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7 common misconceptions about wilderness survival

The following is a guest post that I found to be interesting.  It shows a few of the misconceptions that people have about wilderness survival.


Reality TV has made faux survivalists of too many of us. A lot of people probably believe that we’d be able to live through a life-threatening situation just because we’ve watched all the episodes of Man Vs. Wild and Survivorman. Despite what some people think, not everything you see on TV is true, and misplaced confidence will only get your ass killed. Here are a few common misconceptions about wilderness survival.


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Noise discipline, some tips to help you maintain yours

noise discipline Noise discipline is the practice of minimizing ones noise signature so that it does not compromise your intended purpose.  For a prepper this can vary from trying to avoid attracting attention while bugging in to maintaining silence while traveling on foot.

Have you ever been outside in your yard when there is a power outage. Did you notice just how quiet everything is?  You still have the sounds of the birds and the wind blowing through the trees.  But many of the sounds we have been used to hearing are gone.  Now imagine no motor vehicles.  You will find that you will be surprised at how far sound carries and you will notice sounds you normally never hear.…

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Beware of Scams That are Aimed at Preppers

scamsThe other day I received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, warning me that the IRS was about to file a lawsuit against me for back taxes and of cause they wanted money.  Two things immediately clicked, one I knew that the IRS would not contact you in this manner.  They always contact by mail.  Second, I knew that my taxes were paid.  So I laughed at them hung up and reported their phone number to the authorities.  Now this got me to thinking about various scams that I see being spread around the internet aimed at preppers.…

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Cooking Wild Eggs Over an Open Fire and Other edible Eggs.

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Set your egg in the warm ashes near your fire

Yesterday’s post was on finding and eating wild bird’s eggs.  So today, I want to cover a method of cooking wild eggs over an open fire when you don’t have pots or pans.  You can cook them in the ashes.  But first, I want to point out that there are many other types of eggs that can be consumed.  These include turtle, alligator, snake, other reptiles and some fish eggs.

Remember many turtles, particularly sea turtles, and some other alligators and some other reptiles either are protected or have hunting seasons. …

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How to Collect and Eat Wild Bird Eggs

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a goose and a chicken and a quail egg side by side.

Before you run out to an hunt wild bird eggs, you might want to check your local laws. Hunting songbird and game bird eggs is illegal in most of the United states.  But if you are starving and stumble upon a bird’s nest, you can poach, fry or hard-boil them.  When I was young, eating raw eggs was considered ok, now it is frowned upon and considered unsafe.  I have eaten my share of raw eggs and would in an emergency.  But you have to make your own decisions.…

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It Takes a Village to Survive in Style


Even the meerkats have figured it out and work together.

I see many different ways that people are preparing to survive TEOTWAWKI.  Some are choosing to go as lone wolfs, others as isolated homesteaders.   I think in terms of a village.  A group that will cooperate together will normally survive in better shape than smaller groups.

By a village I use the term loosely, it can be friends, family, a church group, an organization or a small town.  The whole idea is that you have a number of people who will work together for the common good.  They will not all be equipped and supplied in the same way. …

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Adventure Medical SOL Pocket Survival Pak, a Review

pocket survival pakA few days ago, Adventure Medical sent me a SOL Pocket Survival Pak to review.  Now this kit is not designed to be a get home or bug out bag, this is a pocket survival kit.  It is designed for one thing to help you stay alive until you can get help.

It is small compact and will fit in your pocket.  With this and the normal items that I carry in my pockets, a good flashlight and knife, I would feel fairly confident if I had to spend a night in the woods.


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  • 1 – Duct Tape, 2″ x 26″ – always useful for repairing gear.
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Situational Awareness, 12 Things You Need to Know

situational awarenessThis morning I have been thinking about situational awareness and how my perspective has changed over the years.  Twenty plus years ago before I retired I was very aware of what went on around me.  Situational awareness was something that was foremost in my mind.

Today I have come to the conclusion that without the constant reminders that we used to receive, I have dropped my guard to a large degree.  This is a mistake, I need to step up my game and pay much more awareness to situational awareness.  In the town in which I live, homelessness is becoming a problem and street crimes are up.…

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36 Common Household Survival Items you have in your home

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A kitchen knife can serve many purposes

In talking with people about preparedness, I find that many people think that you have to spend a ton of money to get started.  They forget about the common household survival items that they already have in their homes that can be used.

For instance someone was complaining about how much it cost to get a good knife, until I pointed out that he already had several that he had not considered.  It took a quick raid on his wife’s kitchen to find a knife that while not the first choice would serve his purposes.…

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Cotton Ball Vaseline Fire Starters, How to Make and Carry Them

cotton ball VaselineHere is an article written by my friend Ed showing how to make a good fire starter from cotton balls Vaseline.  You will notice that he refers to them as PJCB (petroleum jelly and cotton balls).  Here is his post


I may have posted this before, if so, just repost the link, but for people who have never prepared cotton balls Vaseline tinder before in quantity, this tutorial we use for SAR and CERT may be helpful:

Cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly are reliable wet-weather tinder which has been used by ski patrol and search & rescue units for many years.…

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