Ground Cherry   

Ground Cherry  

  Ground Cherry is the common name given to a variety of different species of plants in the Physalis genus.  They are related to tomatoes and therefore have several visible similarities that make them easy to spot, though specifics will differ from species to species.  Ground cherries grow wild all over the world, though usually associated with warmer areas they can be found in high latitudes and colder areas as well.  There widespread availability and their tendency to grow in large groups makes them a great resource for wilderness survival.   They can be found growing on the edges of […]

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Lessons Learned From a Woman’s Six Day Survival Ordeal

Lessons Learned From a Woman’s Six Day Survival Ordeal

  32-year-old Nicole Glenn was missing for 6 days before detectives found her in her SUV, stuck in the snow. Her mother reported her missing to Siskiyou County authorities after she failed to check in after arriving at a planned destination.  A helicopter was used to search for her, and detectives were sent to the destination she never arrived at, but these searches turned up nothing.  The detectives found her after heading back and checking side roads, she was with her vehicle which had gotten stuck in the snow. 6 days is a long time to survive in the temperatures […]

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Detaining a Violent Suspect With a Firearm  

  While almost everyone that carries a firearm for self-defense spends nearly all of their training time practicing putting rounds down range, that’s not what statistics tell us is the most likely scenario armed defenders find themselves in.  Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be practicing your draw, aim, and trigger control, I’m only saying that the vast majority of armed defensive encounters actually end without firing a shot.  So, if you are an armed defender, it only makes sense to train, not only for the worst case scenario, but also for the most likely scenario.  That scenario is, […]

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Felling a Tree With Only a Knife   

Felling a Tree With Only a Knife  

  Part of survival is preparedness, another part is adapting.  If you are venturing off into the woods you should always bring with you an axe, hatchet, or a saw, but you might have forgotten them or lost them.  In that case, you will need to use a knife for jobs that generally require a much larger tool.  But, it can be done, including felling a standing dead tree.  The entire process is demonstrated in this video, along with possible dangers and probably difficulties explained.   Natural Healing Techniques Doctors Don’t Want You to Know… The Weight-Reducing Magic of Yoga… […]

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Tee-Pee Fire

Tee-Pee Fire

When I write about a particular fire building method I usually mention that if the only fire you know how to build is a tee-pee fire then you don’t know enough about fire to stand much of a chance in the wilderness.  But that’s not at all to say that the tee-pee fire is not a useful technique, there are cases in which you would be better off with a tee-pee fire than other fire builds.  This is the proper technique to a tee-pee fire and when you would want to use this method above others.   As always you […]

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Dealing with Martial Law

Dealing with Martial Law

The threat of martial law has hardly ever been higher for those of us in the West.  Glimpses of this have been seen after events like the Boston bombing, hurricane Katrina, or the Paris attacks.  While martial law is done under the guise of increasing safety, it will often put one in greater danger, there are few greater threats to those living in the West than the state turned against them.  Whether Islamic terrorism or natural disaster, if you find yourself living under martial law, here are a few tips and dealing with it to increase your chances of survival. […]

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Stimulants for Survival

Stimulants for Survival

  Generally speaking, it’s sound advice for survival to stay healthy, avoiding drinking, smoking, and drugs.  But, there are times that you might want to get “high” to increase your survivability.  Survival situations can call for more than you have to give, more energy, more stamina, and more concentration.  Hitler’s forces were able to blitzkrieg across Europe because they had amphetamines, even modern fighter pilots receive amphetamines to take during combat.  But before you end up in jail for possession of a controlled substance, consider these over the counter medicines that have powerful stimulants in them instead.   Diet Pills […]

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Lessons From a Recent Survival

Lessons From a Recent Survival

Days ago a Pennsylvania family that set out to visit the Grand Canyon was plunged into a wilderness survival scenario.  Luckily for them, they all survived.  Luckily for us, we can learn from their experience, what they did right, what they did wrong, and what it is really like to face to face with survival in a cold weather environment. The family consisted of three, Eric and Karen Klein, and their 10-year-old son.  They got to the park in the morning and were traveling by car using GPS, the plan was to see Bryce Canyon and the North Rim.  The […]

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5 Items You Might Need to Store More Of

5 Items You Might Need to Store More Of

Some items are just cooler than others, and because of this we give them more attention.  But when disaster strikes and you are digging into your supplies it won’t matter how cool an item is, all that will matter is if you enough.  For this reason, you might want to spend a little less on stockpiling ammunition and fish antibiotics and consider spending a little more on these items.   Toilet Paper: If you live in the country where you have access to a lot of leaves laying around you might not have the same needs as someone in an […]

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Punkwood

Punkwood

Not all wood that you come across in the wilderness is the same or will offer the same benefits.  Green wet wood is no good for starting fires, and rotten wood does not have the strength you will need to build most shelters.  Developing an eye, and touch, that is sensitive to the differences in wood will help you get the most out of the resources provided to you in the wilderness.  One wood that you should familiarize yourself with is punkwood.   What is Punkwood? Punk is wood that is in a specific state of decomposition.  It has become lighter […]

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DIY Homemade Gas Mask

DIY Homemade Gas Mask

In this video, step-by-step instructions and explanations are given for how to construct a gas mask out of material and supplies that you probably already have around the house.  You will need a 2-liter plastic bottle, soda can, duct tape, cotton rounds, rubber bands, and activated charcoal (which you should have around already with your medical supplies).  The mask is not meant to protect against biological or nuclear threats, but mostly just against CS gas or pepper spray.  But it could also be used after a disaster to protect you from harmful airborne particles in damaged buildings that you might […]

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Learning Another Language for Survival

Learning Another Language for Survival

Not all skills that can benefit you in a survival situation involve building shelter or properly identifying edible plant species.  Sometimes, especially in an urban survival situation, your ability to deal with, or avoid dealing with people will be a determining factor in your ability to stay alive.  Learning another language can be a valuable skill in some situations.  Here are a few cases in which speaking another language can help you survive.   Bartering will be taking place in urban areas where environmental resources are not enough to meet the demands of the population like they are in rural […]

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Hog Peanuts

Hog Peanuts

Hog peanut is the common name of Amphicarpaea bracteate.  It is a wild edible that grows in the forests of North America.  Hog peanut produces both an edible root and edible seeds.  Hog peanut is a member of the Legume family, same as beans and peas (and peanuts, which are not technically nuts).  The vines can be either annual or perineal depending on the type and location.  They tend to grow in quantities that are large enough to justify a little digging to harvest the roots along with the seeds.   Seeds The seeds from in the flowers which are […]

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The Limitations of Pepper Spray (Graphic Video)

The Limitations of Pepper Spray (Graphic Video)

Pepper spray can be an effective tool for self-defense, but it has limitations.  Not everyone is equally affected by it, your attacker could be on drugs, have a high pain tolerance, or could even have been sprayed previously and knows how to fight through its effects the way police officers do that carry it.  Either way, simply because you have correctly sprayed someone does not mean that they no longer pose a threat.  In this video we see a police officer who has twice attempted to stop a vehicle that has pulled away again, get out and spray a massive […]

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Physical Threats from the Digital World   

Physical Threats from the Digital World  

  In internet can be great tool for our daily lives, providing a wealth of information never previously available with such ease, allowing people even in remote areas to purchase goods that stores in the area don’t carry, and allowing individuals to connect to people in their areas that they would otherwise not be likely to meet.  But with this comes a variety of physical threats.  When most people think of threats from online interactions they think about the threats to children, or in exposing too much information on social media, but there is an increasing trend of armed robberies […]

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Seasonal Adjustments to Bug Out

Seasonal Adjustments to Bug Out

If you have a disaster survival strategy that involves getting out of your area in case of emergency, then you are going to want to plan for seasonal adjustments.  Your route, destination, and the gear you will want with you will greatly change from summer to winter.  Now that winter is officially here and most areas are experiencing cold weather have you thought about what changes you might need to make to your bug out plan if you disaster strikes this time of year?  Here are some things you should consider to adjust for the season in your bug out […]

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Increased Threat of Cross Species Bird Flu in America

Increased Threat of Cross Species Bird Flu in America

I recently wrote an article about protecting your birds from infections of the avian flu from wild birds, and to a lesser extent yourself.  At the time there wasn’t much need for concern about human infections in North America since none had been reported and even cases of infected birds were not widespread.  However;  I just finished reading an article online about how that has changed as of late. It is now being reported that a veterinarian in New York has just been infected with a strain of the avian flu known as H7N2, and the transmission wasn’t even from […]

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Indian Cucumber

Indian Cucumber

It is possible to walk right past food in the forest without ever knowing it.  Not every wild edible is as noticeable as a tree full of ripe apples.  One such plant that might be passed by without taking note of it despite its edibility is Medeola virginiana, better known as Indian cucumber. The edible portion of Indian cucumber is the tuberous root which tastes somewhat like a cucumber, hence the  name. It does not require cooking to be edible, though since it grows in the dirt you probably do want to clean it thoroughly before eating it. Though the […]

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Jugging: Not as Funny as it Sounds   

Jugging: Not as Funny as it Sounds  

“Jugging” is a term that seems to be mainly used in Texas for a crime that is not geographically confined.  The basics of the crime involve watching a bank, or an ATM and waiting to see who makes a withdraw, then following that individual to a location that has less security so they can be robbed there more easily.  The internet has plenty of videos of juggings taking place, sometimes in parking lots of the next store the victim went to, sometimes even in their own driveways.  Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from such attacks […]

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How to Make Sure Camping Doesn’t Become Survival

How to Make Sure Camping Doesn’t Become Survival

Outside of bug out scenarios or soldiers getting lost behind enemy lines, most wilderness survival situations begin by people willingly entering into the wilderness to enjoy themselves.  For many, the more remote, the more enjoyable the experience.  The concrete parking lot, hot shower, flush toilet, “camp” site is just not the same as a site that you hike to, where no other human can be heard or seen.  But it is in these places that a simple mistake or poor planning can quickly change your camping trip into a struggle to stay alive in the wilderness.  Here are some tips […]

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Broadleaf Arrowhead

Broadleaf Arrowhead

Broadleaf Arrowhead, or Sagittaria latifolia is a shallow wetland plant that can be found all over the globe.  Broadleaf arrowhead produces green leaves which are edible, best when they are young and still curled, and more importantly an edible tuber.  Even with nothing else available this plant offers enough nutrition, and can usually be found in such numbers, that it alone could keep you alive for and extended time.   The leaves are available during the entire growing season but are best in the early spring while they are still curled. In summer they will produce an edible bud above […]

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Holiday Terrorism

Holiday Terrorism

On their online magazine ISIS has threatened terrorist attacks all over the world on Christmas.  What does this mean for you and how can you protect yourself?  Here are a few tips on how to stay safe tomorrow.   As always, arm yourself. Recently Detroit Police Chief triggered the left when he said that citizens should be armed to not only fight back against “thugs” but also against terrorism. If possible travel by car since planes, busses, and trains have all, and will unfortunately again be, the targets of terrorism since those that use these means of travel are tightly […]

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Wildfire Survival Tips

Wildfire Survival Tips

This year we have seen wildfires all over the globe.  Whether caused by natural factors like prolonged dry weather and lightning, accidents like fallen power lines in California, troublesome kids in Tennessee, or potential acts of terrorism in Israel, the result will always be deadly.  The only good thing about wildfires is that they usually come with warning thanks to monitoring and the brave groups of men and women that put themselves in harm’s way to fight the flames.  So, with proper planning and awareness you can greatly reduce your risks in case of a wildfire, here are some tips […]

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Economic Survival Tips

Economic Survival Tips

An economic crash, or currency devaluation could cause as many deaths as any natural disaster.  The irony being that all the actual resources are still there, but without currency to lubricate the flow of goods and services those resources will be largely unavailable.  But like all disasters, even economic ones can be prepared for so as to mitigate the threat and increase your ability to survive such disaster.  Here are some tips on how to prepare for a disaster of the economic variety.   Gardening Growing a garden, and establishing it now, prior to your dependence on it, will help […]

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Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

This is the fastest I have ever seen anyone construct a snow cave.  There is some editing in the video so I’m sure it took longer than the run time of the video, but it gives you a good idea of the speed that this tool makes constructing a snow shelter possible.  I’m not getting any compensation for “endorsing” this tool, so I don’t have any problem saying that something of comparable functionality could probably be manufactured cheaper than it retails for.  But if you live in an area that receives a lot of snowfall, this is a tool to […]

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Bird Flu Precautions

Bird Flu Precautions

The bird flu is back in the news again, spreading and mutating.  Most of the cases are in Asia which might make those outside the region feel that there is no need to be concerned.  But there are also cases in Africa and Europe, and if wild birds are infected it could be spread virtually anywhere.  Some birds winter in Europe, but fly to Canada to breed, 26 different species cross the Bering Sea seasonally, some of which travel to the West coast of America.  So, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for the avian flu to spread […]

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People: Biggest Threat and Greatest Resource

People: Biggest Threat and Greatest Resource

In a post-disaster scenario when resources and not being resupplied and there is an interruption or full breakdown in law and order, your biggest threat will come from other people.  People who have not properly prepared themselves will want to take what you have, those that have not developed their skills will rely solely upon theft for survival.  But when the store shelves are empty and emergency services cannot be counted on, other people, those that have prepared and developed their skills will be the greatest resource.  Developing a community of prepared and like-minded people in your area, or finding […]

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How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

This brave guy was kind enough to demonstrate how to survive falling through the ice of a frozen lake. In the video below he outlines 3 different methods to get out alive. Although, the last one requires the assistance of the local fire department and won’t be of much help in the wild. A few things to keep in mind. Don’t try this at home! These are somewhat ideal circumstances, in that the hole was intentionally made through a thick sheet of ice. In reality ice often breaks in the process of getting out. Breathing is important! This is a topic […]

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The Reality of Self Defense for Women (Graphic Video)   

The Reality of Self Defense for Women (Graphic Video)  

  This is a video of an armed robbery from Russia where a man with a blunt force weapon (hard to tell what it is, it looks like a slap stapler) walks into a check cashing office and brutally attacks a female employee.  The video is a graphic departure from the Hollywood depiction of self-defense for women, showing that far from the Tomb Raider or Charlie’s Angels fantasy of jumping spin kick knockouts of larger, stronger male opponents, resilience and a strategy of escape can be the best thing a woman can do when attacked.  This poor woman takes repeated […]

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Black Walnut   

Black Walnut  

  It’s always nice in survival when you can get more than one use out of material you gather or from one plant or animal.  Black walnut is a perfect example of this. It can be used medicinally, as well as provide food, and in long term survival it can even be used to help tan hides.  With all of these uses, black walnut is not a tree that you want to be unfamiliar with.  It grows in all but a dozen of the most Western states, and in parts of Canada.  Here is how to use it for medicine and […]

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Tips for Surviving a Tornado

Tips for Surviving a Tornado

Tornadoes cause devastation across Midwestern states each year. Unfortunately, people die in these storms, so it makes sense for you and your family to be as prepared as possible if you live in or are visiting states that are in the path of tornadoes. Although you might not have too much warning before the storm hits, the experts are getting better at predicting tornadoes. Always listen for tornado alerts and messages and follow the instructions provided. Keep aware of the way the weather changes and stay inside. You can often tell that a storm is on the way by the […]

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Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

Shotguns are some of the most versatile weapons, but eventually, you will run out of ammunition.  This video demonstrates an easy method of using a spent shell, primer, black powder, and bb’s to reload in the field.  The technique does not require much to be carried with you in the way of specified tools or equipment.  The shot, and even the powder can be manufactured at home, but the primers will have to be purchased and stored if this is a strategy you are considering.   If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What Are the Signs of the End […]

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Stung By A Bullet Ant

Stung By A Bullet Ant

This guy’s videos have been making the rounds on the internet lately. For some reason, he has chosen to spend his time seeking out the most painful insect stings the world has to offer, for the purpose of youtube notoriety. That said, this video does illustrate why insects and pests should always be respected. He obviously goes through an incredible amount of pain. But, ultimately he comes out unscathed. [Warning: This video is not for the squimish]   If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Home Defense Course and More… Natural Healing Solutions… Why Everyone is Switching to the […]

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Benefits to Bugging Out by Water

Benefits to Bugging Out by Water

When most people think of bugging out they think of making their way out of a heavily populated area by foot, or even by vehicle.  But these are not the only methods of bugging out one should consider, for many there is the possibility of bugging out on the water.  Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of this strategy.   Avoid Roads Chances are you are not the only one in your area thinking about getting out after a disaster.  Roads will be crowded, possibly covered with debris or otherwise impossible to pass, they might even be intentionally […]

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

  Japanese Knotweed, or Fallopia japonica, is now an invasive weed that grows all over the earth.  It’s stems and new shoots look similar to bamboo, though it is not related, while its leaves are much larger than bamboo leaves and are oval with truncated base.  The new shoots can be harvested as a spring vegetable while there is not much else available yet for wilderness survival, and the roots can also be eaten or used to make tea that is said to have medicinal benefits.   Japanese knotweed can be found all over the world now, and usually grows near […]

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Tips for Navigation in Bad Weather

Tips for Navigation in Bad Weather

  There are aspects of survival that seem to work in your favor, for instance, if there is a poisonous plant, insect, or snake in the area, there tends to be a treatment available from a plant that also grows in that area.  But there are other times when it seems that nature is conspiring against you, when you need a fire the most is when it is going be the most difficult to find dry material.  Another example is navigation, if the weather is nice and you can take your time getting to safety, it will be easy to […]

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Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Human rights organizations inevitably report higher instances of sexual assault and attacks on women after disasters.  With the interruption of law and order, predators will be emboldened.  If you are a woman, or if you have women with you, especially younger women, steps will need to be taken to protect them from the elevated threat level.  The best ways to protect yourself from a potentially stronger opponent are to go unseen, unnoticed, or to present a hard target.  Here are some tips on how to do just that.   Unseen If you are sheltering in place it would be a […]

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Your Bug Out Vehicle

Your Bug Out Vehicle

One of the biggest mistakes that some of the survivalists out there make is with their bug out vehicle. They go overboard and buy something ostentatious like a Hummer decked out with “survival accessories”. Some even advertise that they are preppers right on the vehicle. These tend to be the same preppers who go overboard and buy the biggest and best gadgets that they can find, and the ones who think having more accessories, gadgets, and red dot sights on their rifles will help them to become the biggest and toughest survivors on the planet. Mostly, it just shows that […]

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Tips for New Survivalists and Preppers

Tips for New Survivalists and Preppers

When you are new to prepping, it is quite easy to be overwhelmed by all the things you need to do. It can be difficult to know where to begin and what you should be doing to increase your readiness for whatever comes your way. The following are some simple tips you can use to get a better handle on the situation. Learn something new every day. Knowledge is your friend and you want to add to that knowledge as often as possible. However, you can’t rely only on skills gleaned from the web or from books. You need to […]

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Survival Water Collection Tips

Survival Water Collection Tips

When you are trying to survive in the wild, one of the most important skills you need to have is the ability to collect water. Just because you might find a stream or a lake doesn’t mean you can just drink the water, as it could be contaminated and need to be boiled first. In a good situation, you will have a fire and containers so you can get it boiled and into a drinkable state. However, that’s not always the case. The following are some simple things you can do to start collecting water in the wild. First, you […]

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