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Five quick tips to break in new boots or shoes

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What is the quickest, most effective way to break in new shoes or boots? Here are some tips.

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Survival Knives

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Field test: Bark River Cub proves its worth

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The Bark River Cub is a proven design that works very well for a hunting/survival knife. Here is what I found out when I field tested one on a whitetail.

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10 gear items that can make deer hunting easier

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Once a hunter qualifies for AARP membership, hunting smart becomes the rule. Here are some gear suggestions that can make the experience somewhat easier for any hunter, but no less challenging.

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Making Fire

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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Emergency Shelter

How to choose the best wool pants for winter comfort, camping and survival

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One of the first winter camping items you should get is wool pants. Here is how to pick the ones that will suit your needs best.

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Survival Gear

Review: Lon Humphrey Knives Minuteman 3V

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Combine a classic design with hand-forged quality and superior steel and you get the Lon Humphrey Minuteman. There is a lot to like about this knife.

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Survival Skills

Review: Backwoods Survival Guide by Jim Cobb

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If you are looking for ways to become more self-sufficient, then you need this book in your preparedness library.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video: Find the right rocks for flint and steel firemaking
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Flint and steel is one of the oldest methods of starting a fire. Here is how to find a rock that will help you create that initial spark.

Video Review | Bark River Guardless Drop Point Hunter
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The classic design of this knife blade needs no introduction.
But the new handle design, combined with a proven blade pattern may make it even better.

Pilot bread
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.

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.