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I made this knife and cardboard sheath 40-some years ago. The blade is quite usable and the sheath still does its job quite well! It doesn't work all that well for small game cleaning.

Choose the right knife for small game hunting

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You can skin and field dress squirrels, rabbits, upland game and smaller animals with many different styles of knives. Here’s how to pick one that can do the job well for you, while not breaking the budget.

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Recipe: How to make frontloader washing machine laundry soap

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I’m not buying laundry soap again. This recipe is too easy and cheap, and it works too well to go back to buying commercial laundry soap products.

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Video: Save big bucks with these laundry and dishwasher soap recipes

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My personal rebellion against high-priced laundry soap has spread to dishwashers. Check out this video and simple, easy recipe that will save you money!

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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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Dry Canyon, near Bend, Oregon.

Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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You don’t have any wilderness experience, but you want some. So what do you take along to make sure you get back? Where in that urban wilderness maze of outdoor stores, catalogs, websites and eBay will you find the gear you need? Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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Propane or gas: How to choose a lantern and/or stove fuel

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Should you get a propane or gas lantern or stove? Tank or canister? What are the advantages, disadvantages and what considerations should you be aware of?

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The ten best survival gifts for the outdoors enthusiast

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Before Mothers Day or Fathers Day arrives, here are some gift ideas and product reviews to help you choose that special gift.

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The Orion 65 has large capacity and really good insulation

Best extreme cooler | Orion 65 Cooler review

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Most of us don’t need a high end cooler. But when you do need one, it could be worth every penny of the investment. We check out the Orion 65 quart cooler.

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Tips for buying a used Coleman gasoline lantern

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A good way to acquire a reliable lighting source and save money is to look for used gas lanterns at thrift stores and garage sales. Here are some things to check the lanterns for.

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Review and Video: The Deadwood Biostove – should you include one in your outdoor gear?

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A stove fueled with biomass – twigs, sticks, pine cones, scrap construction wood etc – just makes sense. And the Deadwood Stove is a prime example of why you should consider adding one to your prepper/survival and outdoor needs.

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