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Video: A canoe trip on the Mississippi River

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I’m going to share parts of a recent Mississippi River canoe experience with you – sit back, relax and enjoy the river’s peace and tranquility.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Which knife is best for survival situations?

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Survival knives: Which one is best? This post, by internationally-known survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt, may help you make a good decision on which knife to include in your survival kit.

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Hunting and Fishing

This spoon fishing lure was made from a common kitchen spoon. It works very well! (Pantenburg photo)

Make a fishing lure from a kitchen spoon

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One of the most useful, and effective fishing lures is the common spoon. Here’s how to make a good one, for pennies, from recycled materials.

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Make Fire

Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?

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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

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Clothing

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Five wool clothing tips to keep you from itching

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Can’t wear wool because it makes you itch? Here are some things to consider before you give up on the natural fiber.

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Survival Skills

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10 essential survival skills you need to know

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Probably the most-asked question about wilderness survival and preparedness is: “Where do I start?” and/or “What are the most important skills I need to learn?”

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Survival Gear

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Review: Bark River Crash Ax proves its worth

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The Bark River Crash Ax performs way above its weight class. Here is what I found about ax’s performance on a Mississippi River canoe trip.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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Survival Recipe: Santa Fe Chicken Casserole

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Survival food is sustenance that can be made easily during a survival or emergency situation with simple, long-term storage food items, cooked outdoors, using off-the-grid methods.

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Emergency Shelter

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Take the right tools to build emergency snow shelters

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A snow shelter can save your life, but if you don’t have the time, tools and know-how to build one, you may waste your time.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video and Review: Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Propane stove
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Among the preparedness products I wouldn’t be without is a Camp Chef Double Burner. It can’t be beat for preparedness and/or camping

The correct style and material can determine if your stocking cap will be useful in specific situations. From left is a beanie, heavy wool/thinsulite winter cap, and a full-face knit reversible selection. (Pantenburg photo)
Video: Include a stocking cap in your survival gear
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About 10 percent of your body heat exits through your head. Conversely, sun beating down on an unprotected cranium can cause sunstroke, headaches and severe sunburn. A stocking cap may be what you need to handle both of these circumstances.

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Black Confederates honored at Mississippi Civil War monument
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War monuments are ubiquitous to the Deep South. But a monument in Canton, Mississippi may be one-of-a-kind. It honors African Americans who fought for the Confederacy.

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival blog with tips and techniques to help average people survive an unexpected urban or wilderness emergency, using survival skills and emergency preparedness. Topics include survival knives, survival clothing and camp cooking, making a fire, emergency shelter, hunting and fishing, competent survival skills and survival gear reviews.