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Genesis 6, LT Wright Knives

Best survival knife? L.T. Wright Genesis 6 proves itself on ‘Alone’

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The L.T. Wright Genesis is one of my go-to bushcraft knives. So it took some convincing that it could be improved upon. If you’re looking for the ultimate bushcraft knife, the Genesis 6 is worth considering.

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These three long guns are good, reliable choices for the beginner with no experience.

Video: The top three firearms choices for beginner outdoorspeople

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A consistent ” Where do I start?” firearms question keeps coming in from newcomers. If you don’t have any firearms, what should you buy and what do you need? Here are my top three choices.

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A2 steel | Is it the best choice for your knife blade?

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A knife with inferior steel is a waste of money. But paying too much for the blade steel when you don’t need it may also be wasteful. What steel will work best for your hunting/ bushcraft/ survival cutlery needs? Don’t overlook A2 for your next knife.

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Hillsound Trail Crampons can be used successfully in urban setting as well as in the mountains.

Hillsound Trail Crampons | Try these so you won’t slip on icy surfaces

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More of us will shovel driveways and sidewalks than traverse glaciers and Himalayan trails. These crampons can help you do both safely.

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Fenix rechargeable headlamp, headlamp, best headlamp, lights for deer hunters

Review: Fenix rechargeable headlamp should be in your gear

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I love headlamps, and think one should be in everyone’s emergency gear. This Fenix rechargeable headlamp deserves consideration for your emergency gear and/or Bug Out Bag.

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The Ridge Runner paracord sling fits well on my 7 mm Magnum Remington 700. The sling is interchangeable with many of firearms. (Pantenburg photos)

Before you buy a gun | Here are some things to think about

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Few things require more fore-thought than buying a firearm. But more important than the style, caliber, action and size is the reason for buying a gun. Do you really need one? You might be surprised.

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Bravo 2, best all around knife

Bark River Bravo 2 review | Perfect do-it-all, sized-right knife for the wilderness?

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 I need a knife that is sized- right for camp chores, cleaning deer and fish, and is also large enough to provide personal protection. After a year of use, the Bravo 2 has proved itself.

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

Metal cup: Useful addition to emergency kit or survival gear

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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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Wiggy's sleeping bag, best sleeping bag, choose sleeping bag

How to: Choose the right sleeping bag

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Too light a sleeping bag can put you in danger of hypothermia. Too heavy a bag may be too hot for comfort. Here’s how to pick a good one for your specific needs.

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what to put in hunting daypack, best hunting daypack, make survival kit

Video: What to carry in your big game hunting daypack

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A hunter’s daypack houses a very personal collection of gear designed to keep you safe, dry and warm. It also must contain meat cutting tools and equipment. Here’s what I carry in mine.

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