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How to Make Cattail Stir Fry

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Cattails have often been called the “supermarket of the swamp” to pay homage to all the amazing dishes you can make from this wild plant. These water loving hardy plants are a rich source of potassium, manganese, starch, phosphorus, as well as vitamins A, B, and C. During different parts …

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How to Tie the Standard Bowline Knot

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“The Bowline is the king of knots, or if you like it, bends A Bowline on a bollard is the best of journey’s ends” –A. P. Herbert, Brithsi novelist The Bowline (pronounced ‘BO-lin’) is probably the most useful you could ever learn, hence the quoted poem. The Bowline is best …

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Top 10 Antiviral Herbs You Should Stockpile


Are you prepared to survive an epidemic, pandemic, or potentially virus during a SHTF scenario? When you can’t call 911, the medical preps and skills you have acquired will be all that stands between your family and horrific tragedy. Stockpiling antiviral herbs and learning how to use them can substantially …

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Timber Hitch Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Timber Hitch is for hauling large logs (or anything that shape), often many times the diameter of the line used. It will not jam, will not slip and will always come apart easily once unloaded. The Timber Hitch is effectively a much improved, much stronger version of the same …

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The Top 5 Guns for Concealed Carry

I have said it before and I’ll say it again: get the best gun you can afford, and if you can’t afford a good one save your money. There is no saying I hate more upon hearing it casually rolled out than, “Yeah, but it is just as good as…” …

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How to Identify, Grow and Preserve Ironweed

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Ironweed has been the bane of existence for ranchers for years, but this misunderstood wildflower should be cherished and not whacked down with reckless abandon. There are more than 500 varieties of ironweed or Vernonia species of plant. It has been harvested for its medicinal properties for centuries, especially by …

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Top 10 Best Backpacking Chairs

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Amidst all the gear and survival supplies you might carry with you when camping or bugging out, you could be forgiven for forgetting all about a place to sit. Even in the midst of a long trek into the wilderness or real-life SHTF problem, you should not underestimate the value …

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Reef Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

The Reef knot (also called the Square Knot or Double Knot) is easy to remember and probably the widest taught and widest used knot as a bend. It is also not a bend, and should never be used as such. Clifford Ashley (author of the Ashley Book of Knots) wrote: …

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Top 15 Containers That Can Hold Your Survival Garden

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Starting a portable survival garden should not require spending a few hundred dollars on containers to grow your own groceries. There is most likely a plethora of suitable survival garden containers already lying around your property, “junk” just waiting to be repurposed into something useful once again. What is a …

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Throwing Knives for Survival and Self-Defense


You’ll rarely catch most preppers without a knife on them, or nearby at the least. From survival bushcrafting to self-defense, preppers love their blades. Especially on the defense, several inches of sharpened steel can make short work of an attacker, and the mere sight of gleaming silver can be enough …

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Kelly Kettle Full Review

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A Kelly kettle is not just another brand of electric or gas kettle, it’s a unique camping kettle that requires just a bit of grass and a few twigs to deliver boiling water in just six minutes. For anyone who has tried boiling water over a fire is a pretty …

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How To Make Infused Oil 5 Different Ways

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Infused oils from medicinal plants, ‘weed’, and herbs are a shelf-stable way to preserve the medical preps growing in your apothecary patch. The infused oils can be used as a wound wash, to make poultices, and turned into salves, tinctures, and even healing teas. There are multiple ways to make …

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46 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

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When SHTF, you will be dealing with multiple threats to your life and the lives of your loved ones. On top of the chaos, you may find yourself in a situation where traditional products and medicines are inaccessible, simply unavailable, or cost-prohibitive even if you could get to them safely. …

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Quick Trucker’s Hitch Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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This is a quicker-to-tie version of the standard trucker’s hitch, which affords a mechanical advantage for pulling a load (like a pulley or a winch might). It’s really useful for things like tent guylines or cinching down lashings (like for bundles of kit on the back of a truck) really …

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The First 7 Things You Should Do After Buying a Gun


So you did it: you finally bought that shiny new gun you meticulously researched. A hundred YouTube videos and enough advice from gunslinging friends and family to fill an encyclopedia. If it is just another gun in the safe or you are finally one step closer to taking responsibility for …

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Top 21 Best Dog Camping Gear Items

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Taking along camping items for your dog has a two-fold purpose – it makes the dog’s trip more comfortable and your own trip hassle free so you can enjoy exploring the outdoors together without glitches. The food your dog eats is not on this list – just make sure you …

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Poldo Tackle Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Poldo Tackle is a mechanical advantage system made of rope, specifically for drawing two objects together. In practice, only one object has to actually move, as this is enough for the two to get closer: a load drawn up towards the ceiling, the sides of a backpack being compressed …

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Jewelweed – How To Use This Medicinal “Weed”


Jewelweed poses as a useless weed along the edges of the woods, but is definitely a wild medicinal plant you should never walk by without gathering. The two species of this tall plant are also commonly referred to as “garden balsam”, “whistle weed”, and the “touch-me-not. The seed pods that …

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How to Survive a Knife Attack

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Knife attacks are freaking scary. Knives are available anywhere, easy to hide, quick to put into action and extremely effective in close quarters. A knife is every bit as lethal as a gun once someone has closed the gap with you, and that part is often something you can count …

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