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.

Gun Safety Rules

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Learning to shoot a firearm can be a very rewarding experience.  I have fond memories of my father and grandfather teaching me to shoot and hunt. When most boys my age were playing video games, I was competing in marksmanship tournaments.  However, the very first lesson I was taught was …

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How to Make Jerky for Your Stockpile

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When you decide what types of food to keep stocked for bug-in or bug-out situations, there are dozens of good choices. Canned goods are great for bug-in situations, but nobody wants to carry all that weight in their pack if they are on the move. Another option would be MREs …

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DXing and Why It Is Important

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If you have been in the prepping and survival community for a while, you may have heard of a hobby called DXing. This is the practice of receiving or sending long distance radio transmissions and confirming that they were received. These transmissions can be made using AM radio, shortwave radio, …

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Building a Bunker: A Hole in the Ground to Call Home

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Okay, so I know it is a bit of a survival cliché.  Everybody can think of a war movie where people are hiding out in bunkers, or one where a conspiracy theorist is heading underground.  However, do not be so quick to make assumptions.  The fact of the matter is …

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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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