Most of us will never be in a survival situation. In addition to being largely unpredictable, life-and-death events are in part so dire because they are inherently rare. However, as outdoorsmen we’re more likely than most to have to get ourselves out of a scary situation by relying not just on instincts, but also on a skill set that not everyone takes the time to learn.

Here, we’ve broken down wilderness survival into five essential elements. The skills you will learn can help save your life in the event that you find yourself in a survival situation one day.

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