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The best way to show respect for a harvested animal is to use every part.

Ten indispensable gear items for deer season

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Every year about this time the deer hunters are checking and reviewing their gear to decide about possible equipment upgrades. 
Here are some items I have tested thoroughly and regularly use, and that I would buy again.

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Survival Knives

Knife review | Bark River UP Bravo first look

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All cutlery aficionados have that grail knife somewhere in the back of their minds. 
But this Bark River UP Bravo meets all my requirements for a hunting/bushcraft knife, and my search for the grail may be over. Maybe.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

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How to: Choose the right sleeping bag

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Too light a sleeping bag can put you in danger of hypothermia. Too heavy a bag may be too hot for comfort. Here’s how to pick a good one for your specific needs.

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Making Fire

Modify Zippo lighter for survival fire making

Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

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Modify a Zippo lighter to be a more reliable source of fire in your survival kit. Learn why a Zippo is better than matches and a Bic lighter when needing to start a fire in an emergency. Pimp your Zippo to up your survival game.

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Emergency Shelter

Cotton kills | Do not choose this material for outdoor wear

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Cotton has wonderful absorption properties. But those very same qualities are what makes cotton a poor choice for preparedness clothing. Here is why cotton is a really bad choice for your outdoor wear.

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Survival Gear

Do you need waterproof hiking boots? Are these the best choice for overall wear?

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A major decision and choice when buying hiking boots or shoes is whether to get the waterproof versions or not. You might be surprised why this is important, and which version will be the best for you.

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Survival Skills

It's amazing how many people like this photo of my hunting boots!

How to avoid sore feet | Ten tips for comfortable hiking

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Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you. That overused, mossy old cliche’ is in every survival manual, and that’s because it is true. If you can’t walk because of sore feet, your safety is compromised, and all sorts of problems will develop.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video: Find the right rocks for flint and steel firemaking
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Flint and steel is one of the oldest methods of starting a fire. Here is how to find a rock that will help you create that initial spark.

Video Review | Bark River Guardless Drop Point Hunter
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The classic design of this knife blade needs no introduction.
But the new handle design, combined with a proven blade pattern may make it even better.

Pilot bread
Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack
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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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.