How to See an Attack Coming

How to See an Attack Coming

As a defender and not an attacker you will always be at a disadvantage since the attack will always come from an ambush and not with a gentleman’s “on guard” warning.  But just because a potential attacker doesn’t want you to know that they are planning an attack doesn’t mean that you can’t see it coming.  We’ll talk about a few “pre-attack indicators” that attackers often do prior to the attack, recognizing these cues will allow you to plan your defense or even a counter ambush.   Scanning Scanning is one of the most common pre-attack indicators, it is when […]

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Distinguishing Between Safe and Dangerous Prey

Distinguishing Between Safe and Dangerous Prey

The last thing you need when hunting in a survival scenario is getting injured or sick from your would be prey.  Knowing the physical characteristics of safe prey and potentially dangerous animals is a vital bit of knowledge that can keep you safe from further danger in an already precarious situation.  These are just a few animals that are good survival food, but resemble dangerous animals that you should avoid or use greater caution.   Scorpions All scorpions can be eaten, but some have venom that can be dangerous if you are stung.  The easiest way to visually differentiate between […]

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Swedish Fire Torch

Swedish Fire Torch

The Swedish fire torch is a fire build that is said to have been invented by Swedish soldiers during the Thirty Years War so that they could keep from traveling long distances get more fuel.  Fuel efficiency is not only an issue during war, but it could be the difference between a warm night and hypothermia if you are in a wilderness survival scenario. The Swedish fire torch conserves fuel by using only one log at a time.  The technique is much easier if you have a saw, but it can be done with an axe, hatchet, machete, or full […]

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3 Considerations for an EDC Knife

3 Considerations for an EDC Knife

A  knife is one of the most important tools that you should always keep with you.  It is also a tool with no shortage of variations available on the market.  So, what should you look for in an EDC (every day carry) knife?  Here are 3 important factors to consider before making your investment.   Comfort It might sound silly at first when you are thinking about survival tools, but when you are looking to carry a knife with you every day you want one that is going to be comfortable for you to carry.  If you overlook this, then […]

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Best Food for Survival Storage

Best Food for Survival Storage

When it comes to prepping, you want have the right food stored. You also want to know what foods will last the longest. After all, one of the biggest problems that people have with food or emergency storage is the shelf life. When they are faced with a disaster, they may have goods that are perishable and that are not going to do them much good for very long. Therefore, it is a good idea to have some goods on hand that will last for a long time. Let’s look at some of the best options when it comes to […]

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How to Protect Yourself From Post-Disaster Urban Crime

How to Protect Yourself From Post-Disaster Urban Crime

  In the wilderness, exposure, dehydration, starvation, and wildlife will be your biggest threats.  In an urban setting, your biggest threat could come from other people. Now that’s not to say that everyone should be out for themselves and treat all others as potential flesh-eating zombies after a disaster.  But we do need to recognize those that the criminal element of our society will be emboldened by the absence of law and order in an urban environment. And more than likely current n’er-do-wells, who are not currently spending their hard-earned money on canned food and bottled water, will increase their […]

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3 Pieces of Survival Gear You Will Never Use

3 Pieces of Survival Gear You Will Never Use

When you start gathering supplies for your survival you will probably start as most do with the basics.  You probably already have a supply of non-perishable food, bottled water, and tools like knives and fire starting supplies.  But where do you stop?  These days there is a real market for survival supplies, and supply has definitely risen to meet the demand, and maybe a little beyond it.  As practical as the concept of preparing for survival is, not every piece of gear to do so is equally as practical.  These are just a few of the items on the market […]

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Prepping for a Gun Ban?

Prepping for a Gun Ban?

One of the very first questions in last week’s monumental presidential debate was in regards to future supreme court nominees and what that would mean for decisions regarding the Second Amendment. Regardless of what your views on gun control might be, it is a realistic concern that our rights might be so far restricted that certain guns, if not guns all together, might be banned sometime in the next few decades, if current trends continue. Here are some weapons you might want to consider familiarizing yourself and possibly purchasing before they are banned. AR-15 First on the list of banned weapons will […]

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Personalizing Your Survival Plan

Personalizing Your Survival Plan

Not every piece of gear or specific skill is going to applicable for your personal survival.  If you live in the North East you probably don’t need to know more than the absolute basics of desert survival just in case your vacation to the Grand Canyon takes a turn for the worst.  Likewise, if you are living in the Ozarks you don’t need to concern yourself with urban survival techniques.  Your survival plan needs to reflect your individual needs based on your individual situation.  These are the three most important survival skills, and some things to keep in mind about […]

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How to Build Survival Snowshoes (Video)   

How to Build Survival Snowshoes (Video)  

As we’ve talked about before, cold is one of the quickest killers.  Exposure to cold can kill you in only a few hours.  Building a shelter and starting a fire should be your first priorities, especially at night, but you can’t always just wait for rescue to come.  In order to get out of a snow-covered environment, you will need more than boots which will have you running out of energy fast trying to plow through snow.  You will need snowshoes so that you can walk on top of deep snow.  In this video we see a basic build for […]

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Eating Bugs for Survival

Eating Bugs for Survival

Most people might think of squirrels or birds when they think of small game in a survival situation.  But you might have to think a lot smaller than that in some cases.  If you have no weapon, and if your situation doesn’t allow for you to spend time manufacturing one or setting traps, then perhaps it’s time to add bugs to the menu.  But what bugs, and how should you go about catching them and eating them.  These are a few ideas to get you started.   Earthworms Earthworms are edible, maybe not appetizing, but edible non-the-less.  They are also […]

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Emergency CPR (Infographic)

Emergency CPR (Infographic)

Sometimes it’s skills and not supplies that can save a life.  One such example is learning how to perform CPR.  CPR, or cardiopulmonary resurrection, can be the difference between life and death in a variety of scenarios ranging from heart attacks, accidents, near drownings, suffocations, smoke inhalation, and electric shock (including lightning strikes). Even now, while things are going relatively well, hundreds of thousands of people die in America each year, that might have been saved if someone near them knew the lifesaving skill of CPR.  How much more necessary when dialing 911 is not an option because of disaster […]

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Benefits of Blowguns

Benefits of Blowguns

A blowgun is probably not the first weapon that comes to mind when you think about prepping for survival.  And while there are weapons that might be higher on the list, a blowgun is not without its advantages.  This is a list of some of the reasons that you should consider adding a blowgun to your survival supplies.   Cost Blowguns are not expensive.  You can pick one up online for less than $40 with enough darts to get you started.  There is no need to pay to go to a range, as you would with a firearm, and even purchasing […]

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Video: How to Skin a Rabbit Without a Knife (WARNING: Graphic!)

Video: How to Skin a Rabbit Without a Knife (WARNING: Graphic!)

Whether you are looking for food in the wilderness or in a post disaster urban setting, small game like rats, rabbits, and squirrels are going to be on the menu more often than large game like elk or deer.  But what if you have succeeded in catching or trapping small game, but you don’t have a knife to clean them with?  Here is a video demonstrating how easy it can be to skin a rabbit with only your bare hands. It’s pretty cool, but not for the faint of heart!   If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What […]

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Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

If you are in a location where the weather is getting cold, and you are in a survival scenario, things can start to look grim pretty quickly. However, there are some things you can do as a means to improve your survival capabilities. Let’s look at some quick and easy cold weather survival tips you can start using. If you know you’re going to be out in cold weather, make sure you dress in layers of loose clothing. Having multiple layers is a good idea because it is able to trap air between those layers. The trapped air can then […]

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Learn How to Survive, Don’t Just Read About It

Learn How to Survive, Don’t Just Read About It

You are a prepper, or at least you think you are. You’ve been acquiring knowledge regarding survival in a variety of situations, and you have been collecting the gear and goods that you need. You have what you feel is the right equipment, and you believe that you are ready for anything that might come your way. However, you might not be. If all of your knowledge so far has been theory, then you might find that being in a real survival scenario is much different. What can you do to remedy this? The answer is simple. Actually put some […]

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Learning to Hunt With Other Tools

Learning to Hunt With Other Tools

In a survival situation, especially when you have to survive for a long period of time without the ability to run down to the grocery store, you need to hunt for your own food. Many people consider themselves hunters and they feel that they would be perfectly fine in a survival situation. Of course, you ask them how they hunt, they start talking about the different high-powered rifles they have and the scopes they use. Now, if a survival situation goes on long enough, you might not have access to ammunition. You might have a weapon that breaks or a […]

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How to Make a Stealth Shelf (Video)

How to Make a Stealth Shelf (Video)

I recently came across this very cool video on how to make a “stealth shelf” in your home. It is a great way to hide cash, jewelry, valuable medical supplies, weapons, whatever. It’s a great idea to have as much of your survival stash as possible hidden in various places to reduce the likelihood of looters or FEMA agents (half-kidding) will be able to seize all of your goods. And I love the idea of making one since the price of a stealth shelf and similar furniture can run really high!    

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Popular Handgun Concealment Positions: Strengths and Weaknesses   

Popular Handgun Concealment Positions: Strengths and Weaknesses  

  With the threats of Islamic terrorism and rising violent crime rates first-time gun ownership is also understandably on the rise.  Thousands of Americans that never thought they would even own a gun are now considering carry a handgun with them everywhere they go for personal protection.  This can be an intimidating concept for those that have never carried a firearm before.  To help, here a few of the popular carry positions and their strengths and weaknesses. 12 o’clock The 12 o’clock carry is when the firearm is carried on the front of your body, inside the waistband, on the […]

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Basic Land Navigation

Basic Land Navigation

  Whether you are stranded in the wilderness or fleeing an urban area due to disaster of any sort, you need to figure out your destination and how you are going to get there.  Having a map and compass, and knowing how to read them, will give you the knowledge you need to find water, populated areas, and how to choose your route to navigate to where you need to be.  Here are a few basics tips to get you started. Orientate Your Map. Using your compass, find north.  Then align your map so that north on the map is in […]

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Preparing for Nuclear War

Preparing for Nuclear War

For those that don’t watch the news much, there has been an increase in the frequency and tone of talks regarding nuclear war from highly powerful people.  Now, there’s no reason to freak out, but it is very important to be aware, and be prepared. Whether or not we end up in a nuclear conflict with Russia by year’s end, with the amount of nuclear weapons all over the world mean that it is simply prudent to be realistic and think about how to best survive were nuclear war to break out. Nuclear war is the worst case scenario for […]

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Survival Signaling

Survival Signaling

If you are in a wilderness survival situation, or in a disaster area, getting help is a high priority.  You or someone you are with might be injured or sick and not able to travel, you could be lost, or you could be weakened from prolonged dehydration or hunger.  Whatever the reason, you will want to alert others that you need help.  When calling 911 is not an option you will need to use what you have available to signal for help.  These are some methods of signaling that have saved lives before and could save yours.   Passive Signal […]

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How to Build a Survival Raft

If you are stranded in the wilderness fighting for your survival, or trying to live in the wilderness long term, transportation is a must.  You will only be able to travel 10 miles a day on foot, and that is over good ground with a light pack.  But on the water, you can travel 30 miles a day, and you can transport supplies, a wounded person, and use a fraction of the energy it would take to walk 1/3 of the distance.   A raft can make all the difference.  Here is a video of two men making a raft with […]

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Static Fish Trap

Static Fish Trap

  Life is dependent upon water, so when you find a source of water in the wilderness, chances are it’s a good place to look for your food too.  There are numerous designs for fish traps, and in this article, we’ll be talking about a static funnel fish trap.    How it Works A static funnel fish trap works by channeling or funneling the fish from the open body of water, into your trap, and making it difficult for them to find the one way back out.  Fish aren’t that smart, it’s basically like building a fence maze in the […]

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Treating a Broken Bone in the Wilderness

Treating a Broken Bone in the Wilderness

Injuries in the wilderness can turn a hike or a camping trip into a fight for your life instantly.  The pain alone can immobilize you, leaving you stranded.  The risk for infection is high if the fracture has punctured the skin.  A broken bone can even severe an artery and cause massive bleeding which could kill you in seconds.  Knowing how to treat a fracture can help get you mobile again, and on your way to medical treatment.   Setting the Bone After you have determined that there is a fracture, you will need to set the bone.  While the process […]

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Drinking Salt Water

Drinking Salt Water

In most survival situations finding water is the hard part, then all you need to do is treat it, filter it, or boil it (or hope for the best if you can’t do any of those).  But if you are near the coast, or in an area that has been hit by a hurricane or tsunami, all the water in your area could be salt water.  Iodine tablets won’t get salt out, filters won’t help either, and simply boiling it will only leave you with hot salt water.  But, if you have a few items available to you, it is […]

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Universal Edibility Test

Universal Edibility Test

Learning how to identify the edible and poisonous plants in your local area is always a good idea.  But what if you find yourself in an area you are not familiar with and in need of food to survive?  You can follow the steps in the “universal edibility test” to determine of the plant is edible or not.   Divide the Plant After gathering the plant that you want to test, divide the plant into its basic parts, roots, stem, leaves, and flowers.  This is done so that you can test each part separately.  Some plants have both edible portions […]

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3 Tips for Fire Starting in a Wet Environment

3 Tips for Fire Starting in a Wet Environment

If things always went your way you would never need to worry about how to survive in the wilderness.  But since things don’t always go your way, you need to have a plan, and a backup plan when that doesn’t work.  It’s not enough to know how to start a fire in ideal conditions, if you want to survive, you need to know how to start a fire in all conditions, including wet condition.  Here are 3 tips on how to do it.   Gather standing wood If it has just poured down rain, all the wood laying on the […]

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How to Tie An Adjustable Knot

How to Tie An Adjustable Knot

As with all of your tools, paracord can help to save your life, but it will only be as effective as you are skilled with it.  Not every situation calls for a slip knot, or three slip knots on top of each other.  To get the most out of your paracord spend some time practicing knots while camping, or even just while sitting on your couch.  Here we have instructions on how to tie an adjustable knot between two posts.  You might use this for your ridge line when constructing a tarp shelter.  Let’s get started.   First, wrap one […]

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Building a Survival Bow

Building a Survival Bow

Whether for hunting or defense, a bow is a great tool to have with you in any survival situation.  But a bow is a little big to put in your pocket as part of your everyday carry.  Being able to make one from materials available to you in the wilderness will insure that you always have a means of hunting and defending yourself.   Material The first and most important set in crafting a survival bow in the wilderness is selecting the proper material for your bow.  Search for a young, green, hardwood sapling.  You will need a piece at […]

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Paiute Dead Fall

Paiute Dead Fall

Shelter and water come first in survival, but sooner or later you will need to eat.  Large game is not always an option, you could be unarmed when forced into your survival situation, you might not want others to hear a gun shot, you might be limited on your ammunition, or there might not be any large game in your area.  For all these reasons and more it is good to have a plan for survival that includes methods of procuring small game without a firearm.  Trapping is a great option.  The following are instructions on how to build and […]

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Low Fuel Fire Tips

Low Fuel Fire Tips

Knowing how to start a fire and having the tools to get it going are not always going to be enough.  You might find that you don’t have very much wood available, or that the wood you do have for fuel is too wet.  Here are some tips on how to make the most out of the fuel you have to help stay alive.   Star Fire A star fire is a basic fire building technique for conserving your fuel.  Put your tinder and kindling in the center, and place the larger pieces of wood that you have around the […]

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Practical Self-Defense

Practical Self-Defense

It is estimated that the average American will see 200,000 images of violence in the media by the age of 18.  Putting aside the moral implications of this, because that’s a whole other topic, there is another result these images will have on the viewer.  Namely, they will have a completely unrealistic concept of fighting and self-defense.  The vast majority of fights do not include spinning jump kicks, multiple opponents that wait their turn, or anything seen in any Jet Li movie ever.  As entertaining as these fight scenes are, they don’t resemble reality and they can taint one’s approach […]

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The Ultimate Survival Food & More

The Ultimate Survival Food & More

Pemmican is a dehydrated survival superfood that is nutritionally complete and incredibly long-lasting. It is made with nothing else but lean meat, tallow, and berries. It was invented by the North American Plains Indians, as a way to store the meat through the winter. It quickly caught on with early Frontiersmen and even British explorers who prized the high nutritional value and portability of pemmican. It’s effortless to make, and you can do so using ingredients that are easy to find and equipment you already have in your kitchen. The recipe for pemmican is from the book ‘The Lost Ways’, […]

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3 Reasons To Bug-out, and 3 Reasons Not To   

3 Reasons To Bug-out, and 3 Reasons Not To  

  One of the most important decisions to make in your preparations for survival is whether you should stay in place or head for the hills.  In this article I am not attempting to advocate either option as a one-size-fits-all solution to any situation.  This is simply meant to show the benefits to, and limitations of both strategies to illustrate the need to prepare for anything when one is planning to prepare for their survival. First, 3 reasons to bug-out: Civil Unrest If you are living in an urban setting currently, all you have to do is turn on the […]

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Avoiding and Surviving Animal Attacks

Avoiding and Surviving Animal Attacks

Humans are at the top of the food chain due to our intellect and social structure, not necessarily our physical prowess.  When you are in the wilderness, or even outdoors in your neighborhood, you can come in contact with animals that have the potential to kill you.  Here are a few tips on how to avoid, or if necessary how to survive an attack from some potentially deadly predators.   Dogs You don’t have to be in the wilderness to come face to face with a deadly animal.  You could be jogging on the sidewalk in your neighborhood as usual […]

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Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

One of the biggest concerns for long-term self-reliance or survival is energy. Most energy sources that we rely on seem to be finite. Gasoline, propane, coal, even wood, all will run out at some point and are difficult to regenerate. Batteries in particular run out quickly, and rechargeable batteries can be costly and unreliable. But what if you could have nearly unlimited battery power …for nearly no cost? Enough to live off-grid and power all of your electronics and devices? Sounds too good to be true, right? I definitely thought so, but there’s actually a way to do this, and this […]

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10 Items for Every Survival Pack

10 Items for Every Survival Pack

  Whether you currently live in an area with vast wilderness and need to keep a pack with supplies in your vehicle all the time in case of emergency, or if your disaster plan is to get out of the urban area you live in and head for the hills, here is a list of 10 items you will not want to be without and can be carried in your pack. This list may not contain every item you want for your survival plan in your area, but with few exceptions they take up very little room.  There should be […]

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Surviving a Thunderstorm Without Shelter

Surviving a Thunderstorm Without Shelter

If you are outside when a thunderstorm comes, the safest thing you can do is to get inside a house or a car.  But these options will not always be available to you.  Whether you are hiking, camping, or already struggling for survival while stranded in the wilderness, you will be without any meaningful safe shelter.  The following are some tips on minimizing your risk if you find yourself stuck out in a thunderstorm with no safe shelter available to you.   In a Field If you are in a field during a thunderstorm, look for a low area, but […]

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Stealth for Survival

Stealth for Survival

For the first time in decades, violent crime rates are on the rise.  This is not a trend likely to change if the availability of life-sustaining resources is limited by any number of possible disasters.  If you want to survive, finding water, shelter, and food is only going to be the beginning.  You will have to keep hostile survivors from finding you.  These are the three most important factors for stealth survival.   Light It may seem somewhat counter-intuitive, but you can give up your location at night from a greater distance than you could during the day.  A light […]

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