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 …

Must have items for a survival fishing kit

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There has been a huge oversight on my part because this is my first blog post on fishing kit items.  I have made some posts about fishing traps and my success with them, but this is my first that covers an actual kit you can put in your survival bag.  A good friend of mine who is an avid (and …

A great place to find wildlife for trapping or observation

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If you are reading this blog piece or watching the associated video you have probably done your fair share of searching on trapping setups.  A quick search on youtube will yield you dozens of snare, and configurations for trapping.  What is desperately missing is WHERE to set those traps.  I did not do my studying of trapping for survival uses. …

How to use a beech tree for wilderness survival

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We recently did a video and blog piece on a hickory tree and it uses, which prompted one of our followers to ask us about beech trees.  Specifically he asked if I could do a video on them.  We are happy to oblige him, and you, because beech trees are incredibly valuable.  This is never more evident than during a …

Where to find small birds in the wild for food

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Our primary objective for the these blog pieces and videos is to pass on survival knowledge.  Many of them will easily duplicate for simple good outdoor nature skills as well.  That is the case today.  Whether your desire is to get outside and do some bird watching, or you are in a survival situation and  you want to use those …

How to get your spouse in the outdoors

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Whether you are wanting to go hunting and trapping, practice survival skills, hiking, or just good general  outdoor enjoyment you may want your significant other to join you.  Particularly when it comes to survival and preparedness training, you definitely want them to come with you as much as possible.  Self-reliance, survival and preparedness doesn’t just occur to one half the …

Self-Reliance Illustrated Giveaway

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We have some good news and some bad new with this week’s giveaway.  A really good magazine that has been serving the self-reliance community for quite a while now has decided that they are going to close up shop. I was fortunate enough to write several articles for Self-Reliance Illustrated, as well as collaborate with my wife on a regular …

When to eat snow in a survival situation

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One of the most often repeated statements about survival is that you should never eat snow because it lowers your body temperature.  This is certainly true.  Many years ago under controlled conditions, I tested this out with myself and found that if I was already cold and in the early stages of hypothermia that by eating snow I lowered my …

Should you use gloves or mittens?

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You often see people that spend a great deal of time outside wearing mittens.  Despite the cool factor that gloves with five fingers give us these days.  There are very good reasons for choosing mittens over gloves. If you are doing a lot of work outside.  Farming, construction, utility work mittens are a poor choice.  I have done work like …

Tactical Gear Junkie, Review and Giveaway

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I am going to make this simple for you.  I like to support veterans when and where I can.  Fortunately we get to teach a few classes each year specifically for military service members and sometimes their families join us as well.  I also like to support veteran owned businesses when and where I can. We are doing that here …