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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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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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Self-Feeding Fire   

Self-Feeding Fire  

Most of the time, fires are going to require some level of attention and maintenance on your part to continue to burn.  But this won’t always be possible or practical.  Having a fire that requires no maintenance to burn through the night when inclement weather is rolling in and might make starting a new fire in the cold morning difficult could make the difference between hypothermia and a warm morning.  This is one method of building a self-feeding fire.   Usually, you will see this done with the logs feeding in from two sides, but it is possible to build […]

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Tee-Pee Fire

Tee-Pee Fire

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

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Learning Another Language for Survival

Learning Another Language for Survival

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

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How to Make Sure Camping Doesn’t Become Survival

How to Make Sure Camping Doesn’t Become Survival

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

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Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

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

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Survival Water Collection Tips

Survival Water Collection Tips

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

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Cooking Eggs Without Equipment or Water

Cooking Eggs Without Equipment or Water

If you are in a wilderness survival scenario and you come across a nest full of eggs your moral is bound to improve, but if you don’t have a pan to fry them in or a pot and water to boil them in your moral might start to slip back down with the prospect of having to eat them raw.  But if you have a little patience, there is a way that you can cook eggs without anything but a fire.  Here’s how.   The main problem with trying to just set them in the coals or next to them […]

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Rope Throw Knot (Video)

Rope Throw Knot (Video)

  Most knots, for survival purposes or otherwise are about securing, but here is a knot with the unique purpose of making the rope easy to throw.  This knot is useful when you need to get your rope over a branch, as when securing your gear from bears, or even when throwing a rope to someone in a rescue situation.  It provides weight to the line that without any need to look for an object that can be tied to the line, which might fall out, or get hung up, or even cause injury if the line is being thrown […]

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Wilderness Insulation Materials

Wilderness Insulation Materials

  This time of year protection from the cold is your utmost concern in a wilderness survival scenario.  Even if you are dressed for the elements it is not likely to be enough to keep you warm all night long when temperatures drop.  These are a few materials that are widely available in the wilderness during the cold season that can be used to protect you from the cold.   Evergreen Boughs Evergreen boughs can be used both as roofing material for your shelter and as bedding material.  Don’t underestimate the need for a thick bed on a cold night, […]

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Survival Cooking   

Survival Cooking  

  If you are surviving in the wilderness protein from small game is going to be invaluable to you.  The last thing you need after trapping or hunting an animal successfully, which won’t be easy, is to waste your kill and end up with less food than you could have had.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your meat with primitive cooking skills.   Spit Cooking Cooking on a spit is one of the oldest and simplest methods of preparing meat over fire.  Other than the obvious fire, you will need to get two strong green […]

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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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Hot Rocks

Hot Rocks

Sometimes the heat from your fire won’t be enough, or it might be too much.  Whether you have a low amount of fuel, or you are trying to dry your clothes and not burn them, a great option for long lasting slowly released heat is to heat rocks in your fire.  The rocks can then be placed in your shelter or sleeping bag at night to provide heat while you sleep, or in your wet clothes or boots to help dry them.  Here are some tips on how to do it.   Most important is rock selection. You do not […]

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Hide Tanning (Video)

Hide Tanning (Video)

  Long term survival is going to require the ability to manufacture clothing and other products from the natural materials available.  Brain tanning hides to make soft leather is one method that will make this possible.  This video demonstrates each step necessary for the process and gives insights into why they are required and what the goal of each step is.  If you want to be able to survive long term, then this is an essential skill.   If you liked this, you might also enjoy… The Ultimate Woodworking Course.. Holistic Medicine Basics… Ever Considered Taking Yoga? Read this… Please […]

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Create a Fast and Easy Emergency Shelter

Create a Fast and Easy Emergency Shelter

Even if you have all the food and items you need to bug out in a hurry, are you ready to survive in a wilderness survival scenario right now? How would you create a shelter if you don’t have a tent with you? It’s very important that you take the time to learn how to make a variety of different shelters based on different locales. Today, you can learn how to make a very basic and simple shelter in the woods. This type of shelter shouldn’t take more than an hour or so to construct, and it requires minimal effort […]

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Starting Them Young-Getting Children Involved in Survival Preparedness

Starting Them Young-Getting Children Involved in Survival Preparedness

In a time when it is not unusual to see kids as young as two years old using a touchscreen device to entertain themselves while being pushed around in the shopping cart through the store, it should be obvious that most kids are disconnected from the real, natural world around them. Children of this generation are less likely to take an interest in the outdoors, and less likely to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to survive in the wilderness.  Getting them started young can give them a greater appreciation for the natural world, start a foundation for future survival […]

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3 Survival Uses for Soda Cans

3 Survival Uses for Soda Cans

  It’s a shame when hiking in a remote area with pristine wilderness to find trash that careless people have left behind.  But if you are struggling to survive in that same wilderness, that trash might look a lot better.  One common item that can be found even in remote areas that has potential for use in a wilderness survival situation is a soda can.  Here are 3 ways that you can make use of a soda can for wilderness survival.   Fire Starter You can start a fire with nothing more than a soda can, if it’s sunny day.  […]

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Fish Snare

Fish Snare

Fishing is a great way to get meat in a survival scenario.  But it can be difficult to do if you need to spend your time tending to your other needs like gathering wood, building shelter, or hauling water.  You could always just tie a line to a stick and leave it with bait in the water.  It’s likely that if there are fish in the water that you will get a bite, unfortunately, it’s also likely that before you come back to check on the line that the fish has gotten itself free and stolen your bait.  To prevent […]

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Transpiration Bag

Transpiration Bag

Water is one of the three most important elements for survival, and in some circumstances, it might be the most important.  Even in temperate environments with plenty of vegetation, it can be hard to find sources of water.  But if you have a plastic bag, all you need to do is find the vegetation.  I have already written about in-ground stills that use vegetation and sunlight to harvest water, here is an easier way, that can yield greater results.  It’s called a transpiration bag and this is how to use one.   The only piece of gear that you will […]

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Upside-Down Fire

Upside-Down Fire

As I’ve said before, if all you know about fire is the tee-pee camp fire, then you don’t know enough about fire to survive in anything be the most ideal scenario.  The more versatile your fire building skills are, the better chance of survival you have in a variety of scenarios.  The amount of, and the type of fuel available to you in the wilderness will not always be the same.  Likewise, the purpose of your fire, and the weather conditions that you are going to be using it in will change.  For times when you will need a slow […]

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Lean-to Fire

Lean-to Fire

Not every fire building technique will work for every situation.  The lean-to fire is a great design for windy situations.  It provides a built-in wind block and allows for you to continually add fuel as the fire grows.  Here’s how to build one.   Gather all your tinder, kindling and fuel before trying to start the fire. Take the log with the largest diameter that you have available and lay it in position, perpendicular to the direction the wind is blowing. This will serve as a wind block to help get the fire started, and as your bed of coals […]

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3 Necessary Skills for Long-Term Grid Down Survival

3 Necessary Skills for Long-Term Grid Down Survival

Being able to start fires and build lean-to shelters will keep you alive for short-term survival in the wilderness, but if the world as we know it comes to an end it’s going to take a lot more to make it.  You will need to be able to repair and replace your gear, your clothing, and build long-term shelter.  But those skills are still dependent upon other skills.  If you really want to be able to live in a world without modern technology then you will need to have a working knowledge of these three skills at least.   Blacksmithing […]

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Saws vs Axes

Saws vs Axes

There is no tool that can equally perform all tasks.  But the more versatile the tools that you carry are, the fewer tools you’ll need to carry and the lighter you pack can get.  One tool that is compact, light, and versatile is a folding saw.  Without suggesting that it can replace the time-tested ax, here is a comparison for you to consider when putting together your gear for “bugging out” or wilderness survival.   A folding saw, even a large one, will take up much less space than an ax. Folding saws can be carried inside of your pack so […]

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Fishing for Birds

Fishing for Birds

If you are surviving in the wilderness, especially in the forest, you are likely to have greater access to plant based food than meat.  But meat is going to be crucial to provide you with protein, fat, and the energy you need to perform exhausting tasks like covering miles of rough terrain, gathering wood, and building shelter.  But it is possible to use some of the available vegetation to acquire meat.  Here is one possible method to catch birds with berries or nuts, and a little paracord.   The first and most important step is observing birds in the area […]

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Fatwood Firestarter (Video)

Fatwood is basically wood with a high resin content.  This means that there are natural chemical accelerants in the wood.  These accelerants will make it possible to light a fire with only material available to you in the wilderness in conditions that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.  This video describes and shows how to find fatwood, process it for kindling and tinder, and demonstrates how effective it is as starting a fire.  Having this knowledge in your pack could be the difference between a warm night and a long, cold, wet night.   If you liked this, you might […]

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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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Pipe Fishing

Pipe Fishing

Fishing is a great way to get food for survival.  But one drawback to fishing for survival is that the most common method of angling requires specialized equipment.  A pole without line won’t catch any fish, and in a long term grid down scenario fishing gear will not be widely available.  Even if you do have fishing equipment you should have alternate methods to supplement angling to make your gear last longer and keep the fish guessing.  One great survival fishing method that can be done with salvageable material is pipe fishing.  Here’s how.   You will need to get […]

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Cross-Ditch Fire

Cross-Ditch Fire

Wind can be a major difficulty in getting a fire started, but it doesn’t have to be.  With a proper design for your fire build the wind’s negative effects can be minimized and the wind can even be used to your advantage.  One such fire build is the cross-ditch fire.  Here’s how to get started.   First, you are going to need to dig 2 ditches in a cross pattern as the name suggests. The ditches should be about 2 feet long, 6 inches wide, and 4 to 6 inches deep at the center where they cross.  This will provide both […]

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Fire Starting Rocks

Fire Starting Rocks

Modern fire starting devices utilize chemical accelerants, while primitive fire starting methods tend to rely mainly on friction.  But there is a method that bridges the gap, used by people with no modern technology, and yet also incorporated into modern fire-starting methods, such as the butane lighter.  This method is that of using the impact from metal and rocks to produce sparks that are tiny pieces of molten metal, which ignites tinder, or in the case of the lighter, butane gas.  And this method can be put to reliable use in wilderness survival to get a fire going when other methods are […]

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Tips for Ice Fishing

Tips for Ice Fishing

Survival isn’t camping, and it doesn’t just happen when the weather’s nice. If you are in a real survival scenario where you are living from day to day and trying to get the food you need to survive, you need to know every possible method of adding to your stores, and that certainly includes ice fishing. Here are some tips you need to employ when you are fishing out on the ice. Know the Safety of the Ice Ideally, the ice will be a minimum of five inches thick when you are ice fishing. This is generally thick enough to […]

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Tracking Without Tracks

Tracking Without Tracks

Being able to properly identify animal tracks and determine their approximate age is a great skill to have for wilderness survival.  It can help you to hunt or trap game, find water, and avoid potentially dangerous animals.  But what about the times when tracks aren’t present?  Well, even when the ground or weather makes tracks hard to find, or impossible, there is something that all animals do that will help you get a positive identification on the species, the approximate size of the animal, and tell you how long ago that animal was in the area.  Scat, or poop.  It […]

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How to Manufacture a Bow Drill (Video)

How to Manufacture a Bow Drill (Video)

Given that these days you can get a paracord bracelet that has a fire rod incorporated into the design for less than $10, I don’t usually write much about primitive friction fire techniques.  However, knowing how to start a fire from only the material in the wilderness is a valuable knowledge and a skill that is worth developing, even with the market full of survival fire starting devices. You simply don’t know when you will need to survive, and you can’t guarantee that you will have your gear with you, or that it will last forever and work properly.  Of […]

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Log Cabin Fire Build

Log Cabin Fire Build

As I have written about before here, not all fires are equally beneficial in all circumstances.  For those times when warmth is needed and fuel shortage is not an issue, a log fire build is a great choice.  It can be modified to burn slower, to work with damp wood, or to cook on, but the basic log cabin fire build is pretty simple and effective at putting out a lot of heat to warm you in cold weather. It gets the name from the basic shape, which is, naturally, like a log cabin. Here’s how to get started building one: […]

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DIY Alcohol Stove

DIY Alcohol Stove

An alcohol stove is a great piece of gear to have. Whether for backpacking, bugging out, or an alternative cooking method for disaster preparedness, an alcohol stove is worth its weight in gold.  Since prepping can get expensive quick, it’s always nice to save money by manufacturing what you can.  Here are some simple instructions for building a DIY alcohol stove from inexpensive materials you can easily get.   Materials Tomato paste can Cat food can Carbon felt flame protector (available in the plumbing section of hardware stores) Instructions Empty the cans of their contents and clean them out. Remove […]

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Filtering Water With Nothing

Filtering Water With Nothing

  As I always say, if you have all the gear you need, it’s called camping, not survival.  The same is true when it comes to acquiring water in the wilderness.  Preferably you will have a water filtration device and a container with you, but in reality, you might not have anything with you at all.  If you have been exerting yourself, especially in heat, you might not be able to pass up taking a drink from water you come across just because you don’t have a filter or iodine drops.  But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can […]

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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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