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If you’re ever stranded in the wild, knowing how to signal for help might be just be the thing that saves your life. Alerting rescuers, onlookers, or anyone else in the area to your location, so you can get the help you need. But unfortunately, too many people these days rely on their phones. We’re so connected, we’ve come to take it for granted. We always think someone can be there at the push of a button, that we can broadcast or livestream or even call for help, but what if that option is gone?  What if you’ve run out...

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As January hits in full swing there’s no doubt winter is here. Over at my place we’ve had the first snow already, and everyone who didn’t prepare yet is hastily fitting snow tires and getting their cars ready for what’s looking like another big winter. Because getting stuck in the snow is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a situation that can quickly turn deadly for the unprepared. And considering how chaotic the last 12 months have been, it’s important to ensure your car is ready for a winter bug out, so you can safely make it wherever it is...

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I’ve always been a big fan of fishing, and when the temperature drops and the lakes freeze over it’s the perfect time to try your hand at ice fishing. You can catch almost all the same fish as you’ll find in the lake during summer, and if you’re stuck and looking for protein in a survival situation it’s a reliable food source when everything else looks like an icy wasteland. But I also want to give a word of warning. Walking out onto a frozen lake to fish can be dangerous, especially if the ice isn’t thick enough. Falling into...

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When it comes to fighting there are no real winners. You’re risking injuries, potentially even your life if the situation escalates or you’re the recipient of a blow in just the wrong place. But sometimes you’ve not got a choice. I’ll always recommend walking away from a confrontation like this instead of reacting to it, but I do appreciate there are times when its simply now impossible. Like when someone means you real harm, is trying to kidnap or abduct you, or has given you reason to believe that they’re trying to kill you. Now, I’m not a lawyer and...

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Considering the lockdowns the pandemic has sprung on us, there’s no question that 2020 has been a bit of a wild year. But this last weekend I finally got the chance to get out to our backup location, and gosh – we haven’t been out there since February. It’s not looking too wild for a property that’s been left to its own devices for 9 months, the garden needs a little love and rats had eaten into one of the tubs of grain, but for the most part it was almost just how we’d left it, with one caveat. Our...

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