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Swipe Right on this Tinder!

 

To start a fire, you need a source, either from a flame or spark. Afterward, use tinder, then move to kindling. The process is simple but difficult when in a survival situation.

Tinder is very crucial and necessary to start a fire. Using our crinkle paper from our boxes will help you create a successful fire. Just put some in a ziplock bag and put it inside your camping/bug out bag.

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5 Common Edible Berries

There are several definitions of “berries” or “berry fruits.”  The botanical definition of the berry fruits: berry fruits are fleshy fruits produced from a single flower and containing one ovary. Two common examples of ‘botanical’ berries are grapes and bananas. Below are common berries you can find in the wild when you’re in a survival situation.

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Wintergreen Berries: a common plant mainly grows in the northern half of the united states. Its leaves are waxy and dark green and it produces a brilliant red berry that is edible.

  s1160075_fotorManzanita berries like to live in dry, scrubby places

Manzanita Berries: A plant that mainly inhabits the west coast of the united states. Though this plant is edible, it tastes really earthy because the berries are full of tannin.

  pberries_fotorPartridge Berries are found in damp woods, usually among trees that lose their leaves in winter

Partridge Berries: Partridge berries looks similar to cranberry berries but have a very tart and earthy taste. these berries are packed with a ton of natural pectin and are best served with chicken, venison, or cheese.

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Blackberries: These dark berries are like sweet little diamonds from the wild. They are delicious and are a nutritious source of food that we can forage almost anywhere.

 

blueberries-1031221_1920Blueberries turn into a deep bluish blue by the end of July/beginning of August, depending on local conditions.

Blueberries: Blueberries belong to the Heather family (The Heather Family is a large plant family, containing over 4000 species in 126 genera) The tough, low-growing plants can absolutely carpet a forest floor. That being said, this provides a paradise for foraging.

 

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How to Skin and Gut an animal

Never forget that you have removed a living, breathing creature from its natural life cycle. Whether it’s a bug or a buck, it has the same spirit and not utilizing the whole animal would be a waste. Give thanks and appreciate that a living being gave up its life for you.

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1. On an incline, lay the carcass on its back.

2. Cut off genitals and udders.

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3. Just beneath the skin, slice the hide down the middle from the chin down to the tail. Be careful not to puncture any organs.

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4. Open the chest cavity by separating the sternum.

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5. Reach inside remove internal organs. Start from the front of the intestines and working your way to the back.

NOTE: Be especially cautious when cutting the bladder so that you do not puncture it, otherwise, urine will contaminate the meat. Tightly pinch the urethra and cut it above the pinching point, then remove the bladder.

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7. Cut a circle on the outside of the anus.

8. Pull out the anus from the inside of the body cavity.

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9. Lift the carcass to drain it of all the blood.

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10. Just above the hoof/paw cut along the inside of the legs to remove the hide.

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11. Peel the skin back while cutting the membrane between skin and meat until all of the skin is removed.

NOTE: Edible Guts!

Heart, kidneys, and liver are good eating and full of nutrients.

Stomach, small intestines, and large intestines are full of acid and waste. Unless those organs are properly prepared, DO NOT eat them.

If any part of the meat becomes contaminated, it will quickly turn rancid. Use your eyes and nose. If the meat looks bad or smells bad, cut that part out.

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The Predator Mindset

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The number one rule

The responsibility of survival and success solely lies on you.

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Learn from failure

Own up to your own mistakes to become more lethal. If the target escapes, then most likely you made a mistake and may need to reconsider your prey selections, position, timing, etc…

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Discipline

You must be disciplined enough to recognize the perfect time to strike or when it’s time back down.

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Awareness

Always be on full alert. A successful hunter is rarely caught by surprise. Your targets are the ones that are not aware, impatient, and full of mistakes. That’s the prey.

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Swiftness

Strike fast and accurately, the objective is to get in and get out. The less time you’re are vulnerable struggling in a fight, the less time the prey can go get help and the sooner you can go home safely.

Target the weakest link

Target the loner, the weakest and slowest of the herd. This is a crucial strategy that has been successfully implemented by the most dangerous of predators psych as lions and wolves.

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Spear Hunting History

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For centuries, mankind has used the spear as both a weapon of war and a hunting tool. Modern spear hunters favor the craft because it requires patience, accuracy, predator instincts, and proficient throwing ability.

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The type of spear you use is key. Lightweight handheld spears are the best for hunting small game. Lightweight spears are known for their speed and penetration power when throwing long distance at prey. This type of spear is perfect for smaller prey because it doesn’t need much force to take them down.

 

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Crafting a hunting spear is fairly simple. Using a sharp knife, whittle a long and durable stick into a smooth and straight projectile that can be used as the shaft. Thanks to the Alpha Outpost Predator Box, you have a pretty awesome spearhead to use.

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How to build a Teepee fire

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Find an area:

Remember to be aware of your surroundings. Find an area where nothing else can catch fire. A gust of wind can make a flame leap somewhere flammable. Similarly, keep your tent far enough that it will not damage it.

 

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Gather Firewood:

When gathering firewood, pick up wood from the ground that is dry already. If you are going to use fresh cut wood, keep in mind that it will be more difficult to burn and will be a smoky fire.

 

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Begin to build the fire:

Begin to build a teepee style structure with wood. To start the fire, add tinder in the center or add a fire starting tab.

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Now enjoy your primitive caveman pride and reminder that fire is important!

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The Snare Trap

Nomenclature of a snare trap

Snares are a great tool for trapping small game. These traps are known to be used in early civilizations as a means of survival. Now we have a more modernized version of these traps that are used by hunters, fur trappers, survivalists, and native people. Snares are, light and easy to carry.

How to set up a snare

1. Anchor your snare

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The easiest part is anchoring your snare. Use 550 cord, or multipurpose wire, or even a wire coat hanger, and loop it through the swivel. Afterwards, tie it securely around the base of a solid object or tree.

Note: Make sure you always check your surroundings before you set a snare. Are there any pets around that could get caught or even children?

2. Setting your snare

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The best areas to place snares are next to small well traveled trails. These trails are often called “runs.” These runs often lead to water sources, shelters, nests, and dens.

Positioning of snare

Once you anchor your snare, adjust the head height for your target animal. Make sure you put the loop in an area where it can support itself up.

Remember if the snare is too high up, the targeted animal will crawl right under it.

  • Raccoon – Loop size: 8″- 9″ Snare height: 3″ to 4″
  • Beaver – Loop size 9″ -10″   Snare height 2″ to 3″
  • Bobcat – Loop size 7″ – 8″    Snare height: 10″ to 12″
  • Coyote – Loop size 9″ – 10″  Snare height 9″ to 10″
  • Rabbit –  Loop size 3″ – 4.5″ Snare height 1.5″ to 2.5″

 3.  Monitor your trap

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Animals baited in these traps will most likely be expired when you find them caught. The one way lock allows the loop to close around the neck of the animal which quickly causes loss of circulation and a bloodless clean catch.
A quick video on how to set up a snare trap

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Small Game Body Trap and Set-Up

How does a Body Trap work

The Duke 110 body trap is constructed to compress around the animals neck with enough force and quickness to expire an animal while reducing the chance of suffering.

This body trap is composed of 2 metal squares designed to open and close like a jaw. The 110 is composed of one spring for fast trap activation and size of the target animal.

How to set up

1. Extend spring away from the rotating jaws of the trap. Then with one or two hands, compress the spring.

2. While keeping the spring compressed, bring the trap jaws together.

3. Place the dog into the notch of the trigger.

CAUTION: Trap is now fully set. Be careful setting down trap.

Overall, these body traps are easy to use and they’re one of the most popular traps available today. For the beginner trapper or someone who’s been doing it a lifetime, this body trap is a great choice!

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Advantages of Karambit Knife

The Karambit Knife is a curved multi-use knife designed for protection, preciseness, and efficiency. It has a curved blade, comfortable handle, and usually includes at least one safety ring.

Why you should use the Karambit Knife

 

Forward Grip

Strengths: Precision, Control, Stability, Leverage
Weaknesses: Maneuverability, Power, Reach

There are many advantages to handling the Karambit Knife. One of the best advantages is the handle; the handle offers a no-slip grip that makes it a trustworthy safety feature in even the most unfriendly conditions.

Reverse Grip

Strengths: Stability, Leverage, Maneuverability, Power, Control
Weaknesses: Precision, Reach

Further, the Karambit was originally developed as an agricultural and field tool. It can be used for gutting, cleaning, scaling, scoring, slicing ropes, survival situations, and many other functional purposes.

There are many knives out there in the market, but the wide-ranging functionality of the karambit offers countless features. This knife is good for hunters, fisherman, backpackers, rock climbers, spelunkers, field operatives, law enforcement, first responders, search and rescue units, military, preppers, and martial artists. Not only does the karambit fit into tight areas where others knives can’t, but it also provides balance and safety at weird angles, in cramped spaces, and in high-stress situations.

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