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Five things to make your Mora Companion a better knife

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The Mora Companion is the best beginner knife on the market, and it is also the choice of experts. Here is how to make the sheath safe and secure.

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Top ten deer hunting knives I used last season

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When the smoke clears, you have hopefully made a quick, clean kill on a trophy whitetail or mule deer. You need a good knife, because that animal deserves to be treated with respect. That means field dressing and skinning the animal quickly, so the carcass will cool rapidly, and so none of the meat will spoil. I used these knives during the last year’s deer seasons, and you can depend upon them too.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Why do you hunt?

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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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Make 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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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

Diving for clams on Mississippi River

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The Natives viewed clams as a food source. Today, some people still harvest clams, but for different uses. Along the Mississippi, clams were the basis for a thriving pearl button industry.

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Survival Gear

This Civil War replica and WWII canteen cup are very useful survival kit items.

Tin cup: Useful addition to emergency kit

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Some of the best items for survival kits are common, easily-found products. One of those is a large metal cup. A tin cup can be used for many things.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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10 reasons your venison tastes “gamey” (and what you can do about it)

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Don’t like venison because it tastes gamey or musky? Solve these problems and enjoy the feast.

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Emergency Shelter

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10 tips for warm sleeping in cold weather camping

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Nothing is more miserable that a night spent shivering from the cold or where you just can’t stay comfortably warm. Here are 10 tips for staying warm and getting a good night’s sleep.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Review: Bravo machete – best brush chopper on the market?
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I like machetes, carry one in my car survival kit, and use them a lot. If you are looking for a solid blade that won’t let you down, then you need to take a hard look at the Bark River Machete.

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Video: Hemphill Gator Breaker Bowie is a practical user knife
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Why would anyone need a Bowie knife? Well, the craftsmanship and sound design of this Jesse Hemphill Bowie makes it worthy of consideration.

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Video review: Is the Maxpedition Spartan the best survival wallet?
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What you have in your pockets may be the only survival gear you have when a disaster hits. Your wallet is part of that survival system, and you need to choose yours with care. Here is a look at the Maxpedition Spartan.

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help average people 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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