The Megalist of Bushcraft Tools and Weapons

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Many a prepper has grand ambitions of running away into the wilderness to live in comparatively peaceful anarchy whenever trouble strikes. You have to admit, the notion is definitely romantic. Heading into the deep country with only your knife and your wits, and carving out your own home and existence from the bounty of the … Read more

Step-by-Step How to Survive in the Woods

the woods somewhere in Ohio

Probably the most popular, and the most common, theoretical survival situation that preppers game out is that of a woodland survival scenario. Forests all over the world, dark, deep and enticing, all have a nearly mythic proportion in our minds. We are drawn to the woods while we are simultaneously afraid of them, and whether … Read more

Can You Make a Fire Inside a Shelter?

bushcraft survival shelter

One of the single most important and most fundamental survival skills is building a fire. Knowing how to build a fire will help you get dry and keep warm, as well as signaling for help and cooking food. But, in really harsh conditions you’ll need to stay inside your shelter for safety, and this begs … Read more

Can Mud Repel Mosquitoes and Other Bugs?

person walking in mud

I don’t think there is anyone alive who has spent any amount of time outdoors who hasn’t been plagued by mosquitoes and other biting critters. Whether they are trying to suck your blood for dinner or are just biting you out of some misguided instinct of self-defense, it is always aggravating, sometimes painful, and potentially … Read more

10 Ways to Stay Warm in the Wilderness

fire started with a Fresnel lens

Exposure is a constant threat anytime you are outdoors. Or at least it is if you don’t live very near the equator! But in seriousness, no matter where you live and no matter how seasonally warm it is you should not discount the threat you could be facing should the weather turn against you. When … Read more

These 6 Improvised Spears are Easy to Make

knife attached to a pole makeshift spear

For most preppers, weapons will be among the many things you accumulate to get ready for a survival situation, be it a long-term or short-term one. Chances are that means firearms much of the time, perhaps with a smattering of bows or crossbows along with our personal knives. You definitely won’t hear any complaining out … Read more

So, Will a Campfire Keep Wild Animals Away?

fire started with a Fresnel lens

When camping in any remote area of wilderness, preppers are often advised to build a campfire not only to stay warm, but also to keep wild animals away. good advice, considering that many wild animals can be a nuisance at your campsite and some can be quite dangerous. but some reports abound of animals in … Read more

How to Read a Map to Navigate

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Map work and navigation is the basis of understanding one’s environment and how to move within it. Navigation has been a part of everyday life since the dawn of time and will continue to be so, even as we enter the space age. Finding our way has always been the forerunner of exploration, the discovery … Read more

Can You Drink the Water from a Waterfall?

Iceland's Godafoss waterfall

In any outdoor survival situation, acquiring water for drinking is one of your top priorities. Dehydration is seriously debilitating and can take your life in just a couple of days if you don’t have any fluids to drink. Accordingly, many preppers’ resource plans focus on locating and gathering suitable freshwater sources for drinking. One notion … Read more

Snow Caves: Are they Warm or Cold Inside?

snow caves

If you ever find yourself in desperate need of shelter while stuck in a wintry, snow-filled environment you could hardly do better when it comes to protecting yourself than excavating a snow cave. Snow caves are reasonably simple shelters that are dug out of deep snow, usually at the base of a hill but sometimes … Read more

How Should You Layer Clothing in Cold Weather?

group of hikers

One of the most significant environmental threats that any of us will face when it comes to exposure is that posed by deep cold. Temperatures that are near or even below zero combined with brisk winds can quite literally freeze you solid in a terrifyingly short period of time. Staying warm is vital, but even … Read more

Firewood for Survival – What You Should Know

Out of all of the tools that a prepper is likely to use in a survival situation one of the most important, and most primordial, is fire. Fire has long been mankind’s servant, even though it is one that is never truly mastered. Fire serves us by providing light, warmth, a way to cook our … Read more

Juniper Berries: Are They Poisonous?

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The juniper plant is one of the most widespread and hardiest that grows across the world. Ranging in shape from a tall tree to a low shrub, this versatile and adaptable species can be found anywhere from the frozen poles of the Arctic reaches all the way down through the blazing heat of Africa and … Read more

Hiking 101: How to Prepare and Execute

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Hiking is an enjoyable pastime that millions and millions of people partake of every year, all across the globe. There is just something about setting out down the trail in the middle of an otherwise pristine natural environment that recharges your mind and soul. It is good to get away from it all sometimes! For … Read more

So, Are Bison Really Dangerous?

bison

Have you ever seen a bison before? You might know them by their other name, buffalo. Whatever you call them, these huge, shaggy animals are one of North America’s most iconic species. They’re one of the main attractions at many national parks, particularly Yellowstone, where teeming throngs of tourists and nature lovers line up to … Read more

Should You Eat Grass to Avoid Starvation?

meadow grass

If you find yourself in the middle of a survival scenario where you run out of food and are facing starvation, you’ll be considering all kinds of things that you never would have dreamed of eating previously. Plenty of survival experts and survival manuals will recommend you scavenge for various kinds of plant life to … Read more

What to Do If You Run Into a Snake?

grass snake

Pretty much anywhere you live in the world you can be assured you’ll eventually run into a snake in your travels. These slithering, cold blooded reptiles give many people the willies and often inspire panic. Though the vast majority of snakes are not venomous and nearly harmless to people a close encounter with a venomous … Read more

So, Why Is Shelter so Important for Survival?

tarp shelter

There are many important considerations for survival, among them the need for water and food, the need for security, and certainly a need for clean oxygen. But one of the most important survival requirements is shelter. Many survival experts, not to mention survival websites like this one, spend an inordinate amount of time preaching preparedness … Read more

How Dangerous Are Copperheads?

North America is full of snakes, all kinds, and some of them are venomous. Among these venomous snakes, the copperhead is one of the most common, and also the most likely to bite people according to various studies. Considering the copperhead’s wide distribution, behavior and likeliness to bite preppers would be well-advised to become acquainted … Read more

Exactly What Color Berries Are Safe to Eat?

elderberries

Anytime one is in a wilderness survival situation bolstering your calorie intake by taking advantage of natural food sources is always a good idea. Depending upon your region and the current climate one of the best and not to mention tastiest gatherable foods found in nature are berries. But like so many things found in … Read more

Can You Eat Insects for Survival?

a grasshopper on a leaf

Any prepper worth the label will be prepared to face a survival situation by stockpiling the essentials. One of these essentials is food, and though you can live for weeks or even upwards of a month without it, your body and mind will degrade precipitously. Sourcing your own calories in the wild is not easy, … Read more

Does Pinewood Work as Firewood?

pine wood logs

One of the most important considerations for successfully building and managing a fire is fuel selection. Much of the time this will be wood of one kind or another. Each and every species of wood has different characteristics that will affect things like intensity, burn time and other pertinent factors. Pine is one wood that … Read more