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Video: Dryer lint as wilderness survival firestarter? No way!

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You stake your life on your firemaking kit components. My recommendation is to substitute cotton balls in any application you might be using dryer lint.

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tarp grommets, tarps shelters, emergency shelters

Video: How to keep your tarp corner grommets from tearing out

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A tarp camper can get in a situation where the wind blows hard enough to rip out the corner grommets. Here’s a rope trick to stop that from happening.

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shelter, knots for tarps, knots

Video: How to tie three basic knots for emergency tarp shelter construction

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Three knots: the timber hitch, trucker’s hitch and bowline, are generally all you need to quickly set up a tarp shelter. Here’s how to tie them.

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Five tips for setting tarps for emergency shelter

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Tarp shelters can make a rainy campout much more bearable. In some emergencies, a tarp might save your life, Here are a few tips for making your tarp shelter more secure.

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Video: Make an effective firestarter using recycled throw-away items

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Make a great, effective survival firestarter with old, junky candles and a raggedy terrycloth towel or cotton rags.

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catfish, chicken liver featured

Survival fishing video: How to bait your hook with chicken liver

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One of the most effective baits for catfish is chicken liver. Here is one method for keeping it on the hook.

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Survival fishing: How to make a trotline from paracord

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Time is precious during an emergency. If you can make a fish trap or run a trot line, these can gather food, even while you’re doing something else.

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rainy forest

How to cope with the precipitation: Ten tips for comfortable camping in the rain

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There is nothing like rain to make you appreciate sunshine! After decades of backpacking and scouting, I have learned some ways to cope with rainy weather while camping.

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Wilderness area, Oregon Cascades.

Serious as a heart attack: Would you know the symptoms if and when they happen?

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Everybody needs to know the symptoms of a heart attack. Here’s the story of my wake-up call.

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Mule deer bucks forage through the snow.

Why do you hunt?

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Every hunter will probably come across someone who questions, or possibly attacks, the activity of hunting. Here’s how to answer.

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