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Videos: Check out this DIY survival gear.

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Can you improvise quality gear in some areas, to save money for items you can’t improvise? This video selection shows how to make simple survival/preparedness tools that are effective and that will save you money.

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Video: A canoe trip on the Mississippi River

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I’m going to share parts of a recent Mississippi River canoe experience with you – sit back, relax and enjoy the river’s peace and tranquility.

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Video and Review: Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Propane stove

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Among the preparedness products I wouldn’t be without is a Camp Chef Double Burner. It can’t be beat for preparedness and/or camping

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The correct style and material can determine if your stocking cap will be useful in specific situations. From left is a beanie, heavy wool/thinsulite winter cap, and a full-face knit reversible selection. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Include a stocking cap in your survival gear

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About 10 percent of your body heat exits through your head. Conversely, sun beating down on an unprotected cranium can cause sunstroke, headaches and severe sunburn. A stocking cap may be what you need to handle both of these circumstances.

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Black Confederates honored at Mississippi Civil War monument

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War monuments are ubiquitous to the Deep South. But a monument in Canton, Mississippi may be one-of-a-kind. It honors African Americans who fought for the Confederacy.

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Video Bowie review: Bark River V-44 combines historical accuracy with new materials

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The Bark River V-44 Bowie combines modern materials with a time-tested design.

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Video review: A first look at the Bark River Crash Ax

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Tactical axes have been around for thousands of years. If you’re in the market for one, this Bark River Crash Ax may be just what you’re looking for.

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Holiday gift ideas: Make an effective, functional solar lamp for under $7

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Emergency lighting: The holiday season is fast approaching, and here’s an inexpensive, recycled gift for those preppers – and non-preppers – on the list.

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Winter survival video: Detecting frostbite and tips for prevention

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Frostbite can cause you to lose fingers, toes and/or ears – basically any extremity exposed to the cold. Here are some tips to prevent frostbite.

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Video: What you need to make a Dutch oven survival kit

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Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s a basic, bare-bones list.

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