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Review: ‘The Grand Circle’ captures magic of Southwest parks

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The Southwestern United States has some magical places that seem almost surreal. This book can help you find some of the best spots.

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Survival Knives

Video: Carp Knives LP – A quality custom knife that can work hard

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I couldn’t resist when Alabama knifemaker Kendall Carpenter offered to make a hunting knife to my specs. The result is the Carp Knives LP (for Lower Peninsula). 

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

Review: Olight Perun mini headlamp | Light weight with heavy duty illumination

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This tiny light may be just what you need to lighten up your pack and brighten up your night.

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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

How big should your emergency shelter tarp be? Consider the splash line before buying

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Tarp shelters can be very effective and comfortable, or they can be miserable. Here is how to choose the right-sized tarp to keep from getting wet when rain water drips off the edge and into the shelter.

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Survival Gear

Best beginner shotgun? Check out a 20 gauge single-shot break action

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Here is why a simple, single-shot shotgun may be the best choice for a beginner and a valuable addition to your preparedness battery.

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Survival Skills

Mule deer bucks forage through the snow.

10 reasons your venison tastes “gamey” (and what you can do about it)

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Don’t like venison because it tastes gamey or musky? Solve these problems and enjoy the feast.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video: Shell Portable Lithium Jump Starter takes risk out of jumper cables and cold, dead batteries
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It’s a bad feeling to go out to your vehicle on a cold, dark night to find the battery is dead. Now what? Who or what will help you jump start the battery and get the vehicle going? This what the Shell Portable Lithium Jump Starter is designed to do. You might need to take a look at one. 

Reality or not? Ocean survival scenes are rated by an expert.
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For most people, their only exposure to survival situations is through television or social media. And that makes sense –…

Video: Beware of ‘Widow Makers’ in the forest
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Walking in the woods is one of my favorite things. But danger lurks in the tree tops – beware of the widow-makers.

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.