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Starting Tips for Foraging Food

Starting Tips for Foraging Food

If you plan on being able to forage food either in a wilderness survival situation, or after a disaster to give you an advantage over those clearing out the supermarkets at the last second, you’ll probably want to start now. Foraging has many great benefits, even when you’re not doing it for survival. You can learn more about your local ecosystem and plant life, you can save money, you can source food and medicinal herbs locally, and you can, of course, learn where the edible food is in your area. But before you just dive in and start searching high […]

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How to Get Your Deer Out of the Woods

How to Get Your Deer Out of the Woods

You have spent the better part of the day hunting, hoping that you are fortunate enough to find and kill a deer so you do not starve. You aren’t hunting for sport. You are hunting for survival, and you need that deer. You are miles and miles away from your camp when you finally spot the beast and take your shot. You’ve downed the deer, you have meat… but now you need to get it back to camp, and that is no easy feat. How are you going to do it? Fortunately, others have been in the same situation, and […]

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Locate a Suitable Site for Your Camp

Locate a Suitable Site for Your Camp

When it comes to survival and doing it right, one of the most important skills you can have is knowing how to find and choose the best site for your camp. Simply having a nice flat area is not good enough. You need to think about a range of factors first. One of the most important things will be elevation so you are away from areas that might be affected by a flash flood. Setting up your campsite in a valley or a gulley is a bad idea for this very reason. If you are near a lake, you do […]

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Why You Should Sleep When You’re Trying to Survive

Why You Should Sleep When You’re Trying to Survive

This might be a very confusing title. Sleep while you’re trying to survive, how could that possibly be a good thing? Well, consider this. If you find yourself caught up in a situation in which you will need to fight for your survival, you do need to try to get rest, especially your first night. If you have just been in a plane crash, found yourself lost and stranded in the wilderness with no way to call for help, driven out of your home or community by a disaster, terrorism, or war, etc., you will most likely be exhausted. Either from the […]

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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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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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Why Trees Are Awesome

Why Trees Are Awesome

This might seem like a funny title, but seriously, think about it. Trees are awesome. And when you are fighting for survival, you’ll come to love trees. They provide so much to us, from the air we breathe, to shelter, shade, even food. Here are a couple of reasons why trees are so crucial when you are trying to live off the land, to whatever degree. Shelter Trees can provide shelter in a number of ways. They can offer cool shade on a hot day, a shield against strong winds and rains, or can even be a temporary home if you have […]

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How to Prepare Game for Consumption

How to Prepare Game for Consumption

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

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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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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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Tips for Surviving in Predator Country

Tips for Surviving in Predator Country

Whether you are trying to survive after the world goes to chaos, or you are trying to have a good time when you are hiking and camping, there’s always a chance that you could run into a predator in the wild. Many different types of animals may see humans as threats, and therefore they may attack. Some of the predators to watch out for in the United States include mountain lions, black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, among others. Even though attacks by these animals are rare, they can and do occur. It is always best to be prepared. Be […]

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Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

If you are in a location where the weather is getting cold, and you are in a survival scenario, things can start to look grim pretty quickly. However, there are some things you can do as a means to improve your survival capabilities. Let’s look at some quick and easy cold weather survival tips you can start using. If you know you’re going to be out in cold weather, make sure you dress in layers of loose clothing. Having multiple layers is a good idea because it is able to trap air between those layers. The trapped air can then […]

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Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation in the middle of the desert, or any other hot climate for that matter, you need to know a few basic tips to help you increase your chance of survival. The heat can take quite a toll on the body, and you need to be extremely careful if you hope to stay healthy. The following tips can help. Stay Out of the Sun as Much as Possible One of the first and most important things to do in these situations is to keep out of the sun. Try to find a […]

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Wilderness Emergency Cast   

Wilderness Emergency Cast  

  Covering uneven ground, in varying weather, and while carrying a pack, can easily lead to a stumble or a slip.  And when falling on uneven ground while carrying a pack getting a sprang or even a fracture is not out of the question.  While a sprang or a fracture in and of itself is not a deadly injury, it can lead to a life threatening situation life-threatenings through diminishing your abilities to perform necessary tasks or remove yourself from the wilderness.  Stabilizing the site of the injury as much as possible will increase your ability to move, and therefore […]

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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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Learn the Animal Dangers in Your Area

Learn the Animal Dangers in Your Area

If you are planning for bugging out and surviving, you need to know as much as possible about the environment where you will be traveling and where you will be settling in your bugout location. This includes knowing things about the terrain, the average temperatures through the year, rainfall, and the locations of lakes and streams. The more you know about the area, the easier it will be to train and to prepare to survive in that area when needed. One of the things you need to do is learn about the various animals in the area that could pose […]

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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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Dressing for Survival   

Dressing for Survival  

  We’ve all probably heard the phrase “dressed for success”, and while it’s doubtful that the phrase originated from anything to do with survival, it certainly holds true for survival.  Your clothing will be your primary shelter in a survival scenario, and it might be your only shelter.  The wrong clothing could get you killed, and what works in one scenario might not work in another.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when about what you might need out of your clothing to increase your chances of survival.   Cotton kills. The hoodie that you wear to stay […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

This is the fastest I have ever seen anyone construct a snow cave.  There is some editing in the video so I’m sure it took longer than the run time of the video, but it gives you a good idea of the speed that this tool makes constructing a snow shelter possible.  I’m not getting any compensation for “endorsing” this tool, so I don’t have any problem saying that something of comparable functionality could probably be manufactured cheaper than it retails for.  But if you live in an area that receives a lot of snowfall, this is a tool to […]

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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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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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Tips for Desert Survival

Tips for Desert Survival

With approximately 1/5 of the world’s land area being classified as a desert, it’s worth considering when learning about survival even if you don’t live in the desert.  As with all survival scenarios, you will first need to take care of shelter, then water, and last of all food.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you find yourself stranded in the desert fighting for survival.   Shelter Shelter in the desert, like everywhere else is mainly to regulate body temperature.  In the desert, this will usually be to keep from over-heating.  Find any possible shade during […]

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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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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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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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Debris Shelter

Debris Shelter

  In most cases of wilderness survival shelter will be your number one concern since hypothermia can kill you much faster than starvation or even dehydration.  One of the easiest and fastest shelters that can be built in the wilderness is the debris shelter.  One person, with no equipment, can put one together in less than two hours with the material that is available in most forested areas.  If you find yourself stranded in the woods facing a cold night, before thinking about a fire, get a quick debris shelter built, here’s how.   Locate a health tree that doesn’t […]

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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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Wilderness Toothbrush

Wilderness Toothbrush

If you are stranded in the wilderness for any length of time, hygiene will quickly become an issue.  It won’t matter so much how you smell, since nobody ever died of body odor.  But poor dental hygiene can lead to serious issues that could have you incapacitated and dying a slow, painful death. As always, being able to use the material available to you in the wilderness for whatever needs may arise will increase your chances of survival, and elevate your standard of living while you do it.  Being able to make a toothbrush in the wild is one example […]

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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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