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Articles: Basic Skills
 
1Basic Skills: Basic Vegetables
No matter where you go in an emergency or survival situation, the length of time you can live depends on the amount of water you can drink, and the amount of food you can eat. You can "back-pack" in all the food you physically can, but it still won't be enough unless you can restock your shelves. Even a small garden can mean the difference between life and death. You can eat fish and game, but to have a good diet you need vegetables, too.
Also in:   FoodHow To
 
2Basic Skills: Bowfishing
An article on the basics of bowfishing and the gear you need to get started. Bowfishing involves the use of a bow, an arrow and some fishing line attached to both the bow and the arrow. For many archery fans, bowfishing augments an all to short hunting season, allowing them to practice their skills all year long.
Also in:   FishingFood
 
3Basic Skills: GPS or "Where are we?"
To get from point A to B, you need to know where you are during the trip. More importantly, you need to be able to confidently reply when asked if you know where you are. GPS is the modern method, but not the best for survival situations. Augment your GPS with some basic map reading, compass use, and a few other navigational tricks.
Also in:   Bug OutCampingDisaster PreparednessPopularTools
 
4Basic Skills: Math Symbols
Here's a cheat sheet for all of us who learned math...then un-learned it. I know there are more of us out there than admit to it. Come on, print it out and hide it. I won't tell.
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5Basic Skills: Night Vision Without Batteries
At night, vision is limited to the existing light from the stars, moon and other man-made sources. In a disaster, the man-made sources may not be available. If you have a fire, you also have light. What if you don't have a fire?
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessPopular
 
6Basic Skills: Sandbags
Any person who has spent any time in the military knows all about sandbags. They are heavy, awkward, and a tremendous amount of work to use. But, they work and work very well. Most civilian uses for sandbags consist of holding back some errant body of water from entering your home.
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessHow ToSafetyShelterTents
 
7Basic Skills: Slaughtering Chicken
When you can't go to the corner store, knowing how to dispatch a chicken, clean it, and cook it will be vital. Plus you can practice your hypnotism skills! Read on.
Also in:   FoodHow To
 
8Basic Skills: Tent Drill
Before you go out in the woods to play with the bears, it would be a good idea to at least have some idea on how to set up your tent. Today's modern materials and tent shapes and sizes are difficult to assemble if you haven't yet done so.
Also in:   CampingTents
 
9Basic Skills: The Bowline
If you only ever learn one knot, the bowline is arguably the best. Here is a quick "how to" guide for this versatile knot.
Also in:   CampingKnots
 
10Basic Skills: The Cache
You have all the food and supplies you need. Now you need to make sure you keep them safe from bears, raccoons, and the desperate folks that did not plan as well as you. From rudimentary to high-tech, here are some ideas to perfectly protect your precious provisions.
Also in:   CampingDisaster PreparednessFoodFood StorageHow ToPopular
 
11Basic Skills: Washing Clothes
A look back at how the simple task of washing clothes gradually evolved from the river rocks to various "easier" methods.
Also in:   How To
 
12Bug Out Document Protection
Your home and all its contents can be swallowed up by disaster faster than you'd think possible. A fire, flood, or earthquake can drive you away from your home before you can gather up all the items you need for survival. Here is a list of things to collect and a few ideas to be prepared.
Also in:   Bug OutDisaster Preparedness
 
13Clan of the Cave Turtle: Basic Shelter
The first in a new series focused on wilderness shelters, this article examines some of the rudimentary techniques for building a rough shelter with minimal materials.
Also in:   CampingDisaster PreparednessShelterTents
 
14Clan of the Cave Turtle: Cold Weather Shelters
The second in my series on weather-sensitive shelters. This article focuses on shelters that protect you from dangerous cold conditions.
Also in:   How ToPopularShelter
 
15Cold Weather Survival
We've all been fooled by Mother Nature when we leave our homes on a "balmy" winter's day when we only have on a light wind-breaker jacket to keep warm. Then, for some reason, we can't get home during the daylight hours. As night falls, so does the temperature. Here are several ideas for surviving inthe cold.
Also in:   How ToSafetyWeather
 
16Critters: Killer Bees
What is a "killer bee" and where are they? Find out here.
Also in:   CrittersFirst Aid
 
17Critters: Ticks
Identitfication of various ticks and the real technique for removing this beastie from your skin.
Also in:   CrittersFirst Aid
 
18Critters: Wasps
Identify various type of wasp and how to deal with them once you find them.
Also in:   CrittersFirst Aid
 
19History: Native American Cache Pit
The first Europeans lived with the Native American tribes and tried to learn everything they knew. Coupling the Native people's survival skills with the skills brought from Europe, is what built this country in the first few troubled years. The cache pit is one example of the important education that was passed to the colonists.
Also in:   Food StorageHistory
 
20Home Canning
Rogue Turtle is always on the lookout for the biggest bang for his bucks. But there are times when you just have to spend a little, to get a lot. Canning and preserving your own food is one of those cases.
Also in:   FoodFood StorageHow To
 
21How To: Build a Fire in a Safe Place
One of Rogue Turtle's first books was an epic called "Turtle's Campfire Cookbook". Chapter one of this book is called "Build a fire in a safe place". Since the control of fire is one of the MOST ESSENTIAL skills any survivalist can learn, it seems that a good place to start is with building a good, safe fire.
Also in:   CampingFireHow ToSafety
 
22How To: Ice Fishing Part One
During the "cold" season that those of you who don't live in Florida call "winter", you may have to fend for yourselves while trying not to freeze to death. Some parts of our family actually prefer to live in "northern" states, where the freeze is a way of life. However, in the coldest regions of the country ice fishing is an option for food that is always available if you know how.
Also in:   CampingFishingFoodPopularWater
 
23How To: Make Char Cloth
Char Cloth is probably the best and cheapest form of do-it-yourself fire starter I have ever used. I am amazed at how long I lived before I found out about this really old form of tinder. It is really a method of making Charcoal from a 100% cotton tee shirt. Includes the first-ever RogueTurtle video!
Also in:   FireHow ToPopularVideo
 
24How To: Meal Planning
Think about how much food one person needs to survive. Now anticipate that others in your family might want to survive, too. We are talking about a whole lot of food. How much? Read on to learn how to estimate this critical element in your disaster plan. Rogue Turtle has included useful planning pages to get you started.
Also in:   Bug OutCampingHow To
 
25Need To Know: A Brief Discussion on Emergency Plans
Every part of this country has something "wrong" with it that can cause a local disaster. You all know where you live, look around you. What is the one, single, biggest threat (disaster-wise) to your family. Rogue Turtle has a few ideas to keep in mind.
Also in:   Bug OutOpinions
 
26Need to Know: Bird Flu
Threat or hype? There are many opinions on what will happen with bird flu over the coming months. Some believe that millions will perish; other only a handful. Rogue Turtle has an opinion, too, and some good advice to keep you and yours on the safe side no matter what happens.
Also in:   Bird FluOpinionsSafety
 
27Need to Know: Bug Out Kits
Contrary to what the late "Mister Rodgers" sang, it's not always "a wonderful day in the neighborhood". Sometimes it can just plain suck. When you have to leave, you can't use something you do not have.
Also in:   Bug OutDisaster PreparednessPopular
 
28Need to Know: Butchering Poultry
Starting with catching the bird, here is how to get poultry to the plate. This is a reprint of one of the best I've seen on how to cut up and clean the birds (chickens, turkeys, or game birds) that you want to cook.
Also in:   Food
 
29Need to Know: Chicory
A coffee alternative. Know how to recognize this common plant and what parts should be used to make your brew.
Also in:   Water
 
30Need to Know: Coping with Disaster
The first step on recovery from disasters is getting yourself mentally and emotionally prepared for whatever situation you will be facing. If you are the leader of a group of people thrown together by these circumstances, then you need to be aware of what all these people (including yourself) are going through. You need to recognize what is happening and take steps to bring the group back to the one goal of SURVIVAL.
Also in:   CommunicationDisaster Preparedness
 
31Need to Know: Lots and lots of Knots and Nets
After you master the bowline, it is time to expand your repertoire. This arsenal of knots will serve you well in many situations. And when you are done, you can take a rest in your self-made hammock.
Also in:   CampingHow ToKnots
 
32Need to Know: Situation Dictates Your Action
All of a sudden the fun family vacation turns into a John Candy movie where nothing goes the way you planned it. All heck breaks loose and you're on the road, maybe never to return again. The situation dictates what you do, where you go, and how you survive for the next critical days, weeks, months...even years.
Also in:   Bug OutDisaster PreparednessPopular
 
33Need to Know: Water Wisdom
Regardless of the weather conditions, water is probably the most important item to find FIRST. OK, if you are freezing to death in Alaska, find some shelter and build a fire to warm up. NOW, GO FIND WATER.
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessWater
 
34On the Grill: Frogs and Toads
Not just for adventurous tourists in France, frogs are a plentiful option for the survivalists kitchen. Here is what to look for and a few ways to cook up some tasty Kermit.
Also in:   CampingFood
 
35On the Road: Bug Out Planning
When the time comes to pack up and leave, will you be ready? Rogue Turtle presents the basics for planning a quick exit.
Also in:   Bug OutDisaster PreparednessPopular
 
36Opinion: Outdoor Survival Philosophy
The ability to use nature's bounty to our own advantage, for both food AND shelter is what separates us from lower forms of life. If you don't know how to live without all the modern computer-chip-based accessories we own, then you are in danger of losing skills basic to our instinct. That instinct is survival.
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessOpinionsShelter
 
37Outdoor Living: The Outhouse
I don't want to talk about it either. As my daughter says, "It's nasty." But, it's a fact of life we cannot avoid. We have to use the bathroom sometimes, better indoors than outdoors.
Also in:   CampingShelter
 
38Power Camping: Tent Pegs
You probably haven't seen a tent peg quite like this one. This special "RogueTurtle" edition was constructed by the old RogueTurtle in his back yard workshop. I dug out that welder again just to prove to myself, once and for all, that I am a terrible welder. But, it works.
Also in:   CampingShelterTents
 
39Survival and the Single Mom
For the single mother, protection for your children is ALWAYS your first concern. Most of you would sacrifice your own lives to save your children. This is the way nature meant it to be. Don't fight nature, go with it. But, you do NOT have to go it on your own.
Also in:   Bug OutDisaster Preparedness
 
40Trapper's Corner: More Traps & Snares
Did you practice all the snares and traps I talked about in my earlier article? Well, if you mastered those, here's a whole new set to make sure you don't go hungry.
Also in:   FoodTraps
 
41Trapper's Corner: Traps and Snares
The first in a series of articles focused on trapping. Up first are some basic traps and trapping techniques. Read this or go hungry.
Also in:   FoodTraps
 
42Trot Lines and Jug Lines
I hadn't even thought about trot line or jug line fishing for survival until I started writing my article about hand line fishing. The trot line is another method of hand line fishing but you don't have to stand around waiting for results.
Also in:   FishingFoodHow To
 
43When You Gotta Go
Outdoor living requires special attention to sanitation details. Major diseases such as e-coli poisoning can occur if done incorrectly or not done at all.
Also in:   CampingHow ToShelter
 
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