Category: Bushcraft and Outdoors

Here you will find information on bushcraft, outdoor survival, and camping topics. If it happens in the woods then it will be found here.

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Hiking Tips For Beginners – Test Your Gear to Know Your Gear!

by Ian D The Importance of Knowing Your Equipment, and the Reality of the Using It. A few months ago I decided it would be a good experience to go on an extended backpacking trip.   I carefully researched the area I was interested in by asking people who knew the area and by looking over various maps and descriptions. I initially thought I’d attempt this solo but then asked my daughter if she’d like to come...

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How to Make a Fire in The Wilderness

by Richard Grimes No discover since the beginning of time has been more important to the development of mankind, then the discovery of Fire.  The simple presence of fire added to the routinely “normal” day in the outdoors instantly adds the feeling of safety to any situation.  In any severe or extreme condition, the presence of fire literally means life. There are many ways to start a fire.  They all have the same effect.  The...

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Can You Forage for Wild Plants to Eat In The City?

By Trina Schmidt, Ed.D. Being able to go outdoors and see a plant and know that it is edible is a valuable survival skill.  However, for many, eating wild plants sounds unthinkable and even a bit crazy. A few years ago I might have even said the same thing. I grew up in the suburbs during the eighties where food only came from a grocery store and anything growing wild would be met with severe...

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Ten Ways to Keep Your Campsite Clean (and why you should)

by Estar H If you are prepping packs or vehicles to bug out, where are you planning to go? Will you seek refuge in a rural area, maybe even in the wilderness? Whether you retreat to a fully stocked off-the-grid hideaway, set up camp on private acreage, or wing it on public lands, everyone in your circle should be committed to keeping the area clean and safe. Your methods will vary according to location and...

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What’s The Best Extreme Cold Weather Clothing?

by Andrew Skousen and Joel Skousen, authors, Strategic Relocation and The Secure Home Threats of the Cold: Every year people die during the cold and storms of winter because of lack of preparation. Motorists get stuck in blizzards and succumb to the cold when their fuel runs out and old people freeze when their furnace stops working during a power outage. These kinds of deaths will be much more prevalent if war and/or an EMP...

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How To Build A Live Animal Trap (An Easy Illustrated Guide)

No doubt many of you have read about various improvised and homemade traps in one of the many outdoor survival books and thought, Wow, what a great idea—I could do that. Indeed, many of the ideas and diagrams shown are ingenious, and a few of them actually work to trap game—with practice. After seeing all these trap designs in these books, you might think you need to learn how to make them all yourself, or...

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The Best Camouflage Pattern for Hunting By Season

by Brandon Cox When shopping for camouflage, it’s hard to resist the bargain area where camos are sold for less than retail. Usually, the camos featured in the clearance section are out of season. However, some hunters will jump at the chance to save on camouflage and wear it in the woods – regardless of the season. Some hunters will even go as far as mismatching their camos with many different seasons in one outfit. While...

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Can I Use an Emergency Space Blanket for Camping?

Invented in 1964 for the space program, and used to keep Skylab from overheating these are an amazing invention. Consisting of thin sheets of plastic coated with vaporized aluminum, this was done to ensure extremely low weight with a high net benefit/ reflective nature. They are basically the same width as a human hair. Average weight between 0.5 and 5 ounces, they are truly indispensable. So why review a space blanket? There are hundreds of...

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How to Build a Small Game Survival Snare For Rabbit

by SurvivorDan Before we begin with a discussion of the construction of the most basic primitive/minimal* tension trap; a quick look at the ethics of primitive trapping. Modern trap use is legal as long as you obey the local laws, licensing, seasons, limits, etc. Primitive trapping is illegal in most places and definitely in my neck of the woods…er…desert. Exigent circumstances may negate that illegality. It is to be used in an extreme emergency survival situation only....

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Identifying and Harvesting Wild Berries for the Homestead

by Bobcat-Prepper “Warning – Positively identify any food in the wild as safe before collecting. Some berries that are dark purple (like pokeberry) or black (like nightshade) are TOXIC.” I have been hiking and running around an abandoned 16 acre field near my home for the last year for exercise, and this spring I started paying attention to some familiar spouts popping up – raspberry and blackberry canes. That got me thinking about how much my...