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Venison | Try Bob’s Minnesota Venison Jerky for a tasty, quick energy snack

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Jerky recipes can help you enjoy the hunt long after the season is over.

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Survival Knives

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Another look at the Hyken Knives Lite Hunter

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Thinking about the best tools for deer hunting? A useful, quality knife should be right at the top of your list. This Hyken Knives™ Lite Hunter proved to be a superb hunting knife.

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Hunting and Fishing

One good deer rifle: 25 years with a Remington 700 BDL in 7mm-08

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Hunt deer for a while, and you develop strong opinions about the best rifle, bow or blackpowder firearm. I’ve been using this Remington 700 for 25 years, and here is why it is the best deer rifle for me.

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Make Fire

Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?

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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

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Clothing

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Five ways to carry survival tools on a belt

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Check out the Okay’s Key Safe as part of an inexpensive, effective way to carry survival gear.

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Survival Skills

Survivalcommonsense: Why I started a survival blog

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Well, an emergency, disaster or survival situation can happen in an instant. Here’s how to prepare for it.

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Survival Gear

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Great last minute gift idea: Make an emergency lighting setup

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Need a last minute gift idea for that hard to buy for person who has everything? Give the gift of light by setting up an emergency lighting kit.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

Recipe: High Speed Venison for a quick, tasty meal outdoors or at home

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Ingredients for this dish go on every hunt. All you have to do is add venison, and you have a great, tasty meal that doesn’t require a lot of preparation.

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Emergency Shelter

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Learn these tips for safely sheltering in your vehicle

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A night out does not have to be a life-threatening experience. Drivers who accept the possibility that the unforeseen may happen are drivers who prepare, in advance, for the experience. On the other hand drivers who deny the possibility may find themselves fighting for their lives.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Holiday gift ideas: Make an effective, functional solar lamp for under $7
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Emergency lighting: The holiday season is fast approaching, and here’s an inexpensive, recycled gift for those preppers – and non-preppers – on the list.

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Winter survival video: Detecting frostbite and tips for prevention
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Frostbite can cause you to lose fingers, toes and/or ears – basically any extremity exposed to the cold. Here are some tips to prevent frostbite.

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 blog with tips and techniques to help average people survive an unexpected urban or wilderness emergency, using survival skills and emergency preparedness. Topics include survival knives, survival clothing and camp cooking, making a fire, emergency shelter, hunting and fishing, competent survival skills and survival gear reviews.