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Leon Pantenburg’s Survival Blog and Travel Log, covering tips and techniques for surviving a wilderness emergency or urban disaster.

Video: Best bushcraft knife? We review the TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft knife

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Anything designed by a committee can end up being a disaster. But this bushcraft/survival knife, designed by a group of bushcraft experts, may prove an exception to that rule. 

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Review: Fenix® PD36R flashlight – maximum light with minimal weight and bulk

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Do you really need a tactical light that is also a spotlight? Well, there are many instances, in wilderness and urban situations, where that is just what you need. Check out this compact, powerful light.

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My deer hunting equipment All Star list may work for you

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Every deer hunter has gear he/she prefers, chosen through individual preference, inclination and experience. Here is my list – see how many of these items will work for you.

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Review: ‘The Grand Circle’ captures magic of Southwest parks

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The Southwestern United States has some magical places that seem almost surreal. This book can help you find some of the best spots.

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Knife update: Battle Horse Knives Feather Stick proves its worth

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Want a Mora-style knife that can handle hard use? This Battle Horse Knives Feather Stick  has been wrung out. Here is what we found.

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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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Hollywood movie survival myths that just wouldn’t work

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Want to learn valid survival skills – don’t depend on the movies! These survival scenes from the big screen that could have used a lot more research!

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Best canoe? 40+ years and this Coleman is still going strong

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Good gear is an investment. I bought my 15-foot Coleman Ram-X canoe before setting out on my 1980 Source-to-Sea voyage on the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. The canoe is still being used. 

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Camp inside to survive power outages during winter storms

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Use your camping gear and skills to survive inside your house during winter storms.

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Review: Gerber Impromptu tactical pen best choice for extreme conditions

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Your survival tools should include some way of communication. Electronics are wonderful, but consider a reliable pen and notebook. The Gerber Impromptu tactical pen may be what you need in your survival gear, and here is why.

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