Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)   

Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)  

  The Mojave scissor trap is a highly effective small game trap that is known to us because of the natives of the American South West.  One great thing about the Mojave scissor trap is that it is possible to build using only material that can be gathered from the wild unlike snare traps that require wire.  The Mojave scissor trap can be placed on a trail that has been channelized and left without bait, or, if bait is available the trap can be used more effectively with bait.  This video not only demonstrates how to construct the trap, but […]

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Chickweed   

Chickweed  

  Chickweed, or Stellaria Media, is a prolific wild edible green.  In most areas Chickweed is an early spring crop, that prefers to grow in partial shade, but in warm areas with enough moisture it is capable of growing year round.  Chickweed can be identified by its alternating pairs of egg shaped leaves, small white flowers, and its unique stems which have “hairs” on only one side.  Here are some of the characteristics that make Chickweed an important addition to your wilderness menu…   Though most common in Europe and North America, Chickweed can be found all over the world […]

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Tips for Survival Trapping   

Tips for Survival Trapping  

  Food stores run out, as does ammunition, and snares are quieter than gun shots.  Whether lost in the wilderness, struggling after an urban disaster, or if you have intentionally fled into the wild, trapping is a skill that you will need to be able to implement if you hope to have a sustainable supply of meat.   Here are a few tips on how to increase your effectiveness with traps for survival.   Know your intended prey. Traps are not universally effective on all animals so you will want to know, from direct observation or from track interpretation, what animals […]

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Purslane   

Purslane  

Purslane or Portulaca oleracea, is an annual succulent wild edible green that is usually considered a weed.  It can be identified by its thick, succulent leaves that alternate on its tender, reddish stems.  It has small yellow flowers that can be found year round depending on the weather conditions of the region. While the unappreciative may spray purslane with herbicide, the hungry wilderness survivor will be happy to see this nutritious food source.  Here are some of the characteristics and nutrition information of purslane that makes it so valuable to those in the wild.   Purslane can be found all […]

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Trout Lily   

Trout Lily  

  Trout lilies are in the Erythronium genus along with 30 other species of flowers.  They grow in temperate forests and meadows throughout the Northern Hemisphere, typically flowering in the spring.  They can vary greatly in flower color, but they tend to have a six petal flower with a speckled center, two oblong leaves with brown speckles, a lower stem with reddish color, and a root bulb that looks similar to a dog’s canine tooth (which is why some species are known as dog’s-tooth violets).  These flowers can be a real sight for sore eyes to anyone surviving in the […]

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Freshwater Clams   

Freshwater Clams  

  When most people of clams they think of the beach and the ocean, but there are hundreds of freshwater species of clams and mussels in North America. They should not be overlooked as a potential survival food.  They can be found in muddy banks of rivers, and unlike fish, you will not need any equipment to catch them.  Here are some tips on how to get your hands on this great source of wild protein.   After locating a muddy bank, get in the water, being careful not find the clams with your bare feet since they can be […]

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Yucca Plant

Yucca Plant

  Yucca plants are usually associated with their native arid environments, but they actually grow as far North as Alberta Canada, and into the semi-tropical and temperate areas of North America.  The ability to find these plants all over the continent makes them ideal for survival since you are likely to come in contact with them in the wilderness.  In addition to their widespread proliferation, they also have multiple uses for the wilderness survivor.  Here are some ways that you can make use of Yucca if you find some in the wilderness.   Fire When Yucca flower stalks die, they […]

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Miner’s Lettuce   

Miner’s Lettuce  

Miner’s lettuce, or Claytonia perfoliata, is a dark leafy green wild edible.  The common name comes from its widespread consumption by miners during the California gold rush years.  Here are some of the characteristics and benefits of miner’s lettuce that make it a valuable addition to anyone’s survival menu.   Miner’s lettuce is available from late winter through early summer. It will appear first in well-lit areas, but as temperatures rise, larger patches with larger leaves can be found in areas with partial shade. Its unique leaf shape makes it easy to identify even for the beginning forager. Though sometimes […]

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Watercress   

Watercress  

  Watercress is a nutrient rich, and widely available wild edible.  It grows in moving water and can be found year round in most areas, as long as the water continues to flow.  It is related to other cultivated vegetables such as mustard and wasabi.  Other than the leaf pattern it can be identified by its white and green flowers that are produced in clusters.  It is said to be one of the first known leafy vegetables eaten by humans.  It is a wonderful source of valuable nutrients for those surviving in the wilderness.   It is a perennial and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chicken of the Woods   

Chicken of the Woods  

  It would always be nice to come across a live chicken in a wilderness survival situation, but the next best thing is “chicken of the woods”.  Not a chicken at all, it’s a mushroom, several species of mushrooms really, from the genus Laetiporus.  They are commonly sought after edible mushrooms not only for their taste, but because they are not easily confused with poisonous mushrooms as some edible verities are.   Chicken of the woods mushrooms are brightly colored when they are young and at their most nutritious. They are so bright that they can be spotted against the […]

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Heal All

Heal All

While it might come just short of fulfilling the expectations one might have given it’s common name, Prunella Vulgaris, or “heal all”, is a great source of both wilderness survival food, and medicine.  It is widely distributed throughout the world, being found in North American, Europe, and Asia.  It can be found in grasslands, or on the edge of forested areas, especially in moist areas.   Food The leaves can be eaten raw, or cooked.  Younger leaves are tastier but the plant remains edible throughout its life.  The leaves can be used to brew tea, or soaked in water and […]

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Ant Harvest

Ant Harvest

  Insects are the most abundant forms of animal life on the planet, and should not be passed up as a source of food in the wilderness.  Ants are a great insect for survival food because they make colonies with massive populations.  But with their small size, it can be difficult to gather up enough of them to satisfy your hunger.  Here’s a technique for making that a lot easier, all you need is a tarp or even a large trash bag.   Most importantly you need to find an ant colony first. The technique will work better if you […]

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Why Whole Foods are Better for Prepping   

Why Whole Foods are Better for Prepping  

  Having a stash of non-perishable food on hand is absolutely essential for preparedness.  It’s probably the first thing new preppers start with.  But there is some debate on what should make it into that supply, and what should be left out.  Some people just have a hard time giving up their junk food despite the fact that they shouldn’t be eating it now, let alone under the physical stresses of post disaster survival.  There is no changing people’s minds, but this article isn’t really for those hardcore junk food addicts as much as for those that understand some of […]

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Pignut: Wilderness Survival Food

Pignut: Wilderness Survival Food

Pig nuts is not the most appetizing name, but Conopodium majus doesn’t sound that tasty either.  Regardless of what you want to call them, pig nuts can be a great source of survival food  in the wilderness.  They can be found all over Europe and North America.  You can gather then using only your fingers, and they can be eaten raw after peeling the skin around the “nut”, which is actually part of the root.  Here is a short video that shows the plant at various stages of growth, making it easier to identify, and at the end it shows […]

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Eating Snow Myth

Eating Snow Myth

There is probably no category of knowledge with more myths stuffed in than survival skills.  Survival myths are all over, they get repeated word of mouth around the campfire, find their way online (I’ve even repeated this one), and even taught by experienced survival trainers.  How does this happen?  Someone says something that sounds good, even scientific, and it just gets repeated by those who believe it, nobody really wants to go against it because unlike other categories of knowledge, if you get this stuff wrong you could die.  So with the threat of death on the mind, few people […]

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Coconuts for Survival

Coconuts for Survival

The main advantages to survival in the tropics are warmer weather, higher availability of water, and higher availability of food.  But simply because water and food are available doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be able to access them.  Having the right equipment helps, but having the knowledge of what to look for and how to use it is even more important.  One of the best sources of both food and water in the tropics are coconuts, but getting to those life-giving resources isn’t easy if you don’t know how.   What to Look For Not all coconuts offer the […]

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How to Open a Can With a Spoon

How to Open a Can With a Spoon

Canned food is some of the most common survival food there is, but there is one crucial tool you need: a can opener. So what if you don’t have one, or yours breaks when you need it the most? This amazing trick could literally save your life one day: you can actually open a can with a spoon. Check it out! This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Last Resort Home Defense and More… Natural Healing Secrets You Need to Know… The Healthy Primal Diet Everyone Should Try…

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Preserving Meat in the Wilderness

Preserving Meat in the Wilderness

  If you kill anything much larger than a squirrel you won’t be eating it all at once.  If you manage to kill large game like deer, you could have meat enough for months.  But without a refrigerator, the meat will spoil if you don’t properly preserve it.  One of the oldest methods of preserving meat in the wilderness is jerking.  Here’s how to jerk your meat and get the most out of your kill. Be prepared prior to hunting. You don’t want to drag a deer carcass through the woods, butcher it, and then have to build a rack, […]

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Acorns for Survival Food

Acorns for Survival Food

Winter can be a tough time to survive in the wilderness.  Not only will you initially face the dangers of hypothermia, but forests will seem to be completely barren and devoid of any source of food. While many wild edibles are going to be off the menu in winter, one of the best sources of survival food will just be coming into season: acorns.  Depending on the variety of oak the acorn comes from it could be over 30% fatty oils, or 10% protein, and in some cases almost 90% carbohydrates.  In all In all cases, they will be full of […]

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Survival Food Available on the Go

Survival Food Available on the Go

Knowing how to fish and trap meat is a lifesaving skill in wilderness survival, but there are a variety of circumstances that would not allow for one to take the time necessary to hunt or trap.  Perhaps you are anticipating bad weather, you are injured, or you know that you are within several days journey of safety and your time and energy would be better spent covering ground.  Whatever the case may be, you don’t want to only have a survival plan that requires you to stop what you are doing and devote your day to getting your food, you […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Food Storage Mistakes

Food Storage Mistakes

Most people prepping and gearing up for survival know just how important it is to have a good supply of food on hand. However, even though they know they need a lot of food, they may not truly understand exactly how to go about doing it the right way. Let’s look at a few of the most common storage mistakes so you don’t make them. One of the first big mistakes is buying and storing food that your family doesn’t actually like. Even though we might be getting a good deal on food, and even though you realize that in […]

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DIY Survival Bars

DIY Survival Bars

Sometimes, a cellar full of food isn’t the most viable option for your individual or family survival food needs. You might not have a cellar, you might not have the funds to fill your non-existent cellar with canned and dehydrated food, and you also probably anticipate being any number of different places when disaster strikes. Whether you are an avid camper or hiker, live in an urban environment, would like some survival food to keep in your car or backpack or simply really like the idea of DIY survival bars for whatever reason, this simple, delicious recipe is a great, […]

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Best Food for the Bug Out Bag

Best Food for the Bug Out Bag

You want to have a bug out bag that is full of all the items you need for survival until you reach your bug out destination. Naturally, you need to have food in this bag. The food needs to be calorie dense and nutritious, and you don’t want it to be too heavy, as it will add to the overall weight of your bag. Let’s look at some of the best foods to have ready to go in your bug back. Raisins and peanuts, or trail mix, could be a good option for you. However, it’s a good idea to […]

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Keeping Pests Out of Your Survival Food

Keeping Pests Out of Your Survival Food

Once you have your food store, or as your food store grows (because what sensible prepper would stop storing food?) you have to learn to protect it from scavengers. And I don’t mean just Mad Max-type marauding bands of criminals, but from tiny little enemies as well.  Rodents and insects can ruin your food supply.  What they don’t steal they will foul with their urine and feces.  Keeping them out may be the difference between eating and going hungry. Storage is the first line of defense.  Canned food is not going to be a problem, but freeze dried food, dried food […]

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How to Prevent ‘Rabbit Starvation’

How to Prevent ‘Rabbit Starvation’

Rabbit starvation is a serious risk during survival situations. Read on to learn what it is and how to stock your survival stash so you don’t fall victim to it yourself. What is Rabbit Starvation?  “Rabbit starvation” is a term used to describe a form of malnutrition caused by eating a diet high in protein but low in fat.  Also known as “protein poisoning”, rabbit starvation mainly effected Native Americans living in forested areas during the winter who depended on rabbit meat (which has nearly ¼ the fat of beef) and explorers. While rabbit starvation is extremely rare in the modern […]

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How to Grow Sprouts

How to Grow Sprouts

Sprouts are awesome. They’re jam-packed with crucial nutrients, they are ultra-rich in vitamin C and as they are living, growing plants, they also have cancer-fighting phytochemicals. They’re also great to grow in the winter months when fresh, local produce is hard to find and your garden is dormant. Sprouting seeds can also be stored in your survival stash for quickly available fresh, nutritious greens after SHTF. Types of sprouts You can virtually sprout any seed or grain, but some are definitely easier and preferable to others. You will most likely recognize alfalfa sprouts as they are the most common and are delicious as […]

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Survival Pet Food

Survival Pet Food

When it comes to disaster, we want to be prepared for our whole family-pets included! Dogs and cats especially can be wonderful survival companions; dogs can alert you of intruders, and, depending on their breed, even protect you from them, while cats can protect your survival food supplies from rodents. Both dogs and cats provide irreplaceable companionship as well, not to mention a little extra warmth on a cold night! To keep our furry friends sustained in a disaster, it’s important that we prepare for them as much as we do ourselves. We have an article specifically about taking care […]

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3 Primitive Cooking Methods to Master Today

3 Primitive Cooking Methods to Master Today

Some forms of technology will never be fully obsolete. These three primitive cooking methods are still great options for low-tech cooking. But what distinguishes these three methods of cooking is they can be done out in the wild, using nothing more than sticks, leaves, rocks and fire. Pit cooking Traditional in Hawaii and elsewhere in the South Pacific, pit cooking is ridiculously low-tech and makes for an incredible flavor. You probably recognize the Hawaiian  name for this method: “Kalua”, as in, kalua pork. A large pit, just big enough to fit the animal and accompanying vegetables-sweet potatoes or breadfruit in […]

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