Gathering Wild Honey (With Video)

November 14, 2009 by  
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Honey is one of the best foods on the planet because of its nutritional value, and it antibiotic qualities.  Make sure that your target is actually a honeybee hive. Not everything that buzzes leads to honey. Wasps and yellow jackets make nests, but they do not produce any honey, you can eat their larvae but that is another article. Also, there are solitary species of bees which don’t make honey.  The best way to find a wild hive is to follow bees you see gathering pollen to their home. Read more

Shark Protection

November 12, 2009 by  
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Sharks can detect bright or high-contrast clothing a lot more easily than dull or matching clothing, so it is wise to dress accordingly no matter what the fashion trend might be. Or you may wind up as a shark treat.

Entomophagy the scientific name for insect eating

November 12, 2009 by  
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There are more than 1,450 recorded species of edible insects. Many species of insects are lower in fat and higher in protein and have a better food-to-meat ratio than beef, lamb, pork, or chicken. So feel free to dig in to a deletable meal of bugs. But be sure to find out which ones are edible in your area before you partake.

Processing a Deer, a Step by Step Pictorial

November 12, 2009 by  
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By Rancid Crabtree. Warning these are actual photos of a deer being processed,  so if you are sensitive or offended by persons processing game do not look.

Step 1. Harvest a deer.

Step 2. Gut it out and hang it. I like to hang them from the hind legs because I find they skin easier for me. How long you hang it depends on hot warm it is where you live. Read more

Quail Stew (With Video)

November 9, 2009 by  
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This is one of those great trail and home recopies where you can uses what you have we have a lot of ingredients listed but, if you do not have them all use what you have. Read more

Mosquito repellents

November 9, 2009 by  
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Mosquito repellents don’t repel; they hide you. The spray or lotion blocks the mosquito’s sensors; however, it will seek out unprotected areas of skin.

Dead Snake Danger

November 5, 2009 by  
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Even after it’s dead, a snake can still kill you with its venom. Don’t play with the carcass, or handle the head. Persons have died stepping on the snake bare foot days after the snake was killed. In a lot of countries it is good manners to hang a dead snake high up in a tree or throw it where persons can not be harmed by it, when it is killed or found dead. To not do so is considered to be very bad mannered, and in some cases almost criminal.

Food Storage Tip – Label with Purchase Date

October 30, 2009 by  
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The idea of having a rotating food storage is nothing new. Simply put, it means you have a number of the same food item. The oldest item is eaten first while the newer one is shelved for later consumption. This goes for most of your food items that last a while especially canned goods. The key to keeping track of your food storage it to label each item with the month and year you purchased it. Read more

First Aid Situations Involving Burns

October 30, 2009 by  
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To distinguish a minor burn from a serious burn, the first step is to determine the degree and the extent of damage to body tissues. The three classifications of first-degree burn, second-degree burn and third-degree burn will help you determine emergency care: Read more

Coleman Fuel Storage & Use

October 29, 2009 by  
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An un-opened container of Coleman Fuel stored in a dry area with no rapid extreme changes in temperature will remain viable for five to seven years.  An opened container stored in the same area will remain viable for up to two years  though will be at its best if used within a year. Read more

Rattlesnake Winter Habbits

October 28, 2009 by  
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Rattlesnakes gather in groups to sleep through the winter. Sometimes up to 1,000 of them will coil up together to keep warm.  So if you fall in to where they are sleeping you will get bit.

Japanese Beetle Danger to Humans

October 27, 2009 by  
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The Japanese beetle, found in the eastern United States and Canada, is the only bug in these countries you need be concerned about if it becomes lodged in your ear, and they do. It can chew through your eardrum in a matter of minutes. Other bugs can be removed without the same urgency.

Japanese Beetle

A picture of Japanese Beetles (click to enlarge)

Free Self Sufficiency EBooks

October 22, 2009 by  
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Here is a list of ebooks that person may find helpful, they are on gardening in limited space to, home canning, to hunting and saving money at home and in the kitchen. A lot of good info and projects for families who want to reduce their dependence on fast food and video games. Read more

Test Your Gear and Practice Your Skills

I was out walking the other day and decided to grab a canteen I had not used in a while. I was literally just walking and jumped from one rock to another and a plastic fastener broke on the carrier sending the canteen full of water scooting down a steep hill. What if I had been in the middle of nowhere? It could have meant real trouble.  Read more

Using a watch for finding direction

October 22, 2009 by  
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Using an analog watch for finding direction can only be used if the watch is set to standard time (with no daylight saving).  In the Northern hemisphere, hold the watch flat and point the hour hand towards the Sun.  Now bisect the angle between the hour hand and the 12 on your watch to give you a North-South line.



In the Southern Hemisphere, hold the watch dial and point the number 12 towards the sun.  The line that bisects the angle between the hour hand and the 12 is the North-South line.  Note that this method will become less accurate the nearer you are to the equator.

Shadow Stick

October 22, 2009 by  
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Method 1:  Find a flat piece of ground.  Find a stick about 12” to 1 yard long and stick or hold it upright in the ground.  Mark the tip of the shadow with a stick or stone, wait about 30 minutes and do the same again.  A line drawn between the two points will run from West to East, with the first point being West.

Method 2:  This method will take you longer but will be more accurate.  Mark your first shadow tip as in (A) in the morning.  Now draw an arc at the distance from the stick to the shadow tip, using the stick as the center point in the afternoon, mark the exact spot where the shadow touches the arc.  Now join the two points to give the West to East line, with the morning point being West.



How To Brain Tan Animal Hides

October 22, 2009 by  
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Brain tanning is an old method that is used to tan an animals hide. It’s also known as the open pore method. Read more

Speed Hook

October 20, 2009 by  
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by Ed Harris

In a survival situation where you have had the chance to prepare and have a survival kit on hand the military speedhook NSN 4220-01-379-5598 works much better for catching small birds and animals than the standard military issue, Thompson snare normally found in seat pack survival kits.


Speedhook Survival Fishing Kit

If constructing your own survival kit carry at least a 2-pack  of these, two 2-packs for a total of four is better.

A .38 Special Cat Sneeze Load

October 16, 2009 by  
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By Ed Harris

An approach I use successfully is to assemble light gallery loads with lubricated lead bullets, of minimum power to reliably exit the handgun or rifle bore. These offer very low noise and can be shot indoors using a lightweight .22 rim-fire bullet trap. Having close to normal bullet weight avoids low point of impact problems associated with wax loads, rubber or plastic bullets. Read more

Make Your Own Firearm Bore Cleaner

September 24, 2009 by  
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Since I mixed my first “Ed’s Red” (ER) bore cleaner five years ago, hundreds of users have told me that they find it as effective as commercial products. This cleaner has an action similar to military rifle bore cleaner, such as Mil-C-372B. It is highly effective for removing plastic fouling from shotgun bores, caked carbon in semi-automatic rifles or pistols, or leading in revolvers. “ER” is not a “de-coppering” solution for fast removal of heavy jacket fouling, but because is more effective in removal of caked carbon and primer residues than most other cleaners, so metal fouling is reduced when “ER” is used. Read more

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