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Review: Get a sled for big game hunting safety and efficiency

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Dragging a deer or elk out of the woods is a good way to bring on a heart attack for the not-so fit, once-a-year hunter. A sled can be a sound investment, and make the hunt a little easier and safer.

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Proven survival gear that works for me| Ole Red, the wool sweater

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A story about Ole Red seems like it should be a country song about a faithful dog. My Ole Red is a wool sweater, and it has never let me down.

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Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.

Review and video | Base Camp Kelly Kettle as water purification tool

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Purifying water can be critical during an emergency. The Kelly Kettle combines an efficient design for boiling water with the ability to be fueled with biomass. It seemed like a great idea, so I ordered one for testing.

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Patriot cooler review | Do you need a super cooler survival tool?

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Coolers are great for camping, football tailgate parties and for keeping the beer cold. But, really, do you need an expensive super cooler that keeps ice for days? You might be surprised.

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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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For Wilderness and Urban Safety | Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

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Try these effective methods to carry water in your survival kit

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Being able to carry sufficient water is a survival must. Dehydration can cause you to collapse in the heat or in the cold, and it can kill you. Every survival kit should have some way to carry and purify water.

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Review: Bark River Crash Ax proves its worth

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The Bark River Crash Ax performs way above its weight class. Here is what I found about ax’s performance on a Mississippi River canoe trip.

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Hatchet or saw: Choose the best portable survival kit woodcutting tool

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Should you carry a hatchet or a saw? It depends. When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, anticipate where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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Best knife sheath? We review the Jenna Martin Vehement Knives design

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A really, really important part of a rigid blade knife is the sheath. A good one will be safe and comfortable to carry and get used. A poorly-designed sheath is dangerous and encourages you leaving the knife behind. This design by Jenna Martin is incredible!

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