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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.

Backyard and Outdoor Cooking Methods

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Ok, excuse the wind but we’ve got a little camp out going on out here, and I’d thought it’d be a good day for me to show you some outdoor cooking techniques that you can use if you’re in a jam, and need to be able to cook some food.

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Literally Every Way to Preserve Food

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While food is not the top priority in survival situations, it is still one of the four pillars of survival.  If you go long enough without food, your body starts to eat itself. It starts by breaking down fat.  Then it tears down muscle mass.  Finally it starts to feed …

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Survival Uses for Clay Pots

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When you find yourself in a survival situation, every resource you have must be used to its maximum potential.  You will often find that the best survival items are those that have multiple purposes.  Clay pots are one of those items.  In addition to having several uses, you can even …

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Petroleum Jelly for Survival

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I first learned about petroleum jelly for survival when researching ways to make my ferro rod more effective for starting fires.  However, the more research I did the more uses I found for this miracle substance.  Petroleum jelly is the generic term for Vaseline, a petroleum byproduct that is technically …

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Seed Storage for Survival

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When I purchased my first house, I could not wait to start planting.  I was about 26 years old and bought a small, three bedroom on a small lot.  There was no landscaping, and with an agronomic background I started planning right away.  I added a bed with shrubs and …

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How to Make Hardtack

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photo by looseends on Flick, modified under the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license When thinking about survival situations, food is always a priority.  Sure you can hunt, fish, or gather food.  However, having food available for bugging in or bugging out is an even better option.  In my endless hunt for survival foods, …

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How to Prep for, Prevent, and Treat Zika Virus

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It seems like every year there is a new scary virus that is pushing in on the borders of the United States. Between Bird Flu, SARS, West Nile, and now the Zika Virus, there is always a threat to worry us. However, knowledge and preparation are always the best tools …

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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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