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Survival Skills Many People Forget to Learn

Survival Skills Many People Forget to Learn

If you have been prepping and learning about what it takes to survive in different situations when the world decides to go downhill fast, you might think you have all the skills you need to do well. You know how to hunt, make fires, and build shelters. However, there are at least a few things that you still need to learn. The following are some of the most common skills that people tend to forget or ignore, but they can come in very handy. Dealing With Car Trouble If you plan to bug out, or if you need to get […]

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How to Make Traditional Bone Broth

How to Make Traditional Bone Broth

In my last post and earlier this week, I covered the ancient art of sourdough bread making, which has been used for centuries and is still a very relevant survival and self-reliance skill today. Sourdough, as well as other forms of naturally fermented foods, have become quite trendy recently, although really, they’ve been around as long as known civilization. Another trendy foodie trend that is a very simple, and useful, skill, is how to make bone broth.  There are many incredibly health benefits of bone broth, which is one of the reasons it is so popular currently. But for a survivalist, […]

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How to Make a Basic Sourdough Loaf (Video)

How to Make a Basic Sourdough Loaf (Video)

I recently posted instructions on how to make your own sourdough starter, and it was received quite well. I thought I’d share a video on how to make the actual bread, because while it is similar to traditional active dry yeast, there are definitely some important techniques and nuances. Please note, this is just one of many methods. You’ll have to experiment with flours,  your starter, your methods, and see what works best for you. But it’s always great to see what real pros do, and this video is perfect for a more technical tutorial. Are You Prepared for This […]

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Tips for Hunting Turkey

Tips for Hunting Turkey

Turkey is a delicious bird, and if you want to have turkey on the table, you need to learn how to hunt them properly. These creatures are wily and they can be very skittish, so it will take some practice, and the following tips should help you on your journey. The birds have very good eyesight, and you can be sure they are looking for humans so they can do their best to avoid them. This means you want to go slowly through the woods, and you want to wear camouflage to help hide your human shape from those keen […]

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How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

The art of breadmaking is an ancient one, and what is commonly known as “sourdough” is really just the most commonly known version of the way people would naturally leaven bread before commercially available dry yeast packets were available. Now, what does this have to do with survival, you might ask? Well, the short answer is, of course, do you expect to be able to buy dry yeast packets after a big disaster? Probably not…but that also might not necessarily be on the top of your list of concerns, either. The long answer is more about the spirit of survivalism […]

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4 Ways to Fish Without Gear

4 Ways to Fish Without Gear

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? So if you ever find yourself in a survival situation, your basic needs will force you to get creative and improvise to survive. If you haven’t built up your knowledge of which wild plants in your area are safe and edible, your safest bet for food in the wilderness is fish. Here are a few simple tips to improvise basic fishing gear so you can survive until rescue!   Make a spear. We’ll show you a few supplementary ways to corral your fish, but the primary way you’ll actually catch them without a […]

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How Hydroponics Can Save You Money on Animal Feed (Video)

How Hydroponics Can Save You Money on Animal Feed (Video)

Rising food prices have affected farmers all over the globe, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better anytime soon. But for what looks like a sobering vision of the future for us, is a current reality in some parts of the world. These innovative farmers in a small village in Kenya were inspired by technology they researched online, and have come up with an amazing system of using hydroponic gardening to feed their pigs and chickens. I love this innovative solution to expensive animal feed, and I think any survivalist or homesteader could glean from this […]

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All You Really Need to Know About Morse Code

All You Really Need to Know About Morse Code

Morse code is one of the oldest forms of modern communication. The set of “dits” and “das” that correspond with the American alphabet were used before the telephone, and certainly long before email and text messages, to communicate messages across the country and eventually the world. While it has long been demoted by many different forms of more modern communication, it still remains as a vital communcation skill that every survivalist should have a handle on. Does this mean you need to get out there and memorize how to speedily send long, descriptive messages in morse code right away? Not […]

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Edible Plants You Can Forage (Infographic)

Edible Plants You Can Forage (Infographic)

I don’t think you can ever have too many resources for edible plants, and we’ve written about them plenty on this site. Sometimes, though, you just need a handy reference, and this infographic is a great chart that you could print out and stick in your bug out bag or other hard copy survival resources you might have. The key to learning edible plants is to become very familiar with them, rather than simply learning about a few wild edibles here and there and expecting you’ll remember them when it comes time to rely on this knowledge. So something like […]

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To Stay or to Go: How to Decide in a Survival Situation

To Stay or to Go: How to Decide in a Survival Situation

If you are in an accident or end up injured or stranded in the wilderness, one of the biggest questions you might face will be whether or not to stay put and try to stay alive there, or venture out and look for help. Existentially, you will of course have no idea which will get you saved, but there are a number of factors you can take into account that will help you make a prudent decision based on which option is better for you at the time, considering the circumstances. This is a simple guide as to how to […]

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Camping Equipment Then and Now (Infographic)

Camping Equipment Then and Now (Infographic)

I found this infographic recently on Survival-spot.com and it definitely really struck my interest. While I sure love my modern luxuries, I tend to think of most older products as superior. And when it comes to camping and survival gear, while some tools and resources have certainly evolved, I also felt myself wishing I had some of this old gear. I think what was particularly striking to me about this infographic though was how the older gear was not only manufactured using stronger materials in some cases, but, particularly in the case of the map vs. GPS, the older gear […]

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How Many Ways Can You Use Paracord?

How Many Ways Can You Use Paracord?

When it comes to survival, you will find that some tools are better than others, naturally. You will also find that some of the tools you choose can do more than just one thing. That is always one of the things that you should consider when you are choosing items that you know you will want with you when bugging out or when trying to survive anywhere. If an item can do several jobs, it means you can pack lighter. Take paracord as an example. This is one of the most helpful and handy survivor tools out there, and having […]

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Safety Tips for Survival Travel

Safety Tips for Survival Travel

If you are in a wilderness survival situation, there are a great many reasons why you might find yourself needing to travel. In fact, most of the time, if you are stranded in the wilderness, it is going to be your prime objective. But even if you are staying in place, you’ll probably find yourself traveling to look for food or water, scout the area, or scavenge for supplies. Here are some tips for how to travel smartly in the wilderness. High Road When you are moving uphill, take your time, and try to avoid raising your heart rate or […]

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Survival Uses for Salvaged Bones

Survival Uses for Salvaged Bones

If you are in a true wilderness situation, odds are, you’ll either be killing animals, or you have a good chance of finding an animal carcass lying around. Even if the animal is of no use to you as food, the bones are most likely still strong and useful, and how. There are many ways you can use bones for survival purposes, and most ancient cultures show us this. Bones have been used for centuries for a wide range of tools, weapons, and even jewelry. If you are stranded in the wilderness, you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout […]

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Edible Plants in the Jungle

Edible Plants in the Jungle

The jungle definitely has its pros and cons as a survival landscape. While jungles are typically quite lush, you also have to bear in mind that not everything is going to be edible, just because there are a lot of plants and flowers growing. Here is a guide to everything edible you’ll find in most tropical jungles, and a bit about each. Palms Found in most jungles and even other landscapes, palm trees truly are amazing plants. Not only are they an excellent source for nutrients, but you can also use many parts of the tree for tools and supplies, […]

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Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Ideally, you’ll always have a firearm or knife when stranded in the wilderness or stuck in a precarious situation in which we had to defend our own life. But of course, you never know when you might find yourself without a man-made weapon, and you’ll have to improvise. These are a few ideas for ways to use you environment to protect yourself from an attacker. Dirt or Sand How to use sand or dirt for self-defense is a great thing to know in general, and could always be incorporated into any self-defense situation. You’ve probably seen it in the movies, […]

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How to Get Hydration From Cacti

How to Get Hydration From Cacti

Finding water in a cactus is common survival lore, but it’s not exactly true. While you can, in fact, find hydration in a cactus, it’s not as simple as cutting one open and glugging down some fresh, clean, drinking water. Cacti can, on the other hand, still save your life, if you know what you’re doing. They do in fact retain water, or moisture, rather, and if you open them up correctly, you can access that life-giving hydration. Here’s a simple guide: Flat cacti There are two main types of cacti, and one is the kind with flat parts. What you do […]

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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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Natural Materials You Can Cook In

Natural Materials You Can Cook In

If you are stranded in the wilderness and manage to acquire some food and start a fire, you’ll need something to cook in. Here is a list of several materials you should look for that you can cook food in. Bamboo Bamboo is a wonderful all-purpose survival plant, and one of it’s many uses is that you can cook in it. You can do this by cutting off one enclosed segment of bamboo, big enough to fit your food or water in. Place this container near the fire but not actually on it, and let it heat up until it is […]

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Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

Finding Shelter: The Time Factor

When you are stranded in the wilderness or in some other survival situation, one of the most crucial components of finding adequate shelter is time.  You need to base your decision on how much effort to put into your shelter on whether or not you have enough time to seek out shelter or build one. Here are some crucial components of the time factor when determining how to pursue shelter. Time of Day One of the most obvious time constraints to your need for shelter is going to be the time of day. If you have most of the day left for […]

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Top 10 Best Shots-Wild Boar Hunting (Video)

Top 10 Best Shots-Wild Boar Hunting (Video)

Boar hunting is no joke. Boars can weigh hundreds of pounds, have sharp tusks that can do serious damage, and are a lot faster than you’d think, really. If you’ve ever watched boar hunting videos on YouTube, you probably know what kind of crazy stuff can happen on a boar hunt, and how graphic boar attacks can be. Boars aren’t afraid to run full force towards anyone or anything threatening them, and many hunters have been seriously injured by those deadly tusks. So, you’ll probably find these 10 awesome boar hunting shots as satisfying and exhilarating as I did. Boar […]

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How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

One of the ultimate forms of self-reliance is being able to raise and butcher your own livestock, and this won’t change after disaster strikes. If you live in an area where you can raise chickens, you definitely should be. If you’re able to bug in and hold down the fort while you live, you’ll be glad to have chickens that provide essential nutrients and calories you might struggle to get from other survival food sources. Of course, if you’re going to be butchering chickens, you need to be prepared to do it yourself, off-grid. I always love seeing other people’s […]

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Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Last week we posted an introduction to reloading ammunition, and promised we’d follow up with more about how to actually do the reloading. As with many DIY instructions, we figured visual was probably better than describing it. This video again covers some of the basics of what you need to get started reloading as well, so if you enjoyed this post, you’ll like seeing the actual equipment at work in this video. As we mentioned last week, this is a really great set-up to consider investing in if you’re an avid shooter, and would also like to spend some money […]

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The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

A lot of people think of a Mad Max-type survival when they imagine a world after mass destruction or nuclear holocaust. Cruising around a desolate world, every man or woman for themselves, in a tricked-out armored car, battling road warriors and fighting for survival. But the truth about survival is that most of the scenarios you need to prepare for aren’t so glamorous. It is in fact very important to be prepared to defend yourself against a fearful, violent populace in the midsts of, or after a disaster, especially if you live in an urban environment. Even if you live […]

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How to Get Started With Reloading Ammo

How to Get Started With Reloading Ammo

One of the biggest considerations when adding firearms and ammo to your survival stash is whether or not you can sustain your ability to rely on firearms. Reloading ammo is popular among many gun enthusiasts, not just preppers, because it can save you a whole lot of money, and of course, it makes you far more self-reliant and independent from gun manufacturers. What reloading is is refilling discarded bullet casings with gun powder so they can be used again. This is great for someone who shoots at a range frequently and can collect used casings. And again, it would be insanely valuable […]

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4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

One of the primary reasons we rely on today’s energy grids, such as gas and electric, are to preserve, prepare, and store our foods. When you go off-grid, one of your top concerns will be on how to cook your food. Here are a few of the best ways to cook food entirely off-grid, whether that be for camping, homesteading, or when disaster strikes. What works best for you and what you plan to use for off-grid cooking might not work for someone else; only you can make the best choice for your purposes. Open fire This is literally the […]

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Tactical Hand Signals (Infographic)

Tactical Hand Signals (Infographic)

There’s a lot about survival we can learn from the military. You never know when you might need to defend your homestead in a militant fashion, when government systems have failed in a post-disaster or war-like scenario. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a trained soldier in your household, you can still glean from their training by memorizing useful hand signals like the ones illustrated in this infographic fro UrbanSurvivalNetwork.com. You can use communication signals like this for clearing your living space when you suspect it someone might have entered when you were gone, entering into a formerly populated […]

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How to Can Water for Long Term Storage

How to Can Water for Long Term Storage

Water is one of the essentials of disaster preparedness, but if you don’t store it properly, bacteria can grow in your containers, the containers can deteriorate and leech plastic into the water, or it will mold. Now, canning water might sound kind of silly, but given it’s a natural substance that’s subject to a sort of spoilage, canning it is actually an awesome way to store it, because you can seal the water off in a sterile environment, and, if done correctly, it can keep indefinitely. You pretty much just need proper canning jars to do it. Half-gallon jars are […]

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An Intro to Gunsmithing (Video)

An Intro to Gunsmithing (Video)

We’ve mentioned a few time on this blog how crucial gunsmithing will be after a disaster hits, especially in the mass breakdown of civilization. But unlike many other survival skills, it’s not exactly something you can easily learn at home. It takes specialized tools, skills, knowledge, and time. That being said, it is still an incredibly important skill to learn, if you’ve got the time and resources. Guns are one of the greatest survival tools you can acquire, but if you can’t  maintain or repair them, they might end up being nothing more than a large, blunt object to you. […]

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Why Survival Skills Matter

Why Survival Skills Matter

How often have you had a friend or even a family member look at you as though you’ve lost your mind and asked you why you do what you do? Why do you need those survival skills? They tell you that you can just buy your food at the grocery store and that you can go to the doctor if you are sick. While that’s true, and that’s what you are probably already doing, you know that tomorrow is not promised. You have no idea what could be coming down the line, and you know just how important it is […]

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The Necessities for Survival

The Necessities for Survival

When many people, including many of your friends and family, discuss the topic of survival, the conversation steers toward the latest gadgets and gear aimed at preppers and survivalists. You might have a closet or a garage full of this gear. While it is certainly true that some of this gear will help to make survival substantially easier and more comfortable, you need to learn that you cannot rely on it. You need to take steps to become more self-sufficient and not gadget reliant when it comes to survival. Sure, you can buy all the gear that you like, but […]

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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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Survival Skills You Need to Learn

Survival Skills You Need to Learn

Do you know the most basic skills you need for survival? Even if you have been preparing by purchasing all sorts of different pieces of gear and goodies from the web, that doesn’t mean you really know how to survive. It simply means you know how to shop online and use gadgets. You need to cultivate real skills that are essential for surviving in the wild. One of the first skills you need to know is how to make fire. This doesn’t mean striking a match or using a lighter. You should learn how to make fire using several different […]

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How White Birch Can Help You Survive

How White Birch Can Help You Survive

When you are out in the woods and trying to survive, knowing a bit about the trees and the plants out there can help you immensely. One of the trees that offers a wealth of help for those in the wild is the white birch. If you happen to live in an area where this tree grows, count yourself as being very lucky. They tend to grow in the northern parts of the country. Let’s look at some of the many ways you can use this tree to help you survive. Benefits of Birch Another name for the white birch […]

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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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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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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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Top 5 Wilderness Survival Skills   

Top 5 Wilderness Survival Skills  

  Wilderness survival is a near endless skillset, it can be hard to know where to focus your attention and what skills you should hone before moving on to less essential skills that fall more under the broad term of “bushcraft” rather than survival.  The main difference between bushcraft and survival is that bushcraft is more intentional, whereas survival is more responsive.  Here is a list of the 5 most important survival skills that you should “master” before moving on to other skills.   Fire Starting While building a shelter should be higher on your priority list in most situations, […]

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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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Tips for Survival Fishing   

Tips for Survival Fishing  

  In some areas, fishing will be the most reliable means of obtaining meat in the wilderness.  It can be done with little, and even no specialized gear.  Here are some tips for success while survival fishing.   Set passive traps whenever possible. This way you can spend your time and energy on other essentials like gathering firewood, building shelter, or signaling for rescue.  Some traps to consider are pipe traps that you could improve using trash bottles that are often found in and around the water, the trigger snare fish trap, and the funnel trap or “Indian fish trap”. Paracord, […]

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