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How to Choose the Right Recurve Bow

How to Choose the Right Recurve Bow

When you are choosing tools that you will want to have with you in a survival situation, a good recurve bow should be among them. They can help you with hunting, as well as defense. What should you look for? Naturally, you want to have a quality bow, and you should choose one from a well-known manufacturer. Make sure the bow has plenty of good reviews from professionals, as well as actual archers who use the bow regularly. Since this is for hunting, you want to make sure that the bow has a draw weight of at least 40lbs. If […]

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How to Prepare Game for Consumption

How to Prepare Game for Consumption

We covered hunting vs. trapping a few days ago, and of course, once you’ve caught an animal, you need to make sure it’s consumable for humans. Here are some types of game you might catch in the wilderness and how to ensure they are safe for you to eat, as well as some general rules about dressing freshly caught animals in the field and preparing them for consumption. Birds You can usually peel off the skin of a bird, but this contains the most fat, so it’s actually better to pluck them as best you can. When you’ve gotten the […]

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Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

Hunting vs. Trapping for Survival

When you are in the position of needing to find, kill, and dress the meat for your next meal, the finer points of how you acquire this meat can make all the difference in the world. There are several different ways of catching and killing meat that have all been practiced in some form, across the world, since the beginning of our species. And they all have their pros and cons. The survivalist knows that it is always prudent to know a bit about these different methods of trapping and hunting animals, and it is certainly better to be prepared for […]

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Hunting Recipe: Dutch Oven Braised Rabbit

Hunting Recipe: Dutch Oven Braised Rabbit

When you commit to hunting for your dinner, a good recipe that can be cooked over the open fire really makes the experience. This simple, delicious recipe can be used with just about any game animal, but we’ve chosen rabbit. For convenience, prep your ingredients ahead of time and pack them in your cooler. If you’d rather not pack a large dutch oven, a skillet with a lid will work well.   Ingredients: 2 slices of bacon, chopped (optional, but tasty) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green onion sliced 1 celery stalk, chopped Your […]

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Why Should You Learn How to Hunt with a Longbow?

Why Should You Learn How to Hunt with a Longbow?

You might be sitting in your comfortable, warm home right now with a full belly. As a survivalist, you might be comfortable knowing that you have a nice high-powered rifle that you can use to hunt for food just in case the SHTF and you need to feed you and your family. Of course, what happens down the line when the rifle has issues you cannot fix or you run out of ammunition? You can remedy this by learning how to hunt with a bow. When you know how to bow hunt, you can always go hunting and bag game whether […]

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Tips for Hunting Quail

Tips for Hunting Quail

Quail is delicious no matter how you happen to cook it. If you are hunting for quail, and you’ve never hunted the bird before, it can seem rather daunting. However, it is not too hard, if you understand a few simple tips about the process. Even novice hunters can get quail. Just keep the following in mind. Use a Shotgun When you are hunting for a quail, as with other birds, such as ducks, you want to use a shotgun. Using a 12 gauge or a 410 with birdshot is ideal. Yes, you will be picking buckshot out of the […]

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Throwing Stick

Throwing Stick

  The name is pretty self-explanatory.  A throwing stick is a stick that you throw at things you want to eat.  There’s a little more to using it successfully, but basically, you throw the stick at what you want dead.  One of the animals that a throwing stick can be successfully used to hunt is a rabbit.  Here are some tips on how to successfully use this primitive method to obtain food in a survival situation.   First, you need to select the right stick. Not just any stick will do.  You want a stick that is about the length […]

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Making Arrows in the Wilderness

Making Arrows in the Wilderness

  Recently I posted an article describing how to build a survival bow in the wilderness.  Since a bow wouldn’t be much good without an arrow to fire from it today we’ll talk about how to build arrows in the wilderness for survival.   Shaft Selection First, you will need to select straight, sturdy shafts for your arrows.  You do not want to use dead wood for this since it will break easily and you do not want lengths with knots or branches.  Look for young growth, about head height and as thick as your finger.  Cedar, maple, birch, and […]

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Flint Knapping (Video)

Flint Knapping (Video)

Flint knapping is the bush craft art of making cutting tools from larger pieces of rocks like obsidian that fracture into small, sharp pieces when struck carefully on the edge.  With the importance of cutting tools like knife blades and arrowheads in wilderness survival, this is an excellent skill to practice.  Even if you have a stash of knifes and arrows, if you plan on surviving long-term, you will need to be able to manufacture your own from material available in the wilderness. Here is a video demonstrating how it’s done and what tools to use. If you enjoyed this, […]

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Catching Birds Without Bait (Video)

I recently wrote about squirrel poles and how to use them to catch squirrels without bait in wooded areas.  The importance of being able to trap animals without bait should not be underestimated.  In this article, I have posted a video showing how to make and use an “Ojibwa bird pole”.  Like a squirrel pole, it can be effectively used without bait.  This trap is most effective in an open area, otherwise, the bird will tend to land on trees that are higher than your pole and avoid being trapped.  Another way to increase its effectiveness is to apply some […]

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Catching Squirrels Without Bait

Catching Squirrels Without Bait

The downside of most traps is that they require bait.  In a survival situation, you might not have any food that you want to sacrifice, or you might not have any food at all.  One trap that doesn’t require any bait to function effectively is a squirrel pole.   Here’s how to make one: First, observe your surroundings.  Locate and area of high squirrel activity, preferably a tree that houses squirrels. Next, gather some 8 to 12 foot logs that are about as wide as your arms. Then, put nooses on the log.  Wire is preferable, but cordage will work.  […]

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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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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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Bow Hunting Tips for Deer

Bow Hunting Tips for Deer

If you plan to use a bow and arrow to hunt deer as a means of getting meat in a survival scenario, you need to know what you’re doing. Instead of waiting until the SHTF, you want to have a bow and a deer hunting license now. Get out there and learn how to hunt before you actually have to do so in a survival scenario. The following are some of the tips you need to take to heart if you are going to be a good bow hunter. First of all, you need to be patient. Hunting deer is […]

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Identifying Animal Tracks (Infographic)

When you are out in the woods or wilderness, you definitely won’t be alone. One of the most essential skills you can have is figuring out who you are sharing the area with. For the sake of tracking game, finding water, or keeping yourself safe from predators, identifying animal tracks can be life-saving. If you have children who you are trying to prepare for a self-reliant life and equip with crucial survival skills, this is a particularly fun activity, as little ones tend to love animals. When hiking or camping, it’s always exciting to find animal tracks from the critters […]

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How to Zero an AR-15

How to Zero an AR-15

These days AR-15s are a popular choice for home defense weapons, and even for game hunting.  When using your rifle for hunting, you will need to be able to shoot at a greater distance than the vast majority of defensive scenarios.  And if your next meal is riding on your shot, you will want to hit exactly what you are aiming at. What is zeroing? Zeroing a rifle is basically getting the sights of the rifle (or additional optics) to align on the point that the rifle is shooting.  This is your “zero”.  Once your rifle is set to zero […]

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Moving Quietly In Any Enviroment

Moving Quietly In Any Enviroment

One of the key skills to surviving in the wilderness is to ensure that you never come into contact with predators. The less you must face a predator, the better your chances of survival. In addition to keeping a vigilant watch out, you should also learn how to move through any environment as silently as possible. Here are some tips for learning to walk without raising any alarms. First, be sure that you control your breathing evenly. Holding your breath will only result in an eventual exhale that could be very loud. Breathe calmly and slowly through your nose to […]

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