techniques be adapted to urban settings? I think so, and that is what my new book is all about: “Bushcraft Basics: A Common Sense Wilderness Survival Handbook”.

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Survival Knives

Why you should carry a multi-tool and a knife

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Best do-it-all knife? It doesn’t exist! But a combination of a fixed-blade knife and a multi-tool will probably be able to handle all your outdoor/survival cutlery needs. Here is why you need a combination of those tools.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

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Review | Caribou Hunt: Hunting in British Columbia

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How do you preserve history, learn from experienced outdoors people and interest newcomers in outdoor activities? One proven method has worked for eons: tell stories. Here is a good hunting story.

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Making Fire

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Best survival firemaking method | Use cotton balls, Vaseline and ferro rod

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Here is my go-to fire making method for survival situations and how to use it. My number one choice is a combination of cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly and ignited with a ferro rod.

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Emergency Shelter

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Gear you don’t need: Dump the mylar blankets from your survival kit

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Do you carry a mylar blanket as an emergency shelter item? If so, here’s why you should get rid of it.

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Survival Gear

Best daypack? Field test of the Beretta Tactical Backpack

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Looking for a lightweight but sturdy daypack to become your Get-Home or Bug-Out bag? Or how about a comfortable carrying pack for day hiking or short trips? This quality Beretta day pack can make hauling gear much easier.

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Survival Skills

Nicole Apelian | There can be comfort in discomfort

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When I tell stories about my time in the wild, people often look at me like I’m a little crazy.   by Nicole Apelian (Editor’s note: I met Nicole Apelian at the 2019 Flintlock Two gathering in Arkansas and attended two of her classes. She is the real deal.) Nicole Apelian in her natural element. When they hear about how…

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video: Make a tasty, healthy tea with common ‘weeds’
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Summer is here, and if you’re doing anything outside you need to stay hydrated. Try weed (or herb) tea. Drinking lots of water isn’t enough – you also need electrolytes. This video shows a simple tea recipe that supplies vitamins and minerals and uses common weeds

This improvised block rocket stove could be invaluable after a natural disaster strikes.
Build an emergency biomass block stove for $4
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Here’s how to make a high efficiency biomass stove out of concrete blocks. This design can be made from debris in the aftermath of a tornado or other disaster.

Video: Five things to avoid when choosing a survival/hunting knife.
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What qualities need to be included the best survival/hunting knife is the topic of endless discussion. But maybe the conversation should start with the attributes you don’t want. Here are some suggestions.

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help typical folks 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.