Ryan Dotson

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.

Megadroughts – Are They Coming?

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I think at this point it is fair to say that the dispute on global warming is not much of a dispute. People still argue about what caused it and how severe it will get, but climate change is real. It seems like every year the weather gets more unpredictable. …

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30 Survival Items Under $30

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When I first got into prepping and survival, I felt the need to go out and buy as much gear and I could find. I think this is probably a normal reaction as you learn about the different ways to survive in different situations. However, as soon as I started …

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How It Feels To Be Shot

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Anybody who has ever seen an action movie has wondered how it feels to be shot. In some cases the person drops like a rock. In others they shake it off and say “just a flesh wound”. Of course these are just movies. There are plenty of real people we …

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What Would You Do in These Survival Situations?

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One paradox of survival is that many of us have been conditioned to do the wrong thing. Between movies, survival shows, and just everyday modern society, most people would not last a day in a survival situation. Until you really do your research and put that knowledge into practice, your …

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The Top Spots in the US to Bug Out

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When you plan a bug out strategy, the location is one of the most important considerations. I think some people plan to just grab their bug-out bag and start walking. That is a recipe for disaster. To be successful you need to carefully plan a bug out location along with …

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Making your Shelter Invisible

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Many survival sites discuss being visible in a survival situation. They talk about signaling for rescue with smoke or signal mirrors. They talk about the fastest way to be spotted by other people. What if you do not want to be seen? What if you have escaped from captors and …

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Ryan’s Long Distance Survival Challenge

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Thus far the survival challenges that I have attempted have been focused around the idea that remaining stationary is often the fastest route to rescue. I have hunkered down toughed out blizzard conditions with temperatures below zero, thunderstorms producing hail and winds as high as 40 mph, and the scorching …

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The Best Survival Tools and Gear Money Can Buy

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When someone makes the decision to become a survivalist or prepper, one of the first actions they typically take is to purchase some basic gear. Buying some neat gadgets is easier and less time consuming than learning a new skill, so this is the direction most people take. There is …

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How to Repurpose Bottles

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It is sad to know that any place on earth that has seen human visitors will likely have litter strewn about. You can also bet that any place with salt or fresh water will probably have trash along the shore. As frustrating as it is to know that man has …

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Uses for Mylar/Space/Emergency Blankets

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Everybody has seen movies and television shows where the victims of a tragedy are wrapped in shiny space blankets. In fact, many of you likely have one in your bug out bag or in the trunk of your car. There are many uses for this vital tool, and I always …

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