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Getting Drinking Water from Vines

Getting Drinking Water from Vines

Not every source of ground water that you come across in the wilderness will be drinkable.  It could be stagnant swamp water or contaminated after a flood.  If you do find a clean water source you might not be able to stay near it.  For these reasons and more it is important to know alternative methods of getting your drinking water.  Wild grapevines are a great source of drinking water in situations like this.   First, you need to identify the vine.  I have included pictures of the vine itself and the leaves, these should help, but there might not […]

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Hygiene for Survival

Hygiene for Survival

  While it would probably be a little excessive to put a toothbrush and a bar of soap on your EDC list, hygiene is a crucial factor for survival.  We can see examples of how important hygiene is for survival by looking at the military.  Most people think of the term “causality” as meaning someone who was killed, but in reality, it means anyone who has become “battlefield ineffective”.  In conflicts like Vietnam, massive amounts of soldiers were out of the fight due to preventable health issues related to hygiene.  When you are relying on yourself in a survival scenario, […]

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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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How to Make a Shepherd’s Sling from Paracord (Video)

Without a weapon, your survival menu will be extremely limited.  In this video we see how to manufacture and use a survival weapon, the shepherd’s sling, using only paracord.  Having this skill added to your arsenal will make it possible for you easily carry all the necessary material to help you put food in your stomach in a wilderness survival scenario. If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What is ‘The Final Bubble’, and Are You Ready for It? Understanding the End Times Natural Healing Secrets Doctors Don’t Want You to Know Please follow and like us:

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Weather Prediction for Survival

Weather Prediction for Survival

Knowing what weather is coming can be a life-saving skill in wilderness survival.  If you recognize the signs of a coming storm you can forego your planned movement, prepare shelter, gather firewood, or fish (fish feed more before storms).  On the other hand, if a storm catches you off guard you could easily die from hypothermia or drown in flash floods.  These are some ways that people have used for centuries to help predict the coming weather.   Red Sky Observing the sky, especially at the beginning and end of the day can tell you of coming weather.  A red […]

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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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Tips for Making Feather Sticks

Tips for Making Feather Sticks

Tips for Making Feather Sticks   Feather sticks are bush craft fire starters that can be quickly manufactured on the spot using only a knife.  They are most useful in damp conditions when dry tinder is not available.  The basic premise is to use a knife to carefully create wood shavings that remain attached to the piece of wood, the result looks like a feather, hence the name.  This will give you thin pieces of wood with oxygen between them that will light easily.  But, like everything else doing it isn’t enough, if you want to start a fire in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dakota Fire Hole

Dakota Fire Hole

Not all fires are created equal.  If all you know is the standard teepee style campfire, then your fire skills might be a bit lacking.  In this article, we will take a look at the Dakota fire hole, how to make one, and its strengths and weaknesses. How to Build a Dakota Fire Hole The basic design is simple, dig a hole about 18” to 24” deep, and about 12” wide.  Then dig a hole the same depth and similar width as the first hole about 9” away.  Then connect the two holes at the bottom by digging out the […]

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Fitness for Survival

Fitness for Survival

  Your chances of living through an event such as being stranded in the wilderness or civil unrest will greatly increase if you have a healthy capable body and mental determination.  These are not the only factors by any means, but when all else is equal, someone who can cover 10 miles of rough terrain a day with a pack will have a great advantage over someone that has a hard time with 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. And while it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog, someone that has […]

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Waste Management After Disaster Strikes

Waste Management After Disaster Strikes

After disaster strikes and we are cut off from a normal flow of resources our bodies are going to be under high levels of stress, the last thing we need is to expose ourselves and those around us to biological hazards when we are in a vulnerable state.  One commonly overlooked aspect of preparation disaster preparedness is waste management.  When the power is out and the faucets stop flowing, the toilet will also stop flushing.  This could lead to unnecessary exposure to human waste which can lead to a multitude of diseases such as giardia, E. coli, hepatitis, typhoid, or […]

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Are You in Shape to Survive?

Are You in Shape to Survive?

You consider yourself a prepper and a survivalist. You have all the gear you need. You know the bug out location you’re going to head to when needed, and you have plenty of ammunition for all of your weapons. No matter what happens, you are ready. At least you think you are. You have to stop and ask yourself just how realistic your survival is. If you are out of shape, then your chance of surviving is far lower. Those who are severely out of shape, realize that they are at a disadvantage. However, those who are only a “little […]

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Fishing for Newbies – Tips You Need

Fishing for Newbies – Tips You Need

If you haven’t gone fishing before, or if you haven’t been in a long time, you can’t expect to be able to fish and feed yourself and your family in a survival situation. You need to take the time right now to learn how to do it and how to be successful at it. This post is going to go over the basic things that you have to in order to learn how to fish. Know the Fish in Your Area Different fish take different tactics to catch, so it is important that you take the time to research the […]

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Alternative fire starting methods

Alternative fire starting methods

If you don’t have a lighter in your pocket when you realize that you need a fire, then it’s even less likely that you remembered to bring your bow drill with you.  So what else is there that you can use as a fire starter? Steel wool and battery While this alternative might not always be the most practical, it does offer at least one advantage: it’s hard to match.  It will work in extremely wet conditions.  All that you need is steel wool (like all tinder, it will ignite quicker and burn better if you have a finer consistency) […]

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What to Do If You’ve Got the Wrong Batteries

What to Do If You’ve Got the Wrong Batteries

If you are in an emergency and need the use of an electronic device like a flashlight or headlamp, but don’t have the batteries your device takes, all is not lost.  As long as you have batteries that fit in the battery slot (smaller batteries will fit, and then have extra room, batteries that are too large will just not fit, but if you have a 9 volt you still might be in business) and some aluminum foil, you can make it work. Simply place the batteries that you do have in the device. Tear off some foil, either aluminum […]

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Carrying Your Fire

Carrying Your Fire

It’s getting colder this time of year, and if you find yourself stuck outside with temperatures dropping, fire could be the difference between life and death.  But starting that fire is only the beginning.  Unless you are in a situation where staying in one place is favorable, you are going to have to start a new fire after covering some ground.  One solution is to transport the fire that you already have to your next location. Why transport fire? Three benefits to transporting your fire instead of starting a new fire include: Saving time, if you are arriving late at […]

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Essential Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Essential Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Knowing how to tie different knots is a lost art, but its one that can make or break your survival experience. Being skilled in knot-tying can help you create makeshift fishing gear, make traps for hunting, set up camps and improvised tents, keep your gear secure, hidden, or propelled to higher places, or help you set up many other kinds of improvised rigs to keep you safe and alive in a survival or wilderness situation. What it takes is practice, practice, practice. Simply looking at this infographic won’t help you unless you grab yourself some twine and try them out. […]

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Getting and Conserving Water for Survival

Getting and Conserving Water for Survival

Humans can live for weeks without food.  But death from dehydration can occur in days depending on your activity level and your environment.  This means that getting water, as well as conserving the water you have, are two of the most important factors for survival. Unfortunately, there is no universal surefire way to get the water you need, so the following is only a few ways to improve your odds. Stay Low Water always flows downhill.  When looking for water it is unlikely that climbing in elevation will lead you to water.  Also, going uphill will also take more energy […]

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Essential Skills for Survival Newbies

Essential Skills for Survival Newbies

Few of us are former Green Berets or grew up in the Alaskan wild. In the event that we might need to transition from our soft modern lives to primitive ones, even if only until we can find our way back to civilization or get rescued, will probably be rough.  But it doesn’t need to be one that we face blind. Many of the skills that we would require to survive after a disaster or a zombie apocalypse are ones that we can work on in our spare time and can even be enjoyable. Fire starting One of the most basic […]

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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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10 Survival Uses for Coffee Filters

10 Survival Uses for Coffee Filters

Coffee filters have a multitude of uses for survival and around the house. Here is a list of ten for specifically survival situations. Coffee filters are cheap, easy to find and transport, and, as you’ll see below, an excellent all-purpose survival item. Rags: a very simple use for coffee filters is as rags to clean up simple messes. In some situations, keeping clean can be a very important aspect of staying alive. Bandage: absorbent coffee filters can make excellent bandages in a pinch. Some medical tape will help, of course, but even without bandages can be used to compress a wound. Water […]

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25 Survival Skills Everyone Needs

25 Survival Skills Everyone Needs

In our fast-paced technologically-centered modern world, many adults have never learned some of the basic skills need for self-sufficiency or survival. We’ve complied a list of some of the crucial skills everyone should know, for day-to-day life, homesteading, or SHTF. How to change a tire: seems basic, but many people, especially women, don’t know how to do this. But in many scenarios in life, and definitely when SHTF, AAA might not be reachable. How to hand-wash laundry: it’s harder than it looks! How to start a fire: probably the #1 survival skill, everyone should know how to do this Plant recognition: it’s always useful to know […]

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