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Review: Are Buffalo Wool trekking socks the best choice for cold, wet weather?

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These new socks combine modern technology with old time materials. The result is a warm durable sock made of bison down, merino wool, nylon and spandex. I put a pair to the test under extreme conditions, and here is what I found. 

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Survival Knives

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Check out these 12 top knives for deer hunting

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Here are some blades worth checking out.

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Hunting and Fishing

A dependable flashlight should be part of every emergency kit.

What’s the best light for deer hunters? Here are several choices

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A flashlight should be part of your deer hunting equipment. Here are several that do the job for me.

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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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Make camo work better: Eliminate laundry soap brighteners for deer hunting success

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Does your camouflage design work? Well, the soap your clothing is washed in may ruin the concealment value. Here’s one way to solve that problem.

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Survival Skills

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How to make urban shoes into emergency bad weather footwear

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So the stuff hit the fan, the rain is turning into sleet and snow, and you have to walk to safety through the icy slush. And you’re wearing your office shoes. Here is how to improvise some waterproof footwear.

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Survival Gear

Review: Pak-Lite compact backpacker/survival nine volt LED flashlight

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A good, reliable flashlight is essential, IMHO. And getting one that is light, convenient to carry and reliable means you will most likely take it along on dayhikes or longer excursions. I found this Pak-Lite at a preparedness show, and it is worth taking a look at.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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Emergency Shelter

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Five tips for setting tarps for emergency shelter

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Tarp shelters can make a rainy campout much more bearable. In some emergencies, a tarp might save your life, Here are a few tips for making your tarp shelter more secure.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Winter survival video: Detecting frostbite and tips for prevention
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Frostbite can cause you to lose fingers, toes and/or ears – basically any extremity exposed to the cold. Here are some tips to prevent frostbite.

Video: How to find dry firemaking tinder in wet weather
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The ability to start a fire under survival conditions can save your life. The inability can cost your life. Here are some tips for finding dry tinder under wet, stormy conditions.

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Video: What you need to make a Dutch oven survival kit
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Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s a basic, bare-bones list.

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.