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Survival recipes: Award-winning Dutch oven beer-braised rabbit

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In an emergency situation, tasty recipes you can concoct under primitive conditions are a survival tool. Here’s a great recipe for rabbit, either wild or domestic, that can be cooked outside, using the coals from a campfire.

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Survival Knives

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Knife review: Bark River Manitou combines super steel with classic design

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Combine a classic knife design with modern materials and you get my business every time. Bark River has done it again with this recreation of my first good sheath knife.

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Hunting and Fishing

This pocket-sized box holds all the lures I need for a day of smallmouth bass fishing on Oregon's John Day River.

Should you include fishing gear in a pocket survival kit?

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Many commercial personal survival kits include hooks, sinkers and fishing line. I don’t see much value in fishing equipment as part of an emergency survival tool. Here’s why.

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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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BioScarf™ provides air filtration with warmth and protection

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Think a scarf is just a fashion accessory? Most probably are. But when the Shinola Hits The Fan, this BioScarf™ might also be a survival tool

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Survival Skills

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Survival Myth Busted: Finding directions by tree moss

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Moss grows everywhere. The “survival tip” of using it to find directions is a myth.

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Survival Gear

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Should a Walking Stick Be Part of Your Survival Gear?

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“Although the vast majority of walkers never even think of using a walking staff, I unhesitatingly include it among the foundations of the house that travels on my back. I still take my staff along almost as automatically as I take my pack. It is a third leg to me – and much more besides.” – Colin Fletcher, The Complete Walker III, 1984 (page 78)

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

How to venison | Make fantastic, tasty chicken fried steak

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When it comes to hunting camp cuisine, fast and simple is good. This philosophy also applies to feeding teenagers, especially when they’re athletes and absolutely starving after a day at school followed by a hard workout. This recipe for venison steak covers both bases.

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Emergency Shelter

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Try this practical method to build a survival snow cave

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Just about every survival manual shows how to build a snow cave. But the reality is that most people don’t have the skill, tools or time to effectively use this technique. These young scouts did it and you can, too.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Snow accumulation on roofs can present hazards.
Should you remove the snow off your roof?
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More winter storms and blizzards are on the way. Do you need to shovel the snow on your roof?

A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)
Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm
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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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!

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.