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Review: Elk Mountain Tent may be best choice for long-term, harsh weather camping

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Canvas wall tents have been a shelter standby since the Middle Ages. Today, a wall tent may still be the best choice for a survival/preparedness long-term shelter. Here is a good one to consider.

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Survival Knives

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Knife review and video: Donavon Phillips Drop Point Kephart

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Ever wonder where some knife designs come from? At Big D Custom Knives, the maker is also a user. And his competition credentials are very impressive.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Five reasons to own a .22 rifle

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A firearm using the diminutive .22 rimfire cartridge should be in every survival/preparedness gear collection. Here is why you should consider adding one to yours.

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Make Fire

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Review | Butane Zippo may need to be part of your survival fire making kit

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It is hard to improve on a tried and proven piece of gear, especially when 500 million have already been sold. But this latest fire making tool from Zippo may be an improvement on that old classic lighter.

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Clothing

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Review: XpressCoolâ„¢ Muck Boots are cool and waterproof

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Spend much time on a farm, hunting or working outside and you will appreciate any boots that can keep your feet dry. Keeping them cool is another matter. Can you have both?

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Survival Skills

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Book Review | ‘101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods’ by Kevin Estela

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Looking for a basic wilderness skills primer? Then “101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods” by Kevin Estela should be on your reading list.

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Survival Gear

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Proven survival gear that works for me| Ole Red, the wool sweater

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A story about Ole Red seems like it should be a country song about a faithful dog. My Ole Red is a wool sweater, and it has never let me down.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

These dog treats can be made in your kitchen oven.

How to make organic jerky treats for dogs

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The best way to show honor and respect for a big game animal is to use every part after you’ve killed it. Here’s an easy way to make dog treats from meat scraps that would otherwise get thrown away.

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Emergency Shelter

A wall tent may be the best choice for extended periods of camping or survival.

How to choose a canvas wall tent for hunting, camping or long term survival

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A wall tent could be a long term emergency shelter or a hunter’s home in a remote location. Thinking about getting one? Here’s what you need to know before investing.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack
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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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Build a brick rocket stove: Is it safe to use concrete blocks?
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Will concrete blocks “explode” if you make a rocket stove out of them? Here’s feedback I got.

Snow accumulation on roofs can present hazards.
Should you remove the snow off your roof?
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More winter storms and blizzards are on the way. Do you need to shovel the snow on your roof?

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.

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