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  • July 28, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Safe Bugs and How to Eat Them-1

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    Maybe it’s just so deeply ingrained in pop culture survival that it’s become inevitable, but there’s always somebody in my survival classes who expects to eat bugs. Even in a class clearly defined as being about edible plants, someone eventually asks when we'll be dining on insects. While it’s unsettling and unsavory to most Westerners, the consumption of insects by humans dates back to antiquity and still persists today, and with good reason. Many insects present a safe, digestible source of fat and protein that is too generous to ignore in some stark regions or in famine conditions. So if you find yourself in a survival situation, maybe you can find some bugs on which to subsist. They’re not as bad as you might think. Here are my favorites.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Survival Skills: How To Build An Inverted Solar Still-1

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    The traditional solar still is a familiar element in survival guides and classes. It was invented about 40 years ago, and it continues to offer a relatively safe method for purifying small amounts of water through evaporative distillation.

    But for the classic solar still, you have to dig a sizable hole in damp soil—and that’s not always an option in every survival scenarios. Many years after the solar still’s invention, others developed an inflatable conical distillation unit for use with life rafts in water survival situations. What follows is my land-lubber version of the inverted solar still, suitable for use in a wide range of situations.

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  • July 18, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Gerber Edict Tactical Folding Knife -1

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    Looking for a lightweight tactical knife? The new Gerber Edict folder is a feather-weight tool at only 3.6 ounces, but delivers the strength and features that you’d expect from a heavier blade.

    While the Edict was designed as a back-up weapon and utility blade for soldiers and police, it’s available to the public for these same tasks. The Edict makes a great tactical Every Day Carry knife with its full size tanto-style blade and fine edge.

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  • July 17, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Survival Tricks Your Kids Should Know -1

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    Many outdoor activities often take place during the peak of summer. And as families go camping, hiking, fishing, and living-it-up in the outdoors, their risk of entering a survival situation goes up as well. As a caring and responsible parent, it’s your job to prepare the kids as best you can, in case they get lost or get stuck out overnight. Here are five things your kids should know to do if they get into trouble outdoors this summer.

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  • July 14, 2014

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways to Make a Better Signal Fire-0

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    I probably don’t have to tell you that fire is a significant element in a survival situation. We all know that it cooks food, boils water, provides warmth and light. Fire is also one of the better methods of primitive signaling. The light of your fire and the accompanying smoke can work as a signal both day and night. But is your signal fire adequate? Use these three tricks to make your fire work even harder as an emergency signal.

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  • July 11, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: Eton FRX1 Emergency Radio -0

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    Since most natural disasters give us very little notice, staying on top of current events and warnings can be vital to your family’s safety. Even the one-way communications from a radio can provide life-saving information, such as evacuation orders, instructions to seek shelter, and other critical directions. It turns out that a small emergency radio can be huge asset to you and your family, and the Eton FRX1 is the most affordable one that I have found. Before hurricane season really gets rolling, here’s why you should consider adding this small and inexpensive device to your preparedness supplies. 

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  • July 10, 2014

    Survival Skills: 5 Cool Uses for Summer Berries-2

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    My favorite part of summer is the berries. Raspberry, blackberry, black raspberry, wine berry – you name it, I’ll go pick it. And now is the time to begin. The wild ones are coming in now around much of the country. You could just eat them as-is, and be quite happy. But if you come into a wealth of berries, it’s nice to know some other uses for an excess of these sour/sweet gems. These are just five of the things I do with my berries, when I’m not eating them right off the canes.

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  • July 3, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find Wild Edible Plants, Worldwide-2

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    Wherever your travels might take you around the globe, remember that many common wild edible plants have also gone global over the past few centuries. Some plants were carried to new continents because of their valuable edible and medicinal properties. Other plants have inadvertently tagged along with travelers and established themselves as invasive weeds in new lands. However the plants have spread, familiar edibles can now be found far from their places of origin.

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  • July 2, 2014

    Survival Skills: Smoking Meat and Fish for Flavor and Preservation-0

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    Smoking meat and fish can produce some remarkably flavorful results, and it can be done without much in the way of modern conveniences. Smoking can also be used in conjunction with drying to save and preserve your meats and fish, all without the need for electricity or special equipment.

    There are two traditional ways to smoke fish and other foods: hot smoking and cold smoking. Either can be performed with the same meats and the same apparatus, the only difference being the amount of heat used.

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  • June 30, 2014

    Survival Skills: Build a Cage Fish Trap-1

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    Fish traps offer the fisherman many of the same rewards that terrestrial traps offer the hunter. Chief among them is the ability to catch something to eat while you’re not around. Given some time, some flexible vines, and a bundle of reeds or tree shoots, you too can build an “automatic fisherman” to bring in fish while you’re busy elsewhere. These traps can be worth a great deal to a starving survivor in a wilderness area. They can also help an angler collect some useful bait fish (where legal to do so). Here’s how to put together a simple fish trap at home.

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