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Video: Gear you don’t need – dump the Mylar blankets from your survival kit

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Do you carry a Mylar blanket as an emergency shelter item? If so, here’s why you should get rid of it.

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Try this practical method to build a survival snow cave

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Just about every survival manual shows how to build a snow cave. But the reality is that most people don’t have the skill, tools or time to effectively use this technique. These young scouts did it and you can, too.

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Video: How to wet form a leather knife sheath with water and a sponge

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Here’s a quick and easy method to custom fit a leather sheath to your knife.

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Snow accumulation on roofs can present hazards.

Should you remove the snow off your roof?

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More winter storms and blizzards are on the way. Do you need to shovel the snow on your roof?

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How to pitch a tarp to survive in heavy winds

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Winds can rip a tarp to pieces if it isn’t secured correctly. Here’s how to make your survival shelter safe and secure.

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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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Edible plants video: How to tell look-alike poison iris from cattails

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Every part of the cattail plant is edible. But don’t mistake a cattail for a toxic look-alike. Here is how to tell the difference.

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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Use social media to leave a note and save your life!

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Don’t let your quick outing turn into a missing person search! 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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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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These knives are carried by the elk hunters I hunt with. The designs and style reflect a variety of opinions on the subject of the best hunting knife!

Ten things to look for in a survival/bushcraft knife

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Everyone has different ideas about what they need in a survival/bushcraft/hunting knife. Here’s my top ten items to consider before buying one.

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