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.

Tinder that Will Get your Fire Going

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When building a fire, there are three types of material you need to gather: tinder, kindling, and fuel.  Fuel consists of larger pieces of wood, and kindling is typically smaller sticks.  Kindling is required to get your fuel lit, but tinder starts off the whole process.  Tinder is defined as …

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Self Defense Anybody can Use

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If you are realistic about survival then you know that one of the greatest threats you face are other people.  While the elements can be devastating, nothing is as unpredictable as a person. Even those you know and love can turn on you when survival is at stake.  Knowing some …

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Cast-Iron Delicacies

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A good cast iron skillet is one of the best tools you can have for your kitchen. It is also great for cooking over a campfire. Cast iron is durable, inexpensive, and easy to use. It evenly distributes heat and holds that heat for long periods of time. This means …

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Who Will Win: Trump or Hillary?

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When writing political articles I try to stay somewhat objective. I realize there are pros and cons for each side. I feel that my job as a writer is to inform the public about both candidates and let them make their own decision. That being said, I definitely have a …

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The 2nd Amendment: Where is it Headed?

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The second amendment, or the right to bear arms, is one of the most commonly debated political topics these days.  Some want a complete ban on guns of any kind, some want gun control, and some want the freedom to buy, own, and carry any gun at any time.  The …

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An Ancient Art: How to Shoot a Bow

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Archery is a skill and hobby I have loved since boyhood.  When I was about five years old, I would go outside at dusk to watch my father shoot arrows into a paper plate that was stuck to some hay bales. When I was in Boy Scouts at the age …

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The Truth about Illegal Immigration

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As the pending election approaches, one of the topics being discussed heavily is immigration.  It is one of the principles that this country was founded upon, but at what cost?  Some people want to build a wall on the Mexican border and shut down all immigration, while others want to …

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How to Build a Fire Pit

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There is nothing quite like a group of friends gathered around a fire drinking beer and telling stories of their adventures.  The warm glow lights up the faces of those you love while you are mesmerized by the flickering of the flames.  However, having the ideal structure with which to …

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