01 Aug 2016

Survival Skills: How to Disinfect Drinking Water with UV Light Devices

What if you could make safe drinking water with nothing more than light? It may sound like science fiction, but it really is a fact. One of the most recent innovations in water disinfection is the portable UV light purifier. This device doles out a lethal dose of ultraviolet light,

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29 Jul 2016

Survival Fishing: How to Make a Gorge Hook

The gorge hook is a simple yet highly effective primitive tool that works as well today as it did a thousand years ago. And in a survival scenario, it can be a real lifesaver. The basic premise is to sharpen a piece of wood or bone that can lodge into the gullet or soft

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28 Jul 2016

How to Protect Yourself When You’re Not Allowed to Have a Weapon

When I see and hear about terrorist attacks, in particular, in countries where people are not allowed to have any weapons, it makes me angry. Protecting yourself, protecting your family and your home — isn’t that a God-given right? If a government takes away your right to protect your own

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28 Jul 2016

13 Homemade Survival Weapons: Projects That Would Make McGyver Proud

We preach the art of preparation like it’s our business because it is. We are here to instruct, inform and discuss how to prepare for all survival situations. And preparation is the key to survival. That’s why we build our bug out bags and assemble our survival medical kits. It’s why we stash weapons, bury survival caches,

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25 Jul 2016

8 Survival Water Mistakes That Could Make You Sick (Or Worse)

When it comes to survival, water is the most important part in the holy trinity (water, food, and shelter). You can survive more than 30 days without food, but only 3 or 4 days without water, even if you’re physically fit. Other than oxygen, water is the most important thing

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15 Jul 2016

Bail-Out Kits, Bug-Out Bags & Emergency Gear for Urban Disasters

There has been a lot of attention brought to the term Bug-Out Bag on forums and in the media over the years. Just what should go into such a bag and how can you assemble a quality kit yourself? Essentially, you want a lightweight backpack stowed in yur office or

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13 Jul 2016

10 items to help you survive in wild

It pleases me greatly to write columns that inspire conversation and debate.  Last week’s column seems to have done just that. Based on the responses in my inbox after only a single day, the topic of survival truly seems to be a favorite among outdoorsmen. Many folks offered suggestions as to

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13 Jul 2016

6 tracker-approved skills you need for wilderness survival

Have you seen “The Hunted”  with Tommy Lee Jones? Fugitive tracking that leads LEOs through the thicket of the woods may be rare, but having the skills necessary to outwit other survivalists is a pretty cool badge to earn. Some extreme survivalists consider the techniques an adventure and have taken

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01 Jul 2016

Man Restores DIY Log Cabin from 1800s

It’s been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Richard Aiken is definitely the kind of person that understands this. Richard had wanted to live in a log cabin out in the woods for years. But in all of his previous attempts to purchase or make on,

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29 Jun 2016

Creating a DIY Natural First Aid Kit

You might think that since my husband is a paramedic, we have an elaborate first aid kit with all sorts of tape, bandages, creams and supplies for treating all sorts of emergencies. While those items and more can certainly be found in the back of his ambulance, our first aid

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