Living off the Land

This category covers living off the Land.

  • Know Your Spiders

    Whether or not the world as we know it comes crashing down upon us, we will always have one thing to deal with: spiders. I like to think I have a pretty good relationship with spiders, although a lot of people cannot say the same. I can appreciate them for what they are and the purpose they serve, so my contract with them outlines that their living to serve that purpose depends on them not biting me. That works out for the most part, although there have been exceptions. Having spent a lot...
  • Enjoy a Concealed Fire with a Dakota Fire Hole

    By now it's no secret that fires are a significant part of any survival plan for purposes such as keeping warm and cooking certain foods. Something else that is important when it comes to survival is the ability to go about your business and remain undetected. By nature, fires are vibrantly colored and produce a glow that can be seen from afar. Also highly visible is the smoke a fire creates. Since these two things can give away your position and therefore put you in jeopardy, why not...
  • The Importance of Marking Your Trail

    If you have ever spent time in the woods, it is possible that you have once you have lost track of your path. This could be due to unfamiliar surroundings or simply not paying attention, such as in cases where you are taking in the beauty of nature as opposed to taking note of obstacles on your path that could provide direction. Whether this deviation from your course was merely a small misstep or a large one that got you seriously lost, both of these scenarios are preventable by marking...
  • Protection Against Bear Break-ins

    An animal that has been making headlines in recent times is the bear. Whether it is a lack of natural food sources or humans encroaching upon their habitat, run-ins with bears are becoming more frequent. It isn't even a case of a hiker stumbling upon a bear while hiking in the woods that is the sole reason for present day bear worries. Now the bears are instead coming to us and invading our homes. Several recent headlines have demonstrated the drive and desire that bears have when it comes...
  • Got Tarp? Get Tarp!

    Tarps are big, noisy, and should be a part of everyone's survival plan due to the many things for which they can be used. The versatility of a tarp should not be underestimated as they can rise to many occasions and fill a lot of the different voids we many experience in our life and travels. Above all else, tarps are cheap, so why not add a couple to your stash for when the time comes that you just might need them? The word tarp comes from tarpaulin, which is defined as a large sheet of...
  1. Enjoy a Concealed Fire with a Dakota Fire Hole

    By now it's no secret that fires are a significant part of any survival plan for purposes such as keeping warm and cooking certain foods. Something else that is important when it comes to survival is the ability to go about your business and remain undetected. By nature, fires are vibrantly colored and produce a glow that can be seen from afar. Also highly visible is the smoke a fire creates. Since these two things can give away your position and therefore put you in jeopardy, why not...
  2. Protection Against Bear Break-ins

    An animal that has been making headlines in recent times is the bear. Whether it is a lack of natural food sources or humans encroaching upon their habitat, run-ins with bears are becoming more frequent. It isn't even a case of a hiker stumbling upon a bear while hiking in the woods that is the sole reason for present day bear worries. Now the bears are instead coming to us and invading our homes. Several recent headlines have demonstrated the drive and desire that bears have when it comes...
  3. The Importance of Marking Your Trail

    If you have ever spent time in the woods, it is possible that you have once you have lost track of your path. This could be due to unfamiliar surroundings or simply not paying attention, such as in cases where you are taking in the beauty of nature as opposed to taking note of obstacles on your path that could provide direction. Whether this deviation from your course was merely a small misstep or a large one that got you seriously lost, both of these scenarios are preventable by marking...
  4. Got Tarp? Get Tarp!

    Tarps are big, noisy, and should be a part of everyone's survival plan due to the many things for which they can be used. The versatility of a tarp should not be underestimated as they can rise to many occasions and fill a lot of the different voids we many experience in our life and travels. Above all else, tarps are cheap, so why not add a couple to your stash for when the time comes that you just might need them? The word tarp comes from tarpaulin, which is defined as a large sheet of...
  5. Know Your Spiders

    Whether or not the world as we know it comes crashing down upon us, we will always have one thing to deal with: spiders. I like to think I have a pretty good relationship with spiders, although a lot of people cannot say the same. I can appreciate them for what they are and the purpose they serve, so my contract with them outlines that their living to serve that purpose depends on them not biting me. That works out for the most part, although there have been exceptions. Having spent a lot...
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