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A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm

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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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Check out these winter driving tips from AAA and other experts

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Sometimes the best winter driving advice is “Don’t go!” But if you must be on the road, here are some tips from the American Automobile Association.

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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Leave a note and save your life!

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If nobody knows where to look, you could wait a long time to be rescued! An detailed note about your outing can solve that problem.

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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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These Eureka! Timberline tents have held up well for almost a decade of use by Boy Scout Troop 18. Central Oregon's winter is beautiful, (Pantenburg photo)

How to stake down a tent securely in deep snow

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How do you keep your tent from blowing down in heavy winds, when you’re on top of deep snow? This simple technique works really, really well..

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Make camo work better: Eliminate laundry soap brighteners for deer hunting success

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Does your camouflage design work? Well, the soap your clothing is washed in may ruin the concealment value. Here’s one way to solve that problem.

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Mule deer bucks forage through the snow.

10 reasons your venison tastes “gamey” (and what you can do about it)

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Don’t like venison because it tastes gamey or musky? Solve these problems and enjoy the feast.

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Small fish are easily cooked in a wrapping of aluminum foil over a grill or campfire.

Marinade recipes | Make fish, wild game meat tender and flavorful

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A common complaint is that wild game meat tastes “gamey” or that fish taste “fishy.” A good marinade can change that.

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

Tin cup: Useful addition to emergency kit

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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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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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