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The best way to show respect for a harvested animal is to use every part.

(My) ten indispensable gear items for deer hunting

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Every year about this time the deer hunters are checking and reviewing their gear to decide about possible equipment upgrades. 
Here are some items I have tested thoroughly and regularly use, and that I would buy again.

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Survival Knives

Review: Beretta Knives Hunter Model

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Beretta USA has a full lines of shooting, outdoor apparel and gear, and it’s only natural they have knives.
I’m checking out their Hunter Model with giraffe bone handle, and here is how it is performing.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

A major benefit of deer and elk hunting is the superb meat. (Pantenburg photo)

Sight in your rifle for maximum hunting success

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I hunt wide open spaces out west, and in southern swamps with standing water. The zero setting on my rifle is never changed, and it always works really well.

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Making Fire

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Video: Surefire way to start a survival fire in standing water or really wet conditions

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The more desperately you need a survival fire, the harder it will be to start one. That’s Murphy’s Law, and it is generally true. Here are three common items that virtually guarantee that you can get a fire started, even under really adverse conditions. In this case, the technique is used in standing water.

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Emergency Shelter

How big should your emergency shelter tarp be? Consider the splash line before buying

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Tarp shelters can be very effective and comfortable, or they can be miserable. Here is how to choose the right-sized tarp to keep from getting wet when rain water drips off the edge and into the shelter.

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Survival Gear

Review: Beretta Loveless knives – affordable quality with a classic design

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In the knife world, no name has greater respect than R.W. Loveless. Today, an original Loveless drop point hunter is spendy – and good luck trying to find one for sale! These Loveless Zytel knives by Beretta lets people on a budget get a user model of a classic design.

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Survival Skills

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How much water is enough to survive?

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Without water, our bodies can get into serious trouble quickly – just a matter of days before dehydration sets in. Why do many people keep extra food, but don’t store water?

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations
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What kind of maps do you need to function in urban and/or wilderness situations? What happens during a disaster where you are forced to evacuate and need to travel by road, then go off road and finally cross country? You better know where you’re going!

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Video: Gear you don’t need – dump the Mylar blankets from your survival kit
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Do you carry a Mylar blanket as an emergency shelter item? If so, here’s why you should get rid of it.

Video: How to make an emergency A-frame tarp shelter
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It is virtually impossible to make an emergency waterproof shelter out of natural materials, even if you have the time, tools and practice! In many instances, the A-Frame tarp shelter may be the best choice!

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.