Top Five Survival Knots That Everyone Should Know

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The most essential survival tool available to you today is knowledge. Expensive, all-weather sleeping bags, weather-proof rucksacks and boots that cost more than your TV are all well and good, but when it comes down to it, survival is about ‘knowing’ how to survive. As the famed survival instructor Mors Kochanski said: “the more you know, the less you have to carry”.

Granted, heading out into the wilderness in just your underpants is not something we’d recommend. But, having the fundamental knowledge of being able to build shelter, find food, start a fire and have access to clean drinking water are all essentials to have stored away in your memory. Part of this fundamental learning process should be for you to understand key knots and how to tie them.

Here, we take a look at five knots that are vital for survivalists to have under their belt!

Bowline

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One of the sturdiest and strongest knots in the arsenal of a survivalist, the bowline knot is one that everyone should know. Its design means it can hold a lot of weight without the threat of untying, with the knot increasing in tightness the more pressure that is added.

Uses

A bowline can be used for a myriad of things, such as hanging objects and food from trees, or hanging things from your pack if you don’t have space inside, such as spare boots or cooking pots. If you’ve been hunting with your air rifle or a survival knife, you could also hang your catch from a tree to drain the blood and prepare it for cooking.

Additionally, the knot can be tied around oneself, even one-handed, which makes this one a useful style to have nailed down.

Disadvantages

When gravity is the sole force on the knot, such as things hanging straight down, then this is a great knot. However, when the bowline is pulled in a side-angled direction, it can loosen and potentially come undone.

Clove Hitch

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Have you ever wondered how to make an effective fishing rod in the wild? Well, the clove hitch is what you’ll need. This particular knot is used to attach your rope or cord to another object, such as a long fishing pole. This is an effective knot and is super easy to tie.

Uses

Because the clove hitch can be adjusted without untying the knot, this makes it especially useful for raising or lowering heavy items. It could also be used for anchoring or creating a shelter.

Disadvantages

Much like you would check a tent when you’re camping, we’d suggest inspecting the knots regularly if you’re using them for a shelter for an extended period. Wind and rain may eventually loosen the tightness of the knots, so this is something to bear in mind. It’s also worth noting that the knot works best when there is constant pressure being applied, as this will keep it tight.

Half Hitch With/Without Bight

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Have you ever wondered how to make an effective fishing rod in the wild? Well, the clove hitch is what you’ll need. This particular knot is used to attach your rope or cord to another object, such as a long fishing pole. This is an effective knot and is super easy to tie.

Uses

Because the clove hitch can be adjusted without untying the knot, this makes it especially useful for raising or lowering heavy items. It could also be used for anchoring or creating a shelter.

Disadvantages

Much like you would check a tent when you’re camping, we’d suggest inspecting the knots regularly if you’re using them for a shelter for an extended period. Wind and rain may eventually loosen the tightness of the knots, so this is something to bear in mind. It’s also worth noting that the knot works best when there is constant pressure being applied, as this will keep it tight.

Half Hitch With/Without Bight

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The fisherman’s knot is very good for a specific purpose: combining two separate pieces of cord or rope together without the risk of them untying. That being said, it serves this purpose extremely well and may help you out in a pinch!

Uses

The knot gets its name from the fact that this would often be the first one that anglers and fishermen would learn, as they would tie any loose pieces of line together and could also use it for attaching hooks to their line.

The knot doesn’t slip under strain either, making it good for climbing and the working ends can be cut close to the knot without the risk of failure, once the cord has been pulled tight.

Disadvantages

This knot is particularly difficult to untie, especially if you have cold or wet hands. In theory, this would be used as a permanent fixture rather than being something you may want to untie in the future.

Chain Sinnet

Chain sinnet knot made with yellow cord
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The chain sinnet is not necessarily a knot, rather a way to store rope when not in use. But, it does involve arranging the cord in such a way that it becomes easily accessible and doesn’t tangle, so for that reason, we’ve included it.

Uses

As mentioned, the chain sinnet is perfect for storing rope or cord when not in use and allows you to easily access it whenever you need it, without having to unravel or untangle anything. You can also access as much as you like without having to unfurl all of the cord, meaning that any you don’t need will remain in the chain formation.

Disadvantages

Outside of being useful for storing string, cord and rope, the chain sinnet doesn’t really serve too much of a purpose in the wider survival community. That being said, it will make your life easier, so it’s not one to completely ignore!

For more tips on survival and wilderness skills, including how to fish with basic equipment, check out our survival blog here!

Important Skills Survivalist and Preppers Need

Finding Food

Finding food in the wilderness is just a small piece of the challenge. Some people think that you can find food on bushes or animals roaming around and go back to eat. It’s a lot more difficult than you think it is to hunt down animals or even fishing. You will need to understand and learn the techniques so that you may practice.

You must understand what type of wild animals are actually worth eating in terms of how much energy you are putting in. Then you need to research what is the best way to bait them in and hunt them down.

The truth is that for survival, eating raw vegetables and fruits are better than anything else, but why stop there? You need to know where to find food and how to prepare it in the wilderness, before you will be ready to survive there. It’s no good going back to eat when you are dehydrated or starving because your family will be too hungry and too cold to eat. So what should you eat? Here are some suggestions for food in the wilderness: https://matteroftrust.org/62-edible-wild-plants-that-you-didnt-know-you-can-eat/

Shelter in the Wild

Finding shelter in the wilderness is a challenge that most people do not face every day. Most of the people who leave their homes and try to cross the wilderness are just a little crazy about adventure and have no idea what the right way to handle the situation. If you are in the same boat as these people, then your first step should be to get your mind off the wilderness and focus on yourself and your situation. Here are some tips and suggestions at Survivaltechie.com you can take to help you find a good place to stay in the wilderness.

Learning to identify which areas for building shelter is an essential part of planning. Depending on terrains and weather, it would be smart to know all the options. For example if you know it is going to be in a wet or rainy area; you would want to look for high ground areas with rocks. That way you can keep yourself and your equipment dry.

Finding shelter in the wilderness is a challenge

Are You Ready For Cooking in the Wild?

It is very important that any person considering a move to a remote area seeks out cooking in the wilderness insurance before making this decision. You want to be sure that you have an insurance policy that covers your needs if you become stranded and unable to get home by your own means. This is especially important if you are going to be cooking with your new family and trying to cook with the in-season ingredients that will be available in your new location.

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Hunting Skills

Hunting in the woods is an adventure. It doesn’t have to be. It’s when we can be “wild” and a little off the grid. A hunter has the advantage in that he or she is not just in the woods, but with the weather as well. Some areas are quite hospitable to the hunter who knows how to handle the woods. Hunters are different from fishers, for example, because they don’t usually have a full time job; they get to spend their time hunting year round, and catching fish on the days they go fishing.

Hunting in the woods gives you an advantage over other hunters, and the entire game itself. Deer, rabbits, and even moose can be found in the woods. The best way to begin is to scout out a location. There are many places you can start. They range from horse camps to log homes, off of a creek, and even a hunting lodge.

When you get to the spot, you need to make sure it is safe for hunting. Not all areas are safe. One place you can go and ask is if the area will allow you to use a tractor in hunting in the woods. You’ll probably be told yes, but before you do, make sure you find out what the laws are, and make sure that the area you are hunting is hunting only. If there are animals and they are eating what you are taking, you could possibly be sued for a violation of the hunting laws. So always check to see if you can hunt in the woods. Whether it’s deer, moose, elk, bear, or even bear cubs, you never know what you might encounter.

Stay Prepared, Stay Resourceful

Being resourceful in the woods is hard work. You need to have the right knowledge of how to handle different kinds of situations that come your way.Resourceful in the woods starts with being aware of the weather. Know what it is going to be like before you head out. Being resourceful in the woods, also requires that you have a complete list of medicines, supplies, and equipment that you need to take with you when you go out to hunt. You may need to find emergency cell phone numbers or, even, an area where you can rest while you are out. It is important to know what to do if you get lost. Being resourceful does not just apply to the woods. If you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere without food, water, or even shelter, being resourceful will allow you to survive. Knowing what to do when you are in the woods will also help you if you ever encounter an emergency situation.

Fishing for Survival

Back when humans still lived in caves, we’d catch fish with our bare hands. Fish were a staple part of our diet, and would give us the energy we needed to get through the day.

As a species, we still enjoy fish – but they’re generally caught on a mass scale. However, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to catch a fish in order to survive.

Luckily, fish thrive in most lakes, rivers, ponds and the ocean – so wherever you are on the globe, you’re probably going to be able to catch some dinner.

Knowing how to fish can be the difference between life and death, so keep reading for a guide on how you can catch fish for survival, without a fishing rod.

Why Fish?

One fish could sustain you for a whole day, spread across as many as three meals.

Fish is a generally low fat food, rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your body and your brain.

fishing to survive

Fish are also full of protein, which is the building block of our bones, muscles, skin, and blood. Protein is a necessity if you’re hoping to survive in the wild. Protein promotes muscle growth, and helps maintain muscle mass.

On average, one fish provides around 19.5 grams of protein per 100 grams, which is almost as high as the amount of protein found in steak per 100 grams.

If you’re near the ocean, then you’re in luck – as you can eat most ocean fish raw. This is great, especially if you don’t have any fire-lighting equipment.

Methods

Fish can be difficult to catch at the best of times, even with the most hi-tech equipment and gadgets.

In a survival situation, the key is to keep your head on your shoulders and stay calm. Remember these fishing tips, and you should be able to catch fish with little-to-no equipment.

Hand Fishing

Hand fishing is just about as primitive as fishing gets, and can be a life saving action if you have no supplies whatsoever with you.

If you’re desperate for food, you may be tempted to wade into the water and try to grab a fish yourself.

hand fishing

This sounds like an ideal solution when you can almost taste the fish, but it’s a bad idea. You could get hypothermia from standing in the cold and wet clothes for hours. You’re far safer keeping dry.

Lie down with your arm in the water, and wait. That’s all there is to it. You must stay as still as possible and let your arm adjust to the water temperature. Fish will sense that your arm is warmer than the surroundings, so keep your arm submerged until it cools down and stops radiating heat.

When your arm has cooled down, nearby fish will most likely assume its a rock or vegetation, and swim near it without caution.

Then you should do a “come hither” motion with your finger, and chances are, the fish will mistake your finger for a struggling worm or insect.

Try to fight your instinct to just grab the fish by the torso, and instead, grab the fish from under the gills. The hard cartilage and bone there make it the perfect area to get a strong grip of the fish.

Once you’ve got a good hold of it, throw it onto the shore/ river bank – you’ve caught your dinner and you’ll live to see another day.

Fish Spear

Spearfishing can be a difficult task, and has a relatively low success rate due to lack of technique. It requires patience and concentration, so be sure that your head is in the game before you submerge yourself.

The best place to spear a fish is in a shallow and enclosed body of water, like a pool or pond – where the fish can’t really get away from you. Shallow water is also a perfect location as it means your body won’t be fully submerged, which means less chance of getting hypothermia.

The good thing about spear fishing is that you can do it with virtually no equipment – even a stick could impale a fish.

Once you’ve spotted the fish, aim for the skull – where the spine connects. This is the most humane way to kill a fish, as it kills the fish instantly and is virtually painless.

Fish Wall

Creating a small wall will block the fish and prevent them from escaping your grasp. This works best in a river – you dam the river a few feet after a bend, so the fish won’t even realize that the river flow has been obstructed.

fishing methods

You can create this wall with either stones, rocks, or sticks. The fish will keep circling, swimming near the dam – so you can successfully grab the fish with your hands, or spear it with whatever sharp object you have to hand.

Conclusion

You can successfully catch fish with no equipment – if humans could do it thousands of years ago, why can’t we do it today?

Learning how to catch fish is the key to surviving in the wilderness – it’s possible to survive off fish alone.

Hopefully you won’t ever need to use these tips, but if you do, they could save your life.

Happy surviving!

Survival Tips on How to Hunt and Trap Small Game

As you may already know, we can go without food for 3 to 4 weeks. This depends largely on the individual needs of the body. Things like body fat percentage and metabolic rate also come into play here. Without food, internal organs “shut down” progressively due to caloric deficit. It inevitably leads to death.

That said, it is critical to have survival skills in procuring food to stay alive in the wilderness. Edible wild plants can be of great help but they aren’t enough. In survival situations, it is very important to find and eat animal source foods that give more energy. This usually involves trapping and hunting.

Ungulates (such as moose, deer, and elk) and other big animals are difficult to hunt. What’s more, big-game hunting will considerably increase your caloric expenditure and make you even more fatigued. Small animals are a more reliable food source. That’s why you should hunt small game for survival rather than pursuing large animals.

hunting small prey

Learn More About Your Prey

Try to find out what kinds of animals and birds are most common in the area you will be hunting. Pay particular attention to small critters like squirrels, rabbits, packrats, chipmunks, raccoons, waterfowls, and doves.

You should also learn about their habitats, habits, and food choices. Since small game animals usually use the same tracks to travel, you should have a good understanding of how their trails look like. These animals tend to travel along the shores and edges of the open ground, clinging to places covered by dense vegetation.

Sharpen Your Stalking Skills

Here are a few tips for stalking small game:

  • Go slowly and walk fluidly, especially when stepping over an obstacle.
  • Avoid sudden, fast movements.
  • Relax and take breaks often.
  • Scrutinize the entire area – from the forest floor to treetop.
  • Look for the animal tracks along creek banks and muddy paths.
  • Listen to the animal sounds like squeaks, scraping, and chirping noises.

Select the Proper Ammunition and Firearm

A firearm is no doubt the most powerful tool for small-game hunting. Yet you must choose the right weapon and ammo. For example, the air rifle is considered the best option for squirrel hunting. Check the Gun Forest review for the best air rifles for squirrels.

The .22 rimfire rifle is also very popular when it comes to survival hunting. If you opt for this rifle, then you will need .22 long rifle ammunition for best results. Besides, a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun is useful for small-game hunting as well.

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Make Small Game Traps

As a passive hunting method, trapping allows you to deal with other chores while waiting for the animals to get caught up. It is always a good idea to make a lot of traps for small game. From wooden rat traps to cable snares, there is a wide range of ready-to-use traps available. Many adventurers prefer making traps on their own, though.

Be Prepared for a Wilderness Hunt!

Planning to go into the wilderness? Be sure to prepare yourself for such a challenging adventure. Aside from getting mentally and physically ready for the great outdoors, you also need to learn how to trap and hunt small game before heading into the wilderness. This will increase your chances of surviving in the wild.

Tips to Grow Your Firearms Business

You have taken bold and impressive steps so far- saved money, registered your firearms business, opened the doors for the customers to walk inside, or launched e-commerce. But for a reason, you are not happy with the results, especially the income turnover. Well, this article will enlighten you on how you can improve your firearms business and make more profits.

Obtain firearm customers to increase sales

What can you do to grow your firearms business

  • Understand your customers 

Always do your firearms business with the customer in mind. It would help if you focused on what clients are searching for alongside what you are offering. Are they looking for hunting guns or pocket guns? Are they looking for a place where they can buy cheap guns? You can’t fill in every need but ensure that you are able to solve customers’ problems in your business model. 

  • Stock high-quality firearms

No one can intentionally buy a low-quality gun and ammo, so, ensure that you give your customers the best products in the market. Find the best gun accessories wholesale and stock only high-quality firearms in your business. Quality matters to the customer and you will certainly be able to pull more customers to your side. Just ensure that you find the right firearms supplier that will translate to top-grade firearms at affordable rates.

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  • Market your firearms

Before you complain about the numbers, do people know that you sell firearms? It’s not enough to launch an e-commerce website or have a banner telling people that you sell firearms. Get the message out there using traditional and digital marketing methods. You can use influencer marketing, send emails to your customers, post on social media and sponsor the ads, interact and mention your business, and even hire an expert marketer for help. There are certainly other firearm businesses, and if yours isn’t visible enough, people will buy from your competitors.  

  • Differentiate from competitors 

As humans, we are naturally curious and will be intrigued by a new item or strategy. With that in mind, what can you do that your competitors aren’t doing? Can you deliver to homes? Train on how to use it? Refer to a certified trainer? Offer giveaways once a month? Give a fancy casing? If you are doing what a hundred other firearms vendors are doing, the business is at risk off from competition. 

To stand out, sit and ponder on the reason why you started the business, study the market, identify the gaps, and know the best way of filling them. You may be selling the same models of guns with your next-door competitor, but approaching the market differently can draw hundreds or thousands of customers towards you. 

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  • Build a community

Humans are social beings, and if you help them connect with people who have similar interests, you may be surprised by how happily and frequently they spend. This doesn’t mean you should manipulate them. On the contrary, you should connect with them at an individual level, understand their cravings where emotional connections are concerned, and be creative enough to solve their needs. It can be as simple as forming a group of hunters or as complex as planning a public auction. Either way, prioritize the needs of your customers, and they will gradually morph into a reliable community.

Last word

Investing in a guns and ammo business with no traction ultimately leads to closure. But with the right strategy, the effort can turn into gain, over time. So put in some work, get creative and ensure the customer is at the heart of your business.

How to Prep for Your Survival

Surviving in this harsh world takes courage, resilience and shrewdness. As Nikita Khrushchev once said, “If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.” If you’re keen to thrive in this modern era, it’s important to equip yourself with vital survival skills that can stand the test of time.

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Here are 4 ways you can prep for your survival:

  1. Learn some new skills

It’s important to practice some essential life skills if you truly desire prepping for survival. Sadly, most people desire to learn new skills but they procrastinate. We are all guilty of taking a raincheck on important things, rather opting to engage in entertaining activities such as watching films. However, learning is a continuous process that shouldn’t end after completing formal education. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “learn as if you were to live forever.” If you’re interested in learning a skill, simply start practicing it. Some crucial skills that might help include:

  • Starting a fire
  • Shooting game
  • Performing basic first aid
  • Playing your favorite instrument

2. Have sufficient food and water supply

Food and water are essential elements of human survival. When you’re prepping for survival, ensure that you have plenty of food and water in stock. Your supply should last you for at least one month. Try to get a balanced diet consisting of the three macros (proteins, fats and carbohydrates). Also learn how to prepare and store food properly. To ensure that your water is free of impurities, study how to decant and purify water. If push comes to shove, practice the art of rationing your meagre food supply to prevent it from running out too quickly.

3. Equip yourself with defensive gear

Society today has evolved from a supportive social pillar into an egocentric community. Urban living is often governed by the rule of the jungle: every man for himself and God for us all. Surviving in this harsh environment will require you to hone some defensive skills. Learn how to defend yourself from dangerous people who might try to harm you deliberately. For instance, you can learn karate or join a boxing class. In addition, it might help to purchase a few survival gear to keep yourself safe in ugly situations. Invest in a good survival kit that will come in handy when an unexpected natural calamity, war or doomsday event happens.

4. Have a medicine reserve

If you take medication on a regular basis, then you definitely need to have a medicine reserve. Diabetics, epileptics and patients with heart conditions must take medicine every day. However, if pharmaceutical firm workers or drug distributors decide to strike, there would be a severe shortage of essential medicines across the country. Such an unfortunate scenario would create a temporary drug deficiency – and patients who lack a medicine reserve would be hit first. Therefore, ensure you have a small reserve of medication you take frequently. It should be enough to last two weeks or more.

Precaution is better than cure. These insightful tips will help you to prepare sufficiently for survival.

 

Is the End Closer than We Thought? The Latest Apocalyptic Predictions

Is the end close? Or is it a new Golden age?

Scientists calculate that the Earth is a whopping 4.54 billion years old, causing many to wonder when it will come to an end. And, while you might recall the infamous 2012 end of the world prediction by the Mayans, there are some newer theories and predictions out there regarding the future that are worth knowing about. From a psychic’s controversial predictions to a higher-tech apocalyptic future, here are some of the latest end of the world theories and how to survive them.

A computer program predicts the end

Developed in 1973 by MIT researchers, the computer program World One was originally created to simulate global sustainability, though has offered much more when it comes to apocalyptic predictions of the future. In fact, it predicts that the world will collapse in the year 2040, with 2020 being the “first disaster milestone” due to environmental conditions. Because of the environmental conditions, experts of the Club of Rome say that such a future may be preventable if resource consumption is dramatically decreased by high consuming nations like China and the United States.

When it comes to surviving, however, there are many ways that humans can individually attempt to lessen environmental damage. For example, leading more sustainable lives through reducing plastic, going zero-waste, and cleaning the planet can all help to preserve the environment and prevent further damage.

A psychic’s wisdom

Perhaps one of the most well-known psychics in history, Baba Vanga of Bulgaria has made several predictions throughout the years and is said to have successfully predicted monumental events such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Thailand tsunami, and Brexit. In the near future, she has also predicted that President Trump will fall ill with a disease, and that Vladamir Putin will survive an assassination attempt.

However, the notable blind psychic has also predicted the end of the world to take place in the year 5079 in the 51st century – though without any context at all as to how or why making it near impossible to know if there is a way to survive. While Baba Vanga’s predictions are said to be correct 85% of the time, many may remain skeptical about her visions – especially when it comes to the end. 

Baba Vanga passed away in August of 1996 and predicted events well beyond her time. While impressive by any psychics standards, getting a second opinion from another psychic can bring a more modern and greater insight on an apocalyptic prediction, thus allowing you to prepare accordingly for survival. As a doomsday prepper or just a survival enthusiast, a quick search for psychic readers near me can easily help you to find someone who can help in giving those much needed answers, personal insight, advice and peace of mind on the controversial subject of the end of the world.

An AI apocalypse 

While robots taking over the world has been a popular theory in regards to the apocalypse for years, the latest in technological innovation has kept the specific predictions of the theory new each year. With that said, recent predictions seem to lean heavily towards an artificial intelligence takeover. Often used to help humanity in forms of Siri, Alexa, cybersecurity, and even self-driving cars, a potential artificial intelligence apocalyptic event remains an ever-present threat to humans.

Whether it comes in the form of bots generating impactful fake news, or something bigger – like a robot takeover, a report done by 26 experts concluded that an AI takeover is something to fear due to its possibility of becoming a reality. In fact, AI is already outsmarting humans, such as when it won against pro video game players of the popular game DOTA 2. While many try to avoid AI in their day to day lives by disabling smart assistants like Alexa or turning off their microphones out of fear of misuse, others may try to keep an AI apocalypse at bay by taking a break from electronics completely or by learning to hack. And, in the event that an AI apocalypse does happen, creating a new language and ditching electronics altogether may become prime survival techniques.

While nobody knows the true date or form that an apocalypse will present itself, many are sure that it’s bound to happen someday. With many predictions over time, the latest ones present ideas such as a technology takeover, environmental destruction, or just a simple date with no context at all.

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