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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:   Basic SkillsFood
2Basic 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:   Basic SkillsDisaster PreparednessSafetyShelterTents
3Basic 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:   Basic SkillsFood
4Basic 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:   Basic SkillsCampingDisaster PreparednessFoodFood StoragePopular
5Basic 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:   Basic Skills
6Clan 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:   Basic SkillsPopularShelter
7Cleaning Catfish
The process is the same for the 2 pound or the 200 pound catfish. Here are illustrated step-by-step instructions for cleaning and skinning catfish.
Also in:   FishingFood
8Cold 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:   Basic SkillsSafetyWeather
9Do-It-Yourself: Campfire Grille
When it's time to bug out, you may not end up in a convenient campsite with a grille waiting for your use. Here's a simple, portable grille I fashioned from rebar.
Also in:   Bug OutCampingFood
10Home 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:   Basic SkillsFoodFood Storage
11How 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:   Basic SkillsCampingFireSafety
12How To: Build a Shaving Horse
No, it's not how Trigger gets ready for a night on the town. A shaving horse is a tool for holding your work for shaping. A combination of a bench and a vise, it has been a staple in woodworking shops for centuries.
Also in:   Tools
13How To: Make a Dry Bucket
ncluded as a link in the Kearney Fallout Meter article, a dry bucket allows you to create a low-moisture environment for working with electro-statically sensitive equipment.
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessRadiation
14How To: Make a Kearney Fallout Meter
A Home-made Radiation Meter that Requires No Batteries? A scientist named Cresson H. Kearney, at the Oak Ridge Laboratory, designed this meter. It's simple to make and may save your life.
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessRadiation
15How 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:   Basic SkillsFirePopularVideo
16How To: Make Soap
If you are forced to stay in a survival situation for a long period of time; that is, without access to civilization (Wal-Mart), then you are going to have to eventually admit you smell a little "rank". The first step in the manufacturing of soap is to gather ashes to make the lye, which makes the soap. Here is what else you need...
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessFirst Aid
17How 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:   Basic SkillsBug OutCamping
18How To: Sourdough Bread
Sourdough bread is a tradition that started somewhere around the campfires of the American pioneers and continues among die-hard traditionalists, such as the Rogue Turtle. If there ever was a bread that exemplifies the pioneer spirit, it is the Sourdough Bread.
Also in:   Food
19Need 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:   Basic SkillsCampingKnots
20Smoke Your Food
Smoking meat is just another way to prepare food for dinner. It has the sideline benefit of preserving the food as well as cooking a great tasting meal.
Also in:   FoodFood Storage
21Trappers' Corner: Crawfish
Is it food or bait? Either way, here's what you need to know to catch and prepare crawfish for either purpose.
Also in:   FishingTraps
22Trappers' Corner: Fish Poisons
This article is presented as another option for feeding yourself in the wilderness. It is highly illegal, but it works. It is a system as old as mankind, but is now considered highly ecologically unsound.
Also in:   FishingFoodPoisonWater
23Trappers' Corner: Netting Fish
Part two of my series on netting covers the use of nets in water. While we assume that your net will catch dinner, there is a wide variety of aquatic residents you don't want to find mixed in with dinner. Here's what to look for and what to avoid.
Also in:   FishingFoodTrapsWater
24Trot 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:   Basic SkillsFishingFood
25When 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:   Basic SkillsCampingShelter
26Wildlife: Moose
This article discusses many facts about moose, hunting recommendations, as well as field dressing and cooking options for this large animal.
Also in:   Food
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