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Five good 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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Survival Knives

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What makes a good knife review? Here is what to look for

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Before you invest in a tool that might save your life, look around for a thorough, knowledgeable review.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

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Foil wrap campfire cooking | Make easy, tasty meals for outdoor energy

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What happens if you end up with a campfire, some food, and a piece of aluminum foil – can you combine those to make a tasty meal?

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Making Fire

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How to Make Charcloth: A miracle material for catching sparks and making fire

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Charcloth is a material that has been “cooked” like charcoal is at high temperatures until it becomes black. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember. This ember can be transferred to a tinder bundle and blown into a flame.

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Emergency Shelter

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Five tips for keeping your feet warm in cold weather

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If you’re outside in cold weather, your feet may get cold. These tips may help them stay warm.

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Survival Gear

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Five tips for choosing the right socks for outdoor wear

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Socks are often an afterthought. But your sock choices are really important and can make the difference between comfort and safety outdoors . Here are tips for making the best socks choices. 

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Survival Skills

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Winter storms: What to do when the power goes off and it’s icy cold outside

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The power goes out and you’re sheltering inside the house. Outside, the temperature plummets, the wind picks up and it starts to snow. You don’t know when the power will be restored. It might be hours or days. How will you stay warm and safe? How do you get started?

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Deer hunting gear update | What can work best for you?
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Here are some gear items I wrung out during the Mississippi deer season. These can work for you!

Video and review: Irish Setter Pinnacle 7-inch hiking boot
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if I only had one pair of boots to wear for everything, the choice would be simple: sturdy, ankle-high, non-insulated hikers with a fairly aggressive  tread pattern on the sole. Like these Irish Setter Pinnacles.

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.

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.