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    Always look up before bedding down for the night. Avoid sleeping under dead looking branches. They're called widow makers for a reason.

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    You can make waterproof matches by covering the head of the match with fingernail polish.

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    The brightest star in the Little Dipper is the North Star. It's located at the end of the Dipper's handle.

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    The real key to wilderness survival is staying healthy.

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    Pine needles are edible and nutritious, high in Vitamin C.

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    If lost, follow a river downstream. Most people live near water, so you should eventually run into civilization.

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    Wheat seeds from the head of wheat grass/spikes can be eaten and are nutritional.

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    Bring a survival knife with you anytime you plan on going out into the wild, no matter how long.

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  • 9

    A fire striker, high-carbon steel, and flint, are the best tools for starting a fire under any circumstance. A popular brand is the Swedish FireSteel.

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    If you lack basic survival gear, find a sheltered, dry area that you can dig in and make yourself a firebed using hot coals, dirt and pine needles.

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    Common wood sorrel (shamrock) can be eaten in salad form or used in a soup or stew. It's found in the northern woods of the United States and Canada.

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    Grasshoppers can be found in tall grass areas and are excellent sources of survival food. High in protein and fat.

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    Don't overwork yourself and start to sweat in cold weather, otherwise you'll get cold and risk hypothermia.

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    Layer up to stay warm. Four layers of clothing creates natural insulation.

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    Do NOT eat snow or ice without melting first! Eating snow and ice reduces body temperature and leads to further dehydration.

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    Most predators are fearful of fire. A roaring campfire throughout the night should be enough to keep them away.

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    Bringing water to 160 degrees for ~30 minutes will pasteurize it and make it safe to drink.

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    Moss generally grows on the north side of a tree in the northern hemisphere.

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    Measuring the width of your hand from the horizon to the bottom of the sun is a rough guide for how much daylight is left. 1 hand width is ~1 hour.

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    Never leave your car in a survival situation if you dont have to. It is the biggest target for rescuers to find.

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    Practice starting fires using many methods so you will have confidence in an emergency situation.

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    Use contrasting colors to increase your rescue chances; bright colors against a snowy background, dark smoke against a cloudy sky, etc.

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    Blacken the tip of a hand made spear with fire to remove any moisture and it will harden.

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    Leaves can be stuffed into your jacket for insulation while out in the cold.

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    Make sure any spear you make is taller than you. If you fall you won't accidentally impale yourself.

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    A red sky at dawn means a storm is coming. A violet sky at dawn means it should be a nice day.

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    You can go weeks without food, days without water, but without adequate shelter, maybe a night.

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    If you're lost, rubbing a needle on a piece of silk will give it an electric charge, pointing it northwards.

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    When trying to signal rescuers, always try to put out three signals as that is an international distress sign.

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    In cold weather put whatever you have under you before sleeping. Sleeping directly on the ground will cause you to lose a lot of body heat.

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    If you fall through the ice or simply get wet - take off your wet clothes and warm yourself with push ups and a fire. Get dry fast!

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    You can boil water in a waterproof hat or jacket by using rocks heated by a fire to bring it to a boil.

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    In a genuine survival situation; suppress your fears, don't panic and make a plan. A plan will keep you focused.

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    If it's sunny out and you have glasses or any lens then you can make a fire. Put a little water on the lens to intensify the beam. Beam onto tinder.

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    Set up one or more snares to trap and capture small game. Using a snare/trap saves time and energy, allowing you to do other things.

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    The best place to set up a snare is across a well-traveled small game path. You can find these paths nearby rivers and water sources.

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    Think STOP: Sit - Think - Observe - Plan

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    Cotton balls or dryer lint coated in wax makes a great waterproof fire starter.

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    Stay observant when in the woods. Everything looks the same after a while and its all too easy to get lost. Leave markers if you have too.

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    Try and look for a natural shelter to build upon, rather than wasting energy on building one from scratch.

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    If you get lost, don't move unless you can be sure of where you are going. Rescuers are more likely to find you near where you were first lost.

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    Insects are one of the best survival foods, plentiful, easy to find and good sources of protein. Just don't eat what might be toxic.

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    Under rocks are good places to search for insects as well as aquatic life 'neath submerged rocks.

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    Your best bet for survival foods are small game and plants. Large game is harder to find and kill and possibly dangerous.

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    When lost outdoors, food is a relatively low priority. It takes a long time to starve to death. Water and warmth are your biggest priorities.

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    Prepare BEFORE you go. Pack with water, food, knife, wool socks, bright colored blanket, first aid kit, compass, GPS, cell phone, and hand radio.

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    The #1 best way to survival is to leave an itinerary with friends or loved ones AND one in your car. You don't show, they call it in.