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

Zippo butane lighter, Zippo

Review | Butane Zippo may need to be part of your survival fire making kit

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It is hard to improve on a tried and proven piece of gear, especially when 500 million have already been sold. But this latest fire making tool from Zippo may be an improvement on that old classic lighter.

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Survival Common Sense: Why I started a survival blog that has lasted 10 years

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In the wilderness survival industry the average lifespan of a website is about 18 months, Survival Common Sense has been around for ten years this month. Here is the “why” of that continued success. 

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Mini Tundra and Tarpon

Check out these 12 new knives for deer season

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As fall approaches, a deer hunter’s thought turn to tree stands, bows and rifles and the pure joy of being on a deer stand on opening day. For us cutlery enthusiasts, it may be time to start looking for a new hunting knife. Here are some I will be using this season.

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bark river knives, fingerling

Bark River Fingerling review: This may be the hunting knife you’ve been looking for

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Bark River’s Fingerling reproduces a classic design with new, improved materials. This is going to be a very popular knife among hunters.

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heat, stay cool when power goes down

10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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An emergency situation caused by a summer storm may be made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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10 tips/secrets to improve your Dutch oven cooking

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New to Dutch oven cooking? Or just want to get better at it? These tips will help.

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misssissippi river fishing, smallmouth bass, fish recipe book

Three surefire freshwater fish recipes for outdoor gourmet cooking

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The next best thing to catching fish is eating them. If you’re wondering how to cook those fish outdoors, here are three of my go-to recipes that work every time

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survive snow storm, shelter inside during snow storm

Winter storms: What to do when the power goes off and it’s icy cold outside

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The power goes out and you’re sheltering inside the house. Outside, the temperature plummets, the wind picks up and it starts to snow. You don’t know when the power will be restored. It might be hours or days. How will you stay warm and safe? How do you get started?

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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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Pitchwood can usually be found at the base of a dead stick on a live tree.

How to: Find pitchwood, a natural, effective firestarter

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If you are in an area with pine trees, you can probably find pitchwood, one of the most effective waterproof firestarters ever.

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