Shelters

How to make an above-ground “Swamp Bed” for sleeping in marshy, wet areas

Swamp Bed In a marsh or swamp, or any area with standing water or continually wet ground, the swamp bed keeps you out of the water. When selecting such a site, consider the weather, wind, tides, and available materials. To make a swamp bed, you should: Look for four trees…
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Shelters

One-Man Shelter – how to build a one-man shelter in a survival situation

One-Man Shelter A one-man shelter you can easily make using material, a tree and three poles. One pole should be about meters (15 feet) long and the other two about 3 meters (10 feet) long. To make this shelter, you should: Secure the (15-foot) pole to the tree at about…
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Animal Food

Cleaning, cooking, and storing (preserving) wild game in a wilderness survival situation

You must know how to prepare fish and game for cooking, storage, and preservation in a survival situation. Improper cleaning or storage of wild game can result in inedible, or possibly worse, wasted fish or game.  The following explains the process of preparing and preserving the animal for cooking and how…
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Animal Food

Don’t have a fishing pole handy? Here’s how to make items you can use to catch fish in the wild

Introduction If water is nearby, fishing can be a very productive means to acquiring meat for your survival diet.  If you do not have fishing tools available, you can still make your own fishhooks, nets, fish traps, and even fish poison to capture fish for food. Making Fishhooks You can…
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Animal Food

All about animal hunting devices, including a few you can build in the wilderness in a pinch.

There are several killing devices that you can construct to help you obtain small game to help you survive. The rabbit stick, the spear, the bow and arrow, and the sling are such devices. Rabbit Stick One of the simplest and most effective killing devices is a stout stick as…
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Animal Food

Traps and snares – how to build, bait, and place traps to acquire food in the wild

Introduction You can typically acquire more animal food using traps than shooting – and trapping requires much less time and energy than stalking and hunting.  The time saved by trapping can be allocated to foraging for additional food sources.  To be effective with any type of trap or snare, you…
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Other Uses for Plants

You can do a lot more with plants than just eating them. Here are a collection of miscellaneous uses for plants.

Plants can be your ally as long as you use them cautiously. Be sure that you know the plant and how to use it. Some additional uses of plants are as follows: Make dyes from various plants to color clothing or to camouflage your skin. Usually, you will have to…
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Other Uses for Plants

Medicinal use of plants in the wild – sedatives, antihistamines, antiseptics, anti-fungal washes and more

When using wild plants for medical treatment, positive identification of the plants involved is as critical as when using them for food. Proper use of these plants is equally important. Many plants have the ability to synthesize chemical compounds that help them defend against attack from a wide variety of…
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Water Procurement

Water Filtration – all about filtering water in a wilderness survival situation.

If the water you find is also muddy, stagnant, and foul-smelling, you can clear the water before purifying it.  Filtration removes the large, undesirable particles such as dirt and plant particles.  You can filter water by: By placing it in a container and letting it stand for 12 hours to…
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Water Procurement

Water Purification – dangers and how to purify water in the wilderness

Rainwater collected in clean containers or from plants is usually safe for drinking. However, water gathered from lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, or swamps should be purified, especially if the water source is near human settlements or in tropical environments.  When possible, purify all water you get from vegetation or from…
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Water Procurement

Water stills – how to build a water still to collect water in the wild

Above Ground Stills You can utilize water stills in various environments.  Even hot, arid desert habitats can yield water to a parched survivalist. Stills draw moisture from the ground or from plant material through the processes of evaporation and condensation. Various materials are required to build a still.  Some can…
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Water Procurement

Water sources – how to find water in just about any circumstance

Introduction You are in the wilderness and you need water – finding water is critical.  You can only live three days without it.  What do you do?  Almost any environment has water present to some degree.  You just have to know where to look. How to look for water First,…
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Edible Wild Plants

Yam bean – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.

Yam bean (Pachyrhizus erosus) The yam bean, commonly known as Jicama (and also known as Mexican Turnip or Mexican Potato), is a climbing plant of the bean family, with alternate, three-parted leaves and a large root. They can reach a height of a few feet given suitable support and grow…
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Edible Wild Plants

Yam – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.

Yam (Dioscorea species) These plants are twining, tuberous vines that creep along the ground or occasionally climb trees and other structures. The woody rootstock, or tubers, is pale brown, knotty, and cylindrical in shape.  Stems are reddish-brown and can grow to over 30 feet in length.  They have broad, alternate,…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wood sorrel – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.

Wood sorrel (Oxalis species) There are over 800 species in the Oxalis family.  Wood sorrel (also known as Woodsorrels, Yellow Sorrels, or Pink Sorrels) resembles shamrock or four-leaf clover, with a bell-shaped pink, yellow, or white flower.  The plants can grow up to 15 inches tall.  The leaves are divided…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild rose – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.

Wild rose (Rosa species) The Wild Rose shrub grows 60 centimeters to meters (24 inches to 8 feet) high. Larger stems are usually densely covered with straight prickles.  It has alternate, sharply serrated edged leaves with 3-7 oval or slightly spear-head shaped leaflets per leaf. Its oval to pear-shaped flowers…
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Edible Wild Plants

Wild rice – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.

Wild rice (Zizania aquatica) Wild rice (also known as Canada Rice, Indian Rice, Marsh Oats, and Water Oats) is an tall, erect, aquatic grass that typically is 1 to meters (3 to 4 feet) in height, but may reach meters (15 feet). The leaves are flat, strap-like, about 3-4 feet…
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