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Ryan Dotson

My name is Ryan Dotson and I am a survivalist, prepper, writer, and photographer. I grew up in the Ozark Mountains and in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. My interest in survival started when I was in Boy Scouts and continued as my father, uncle, and grandfather taught me to hunt and fish. In the last few years I have started taking on survival challenges and have started writing about my experiences. I currently live in Mid-Missouri with my wife Lauren and three year old son Andrew.

Survival and Prepping Blind Spots

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So you have taken a step in the right direction. You have started prepping and honing your survival skills. However, as you become more experienced there will likely be times when you miss important points in your survival strategy. The sources through which most survivalists learn are fairly consistent. This …

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How to Survive a Mass Shooting

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With the terror of the Orlando shooting, people all over the country are reevaluating survival tactics for mass shootings. The general consensus is that the decisions you make in that first few minutes will largely determine whether you live or die. It is easy to mourn the dead and tell …

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Saws for Survival

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I have learned over and over that processing wood in a survival situation is absolutely essential.  Whether you are building a shelter, building a fire, building a trap, or crafting tools, you have to be able to cut wood to a precise length.  There are dozens of different tools available …

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How to Handle Predator Attacks

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In most cases, animals are more scared of us than we are of them. So what do you do when they are not? There are several predators in the US that will stand their ground against humans. Each one acts differently towards humans, so having some knowledge is key to …

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Early Warning Systems for Survival

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When in a survival situation, intruders are always a major concern.  This could be looters, military, or just kids looking to vandalize a house.  Having a home defense system is important, but early detection is the key to protecting your home.  Unfortunately, this applies to everyday life as well. Home …

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Fish Traps to Catch Your Limit

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Fish is one of the best survival foods you will ever find.  It is packed with protein, full of fatty oils, and can be found in almost any body of water.  However, in a survival situation you rarely have a rod and reel with you.  So now what? The rod …

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Edible Moss

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Moss and lichens are the fluffy, spongy, and scaly growths we find deep in the forest.  We see moss on the ground, on logs, on rocks, and on the side of trees.  It normally thrives in shaded and moist areas. Moss can help you find true North, insulate a shelter, …

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The Day The Electronics Died: What Happens After An EMP

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There has been a great deal of talk recently surrounding EMPs. Electromagnetic pulses are a very real threat and one of the most likely SHTF scenarios.  Most countries have the technology, and unlike nuclear weapons these machines are not regulated. It is also very possible for EMPs to occur naturally. …

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How To Can Bacon

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For a long time canning anything was intimidating to me.  Even after becoming a pickling expert, canning meats seemed out of reach.  Then I had a friend bring me some samples, and I was hooked.  I could not believe that meat could last months or even years on the pantry …

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Irrigate Your Garden with A DIY System

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You have made the commitment to build a vegetable garden on your property, but what about water?  In most of the US, a garden does not get enough rainwater to thrive.  It may struggle through the summer and produce some food, but you would not be maximizing your resources like …

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