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  • April 18, 2014

    Survival Tip #221: How to Make a Bow Out of PVC-0

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    Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

    Whether you need to hunt for food or fend off post-apocalyptic barbarian hordes, a bow is a good, versatile weapon and tool. Building a simple wooden longbow takes a fair amount of know-how, but with these directions and a length of PVC pipe, you can improvise a bow with a draw of up to 60 pounds.

    You’ll Need:

    - 3/4-inch- (2-cm-) wide, 5-foot- (1.5-m-) long PVC pipe (schedule 40 white pipe is stiffer but prone to cracking from UV exposure or cold; schedule 80 gray pipe is softer but may weaken over time if the bow stays strung constantly).

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  • April 11, 2014

    3 Must-Haves for Your Survival Fishing Kit -3

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    You’ve got a good chance of providing food in a wilderness survival scenario if you have a little fishing gear in your survival kit. All you need is a small coil of monofilament line, some weights, and one or two dozen hooks. This seems simple enough, but over the years, I have found that the fishing gear in common survival kits is not that useful.

    People expect the fishing gear to provide them with food in a survival scenario. But this gear often comes wadded up into little bundles and shoved in the corner of the box, tube or pouch with the other items. They seem more like an afterthought rather key items used to improve your odds in the game of survival.

    Here’s how to make a survival fishing kit that works — if you treat it right (and if the fish are biting).

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  • April 9, 2014

    Survival Gear Review: The SOG Tactical Tomahawk -2

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    For centuries, tomahawk-style axes have been a feared armament on battlefields. From Vikings and pre-contact Native Americans, to modern soldiers in the Vietnam War, diverse peoples have used the tomahawk as a devastating weapon. And just as the simple hand-held knife is still carried by today’s soldiers, so to is the tomahawk.

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  • April 7, 2014

    7 Ways The Buddy System Can Keep You Alive-1

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    It’s always more fun to go on outdoor adventures with a friend or family member, but did you know that it’s also much safer? Heading out by yourself can be a great respite from the everyday cares of the world, but a solo emergency situation is not so nice. The buddy system is a common procedure in which two people, the "buddies," work together for mutual benefit and operate together as a two-person team. Here are seven good reasons to never go in alone.

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  • April 4, 2014

    5 Reasons to Stock Honey as a Survival Food -0

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    Just because honey is one of humanity’s oldest sweet treats, doesn’t mean it’s an outdated relic. It’s a top-choice food item for preppers and survivalists to stock in their emergency food stores. Here are five good reasons to join Pooh bear on the honey band wagon.

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  • April 3, 2014

    How To Plan And Plant A Hidden Survival Garden -0

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    Spring is finally here, and many of us gardening enthusiasts can’t wait for the last frost to be out of the way so we can set out some vegetable plants and seed. But what good is a garden if people steal all your vegetables during times of economic downturn?

    While some experts keep espousing that the economy is growing, others predict 2014 will see hyperinflation, stock drops and another crash like 2008. I’m no economist, but my parents and grandparents did turn me into a gardener. Since I can’t eat dollar bills or silver coins, I’m going to grow some food that won’t even look like food to the casual passerby. And even if the current financial system keeps limping along like a three-legged dog, I can still eat the delicious and healthy vegetables and share them with my family.

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  • April 2, 2014

    The Only 3 Knots a Hunter Needs to Know-2

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    The worth of a securely tied knot is undervalued in these modern times of zip ties and superglue. I know this is blasphemy, but duct tape can’t always hold everything together. And it doesn’t have to. There are many tried-and-true knots that can make life easier on the hunt, in the woods, and around camp.

    Prusik

    Illustrations by: Pete Sucheski

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  • March 31, 2014

    Survival Book Review: Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia -1

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    From a standpoint of long-term survival, you need to know everything you can about the great outdoors. And as someone “living off the land,” you’d need to know how to effectively catch every critter under the sun, as well as camping, survival, and first aid skills. Even if you just want to know the outdoors better, there is much to learn. Thankfully, almost everything you’d want to know has been covered in one big brick of a book, the Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia.

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  • March 31, 2014

    Survival Gear: Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter -0

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    The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter  is a unique and functional product in that it is both a fire starter and a water-tight tinder box with a rubber O-ring seal. The puck-shaped box offers generous storage space, and its seal proved to be waterproof during the cold March showers experienced during testing. When the sun popped back out, we clipped the tinder bracket onto the parabolic mirror piece and had instant tinder ignition once we achieved the right angle to the sun. We easily lit the char cloth that was provided in the kit, as well as cattail fluff and tulip poplar bark tinder.

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  • March 26, 2014

    5 Ways To Maintain Morale In A Survival Situation -1

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    In an emergency situation, group morale is one of those ongoing things that needs to be monitored closely. This psychological and emotional condition of the group is not as important as shelter or water on Day 1 of a crisis. But by Day 10, after your shelter and water have been secured, the priority of morale starts to show its real importance. What is morale exactly? The dictionary definition is “the mental and emotional condition of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand.“ Since the tasks at hand in an emergency situation revolve around keeping everyone alive, you’ll want to commit these five morale boosting steps to memory.

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