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.

Control within Chaos – Surviving the Riots

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updated 05/04/2019 by Charles Yor We live in trying times.  Between climate change, terrorism, economic collapse, and civil unrest there is a potential for riots every day.  In addition, any of these issues could cause the government to impose martial law at any point.  This would likely eliminate your legal …

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Weird Items that Could Save your Life

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There are always obvious items to save for survival situations.  Of course you want to hoard dry food, water, weapons, and tools.  However, some of the best survival items are not nearly as obvious.  When putting a pack together or hoarding items, I like to think of at least three …

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How to Bug-Out on a Boat

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When you have to bug out on a boat, it puts a whole new twist on survival.  It is estimated that 80-90% of the earth’s population lives near a major body of water.  When highways and city streets get jammed up, a boat may be your best way out.  Also, …

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14 Ways to Communicate With Loved Ones When SHTF

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So the grid goes down and your family is scattered to the wind.  Now what?  How do you reach your brother that lives two hours away?  How do you reach your survival network? How do you get information from the National Weather Service or local authorities?  You will find that …

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How to Make Char Cloth

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background logo photo credits: ellenm1 on flickr.com Char cloth is a substance that can be used as a fire starter (with no need of a lighter or matches). One of your biggest challenges when using primitive methods is finding tinder that will catch your particular ignition source.  Primitive ignition sources include …

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Bug Out Shelters – A Roof on the Run

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Shelter in a bug-out scenario is very important.  It protects you from the elements, keeps you hidden, and keeps you and your gear safe from predators and other people.  Nevertheless, when on the run there is little time to erect a shelter.  In most cases, you only have the few …

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Baby Steps for Turning Hobbies into Prepping

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So here’s the big question… how do you become a skilled prepper or homesteader without everybody thinking you’re nuts?  Preppers and survivalists are widely regarded as extremists, but there are ways to become prepared without ridicule.  One has to find a way to incorporate these skills into their daily lives. …

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