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Review: Best work boots? Irish Setter Ashby 83605 work boots may be your best choice

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Work boots don’t get the hype or have the glamour of more expensive, fancy-looking hiking or hunting boots. But if you’re working hard and on your feet all day, you’ll soon appreciate a good pair. These Irish Setter Ashby model 83605 boots are an excellent choice.

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Survival Knives

Review: Versa rescue knife could be a lifesaver

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I carry a crowbar, machete, ball peen hammer and hatchet in my vehicle.
But what good will they do me if I’m trapped inside a wrecked car, with  a jammed seat belt behind a stuck door? How could that seat belt be cut or the window broken to get out? This Versa survival knife may be just what is needed.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

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My deer hunting equipment All Star list may work for you

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Every deer hunter has gear he/she prefers, chosen through individual preference, inclination and experience. Here is my list – see how many of these items will work for you.

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Making Fire

Feather sticks make good firestarting materials and they are easy to carve.

Five tips to make better feather sticks for firemaking

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Suppose you need to start a fire, it’s been raining, and all the sticks are wet. Here’s how to make dry firestarting materials.

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Emergency Shelter

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How to choose the best (cheap) tarp for survival shelters

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Tarps can be really valuable survival tools. But what if your budget is limited and you need several that will do the job? Here are some tarp materials that have worked for me.

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Survival Gear

Best everyday or bug out boots? We review the Timberland® Earthkeepers

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The best endorsement of a product is to use it continually and take its reliability for granted. These Timberland® Earthkeeper boots fit that description and they have been through the ringer.

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Survival Skills

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Helicopter rescue thwarted by wrong hand signals

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The wrong hand signals to a rescue helicopter could have resulted in a survival disaster. 

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Update Day 28: High Winds on Lake Pepin – Follow this Mississippi River source-to-sea canoe voyage
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Jean-Canot Stephen Walker, my friend and fellow Quapaw Canoe Company guide, is paddling the length of the Mississippi River this summer in a canoe. He will travel from Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico.
Follow his adventures here.

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Video | Five tips to know about using a ferrocerium rod for emergency fire making
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Your survival gear is as effective as your ability to use. Here is how to use a ferrocerrium rod to make sparks for firemaking.

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Video: Urban foraging | Edible and medicinal plants may be easy to find.
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It’s a great idea to combine normal activities with preparedness training. In this case, a nightly dog walk became a wild plant foraging adventure.

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.