5 Tips To Avoid Ticks

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It is certainly that time of year again.  Nature Reliance School instructor Tracy Trimble was the first of our bunch to get ticks on him this year, over two weeks ago.  I got my first one on me this past Friday.  If you are spending more time outside with the warmer weather, you need to start taking precautions to avoid …

ResQMe Device Review and Giveaway

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We did a blog piece earlier in the week in which we reviewed a simple device that will help extricate yourself from a vehicle.  The thought is you may have been in a wreck and found yourself unable to open the door, whether it be because the door is jammed or maybe even in water. Water pressure on the side …

Using Your Bushcraft Knife for Self-Defense

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Can your basic survival knife be used for self defense?All respectable survivalists and bushcrafters out there speak of tools and gear that serve multiple purposes.   However, can it be used adequately in a situation in which you are surviving an attack from another person? Knives are excellent multi-use tools that can be used in just such a situation.  However, …

Survival Snare Traps and Field Expedient Tools

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The name of the game in survival trapping is numbers.  You must get a lot of traps out in order to increase your chances of catching animals.  I have seen a few students come into our classes who are sometimes on the anal side of things (I say that lovingly by-the-way) that want to spend a great deal of time …

Paracord Giveaway!

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It has been way too long since a giveaway.  I apologize for that.  I have been extremely busy developing content for Nature Reliance School Online and have not been hitting the blog, and especially the gear reviews, hard enough. While I was out making some videos I came across a paracord tree and thought I would pick a hank off of …

Amazing cattails for primitive bedding

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Today is Throwback Thursday where we take a look at primitive skills or materials each week. I cannot begin to tell you enough how important cattails are to any outdoorsman.  I often refer to them as “Nature’s little Big Box store”, simply because you can make tools from them, eat them, use them for camo and much more.  In this …

Don’t do these things if you want good awareness ability

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I have stated it many times as we take a look at survival from the two different perspectives that come from urban vs. wilderness survival tactics.  Simply put, in wilderness survival you are attempting to get to people, and in urban preparedness/survival you are most likely trying to avoid people.  In everyday life this plays out in basic self-defense mindset, …

Ideal spot to set up for camping or survival shelter

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We spend a great deal of time in survival training paying attention to the sun and how it affects us for warmth.  With good reason, a nice warm sunny day in the middle of a cold environment can make for a nice bonus for gaining warmth.  Another one, that is often overlooked is not necessarily getting warm, but staying warm. …

Carrying Concealed When Conditions are Wet

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  I know I sound like a broken record on this but survival and prepping events do not typically occur during springtime, when the birds are singing, and puppies are frolicking in the dandelions.  These things occur when the conditions are definitely not optimal and most likely, are terrible. Wet conditions are a common situation that can cause problems for …