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  • March 27, 2013

    How to Start a Fire With a Gum Wrapper and Battery-2

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    If I had a specialty, it would be fire building. I absolutely love it. Not in the creepy way a pyromaniac loves it. But in the way you appreciate something that can sustain your life.

    So my knee-jerk reaction when someone on television starts a fire with dubious materials or in less-than-hospitable conditions is usually skepticism or flat-out disbelief. When I saw Dual Survival’s new military survival expert, Joe Teti, light a fire with apparent ease using a gum wrapper and a single battery, I had to try it out for myself.

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  • March 26, 2013

    How to Use Salt in a Survival Situation-1

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    Salt is one of those common, everyday items that doesn’t draw much attention … until you run out of it. Unless you live near a salt mine or a salt flat, you probably won’t have much of a way to replenish any salt stores in your household food storage or bug out bag.

    That’s a shame too, because a simple container of salt does so many different things.

    I’m not suggesting that everyone hoard a mountain full of salt. But since it’s so cheap and so useful, salt shouldn’t be overlooked when preparing for survival situations.

    What’s so great about salt?

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  • March 22, 2013

    Survival Skills: Stave Off Spring Starvation-1

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    When you think of spring, you probably think of the explosion of plant growth and animals tending their young. Life and abundance, right? Not really. If you rely on wild foods to feed yourself, it’s easier than you may think to starve in spring.

    It is one of the leanest seasons of the year. Many native cultures in temperate climates planned for both winter and spring when stockpiling food in the fall. Sure, there is plenty of plant material to eat in spring, but it is almost all low-calorie items. It’s like being stuck in an iceberg lettuce patch; the leaves are all water and hold no caloric value. And if you get lucky enough to harvest an animal, it probably doesn’t have much fat on it.

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  • March 20, 2013

    Survival Gear: The Frontier Pro Water Filter-0

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    Water is one of the most critical necessities of life, whether you’re in an emergency or not. If you’re backpacking or bugging out, you’ll always need to have the ability to turn raw, contaminated water into clean, safe water.

    Owning a lightweight, dependable device for water filtration is a key part to any respectable survival strategy; and one of the best filters to hit the market lately is the Aquamira Frontier Pro. This tough little water filter is a serious upgrade over those cheaper survival straws that people have been stuffing into survival kits for years.

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  • March 18, 2013

    Survival Gear: Make a Sling For Throwing Stones -1

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    One of smallest and most portable hunting tools that we still have from ancient times is the sling. A bit of string, a patch of cloth or leather, and some round stones are all the equipment required for slaying rabbits or the odd Goliath. The sling is easy to make, and ammo is literally everywhere.

    But note that I said didn’t say using a sling is easy. If you grew up with this weapon as a plaything, you probably have thrown thousands of stones and have an instinctive feel for targeting with this weapon. If you are new to throwing a sling stone, you ought to consider wearing goggles and a helmet until you get the hang of it.

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  • March 13, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Build a Fire On Snow-1

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    Having to start a fire on top of snow is one of those things that you never really think about, until you have to do it. In areas with little snow, you can always dig down to the soil surface to build your fire. But if the snow is very deep, you lack digging tools, or you don’t have time to dig, building a fire on top of the snow is the best option—if you do it right. You can certainly start a fire literally on top of the snow, but it won’t last very long as the snow will melt and douse your coals.

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  • March 11, 2013

    Winter Survival Skills: How to Prevent Snow Blindness-0

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    Snow blindness can be a painful and debilitating injury in the winter season, leaving you temporarily blind for up to a day and helpless in a winter emergency.

    This temporary form of blindness can be caused by the reflected glare of sunlight from snow, ice, water, or even sand.  Most commonly, snow is the culprit, as the intense glare reflected from white snow on sunny days can actually cause your eyes to become sunburned. Snow blindness can happen even when it’s overcast, if the right amount of reflected light is magnified. The symptoms of snow blindness can include:

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  • March 8, 2013

    Survival Cooking: How to Make a Snowshoe Grill-0

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    Skewers and spits are hard to beat for quick cooking accessories; but if you have a little more time and some flexible sticks, you can bend together a snowshoe-shaped grill to cook meat, fish, and many other tasty foods—with no heavy skillet required.

    The snowshoe grill (also called a tennis racket grill) can be used as a portable, reversible cooking surface. If it’s not too low to the flames, you should be able to cook several meals with it before it burns up. Cooking your food like this can give you greater control over temperatures than you have with other cooking methods, as the distance of the food from the fire can be modified easily. 

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  • March 7, 2013

    Survival Skills: Fire From Ice-1

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    The clear air and strong sun of late winter, plus the freezing winter temperatures, give you the best opportunity of the year to pull off the “fire from ice” trick in a real-world scenario. Whether you have seen it in books, or watched it on television, there’s still something incredulous about a lens of ice starting a fire. It just seems so unnatural. And I guess the real question you’re asking is, “does this really work?”

    I’m a little surprised by the answer, myself, which is yes, you really can get fire from ice.

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  • March 5, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Make Your Own Game Calls-1

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    There are many ways to call wild game. But how can you call those critters if you brought no calls with you? What if it’s an emergency and you need to lure animals in for your food?

    The answer: build your own calls with things you find in the field. Check out these three time-tested calls.

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