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Here it is folks: hunting tips from the duck master and bearded legend himself, Phil Robertson.
Be sure to turn it up and listen real close. You won’t want to miss a single word.
Phil Robertson is always someone worth listening to, he’s been a man of the land for years.
Duck Dynasty is one of the funniest shows on TV and we had to share this video when we saw it!
Tips for choosing the best gun for off grid living
When you are looking into the purchasing of a gun for hunting in a wilderness survival setting, there are several factors which should be considered.
Price should not be the main factor but rather the functionality and the compatibility that you have with the rifle.
Here are a few tips to help you choose the best rifle for hunting.
What is your level of expertise?
Some rifles require a bit more experience in shooting and maintaining.
Where you may want to have the biggest, baddest gun available, it will do you no good if you cannot use it.
Does the gun have a scope? If so do you know how to calibrate it and keep the lens clean?
Regardless of what people may think, guns are not just a mechanism where you load the bullets, point, and pull the trigger.
You need to determine your level of experience with guns first so that you can determine the best gun for you.
What is the caliber of the gun?
The second most important factor in picking a gun for your disaster plan/ wilderness survival is to determine the caliber of the gun. .22 rifles have little to no effect in the wilderness game hunting.
Sure, you can get a squirrel or maybe a rabbit with this gun but that is about it. You might as well have rocks to throw at them.
A .30 is not much better but can take down a deer, though a 7.62 is more apt for that. If you really want to go for the power a .300 will bring down about any animal you come across and is commonly used to hunt bear and other large game.
Any caliber higher is just overkill as there will not be safari animals roaming the wilderness.
Consider, bullets leave an exit hole and firing a high powered rifle at a small animal will all but obliterate it.
You want to get a powerful rifle that does not leave a large entry of exit point. This way you can hunt both large and small game as the necessity requires.
Does the rifle take a clip or not?
Remember, everything that you need to bring with you must be in your emergency preparedness kit.
This means that if you need to have clips for the rifle, then they will need to be stored somewhere in your bag.
If the rifle takes bullets without a clip, then you will need to have a place where you can store a few boxes of bullets.
It is more realistic to find a rifle that takes a clip which can easily be stored in your survival gear then trying to find a place to store hundreds of individual rounds of ammunition.
If you prefer to have a gun that does have loose bullets, consider storing the boxes in the side pouches of your survival pack or carrying a few boxes in the pockets of your pants (as it is hoped for that you will have jeans which have several pockets and not just blue jeans).
How heavy is the rifle?
Yes, your physical strength will gradually increase as you become more self-sufficient living off the grid.
However, in the first few weeks or months, you are going to be getting used to the wilderness environment.
It does no good to get a rifle that you cannot hold for a long period of time or one that you cannot stabilize to take the shot when needed.
Know the limits of your strength and find a model which is appropriate for you. There are several different models that accommodate the caliber needs you will have.
A good test it to hold the rifle straight out in front of you for 2 minutes or so. If your arm gets weary quickly, then the gun is probably not a good fit for you
. If you find that the rifle can be held steady and that you are comfortable with the design then check the quality of the manufacturing and purchase it.
How loud does the rifle fire?
In normal hunting situations, the noise put off by the rifle is not that big of a concern.
You are hunting and you have found the game that you are going to kill, so what does it matter if it is loud or not.
Yet, in a survivalist situation you do need to consider the noise of the rifle.
Why is this?
The main reason is that you are in a survivalist situation and do not want to give away your location.
Where it is true that you will probably not be able to shroud your location entirely, a gun that is too loud is like a beacon telling others where you are located and that “there is food here”.
How does the rifle handle outdoor storage?
Ideally, guns are stored in a dry place where there is little to no moisture or dirt which can come in contact with them.
Realistically, your campsite may not have these accommodations.
If the rifle that you purchase requires special maintenance or else it jams or parts break, then it is not a very effective gun for your wilderness survival.
You want to pick a hunting rifle which can be kept in moderate conditions and requires minimal maintenance.
Keep in mind that with any rifle you purchase there will be pros and cons.
You may have to sacrifice the weight of the gun for the proper caliber to get the job done, a clip may be sacrificed to loose bullets on a gun that has a higher precision rating.
You may choose to purchase a blot action rifle and a spare bolt mechanism over a self-loading rifle.
There are many considerations that you should take in to mind.
Above all, you need to ensure that you can carry the gun over the course of your survival navigation and that you can use it properly when required.
Seriously, have you ever seen something eat a shark? We always see videos of shark attacks and everyone has seen the movie, Jaws.
But this blew my mind.
If you’re an avid fisherman, you know that grouper have to swallow their prey because their mouth edges aren’t loaded with teeth.
This video shows the unbelievable inhaling power of a grouper as it swallows a shark.
Watch the video below to see how this small shark is swallowed in one bite.
Yes, we know the footage is a bit shaky…but wouldn’t you be a little shaky and in shock if you watched this happen?
This rare sight was luckily caught on camera and you can see the grouper make one swift motion to attack the shark while it was still hooked by the fisherman.
The grouper’s mouth and gills create an intense sucking power to bring prey in to eat, even from a distance. Did you know grouper use their mouth to swallow sand in order to form their shelters under big rocks, and then jet it out through their gills?
Something else that is crazy about grouper is that their gill muscles are so powerful that it is nearly impossible to pull them out of their cave if they ever feel attacked. They extend the gills and it locks themselves in.
If you’re out in the ocean fishing, you should always have your camera handy because you never know when a grouper might pop out of no where and steal your catch!
Does the thrill of a new adventure keep you traveling the world — planning your next expedition to far-flung locales?
Do you plan for months for your big adventures only to find something goes wrong while scaling that mountain or hiking that trail?
If you’ve encountered a mishap while out in the wild, you’re certainly not alone.
When you traverse remote terrain, it’s almost inevitable that something will go wrong at some point — and that’s why you need to be as prepared as possible to take on the challenge and to improvise when it really counts.
One way you can immediately change your current wilderness obstacles around is to know how to improve your survival food supply.
With a little creative thinking and a little research ahead of your trip, you will be able to live off the land until you can make it out of the proverbial and literal woods.
If we want to learn how to survive in the wild, we need only look back to the very first survivalists — our ancestors made it through life eating the plants of the forest and later fishing and hunting animals.
You can do the same with a little practice.
Follow our guide of “10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Survival Food Supply,” and you’ll be prepared to take on any food insecurity challenge during your next big adventure.
Let’s start hunting and gathering:
Because of the strenuous exercise you’ll endure during your expedition, you always need to be eating and hydrating.
One of the easiest ways to supplement your food supply is to make a batch of high-energy trail mix.
Not only is trail mix healthy and boosts your energy levels, it’s fairly cheap. Make a big batch using unsalted nuts of your living, dried fruit and karob chips.
Pack the high-energy trail mix in small bags and pack them in your backpack. Whenever you need a little boost, grab a bag and eat.
Pack energy bars to ensure that you always have access to a healthy snack.
The best feature of energy bars is that they are lightweight and packable.
You can slip them into the nooks and crannies of your backpack so that you always have something to satiate your hunger until you can get to your campsite to start the fire and cook dinner.
At some point you may find yourself in a remote forest without an animal in sight. This is where your gathering instincts will need to come in.
You can forage any forest for delicious mushrooms and green plants.
The key is knowing which ones you can safely digest. If you’re going solo on your trip, you especially don’t want to get sick and poisoned by eating a plant that is not edible.
So study the forest plants in the area where you will be traveling.
Consider purchasing a pocket guide that identifies the plants that are safe to eat. When your food supply is getting low, you literally can live off the bounty of the forest.
As your travel, you are likely to happen upon a river or body of water with fish. This is where a rudimentary fishing pole can really help you out.
So pack a small fishing kit that includes a few hooks and fishing line.
You can attach the line to a sturdy stick, tie it to a large branch stretching over the water, or use just the fishing line to catch a fish or two for your campsite dinner.
A beginner’s tip: You’ll want to make sure these items are in a hard plastic case instead of a flimsy plastic bag.
You don’t want an injury from hooks poking out of your pack.
Once you’ve caught your fish for dinner, you’ll need to be able to prepare them for the open-fire skillet.
So make sure you’ve prepared a mini chef’s kit.
This can be very simple — a hunting knife, some aluminum foil or parchment paper, and a meat/fish thermometer.
Of course, not all of these items are essential.
You probably can cook fish without a thermometer. But it’s also nice to be safer than sorry when cooking fish and meat, so bring it along if you can make room.
A mini chef’s kit sounds luxurious, and it will feel that way if you get the opportunity to eat something other than trail mix and forest mushrooms.
Your survival food supply is not complete without an endless amount of clean water.
You need water to stay hydrated so you can continue on with your expedition, and that’s why this is one component of your food supply that you really have to pay attention to and prepare for, as you don’t know what kinds of conditions you ultimately will meet out on the trail.
Food will only go so far.
Without water you can get very sick.
Dehydration sneaks up on you quickly, so prepare ahead of time to be able to transform any freshwater into safe drinking water by investing in some kind of packable water purification solution — such as a wand or purification tablets.
Every now and then, it will feel good to drink something other than water.
Packing a few flavored water tablets that you can just add to your bottled water will feel like a treat. In addition, many flavored water tablets also can be good for you.
Look for tablets that include a dose of Vitamin C, for example. You probably can’t drink OJ on the trail, but this solution is a good second option.
When you are eating a limited amount of food — and a limited kind of food — your body may not be getting all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Your iron levels, for example, can drop very low if you are eating mostly vegetables and plants, and low iron can lead to all kinds of health problems including depression.
To mitigate this risk, consider investing in a multi-vitamin. It will boost your food supply by giving your body the vitamins you are missing in your daily trail diet.
Have a lighter on hand at all times. This is important because you always want access to fire.
When you have the option to cook a meal you’ve collected from the wild, you’ll want to take it. Forest mushrooms can be delicious — but even more so when cooked on an open fire.
If you catch a fish but can’t cook it, you may be in trouble if you eat it raw.
So prepare ahead by packing a lighter. You’ll diversify your food supply in innumerable ways with this simple gadget.
After a while, all trail food can taste a little bland.
If you’ve got room, through in a bottle of all spice.
This works well on everything you might gather from the forest — from making a salad of forest plants and flowers to seasoning fish.
It’s a small luxury that will make reaching the campsite each night even sweeter.
What would you include? Let us know in the comments section below:
PBS series ‘Food Forward’ takes a look at America’s food-industrial complex and how we can band together to put an end to it.
Fishing is easily one of the most fun activities to do in the ocean. It has one major drawback, however: Sitting on a boat in the middle of nowhere can often get quite mundane. After all, what can you do to add a little excitement to your fishing?
This grandpa has an idea on how to make fishing riveting. He uses some old-school methods of striking fear into the hearts of fish everywhere, and it takes his family by total surprise.
Don’t ever doubt grandpa’s quick hands again. Those fishing skills didn’t come to him overnight; he’s probably been fishing like that for decades.
Start taking notes, kids.
When these abandoned shacks were discovered in Antarctica, researchers hit the jackpot when it comes to understanding how explorers in the frozen land lived nearly a century ago.
Ernest Shackelton and Robert Falcon Scott were two of the first men to reach the South Pole and call the frigid, harsh landscape home for any length of time. Now a few of the structures they erected are still there and they shed light on how these men survived in such a desolate, frigid place.
Pip Cheshire is a conservation architect who has been working hard to restore Shackelton’s buildings in the coldest place on earth.l
He has been working to restore them to the condition of when the great South Pole explorers had lived there.
The shack seems very unassuming from the outside.
And it is clearly in a cold, harsh landscape.
Scott’s Hut is surrounded by nothing but winter wilderness.
Life was crowded in these Antarctic huts. Scott is pictured working at his desk.
Clothing was hung up to dry and despite being inside, the temperatures were still cold.
Supplies were brought in and stored in boxes and jars inside the shack.
The ancient-looking stove needed to provide heat to the explorers who had left civilization to venture into the subzero wilderness.
The average high in the summer was 20 F while the average low reached about -56 F. And that stove was the only source of heat…
The men survived on lots of carbohydrates like flour and crackers.
Fortunately the men never had a shortage of salt.
Do you enjoy the rustic look of the place?
The buildings were supposedly abandoned because they leaked water.
Shackelton and Scott were brave explorers who survived the unendurable cold to bring civilization in touch with the South Pole.
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In today’s world of advanced technology and multi-national industrial expansion, there is constant and growing concern about ecology and how to grow natural foods in a clean, healthy environment.
One solution is to initiate and oversee the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants grown together in a completely health-promoting structured interior, called aquaponics.
Aquaponics is symbiotic cultivation of aquatic species and plant life within an environment that continuously recirculates.
An aquaponics system combines the two types of aqua-farming—aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water).
Fish effluent (waste) accumulates in the system tank’s water supply, making the water rich in plant nutrients but toxic to the tank’s aquatic animals. Within this nutrient enriched water, plants are cultivated and absorb these nutrients.
During the process, the plants lower and sometimes eliminate toxicity levels in the tank water, rendering the water healthy for the fish. This cycle continues, benefiting growth of both plants and aquatic animals.
No water is drained or exchanged, and fresh water is added only when significant amounts of this tank water have evaporated or been absorbed by the plants.
When the fish produce ammonia, a bacteria named Nitrosomonas sp transforms this substance into nitrite.
Subsequently, a second form of bacteria, Nitrobacter, causes conversion of the nitrite into nitrate. Absorbing the nitrate, the plants cleanse the water, creating a purified tank environment once again for the fish.
Aquaponics systems can contain fresh or saltwater, and system sizes can range from compact indoor units to large commercial systems.
Plant and fish types cultivated vary according to water type and system capacity.
While fresh water aquaponics systems depend on plants, aquatic species and nitrifying bacteria for operation, saltwater systems need just the two life forms of saltwater fish and seaweed or algae.
A major reason for using an aquaponics system in your home or as a business venture is to increase your self-sustainability or promote this idea and system to other people.
For this reason, it is sensible to power your aqua-garden with solar energy.
It also makes good sense to operate your ecologically sound, purifying aqua-farm with the natural power of the sun’s energy.
You will save a tremendous amount of money by eliminating your need for costly electrical power supplied by your local utility company.
Once you have installed solar panels for operating your aquaponics system, you will most likely want to convert your entire home energy source from electrical to solar energy power.
Important benefits to be gained from solar power for your aquaponics system include:
There are strong advantages to utilizing solar panels to power the operation of your aquaponics system.
If you have been practicing aquaponics cultivation for a while, you most likely have encountered problems with an electrical power interruption. You may have even had a power outage lasting a day or two, especially during harsh weather conditions.
If so, you probably had to rely on temporary power from a noisy gas-powered generator. By installing solar panels, you can start operating your aquaponics system with the sun’s pure, natural and reliable energy source.
Solar energy is a totally eco-friendly, inexpensive power source.
It is also completely safe.
You will never need to worry about fires or harmful gas fumes in your home when you use solar power.
In addition, generation of solar power produces no annoying sound like the noise from many gas generators. With batteries as a backup for power, you can benefit from energy from your solar panels for many hours at a time.
Although the presence of bright sunlight throughout the year in states like Florida and Arizona is a great benefit for consistent use of solar power, it is not a necessity.
Solar panels can store energy from the direct light on sunny days for use on cloudy or overcast days and, of course, during night hours.
The first major item you will need for installing your solar-powered home aquaponics system is a pump with low amperage.
With an efficient, dependable pump, you can have steady power for your aqua-farm with fewer solar panels.
A pump drawing just 24 watts of power can support water elevation up to nine feet. It is best to install your solar panel or panels in close proximity to your aquaponics setup.
You may want to mount solar panels on the roof of your home or on a high pole support.
Your panels should face south if you live in the northern hemisphere and north if you are located in the southern hemisphere.
Taking into consideration the voltage of your solar panels and voltage needed for your pump, it may be necessary to wire a pair of panels placed together to achieve correct potential difference.
You should obtain a pump controller that will regulate the power flow from the solar panels to the pump.
This controller should also include a battery for storage of extra energy from the panels to be used during night hours or on cloudy and overcast days.
The solar panels and the pump should be properly wired to form a complete and secure control circuit for operation of your aquaponics system.
You can charge your solar-powered aquaponics system using just a few essential elements for generating power.
A typical solar energy charging kit for a home aquaponics system includes four 15-watt solar panels with sturdy mounting frames and a 200-watt modified sine wave inverter device along with a 7-amp charge controller for solar power.
An installation wiring kit and accessories will also be provided. Nighttime battery discharge will be prevented by the diode blocking technology that is built-in.
This convenient kit has other handy capabilities as well.
It can be used to sustain a 12-volt battery charge. It can also be used as a charging source for electric-powered vehicles, equipment, boats, computers and other items.
With a 250-watt charging kit, you can gain more power, and with use of an expansion kit, you will have power increases of 310, 375 or more wattage.
Once your new aquaponics system is in place and powered with solar energy, you are ready to start populating this ecologically sound environment with aquatic animals and plant life.
You will soon be reaping the benefits of this pure, simultaneous cultivation of fish and plants.
This biologically balanced system will operate in continuous harmony. Now that your cultivation system is up and running, your role in the growing process is to maintain water levels, feeding and harvesting the fish appropriately so the tank is never overcrowded.
You, your family and friends can now enjoy the benefits of a completely safe, ecologically balanced source of sustainable food supply.
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Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.
They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.
This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.
A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.
They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.
Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.
They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.
Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.
If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.
Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.
A good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.
Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.
Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.
The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.
These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.
Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.
Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.
For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.
Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.
The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.
This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.
Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.
They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.
Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.
The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.
A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.
They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.
Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.
Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.
They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.
Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.
There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!
We like to make sure our families and homes are prepared for the unexpected. We have shelves stocked with disaster-preparedness items: bottled water, canned goods, flashlights and batteries.
Our family members know a safe meeting spot—the basement or a hallway, maybe— to gather in case of emergency. Being ready feels great. The only problem is, we aren’t always home.
While it might not be practical to spend every possible moment in the safety of our houses, we do have a practical alternative.
One of the best ways we can stay prepared for the unexpected is by keeping a smart stash of survival gear in an everyday carry pack. That way, we will be ready for almost anything no matter where we are.
Many options of bags are available, from army-style backpacks to sleek messenger-style bags. Once you have your pack, optimize its usefulness with the following suggestions.
Without hydration, our bodies shut down quickly. Always keep a reusable water bottle with fresh water in your daypack. A stainless steel canteen or thermos is your best bet, as metal is durable and holds up well despite extreme temperatures. It could also help you with cooking needs.
Pack water purification tablets so you can create more drinkable water when necessary. Consider iodine tablets or chlorine dioxide tablets. Beyond water, all living things also need a small amount of salt to stay hydrated.
Quench your body’s thirst completely by filling a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with electrolyte powder. This can be dissolved in drinkable water, and when your supply has been exhausted you can find a new use for the bag.
Hydration, sleep, and sustenance are our top three biological needs. Be prepared with several nutrient-rich, high-calorie meal bars. Also pack some lightweight dehydrated meals, which are optimally consumed with the addition of a small amount of water.
Be ready to find and prepare more food, if necessary. Always carry a small, metal cooking pan with a folding arm. Food can be cooked in it and eaten out of it.
Also invest in a set of metal utensils—again, they can be used for both cooking and eating. Keep a small book with an abbreviated list of edible plants found in local woods.
Small wounds can turn into serious infections, if not treated properly. Pack a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with medical supplies.
This should include cloth squares of several sizes. Large pieces can be used as slings or tourniquets, in the case of injury. Small pieces can be used on wounds in place of gauze, and later sterilized in boiling water for re-use.
Pack several individually wrapped alcohol-soaked toilettes that can be used to disinfect cuts. Also pack band-aids, athletic tape, cotton swabs, and cotton balls. A small tub of petroleum jelly is very helpful for treating chapped or damaged skin.
Not knowing where you are can be disorienting. Keep maps of local and surrounding areas in your daypack. Pack maps in a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag.
Also keep a sturdy compass, and make sure you know how to use it properly.
It can be difficult to know exactly what types of situations you might find yourself in. But a few survival supplies have proven themselves to be so useful that it makes sense to keep them on-hand. Rope can be used for securing branches together when building shelter, or hanging damp clothes up to dry.
Duct tape can be used to patch up damaged supplies, or cut and folded to create new items. A multi-purpose knife can help harvest wild edible plants, carve wood, and tear fabric if necessary. Pack all items in re-sealable plastic bags.
Exposure to the elements can be dangerous to your health. Stay warm and dry by allowing yourself to build a fire anytime, using waterproof strike-anywhere matches.
Keep a super-lightweight emergency thermal blanket in your daypack to help stay warm. Also keep a solar-powered headlamp in your supply kit.
Headlamps are extremely convenient, as they allow you to see and freely use both hands in the dark. A headlamp equipped with solar panels will stay lit for seven hours.
You will often benefit from recording or swapping information with others. Make this possible by stocking your daypack with a leather-bound journal and waterproof pen.
Pack a whistle in case you ever need to sound a distress signal, and memorize SOS. A mirror can also be used to make signals, help you maintain personal hygiene, treat wounds, and stay sane if isolated.
Poor personal hygiene can lead to poor health. Illness is the last thing you need in a survival situation.
Be prepared with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and multi-purpose biodegradable soap. Use the soap for your face and body, hair, clothing, and cookware.
Keep a tiny, travel-sized sewing kit in your daypack. Make sure you have a basic understanding of how to use a needle and thread to repair clothing.
Pack a lightweight waterproof outer layer. Staying dry in inclement weather will help you maintain a healthy body temperature.
Also pack an insulating thermal layer, hat, and gloves, which may be needed to stave off cold weather. Pack extra wool socks to keep feet dry.
Wool is an excellent survival material as it is durable, dries quickly, and repels moisture.
Psychological research has shown how important it is for us to feel a sense of love and belonging.
Feeling connected with others not only tethers us to reality—it often gives us reason to live. Help yourself through the most unexpected and unwanted of times by keeping a personal memento or two in your daypack.
Someday, a special photograph or trinket might be just what you need to keep on pushing forward.
If you want to prepare for problems in the future, you can do so. Now, with so much technology and information, a person can do what he or she needs to do to prepare for a disaster. In the past, people were mocked openly for being preppers. However, after Katrina and other disasters, it’s wise to consider becoming a prepper. With this in mind, here are 10 reasons it rocks to be a prepper.
First and foremost, if you are a prepper, you probably know more about survival skills.
This will help you can foods, live frugally and keep an organized and simple life.
Remember, even if you don’t ever need to worry about a huge event, if you have the skills, you can live a safer life.
Obviously, it is great to have peace of mind.
Think about it, if you see trouble brewing, you are not going to panic if you are a prepper.
No, if you know how to live an independent life, you are going to live a happier life in both good and bad times.
Now, there are plenty of people interested in prepping.
In fact, people from all backgrounds love to prep for the worst, and you are going to meet plenty of interesting and hardworking people who are interested in prepping.
If you are a prepper, you probably know a little more about your local environment.
By knowing how to live in the wild, you are more of an environmentalist than people you know.
If you are prepared for anything, you are going to be happier, more relaxed and enjoy life.
Think about it, if you have some cash stashed away and some water and food, among other things, you won’t have to worry.
While a lot of people prepare for the big event, if you are a prepper, you can prepare for a minor one too.
Think about wildfires, earthquakes and such.
If you have all the items you need, you can deal with minor issues.
If you have a survival background and plenty of tools, you can help out others in their lives.
This is true whether you are facing a serious event or a normal one.
Remember, the prepper community is all about helping others, and it’s not about exploiting humanity when issues arise.
Let’s face it, we are safer and more secure than ever.
People don’t worry about foot or other issues like they did in the past.
But, if you acknowledge potential problems, you can grow emotionally and spiritually.
Without being frugal, you are going to struggle in your day-to-day life.
However, if you are a prepper, you are probably already preparing for serious events, both economic and real-world events such as natural disasters.
For this reason, if you are wise, you are probably frugal, which makes life much easier in the short and long run.
If you have kids and you want them to be independent when they are older, you will help your cause if you show them prepper skills.
Yes, if they can live without power or deal with things that come up in your life, you will have an easier time.
Sadly, as people rely on technology, this is becoming less and less common, and your children will suffer if you don’t teach them survival skills.
For this reason, if you are prepper, your kids will not be ill-prepared for life.
If you are a prepper, you are going to be well-prepared for what comes up. Not only that, your day-to-day life will be easier as you won’t struggle with as many probelms as your friends who aren’t preppers.
Simply put, your life will rock if you are a prepper.
How well you can survive in the wilderness will directly depend on your knowledge and resources.
It could literally turn into a matter of life or death.
So, adequate preparation is the key in getting yourself out of a tricky situation in the wild.
Here are 7 common mistakes to avoid in order to survive the wilderness.
Basically, there are two mistakes that could potentially cost lives in a survival situation in the wild. The first aspect is the lack of proper shelter, and the second stems from a lack of knowledge to create shelter given the tools that Mother Nature surrounds you with. Exposure can take your life.
Here’s an article where you can learn How to Make a Shelter in the Woods.
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People who explore the wilderness without the proper navigational tools such as a compass, GPS, or a basic map are setting themselves up for failure. If you’ve spent any time at all in the woods, then you know how easy it is to get off course in dense trees and foliage and start heading in the wrong direction – even for the most experienced woodsman.
If you have pool navigation skills, we wrote an article about How to Improve Your Sense Of Direction.
Unfortunately, many people who end up in a precarious situation in the wild have a real lack of knowledge on how to survive and are most likely totally unprepared.
Most wilderness adventures start off innocently enough like hiking for the day with friends or a father/son fishing trip.
But suddenly, unforeseen circumstances arise and now you are facing a life and death situation.
At this point, you must plan for any unexpected surprises. Before embarking on your trip, it’s best to take the time to go over any possible mishaps that may occur on your outing and how you intend to address them.
Remember the boy scouts motto, Be Prepared.
A good rule of thumb to follow: Always wear one extra layer of clothing than what you actually need.
If you get too warm, simply throw it in your backpack or tie it around your waist.
However, there is nothing worse than leaving warm clothing behind when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere shivering in the cold.
Also, keep in mind that “cotton is rotten”. Cotton is not the ideal material to keep your body warm since it breathes. Wear clothes that keep their warmth once they become damp or wet.
No one can survive without water. So, a key question to always ask – “Is this water okay to drink?”
Water-based organisms like giardia and cryptosporidium can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea that can result in dehydration and limit your ability to find food, build shelter, and signal for help.
Dehydration can take your life in just a matter of days.
In addition to dehydration, you’ll likely suffer from energy loss, poor judgment, and eventually the will to live. Employ various methods to purify water by either using water filters, chemical tablets, or simply boiling it.
Here’s an article for you about obtaining drinkable water. Click here to read
In order to survive in the wild, you must learn how to build a fire based on the following reasons:
Learning how to signal for help in the case of an emergency is key in a survival situation.
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Typical ones include signal mirrors, loud whistles, high-beam flashlights, or fire starting devices. Bright clothing and a portable radio are good to have on hand as well.
Incorporating these survival tactics before you begin your adventure, may be the smartest thing you ever do. Remember, adequate preparation is essential in order to survive in any unexpected wilderness situation.
Always be prepared and setting a fire may not be the best decision in extremely dry conditions.
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As you are probably aware, many people are quietly making plans to leave city life behind and return to a more simple way of life in the wilderness.
Others are doing all they can to prepare for the eventuality that something may go terribly wrong with modern society that will force us to return to the wilderness for reasons of personal safety.
Whatever the reasons are that have you packing up and leaving the comforts of home behind, there are several things you will need to know in order to survive and thrive out in the wild.
Old standbys such as your cell phone, laptop and GPS are likely no longer going to be any help to you if you are living in the wild. Instead, carry a nice toolbox of items that include an axe or hatchet, pocket knife, compass, hammer and pliers.
Whatever else happens, you must have a clean source of drinking water. Scope out a good spot before you need it. Watch the animals carefully. If an animal drinks from the water, then it is usually a sign it is also safe for you to drink from. You can use these water purification tips from this article, How To Purify Water – Survival Water Purification.
Keep a good manual on what mushrooms and other plants are safe to eat.
We recommend The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants. (You can click the book to get a copy)
Have a few good tents and patches ready to go, but you should also learn how to build a shelter out of whatever is handy.
You can read this article for more info: How to Make a Shelter in the Woods
Don’t go into the woods and start shooting wildly. Hit the gun range and learn to shoot properly so you can catch your meal, kill it humanely and not waste your bullets.
You need to be on your guard, and do your best to avoid being injured in any way. When there are no doctors nearby, you need to be able to fend for yourself. Be sure to pack a good first aid kit for everyone in your family, carry a first aid manual and learn as many home remedies as you can.
Sit down and make your plans before anything goes wrong. If you have a well thought out plan to follow in an emergency, then you are far less likely to panic and mess it all up.
Bring everything you may need for an extended camping trip. Include good sleeping bags, flashlights, matches, mess kit and extra clothing and shoes. You can learn more about what to include in the article What’s In a Bug Out Bag?
Be ready to catch your dinner with fishing poles you bring or make. You can dig up worms or catch insects for bait.
Here’s an article on what to include in your fishing box: 10 Things Every Mans Fishing Tackle Box Needs
Your matches will eventually run out. Go online and learn to make fire the natural way using a flint and steel kit or even rubbing two sticks together. Read this article, 6 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches.
When you are depending on killing animals for food, it’s important you know how to properly butcher the animal to ensure maximum utilization.
Always be aware of your food and water supply, and share it out sensibly to provide everyone with adequate nutrition for as long as possible.
You have just entered a world that belongs to wild animals. Keep your food protected and stored away from your camp, and do not eat in your sleeping bag. Food can attract wild animals and may result in a fatality.
These are full of advice that has been thoroughly tested by boy scouts for over 100 years. You can get the Boy Scout Handbook on Amazon by clicking here.
Most people remember to stockpile canned goods, but often forget the can opener. Bring several in case one breaks. Here’s what you can do if you forgot your can opener. Three Ways to Open a Can Without a Can Opener
Consider having a dog for hunting and companionship. Keep chickens for fresh eggs and food and perhaps a couple of goats for fresh milk.
Look online for one of these classes. It can go a long way towards teaching you the things you need to know to survive.
These tips should help you be able to survive if you find yourself out in the wild. It would be a very good idea to take some long camping trips in order to test out what you have learned and be assured you are ready to handle everything if the time comes when there is no longer a home in the city in which to return.
When you head out fishing, you need to be prepared for any eventuality, and that means having a tackle box full of supplies.
Sure, you head out head to catch some bass, but a nearby fisherman tells you of a fantastic spot to go for trout. Do you have the right supplies?
Sometimes a line breaks because it’s old, other times because you’ve landed a monster of a fish and you need something stronger. No matter the reason, it’s important that you pack extra line in your tackle box to ensure that no matter the conditions, you’re prepared.
Girls have bobby pins, you have fish hooks. Make sure you bring plenty of extras, and as much variety as you can. You’ll lose fish hooks to hungry swimmers, to hidden branches on the bottom of the water, or just to plain bad luck. Don’t let it ruin your trip; attach another hook and cast again.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell when you’ve hooked a fish. By attaching a floater, or a bobber, to your line, it becomes much easier. These brightly colored tools float on the surface of the water, attached a few inches up the line from the hook. When the fish bites the hook, the floater will sink below the surface, signaling to you that it’s time to start reeling it in.
That worm hanging on the end of your hook probably won’t register on a scale, and it’s certainly not going to sink very deep. You’ll need a sinker for that – but they come off almost as easily as hooks do. Make sure you’ve got a few spare ones.
Make sure you have at least basic medical supplies. Accidents happen no matter how careful you might be, and you have to make sure you are able to disinfect and bandage an injury until you can get to proper medical care. Your kit should include bandages, gauze, band aids, and disinfectant at the very least.
Ignore those who say sunscreen isn’t manly. It’s important to protect your skin; any real man knows that. Make sure you’ve got at least SPF-40 sunscreen to help block harmful UV rays and protect your skin against damage which may cause cancer.
You never know when you might need a flashlight, whether that is to get a better look at an injury or to repair your boat’s motor. If you’re a fan of night fishing, a small LED light goes a long way.
This is needed for more than the first aid kit. Fish aren’t exactly the cleanest of creatures, and after you’ve made your catch and gutted them, you’ll need to clean your hands. If a friend gets injured and you have to tend to them, you’ll want to make sure your hands are clean. A small bottle of hand sanitizer costs nothing and goes a long way.
Pliers go a long way. From making repairs to small equipment, bending hooks, or removing the hooks from the fish, a miniature pair of pliers should always be in your tackle box. You might even need it to remove a hook from you.
Fishing line sometimes gets snagged and has to be cut, but because of the strength of certain fishing lines, pocket knives sometimes pose a danger. It’s better to buy a specialized pair of line cutters in order to ensure your safety, but if all else fails, an old pair of nail clippers should work.
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In this video, David from UltimateSurvivalTips.com shows you how to improvise basic snares from wire or paracord so that you can catch some tasty, nutritious, survival food and stay alive when times get tough.
Snares and Traps are designed to choke, crush, hang, or entangle the animals you’re trying to catch.
When you’re in a survival situation, you need to know how to catch food, find food or get nutrition from your bug out bag. This is simply one way for you to prepare for survival situations.
The best traps are usually pretty simple to make, as you see in the video above, and should be placed in multiple locations. When you are using traps and snares, the amount of them you set up is important. The more traps you set up, the better your chances are of catching something.
It is a good idea to use a variety of traps, as certain traps work better in different locations.
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In this video tutorial you’ll learn how you can create a simple net. This is a very simple “Do It Yourself” project that can be made out of any type of cordage or string. This net can be used as a gill net for fishing, for trapping birds, and can even be used as a makeshift bag to hold items in. If you make this out of paracord, you can easily hang items in your home with it. If you have kids, you can create a net in the top of your childs room to hold all their stuff animals and keep them off the floor.
In the image below you’ll see a few of the ways you can use this net.
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This video gives you a survival tip on how to catch fish with no pole. The method discussed in this video is something that anyone can do, even the beginning survivalists out there.
The basics of this method are to move the fish into a small section of the creek and then using a large rock or tree limb, smash or stun the fish.
The video contains a few tips and examples of how to find good areas to build a natural fish hold or fish corral in a creek.
This survival tip could be very valuable to remember the next time you’re out in the wild without a fishing pole.
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How many of you remember starting fires with magnifying glasses like Bart is doing in the picture above?
The ability to start a fire and watch the flames burn things has always been fascinating to me. Every man/woman needs to know how to start a fire, especially in survival situations. After all, this is a tips for survivalists site.
You never know when you will find yourself in a situation where a fire is essential and guess who forgot their matches? That’s right… you!
Maybe your single engine plane goes down while you’re flying over the Alaskan wilderness, or maybe your just out camping and lose your backpack. While these situations are pretty rare, other situations arrive where you can’t use matches. Extremely windy or wet conditions render matches pretty much useless. Whether or not you need to use this new skill, it’s valuable to know that you can start a fire wherever and whenever you want.
Friction-Based Fire Making
Friction-based fire making is one of the most difficult of the non-match methods and that’s why we’re starting with it. There are a variety of different techniques you can use to make a fire with friction, but the most important aspect of it all is the type of wood you use for the fire board and spindle.
What is a spindle? It’s the stick you’ll use to spin in order to create friction between it and the fireboard. When you create enough friction between the spindle and the fireboard, you create an ember that can lead to a fire.
What are the best woods for spindle sets? Cottonwood, juniper, aspen, willow, cedar, cypress, and walnut.
One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll have to dry the wood out before using it, otherwise you won’t get the spark for the ember.
The hand drill method is by far the most primitive, and extremely difficult to do. All you need is wood, tireless hands, and determination that you will start a fire without matches.
How do you do it?
Build a tinder nest. You’ll use the tinder nest to create the flame you get from the spark you’ll be creating. Build your tinder nest out of anything that catches fire easily such as dried grass, leaves and bark. If you’re prepared you could use vaseline soaked cotton balls, but this is assuming you aren’t prepared.
Make your notch. Cut a v-shaped notch into your fire board and make a small depression adjacent to it.
Place bark underneath the notch. The bark will be used to catch an ember from the friction between the spindle and fireboard.
Start spinning. Place the spindle into the depression on your fire board. Your spindle should be about 2 feet long for this to work properly. Maintain pressure on the board and start rolling the spindle between your hands, running them quickly down the spindle. Keep doing this until an ember is formed on the fireboard.
Start a fire! Once you see a glowing ember, tap the fire board to drop you ember onto the piece of bark. Transfer the bark to your nest of tinder. Gently blow on it to start your flame.
Prepare your fireboard. To start off, cut a groove in the fireboard. This groove will be used as the track for your spindle.
Rub! Using the tip of your spindle, place it in the groove of your fireboard. Start rubbing the tip of the spindle up and down the groove.
Start a fire. You’ll want to have tinder at the end of the fireboard, so that you’ll plow embers into the tinder as you’re rubbing. Once one of them catches blow on the nest gently to start the fire.
The bow drill is one of my personal favorites out of all the friction based methods for starting a fire. It’s easier to maintain the speed and pressure needed to create enough friction to start a fire. In addition to the spindle and fireboard, you’ll want to get a socket and a bow.
Get a socket. A socket just needs to be either a stone or another piece of wood. If you choose wood, find a piece harder than what you’re using for the spindle. Woods with sap and oil are good because it create a lubricant between the spindle and the socket.
Make your bow. The bow should be about as long as your arm. Use a flexible piece of wood that has a slight curve. The string of the bow can be anything. A shoelace, rope, paracord, or strip of rawhide works great. Just find something that won’t break. String up your bow and you’re ready to go.
Prepare the fireboard. Cut a v-shaped notch into the wood and create a depression next to it in the fireboard. Under this notch, you’ll want to place your tinder.
String up the spindle. Catch the spindle in a loop of the bow string. Place one end of the spindle in the fireboard and apply pressure on the other end with your socket.
Start sawing. Using your bow, start sawing back and forth. You’ve basically created a rudimentary mechanical drill. The spindle should be rotating quickly. Keep sawing until you create an ember.
Make you fire. Drop the ember into the tinder nest and blow on it gently. You got yourself a fire.
This is an old standby. We recommend always carrying around a good flint and steel set with you on a camping trip. Matches can get wet and be become pretty much useless, but you can still get a spark from putting steel to a good piece of flint. We recommend the Bear Grylls fire starter.
Strike! Grasp the back of the steel striker or use the back of your knife blade. Strike the steel against the flint several times. Sparks from the steel will fly off and land on the char cloth, causing a glow.
Start a fire. Fold up your char cloth into the tinder nest and gently blow on it to start a flame.
Using a lens to start a fire is an easy matchless method. Any boy who has melted green plastic army men with a magnifying glass will know how to do this. If you have by chance never melted green plastic army men, here’s how to do it.
To create a fire, all you need is some sort of lens in order to focus sunlight on a specific spot. A magnifying glass, eyeglasses, or binocular lenses all work. If you add some water to the lens, you can intensify the beam. Angle the lens towards the sun in order to focus the beam into as small an area as possible. Put your tinder nest under this spot and you’ll soon have yourself a fire.
The only drawback to the lens based method is that it only works when you have sun. So if it’s night time or overcast, you won’t have any luck.
This is one that might seem a little out of the ordinary, but it is an interesting way to start a fire. All you’ll need are a battery (any work, but ideally a 9 volt battery) and steel wool.
Stretch out the Steel Wool. You want it to be about 6 inches long and a ½ inch wide.
Rub the battery on the steel wool. Hold the steel wool in one hand and the battery in the other. The wool will begin to glow and burn. Gently blow on it.
Transfer the burning wool to your tinder nest. The wool’s flame will extinguish quickly, so don’t waste any time.