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  • Emergency Food Storage and Primitive Methods for Food Storage
    what if that help never comes You ll run out of food people will be robbing looting and even murdering each other and the cities and even smaller towns will become a dangerous place Some small towns will manage to police themselves and probably do just fine for a while Others aren t likely to fair so well especially those with large groups of outlaw bikers Hells Angels Banditos you name it they have too many weapons too much disrespect for civilized life and those towns and cities are likely to become dangerous for anyone who gets in their way Making Your MREs and Freeze Dried Food Last Longer Once you ve turned to hunting fishing and trapping the MREs and other pre packaged food you ve bought in advance can be rationed out to last longer So if you buy a 1 year supply of emergency food and within 90 days are able to start catching fish and shooting trapping wildlife you re going to be able to make your MREs last longer Perhaps that 1 year supply will last 2 3 years When you do start catching your own food from the wild or trading with neighbors who are raising livestock or growing crops that s another great way to provide for yourself and your family food storage will still be part of your daily life but it s going to take on a new scope Primitive Methods for Food Storage Smoking Food Smoking meat is an effective method of food storage dating back thousands of years It s a primitive yet highly reliable method for preserving meat to last several months Primitive man had time to develop the skill but really it s not that difficult It s going to call for fire wood and either a cave or hole in the ground metal container or small shack smokehouse A barrel or even an old fridge that doesn t contain toxic parts be sure to read up on this before using just any refrigerator can be used as a smoker All you need is a means to fill the barrel or refrigerator or whatever you use or build with a constant supply of smoke from a small fire or even simply smoldering coals You ll first hang meat up inside whatever you use as a smoker and you can do that using string or on a metal rack such as from an oven or BBQ or other creative means to hang the meat such as a metal clothes hanger Over a period of hours the meat will dry out at the same time picking up a smoky taste which is why many foods today are smoked because it in fact makes many foods taste even better than if eaten plain Smoking is most effective when meat is coated in salt or a salty brine That means that salt in an essential item to include in your emergency food storage plan Salt as a Food Preserver Salting Food

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  • Wild Food - Foraging for Food and Edible Plants
    Steve even provides recipes that can be made using plants found in the wild Surprisingly there are a lot of options for recipes using edible wild foods and plants Foraging for Wild Food In simple terms foraging simply implies searching for wild food and depending on the situational circumstances the act of foraging could be dangerous due simply to the fact that many plants are toxic to humans Danger is not only inherent in the act of searching but also in the ability to locate and correctly identify foods that are safe and edible Learning to identify which plants are safe and which are not before the need arises is an important skill to develop Because this ability is so important if you find yourself in a desperate situation and are unable to positively identify a food source as safe the best course of action is to leave it alone Some Areas Are Safer to Search than Others Some areas are safer to search than others so here is a short list of areas to keep away from when foraging and the reasons why Contaminated or stagnant water Plants growing in this environment have an increased risk of containing the toxic contaminants as well as invisible bacteria or parasites Commercial and residential areas There s a good chance that plants growing in these areas will have been contaminated with dangerous levels of toxic fertilizers and pesticides If this is your only option ensure that you also have a source of clean water and rinse food you feed before eating Plants to Avoid If a plant has yellow or white berries consider it inedible Mushrooms They may look good on the store shelves but the number and varieties of wild mushrooms that are poisonous or toxic are not worth the risk to your survival Plants such as poison ivy and related plants grow with leaves that are grouped in threes You may feel hungry enough to eat a plant that has thorns but by no means consider them Bitter tasting plants or those that smell like almonds are best to be avoided Identifying Plants correctly Unless you know exactly what you are doing refrain from eating any plant that has shiny leaves Once you have identified a potential food source the next step is to determine if the plant is edible There is a universal edibility test that you can perform on plants to aid in identifying safe plants 1 Separate the food in question into its basic parts These include the leaves roots stems buds and flowers if present As you are separating the plant examine it closely for insects and other pests 2 Crush the plant material separately and rub the individual parts on a separate part of your skin Patience is key in this step as you will need to wait at least eight hours to determine if you develop a negative reaction If you experience such things as swelling burning itching or redness consider the plant inedible

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  • Surviving in the Cold: Starting a Fire in Wet Conditions
    important factors to consider when faced with just such a situation Starting a Fire The Fire Triangle Perhaps you have heard of the fire triangle in which three things are necessary to create and sustain fire These essential components are fuel oxygen and heat Chances are you will not be operating in an environment void of oxygen but fuel and heat can be the prohibitive factors under wet conditions That is unless you know how to overcome these challenges The following tips have the potential to save your life should you ever need to get a fire started in the rain or simply wet conditions Fuel When building a fire whether it is under wet or dry conditions there are three basic building blocks All of these items can be prepared in advance and carried in a survival kit but even when you find yourself unprepared these items can be found even in wet conditions The best place to find material dry enough to be effective is likely to be from trees that are still standing Logic might dictate that fallen limbs may be a better choice but it is much less likely that the lower limbs of trees that are still standing have been protected from moisture by the limbs and foliage above them If you have a knife or other sharp tool you can expose the dry wood hiding just beneath the wet surface Perhaps one of the greatest finds if at all possible would be what many people call fat wood or fat lighter This is wood that has become soaked with tree sap or resin and is usually found as part of a pine or cedar stump You can tell you have found fat wood by breaking it apart and smelling the inside layers of wood If it has a strong tar odor or oozes with sap you have found a wonderful fire starter Other natural fire starters include Dry grass Leaves Shaved bark Cattail fluff Dry pine needles Poplar Cotton Of course being prepared before the need arises is one of the best methods of ensuring that you have what you will need to start a fire Homemade fire starters are quite easy to make and store Perhaps one of the best methods is to smear petroleum jelly on cotton balls then store them in dry packaging If you are preparing a survival kit that includes fire starters the best thing to do is practice with the materials beforehand The saying goes necessity is the mother of invention but in survival mode it is better to have already prepared for such necessities Examples of fire starters you can load into your survival gear include Birthday candles can be easily stored but they will melt if they are exposed to too much heat Cotton balls Compressed wood encased in wax While you can make your own most barbecue supply stores sell this item with a strike ready material already on them Dryer lint Esbit Fuzz sticks

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  • Survival Hunting: Baiting Reptiles, Birds, Small Mammals, Large Game, and Predators
    or not baiting is more effective than hunting without bait It s said that deer can become leery in areas hunters are known to bait choosing feeding times more at night when they re harder to spot Baiting for survival But what if you re new to an area that hunters don t frequent and deer aren t accustomed to baiting practices That s an area you may find yourself in a survival situation It goes to say that there s a good chance your use of bait may work in a short time frame to land a meal or I should say quite a few meals That s great for survival There are many more animals out there than just deer ducks and geese to consider Bear boar bob cat squirrels chipmunks skunks snapping turtles coyotes foxes elk moose wolves gophers groundhogs birds opossum porcupine rabbits weasels otter armadillo nutria mink woodchuck voles the list goes on If you re serious about survival it would be a good idea to hit the books and research just what all animals are in your local mountains and forests lakes and rivers What type of bait In America major mountain ranges include the Cascade Mountains the Sierra Nevada Mountains the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians What about the desert reptiles like lizards and snakes prairie swamps think alligators crocodiles etc coastal islands and Great Plains Wherever you may end up traveling to you can research well in advance and know just what animals are out there On top of that research what the best baits are for different animals Here are a couple web pages as examples Animal Traps and Baits Bait deer with peanut butter Here are a few books about baiting and trap setting The Trapper s Bible Traps Snares Pathguards Trapping North American furbearers A complete guide on trapping all North American furbearers for both amateur and professional also deer hunting and baits skinning and handling fur etc The Indian Hunters Hunting and Fishing Methods of the North American Natives Baiting deer If you happen to have peanut butter and molasses or peanut butter and honey either of these combinations are said to be effective bait for deer But what if you don t have the luxury of having peanut butter and honey or molasses It would be good to know what some effective baits are from nature such as corn in the case of deer and also know that corn needs to be used a certain way or a nearby bear may instead eat the corn you ve laid out for the deer and chase any deer away Baiting snares and deadfalls Often times baiting animals is also going to call for a number of effective hunting skills as well Unless of course you re simply setting traps such as snares and deadfalls These you can set in areas you ve placed bait and return to hours later to see if any animals have been caught or killed

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  • Survival: How to Cross Rivers, Streams, and Rapids
    ledges or waterfalls in the way You get the idea Methods of crossing a fast moving river or rapids Look for or knock down a tree This one is simple in theory even if it may not be that easy to put into practice Trees fall all the time around bodies of water If one has already fallen and you can crawl across it above the fast moving water to safety that may be the way to go Now if there isn t a tree that s already set up for you you can try and knock one down yourself However you may want to attack a small yet sturdy tree or one that is already on its way down but is strong enough to climb if you are without tools Now if you have an axe the whole world changes Attack any tree you want Keep in mind that a sharp stone can act as a makeshift cutting object However it s important that your realize that such a task with a stone will likely take an extremely long period of time depending on the tree you re looking to take down so it may not be wise to even attempt That said if you re going to cross very fast moving deep or large bodies of water and have children or people with you that can t swim a tree or different plan altogether may be the only way to go Further if you need to go across rapid moving water under such circumstances you may want to attach yourself to such people via a rope connecting wrists that is loose enough to allow movement with older children or weaker people Or something more significant with very young children Keep in mind however that if you attach yourself to someone and they fall in the water then their body weight if attached to you could drag you to your own death But ask most parents such a question and they won t care about that They ll want to make sure they have a fighting chance of holding onto their child Flotation devices Depending on how far you can go downstream will determine whether or not this is a viable solution However if it s feasible to be swept down the current then a flotation device may just be the way to go for you and your party Bear Grylls host of Man vs Wild once tied off his pants after filling them with air making a flotation device Perhaps a piece of tree would work okay Then again if you have the ability making a raft would work also Look for shallower and slower moving water Keep in mind that these things can sometimes be deceiving Remember that deeper water often moves at a much slower rate Still shallow water can also be easier to cross And by the way if you re looking for such water that likely means that you re planning on swimming or

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  • KA BAR Marine Corps Fighting Knife

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  • Gorilla Super Glue

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  • SOG Specialty Tactical Tomahawk

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