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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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Five Major Terrain Features

Hilltops: This is the highest point in a rise of land. This type of terrain is great to overlook your surroundings.

 

Ridgeline: This is a sloping line of high ground composed of a series of hilltops.

 

Saddle: This is a bend or a low point between two areas of higher ground. If you are standing in the center of a saddle, there is high ground to your left and right and low ground in front to your front and rear.

 

Draw: A draw is a decrease in elevation from a saddle with high ground on each side.

 

Valley: This is a stretched out groove in the land, usually formed by streams or rivers. If standing in a valley, there is high ground in two opposite directions and a gradual incline in the other two directions.

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4 Weapon Safety Rules

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Going to a shooting range for the first time might be confusing, and even downright intimidating for first timers. So, here are a few range tips every beginner should know before handling a weapon.

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1.Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. (Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.)

 

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2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. (It might be loaded, even if you think it isn’t.)

 

3. Keep finger straight and off the trigger, until you are ready to fire. (This is the best way to prevent a negligent discharge.)

 

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4. Keep weapon on safe until you intend to fire. (Again, this prevents a negligent discharge)

Remember, firearms safety depends on you.

 

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5 Tips to Improve Your Pistol Aim

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Everyone wants to shoot fast, but when shooting at a faster pace you will always sacrifices accuracy. If your target begins to look like it’s been blasted with a shotgun, the common-sense thing to do is slow down and take the time to realign your aim. Once you get the rhythm and accuracy of shooting slow, then you can start to pick up the pace.

 

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2. Dry Fire

This is a very plain and simple tip. There is no substitute for dry-fire practice so it is extremely boring but does save on ammo.

Before you begin any of the dry fire practice drills, please read:

  • Unload your gun. Look and feel to make sure the chamber is empty.  All live ammunition should be in a different room.
  • Put up a target.
  • Once you are ready, Look and feel to make sure the chamber is unloaded again.
  • Proceed with your practice.

 

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3. Trigger Control

Trigger Control is extremely important when shooting.  To have true trigger control, we want to achieve what is called a “surprise break.”  This break is described as placing equal and gradual pressure on the trigger until the hammer falls and it surprises you. When you fail to achieve a “surprise break” the round usually strikes somewhere other than the bullseye. Again, achieving a surprise break is critical; the trigger finger works and performs independently of the rest of your body.

 

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4. Sight Alignment

Sight Alignment is the relationship between the front and rear sights with respect to the eye.  The clear tip of the front sight post is centered both vertically and horizontally in the rear sight aperture.

  • To obtain sight alignment, you must realize that the human eye can only focus on one object at a time.  This object, for shooting, is always the front sight post.  Thus, if a proper focus is maintained on the front sight post, the aligning of the sight will require the shooter to place a clearly focused front sight in a slightly blurred rear sight aperture.

 

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5. High Firm Pistol Grip

The grip of the weapon with the firing hand is accomplished by placing the web of the firing hand high on the pistol grip and wrapping all fingers except the trigger finger around the pistol grip of the weapon.  The trigger finger lays alongside the lower receiver of the weapon unless upon a target with the intention of shooting.

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Shooting Range DONT’S

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DON’T ever show up at a range buzzed or intoxicated.

 

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Proper way to show a weapon is unloaded

DON’T ever bring an already loaded weapon into the range.

 

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Have your ammunition ready to load at the firing line

DON’T load your weapon anywhere else but the firing line.

 

left-rightAim forward and NOT left or right

DON’T shoot at anything beyond your left and right lateral limits.

 

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The lines are there for a reason, do not step over them for any reason

DON’T ever step over the red, yellow, or orange boundary line designated for the range safety officer only.

 

safegunPerfect example on how to pass a weapon. Weapon has ejection port cover open and no magazine inserted 

DON’T every hand off a firearm to another shooter while at the firing line. As an alternative, put the weapon down and let the shooter pick it up themselves.

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Winter Fire!

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Find an area: The hardest task to starting a fire in the snow is protecting the fire from the snow (melting snow) and as well as any cold gusts. So, remember to be aware of your surroundings.

 

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Gather Firewood: When gathering firewood, pick up wood from the ground that is already dead. A good place to find some dead wood and branches are at the bottom of trees. When the snow is heavy, this is a place where dead branches are going to be the driest. 

 

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Begin to build the fire: Before you begin to build a fire, separate your firewood from wet or damp ground. Once your fire starts burning, start placing larger pieces of wood onto the flames. Try not to get frustrated when doing this. Be patient and focus on maintaining your fire.

 

Now enjoy your primitive caveman pride and remember that fire is important for survival!

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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.

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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.

blackberries-1539540_1920 Blackberries can be found more commonly across the eastern United States and the west coast

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.

 

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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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Types of North American Bears

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This map illustrates the geographic ranges of three types of bears that populate North America – black bears, polar bears, and grizzly bears. Keep in mind that bears of the same species might look alike, everything from their size, fur color, diet, and sleeping patterns, but everything depends on the bear’s location. The two most common bears in the United States are black bears, and grizzly bears (also known as brown bears). In this article, I will only be explaining how to identify black bears and grizzly bears.

 

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Black Bears: The American black bear is the most common bear in North America and it has the largest geographic range.In addition to being the most common, they are also the most timid and least dangerous. They will avoid you as much as you should avoid them.  But, that doesn’t mean that they will invade your surrounding locations. Like any animal, if there is food around they will go after it. Black bears generally travel at night to avoid being detected.

  • Color varies from blond to black.
  • No distinctive shoulder hump.
  • Rump is higher than front shoulders.
  • Face profile is straight.
  • Ears are taller and less rounded than grizzly bear ears.
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Pete the black bear at the Oregon Zoo © Oregon Zoo / photo by Carli Davidson
  • Front claws are 1-2 inches long and curved to help with climbing.

 

 

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Grizzly Bears (Brown Bears): Some distinct features that a grizzly has, are they have a concave face, a hump on their shoulders, and long claws about two to four inches long. The distinct hump and claws give it great digging ability. Grizzly bears are often dark brown color, but as stated early it all depends on the location, thus some grizzlies can vary from very light tan color to black. The long guard hairs on their backs and shoulders frequently have white tips and give the bears a “grizzled” appearance, hence the name “grizzly.”

  • Color varies from blond to black.
  • Distinctive shoulder hump.
  • Rump is lower than shoulder hump.
  • Face profile appears dished in.
  • Ears are short and rounded.

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  • Front claws are 2-4 inches long, depending on the amount of digging the bear does, and are slightly curved. Claw marks are usually visible in tracks.
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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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9 Conversation Starters

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Movies/ and shows
  • What was the last funny movie you saw?
  • What’s your favorite movie(s)?
  • What kind of shows do you watch?

 

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Food
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Can you cook it? How is it prepared?
  • What types of foreign food have you tried? What is your favorite?
  • Do you like “rare” steak or do you think it is disgusting?
  • What would your death row meal be? (My Favorite) 

 

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Beer
  • Do you think beer is a man’s drink or a woman’s drink?
  • Do you ever mix anything with beer?
  • Do you know how beer is made?
  • What’s your favorite type of beer? Why?

 

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Small talk/catch up
  • Tell me three unlikely things you did today.
  • “What’s the strangest thing about where you grew up?”
  • “What does your name mean?” (If they say, “I don’t know,” reply, “What would you like it to mean?”)
  • “What are you looking forward to this week?”
  • “Who do you think is the luckiest person in this room?”
  • “What does this house remind you of?”

 

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Kids
  • Do you have any children?
  • How old are they?
  • Any cool interests that they’re into?
  • What’s the creepiest thing you’ve heard your kid say?

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Sports
  • Do you prefer playing or watching sports?
  • How do you prefer watching sports? Going there, being at home on TV, or in a bar on a giant screen?
  • What’s your favorite team?
  • Are you in any Fantasy Leagues?

 

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Vacation/Travel Plan
  • If you could fly anywhere for free, where would you go and why?
  • Ever been on a road trip? To where?
  • Where’s the last place you traveled? How old were you when you went?
  • Do you prefer a backpacking vacation or relaxing on the beach?

 

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Restaurants
  • What’s your favorite restaurant?
  • What do you usually order?
  • Any good places to eat around here?
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Music
  • If music were all of a sudden deleted from the world, how would you feel and what would you miss?
  • What kind of genre do you most like to listen to?
  • Do you have a favorite band or singer? Why do you like them?
  • What is your least favorite type of music? Country?