4 Ways to Start a Fire You’ve Never Heard of

4 Ways to Start a Fire You’ve Never Heard of

Whether you are setting up for a BBQ in your backyard, or stuck in the middle of nowhere with a cold front moving in, the ability to start a fire when you don’t have the usual supplies is a very handy skill to possess. To make your life easier, we’ve put together several of the most useful ways we could find. Igniting Steel…or Aluminum Most of us have a number of batteries lying around and, thanks to the popularity of cell phones, we usually have at least one when we’re out and about. With a Gum Wrapper A 1.5V battery […]

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4 Essential Musts for Earthquake Preparation

4 Essential Musts for Earthquake Preparation

Earthquakes strike suddenly and little to no warning. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, there are things you can do to prepare to help avoid the injury and property damage that can happen. Prepare Your Home If you own your home, find and correct any weaknesses either by hiring an inspector or assessing your property yourself. If you rent, talk to the owner or management company to find out what steps have been taken to reinforce the property against earthquakes. Asking these questions when touring a place will be a good addition to any pros and cons […]

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7 Crucial Items You Need in Your Car at All Times

7 Crucial Items You Need in Your Car at All Times

Road Trip emergencies can happen at any time so it’s never too soon to be prepared for the worst.  In Winter, this can be especially true as freezing temperatures and low visibility can make it even more difficult for someone to find you if you’ve gotten stranded. Having an Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle could mean the difference between life or death, even if you’re only traveling a few miles. While a comprehensive list could go on forever, gathering these key items to have on hand will help a lot if you ever run into trouble. Jumper Cables No […]

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5 Life Saving Skills for Surviving a Terrorist Attack

5 Life Saving Skills for Surviving a Terrorist Attack

Unfortunately, society as a whole has had to accept acts of Terrorism as a “New Norm.”  Whether it’s a fellow countryman acting as a lone gunman and shooting up an elementary school, or group of extremists claiming to be fighting for a cause, we’ve had no choice but to accept that these things can, are and do happen. Like preparing for a fire, tornado or an earthquake, knowing how to react if ever faced with this life or death situation can aid both you and those around you in bettering your chance of survival. Reaction Time is Crucial Just as […]

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3 Great Shelter Options for Surviving Unexpected Situations

3 Great Shelter Options for Surviving Unexpected Situations

The idea of surviving in the wilderness has become a more mainstream idea thanks, in part, to reality TV.  Most often, people who don’t make it in emergency situations often perish from exposure, not from dehydration or starvation. Hypothermia and Hyperthermia are both deadly conditions that should be a number one issue to address when faced with a survival scenario. A reliable shelter will go a long way when facing the elements.  Here are some good ways to accomplish this important survival skill. First, Find the Right Spot Your shelter should be in the driest area available.  If temperatures allow, […]

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5 Must Do’s to Protect Your Home from Intruders

5 Must Do’s to Protect Your Home from Intruders

It’s one of those things that you think will never happen to you, until it does. Having your home invaded by a stranger can be just as scary as it is damaging. Making sure you and your family feel safe at home should be a number one priority for everyone. From low budget to high tech, here are a number of ways to help you and your family stay happy and safe in the home that you love. 1. Plant Thorny Bushes Around Windows Thorny bushes can do more than beautify your curb appeal.  Prickly and thorny shrubs can do […]

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Stay Dry During a Downpour with These 5 Tips

Stay Dry During a Downpour with These 5 Tips

If you live in areas that rainfall is common, chances are you’re going to get caught occasionally in a downpour. When at home or work, this may be a slight inconvenience. If you are out in the country taking a hike, camping for the weekend or stuck on the side of the road and trekking to the nearest sign of civilization, rain can become a more serious problem.  When we get wet, our bodies lose heat more rapidly.  On hot sweaty days, this can be a good thing.  On overcast days, even when it’s fairly warm, a soaked body can […]

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Treating Sprains in the Wilderness

Treating Sprains in the Wilderness

When you are in the wilderness, far away from clinics or hospitals, and injury can quickly become deadly. While broken bones are certainly one of the worst case scenarios, sprains are also something that can seriously hinder you from getting food, water, shelter, or back to civilization. A sprain happens when the ligaments surrounding a joint become twisted or pulled. A serious sprain can be as painful as a broken bone. The joint becomes twisted and very painful. A sprained ankle is usually the result of walking over uneven terrain and is a very common injury to get while hiking […]

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The Limits of the Human Body (Infographic)

The Limits of the Human Body (Infographic)

Survival is all about pushing your body beyond its limits, further than you ever thought it could go. When we hear harrowing stories of unbelievable survival, it often includes a person, or people, surviving physical conditions most of us could never imagine possible. However, our bodies are capable of much more than we realize. You don’t even have to be in a survival situation to find this out, just check out our video on the Murph Memorial CrossFit challenge! I definitely would never think I could do something like that, but seeing other people complete challenges like that always reminds […]

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“Murph CrossFit” Challenge for Memorial Day (Video)

“Murph CrossFit” Challenge for Memorial Day (Video)

This Monday was Memorial Day and across the nation, our fallen soldiers were honored in many different ways. There were parades, somber services at military cemeteries, bar-b-ques, and….CrossFit? That’s right, CrossFit has become part of our national Memorial Day tradition. You may have caught wind of Donald Trump Jr.’s attempt to complete what has been dubbed the “Murf Memorial Day Crossfit Challenge”. Named for a fallen Navy Seal, Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, after the workout he would complete. Murphy was killed in combat in Afghanistan, as he heroically subjected himself to enemy fire in an attempt to transmit the location and condition […]

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5 Boring Survival Items You’ll Be Glad You Stocked Up On

5 Boring Survival Items You’ll Be Glad You Stocked Up On

When it comes to survival, it’s tempting to stock up on the most exciting items for disaster preparedness. Things like weapons, ammunition, flashlights, paracord, tactical backpacks, etc. are probably what you get the most excited about buying, but there are many very boring everyday items you want to make sure to stock up on. These items are also probably a big part of your daily life, which is perhaps why they might not be too exciting. The good news about this is that since you do buy items like this frequently and they tend to be very inexpensive, you can […]

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Why You Take Up Running If You Want to Survive

Why You Take Up Running If You Want to Survive

A lot of people hate running for exercise. From a fitness perspective, it’s always best to take on fitness routine you’ll actually stick to, so running definitely isn’t for everyone. If you’re trying to get in shape, it’s always advisable to choose an exercise you enjoy and can easily commit to, rather than something that will cause you to roll over and hit the snooze button instead of getting up and doing it. However, if you’re a committed survivalist, you should seriously consider taking up running. You don’t have to wake up every day at the crack of dawn to […]

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Street Smarts: Situational Awareness for Daily Life

Street Smarts: Situational Awareness for Daily Life

It is so easy to become comfortable in our daily lives, but you never do know when a threat might appear, and it is as soon as we put our guard down that this is likely to happen. If you spend a lot of time walking in the street or out in public, you can’t ever have enough situational awareness. This means being focused on your surroundings at all time, to assess and hopefully evade any threat. Crime rates are skyrocketing all over the nation these days, so there’ s nothing wrong with being too careful. Since any threat posed to […]

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Bushcraft Hygiene: Smoke Baths (Video)

Bushcraft Hygiene: Smoke Baths (Video)

Staying clean in a survival situation can often be pertinent to your overall health and hence, survival. However, since water is also such an important aspect of survival (or rather, pretty much the most vital aspect), you might find yourself rationing this precious resource and have none left for bathing. Smoke baths are a great alternative or supplement to water baths, and actually kill bacteria pretty effectively. You can also do them with your clothes on, meaning your clothes will be sanitized as well. This video from Sigma 3 Survival School shows you how to take smoke baths and explains […]

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Why Your Survival Garden Needs Comfrey

Why Your Survival Garden Needs Comfrey

If you are gardening for the sake of survival, you should definitely consider growing medicinal herbs as well as healthy vegetables for your long-term survival plan. There are so many amazing herbs out there that are easy to grow and full of benefits, but probably one of the most impressive is comfrey.  Comfrey has long been popular among organic gardeners for it’s benefits to plants and the soil. Comfrey is nitrogen fixing in the soil, which means that wherever it grows, the soil quality actually improves. It’s a popular choice for a border plant, as it can naturally repel plants as […]

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Law Enforcement Training-Patrol and Counter-Ambush (Video)

Law Enforcement Training-Patrol and Counter-Ambush (Video)

There is so much we can learn from law enforcement officials about the kind of nitty-gritty fighting we just might have to face once we can no longer rely on them for our own safety. But even before war, disaster, or widespread civil unrest occur, training tips from LEOs can still give us a great leg-up in the day-to-day self-defense game. This video from Reid Heinrichs of Valor Ridge shares some experiences from a 3-day Patrol and Counter Ambush class he took with an experienced combat and tactical shooting trainer. The footage of the class itself is what I found […]

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How to Find Time to Prep

How to Find Time to Prep

There is so  much we all need to be doing to prepare for come-what-may. It’s easy for us to sit around on this site and warn you of all the possible threats to our safety or survival, or to give you loads of advice on what you should be doing to prepare and get yourself ready. Train in self-defense. Stock up on food and water. Learn how to hunt. Learn how to shoot. Plant a garden. Learn to tie knots. Learn how to preserve food. Learn wilderness survival skills. The list goes on and on. We do realize that, if you’re […]

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Leaf Identification (Infographic)

Leaf Identification (Infographic)

A few days ago we shared some information about chestnuts and why they’re a great survival food to know about. But of course, knowing how to identify all kinds of plants and trees is a vital skill for wilderness exploration and survival. I have to admit that I’m not incredibly strong at identifying plants and trees, so when I saw this infographic from Red Rover Camping on Pinterest, it definitely piqued my interest. I’m always trying to work on this skill of plant identification and I love visual guides like this. This is definitely a good one to keep on […]

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What Does 20,000 Calories Look Like? (Video)

What Does 20,000 Calories Look Like? (Video)

With all the survival food on the market, it’s easy to get the impression that the kind of food that will last for years on your shelf and sustain your family in a real emergency is pricey and specially packaged. While this kind of food is certainly very helpful to have, especially if you can afford it, it’s not your only option. In this video from Full Spectrum Survival, Brad and Kelly share what 20,000 calories looks like, and what it costs: $20. 20,000 calories is easily enough to sustain one adult for 10 days, even more on strict rations, […]

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22 Dead, Dozens Injured in Manchester Bombing

22 Dead, Dozens Injured in Manchester Bombing

22 people have been killed and over 50 injured in a horrific terrorist attack following a concert in Manchester, UK. The blast took place last night as concertgoers began to file out of the building at the conclusion of the performance. The witness accounts and video captured of the chaos and carnage are terrifying. One witness described seeing “bodies, blood, and people’s belongings, scattered all about” as she ran out with the frightened and screaming crowds trying to exit the arena. The concert was that of American pop star Ariana Grande, who was popular among younger audiences. Sadly, children were […]

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Survival Edibles: Chestnuts

Survival Edibles: Chestnuts

Learning to recognize edible food in the wilderness is a vital skill. If you live in North America or Western Europe, you might be lucky enough to come across some chestnuts in the wild. Chestnuts are an excellent survival food, and you should definitely be familiar with them should you ever need to look for them. They are caloric, full of healthy fats and proteins, and pack a lot of nutritional energy in a small package. They are also easy to carry with you, and, if you were on really strict portions, a small handful could probably sustain you all day if […]

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Safety Survival Hacks (Infographic)

Safety Survival Hacks (Infographic)

I love life hacks of all kinds, and naturally, I love survival hacks even more. We’ve shared some here and there on this site, but I often see cool little hacks like this online that I’ve always wanted to get more into in an article. So how happy was I to find an infographic that contains a whole bunch of cool survival hacks in one places! These are definitely some classic survival hacks that would be very good to keep in mind. Enjoy! If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Is Your Home Secure? Natural Healing Solutions… Why Everyone […]

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How to Make a Fish Trap (Video)

How to Make a Fish Trap (Video)

When you are hunting and foraging for your food, it’s important to try to use more than one method for acquiring sustenance. Last week we talked about setting snares for small game, which is a great way to supplement what you can get hunting or fishing. A fish trap, like a snare, is a great way to passively catch food while you are trying other methods. They have been used by many cultures around the world for centuries to lure unsuspecting fish to their (delicious) doom. In this video, skilled survivalist and YouTuber Survival Lilly weaves her own fish trap […]

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How to Mark Your Trail in the Wilderness

How to Mark Your Trail in the Wilderness

If you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness for whatever reason, you will most likely be faced at some point with a decision between staying put and moving on. While it is always advisable to stay in the place you became stranded, so to speak, such as the last place you saw your companions before getting lost, a crash site, your broken down car, your campsite, etc. This will be the most likely place a potential rescuer will find you. However, for the sake of staying alive or avoiding any number of threats to your safety, you might need […]

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Planning Your Bugout Bag: Don’t Forget About Winter

Planning Your Bugout Bag: Don’t Forget About Winter

If you are planning your bugout in the spring or summer, don’t forget to think about preparing for inclement weather. That could be a deadly mistake. You may not have the luxury of having to bug out on a beautiful spring day. It might happen in the dead of winter. If it does, are you truly prepared? Do you have the items you need in your bugout bag? Do you know how to deal with the harsh temperatures and the falling snow? Is your vehicle ready to handle the messy streets? Here are some tips that will help. You need […]

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Real-Life Knife Disarm Caught on Camera (Video)

Real-Life Knife Disarm Caught on Camera (Video)

Don’t try this at home! Or…anywhere else someone might be coming at you with a knife. In this video, a real-life, movie-style knife disarm maneuver is successfully performed by a police officer confronting a knife-wielding perpetrator. While this is a perfect example of just how successful years of rigorous martial arts training can be, it’s just that: the result of years of rigorous training. While it’s very cool to see this in real life, don’t think it will be just as simple for you to try this move if you’re confronted with someone wielding a knife! That being said, let […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Carjacking

How to Protect Yourself from Carjacking

These days, carjacking is a simple reality of life in crime-ridden America (we won’t even get started on other countries like Brazil). It is a common way for people to become unsuspecting victims of violence, intimidation, and theft, all in a matter of seconds. If you are a parent of small children, this threat is probably quite terrifying to consider. Imagine having your car stolen, with your sleeping child in the back? I cannot imagine the fear and horror. Whether you are a parent or simply a single adult who wants to protect yourself against the threat of carjacking, it is […]

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A Year in Hell: True Story Account of the War in Bosnia

A Year in Hell: True Story Account of the War in Bosnia

If you’re too young to remember the war in Bosnia, you should definitely learn more. Although it is a very depressing piece of modern history, it is also full of very important lessons on survival and enduring great hardship. This real life account of life during the brutal war in Bosnia stands as a very sobering wake-up call for preppers everywhere. What happened in Bosnia, particularly the capital of Sarajevo, is very much like what many of us are trying to prepare for every day. When we talk about urban survival or survival during civil unrest on this site, this […]

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3 Creative Ways to Capture Water in the Wilderness

3 Creative Ways to Capture Water in the Wilderness

When you are fighting for your survival, water is your number one priority. You may have heard the “rule of threes” of survival: you can only go three hours without shelter, three weeks without food, and three days without water. Water is essential for survival, but unfortunately, finding water can pose a big challenge in many survival situations. Of course, you will probably first want to look for lakes, rivers, or streams as your primary water source. These will be reliable, and you need a constant source of water. But what if you are somewhere you simply can’t find a […]

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A Simple Guide to Companion Planting

A Simple Guide to Companion Planting

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just getting started, you can benefit from the wisdom of companion planting. It is a common concept in organic gardening that involves planting certain herbs or vegetables with others, their “companions”, because they’ve been known to help each other out as they grow. What makes plants good companions is based on a few different factors. In some cases, it  might be based on differing needs for nutrients, meaning they’ll grow well together because they won’t be competing for the same nutrients. So, for example, you wouldn’t want to plant two heavy phosphorous feeders next to each […]

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Mad Max Apocalyptic Workout: Top 10 Exercises (Video)

Mad Max Apocalyptic Workout: Top 10 Exercises (Video)

Fitness for survival is an incredibly important topic. We’ve spoken about it quite a bit on this blog, because we believe that the single most important tool you have for survival is your body, and you need to maintain and prepare your body if you want to survive. Literally any scenario in which you will need to fight for your survival stands to be improved upon if you work on your health and fitness now. It’s not just about weight control either, you need to be building muscle and increasing flexibility and stamina too. This video is actually incredibly useful. […]

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How to Escape From Zip Ties

How to Escape From Zip Ties

his will work Zip ties are a frightening way to be restrained. Not only are they a common choice of restraint for police officers these days, but also, unfortunately, criminals. They are notoriously impossible to loosen, and a person can exhaust a lot of energy and cause themselves great psychological distress if they even try. While it’s not too pleasant to think about the possible scenarios in which you might end up restrained by zip ties, but it’s worth it to know how to escape from their grip. Here are a few steps to help you if you ever end […]

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How to Set a Snare Trap

How to Set a Snare Trap

If you are ever stranded in the wilderness, or deliberately trying to survive on whatever you can forage, hunt, or catch, then you’ll have to know a few basics about catching wild animals. While there are many methods for hunting that span back to the beginning of known time, your options might be pretty limited, especially if you did not intend to be looking for food in the wilderness. If you can hunt with a firearm or a bow, this is ideal, but you either might not have that option, or you might want to supplement whatever food you can […]

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Planning an Off-Grid Weekend for Survival (Video)

Planning an Off-Grid Weekend for Survival (Video)

I was thrilled to recently discover that the operators of one of my favorite survival YouTube channels, Full Spectrum Survival, also have a separate off-grid/homesteading channel called Off Grid With Brad and Kelly. A few days ago, they shared this great video on preparing for off-grid weekends. I think this is a really fantastic idea, and something that everyone should try to do from time to time. They have a camp set up for a friend coming to visit, who wanted to spend the weekend living without electricity, without dependence on the modern grid, for the sake of preparedness and survival. […]

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Simple Tips for Starting Your Survival Garden

Simple Tips for Starting Your Survival Garden

If you are interested in survivalism and prepping, you’ve probably considered growing your own survival garden. This is a very prudent idea, and spring is the perfect time! If this is your first time gardening, you might feel confused and lost, or, possibly even worse, over-confident! Gardening is an inexact science, and there’s a lot of ways to get it right, or get it wrong. We’ve put together some helpful tips for first-time gardeners to help make your first year of gardening a success. 1. Know Your Zone First things first, you need to figure out which plant hardiness zone you live […]

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Survival News: Ebola Outbreak Declared in Congo

Survival News: Ebola Outbreak Declared in Congo

It’s like 2014 all over again. The World Health Organization declared an ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, shortly before confirming two more suspected cases in the region. There are reportedly 11 cases, out of 19 suspected cases, and 3 deaths, in Congo’s northern Bas-Uele Province. The WHO confirmed that a strain responsible for one of the deaths was confirmed to be the same as has been present in the region before. The WHO is seeking out 125 people who may have come into contact with the virus, and it still remains unclear how the first […]

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Why Are My Leaves Turning Yellow? (Infographic)

Why Are My Leaves Turning Yellow? (Infographic)

Yellowed leaves can be a distressing garden issue, especially if you don’t know how to identify and remedy the cause. I used to think yellowed leaves were simply caused by malnutrition, but it turns out there are a few different possibilities for what could be behind this problem. This beautifully illustrated infographic is more than just good-looking, it’s also quite handy for troubleshooting yellowing leaves. Keep this around for future reference! Hope it is helpful. If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Is Your Home Secure? Natural Healing Solutions… Why Everyone is Switching to the Primal Diet…

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How to Seal Your Home Against Bioterrorism and Pandemic

How to Seal Your Home Against Bioterrorism and Pandemic

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared several articles on the details of a number of different likely bioterrorism agents. Today, I will finally begin to address how to protect yourself against bioterrorism, as well as any pandemic or widespread chemical threat, by securing your home. This will be a series as well, and to start off with, I will discuss sealing off your home from biological, chemical, and pandemic threats. But first, if you’d like to check out any of the bioterrorism articles you may have missed, here they are: Understanding Chemical and Biohazard Threats Anthrax Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers  Smallpox After […]

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Wild Edibles-Fern Fiddleheads (Video)

Wild Edibles-Fern Fiddleheads (Video)

If you’ve never heard of edible ferns, you should definitely educate yourself. Ferns are a great source of nutrients in the while, and it’s not hard to learn how to identify and eat them. This is a great intro video into finding and eating fiddlehead ferns, and is a must for any survivalist! Enjoy: Survival Preparedness Boils Down to This… Is Doomsday Finally Upon Us?  Have You Considered Going Paleo? Read This First…

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You Need the Basics to Improve Your Shot Using a Bow

You Need the Basics to Improve Your Shot Using a Bow

As a survivalist and a prepper, you need to know how to use different types of tools and weapons if you want to survive. You never want to be just “okay” using different tools. You want to be as good as you possibly can be, as this will help to increase your chance of survival. This certainly applies to bows that you use for hunting and even for defense, if needed. However, many people get a bow and think that shooting it and hitting the target will come naturally. This frame of mind is often prevalent in those who are […]

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