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Tips to survive a blizzard overnight in a stranded car

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My friend, Lisa Bedford the Survival Mom, has some excellent advice for folks who end up stranded overnight in their car under horrible winter storm conditions.

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Survival Knives

Review: Bark River Skinner fills hunting knife niche

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Bark River Knives new Skinner is a classic design made with modern materials. It works really, really well.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

My Remington 700 in 7 mm magnum caliber is my choice as an elk hunting rifle, but it is not the best choice for an overall self defense weapon.

Is the 30.06 the best deer caliber? It might be!

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A 30.06 is never a mistake or a bad choice for a deer hunting rifle.I n some cases, the’06 may be the best choice.

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Making Fire

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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

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Why do you hunt? A reasoned response to the anti-hunters

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Every hunter will probably come across someone who questions, or possibly attacks, the activity of hunting. Here’s how to answer.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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). 

Ten year review: The Leatherman WAVE multi-tool should be in your survival gear
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When I find a piece of equipment that works well for me, I hang on to it and use it extensively. About ten or fifteen years ago, I got a Leatherman Wave multi-tool for Christmas, and I’m not looking for a replacement.

NY Magazine: What are the ten best first aid kits
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A medical first aid kit should be in every vehicle and home. What are the best kits on the market?

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.