How to Skin a Rattlesnake Like a Pro, Then Cook and Eat it [STEP-BY-STEP]

WARNING: This video will give you nightmares. Guaranteed. We’re not big fans of killing snakes when it’s not absolutely necessary. Of course, then it always comes down to one man’s definition of necessary versus another’s. If it’s near you home, near your livestock, near your pets… the list goes on and on. If you do feel the need to dispatch a huge honking rattlesnake, however, it’s imperative that you must skin it and display the hide as evidence of your own historic battle with a wily serpent. And to achieve that, you will either have to a.) take the snake to the […]

Top 8 Wildest Cat Encounters Caught on Camera [VIDEO GALLERY]

Next: Can You Spot The Stalking Mountain Lion? (He’s Right There!) If you’ve ever wondered how difficult it really is to spot a cougar in the wild, you need to watch this video. Although we don’t think of the mountain lion’s coat as being “camouflaged,” the light color does a pretty good job concealing their hiding spots in a wide variety of climates. But as you can see, it’s even effective in the snow. Equally impressive is this particular cougar’s ability to sense that it’s being watched. This animal clearly knows that the cameraman is hiding in the bushes — […]

10 Most Amazing Places to Camp on the East Coast

Camping is one of the best ways to unwind from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It provides the perfect opportunity to go off the grid, spend time in nature and practice skills such as building a fire. There are several fantastic camping locations to choose from throughout the U.S. that offer everything from a lot of seclusion to a temporary community of like-minded people. To help you start planning your next camping trip, we will now take a closer look at 10 of the best spots on the East Coast. Photo by Stephan Ridgeway 1. Arcadia National Park, Maine […]

10 Wild Vegetables You Can Harvest and Save Money While You Do It

A home garden provides a great resource for vegetables and spices, but there are space and financial constraints that might restrict you from growing everything you’d like. The woods throughout the U.S. are a natural cornucopia, loaded with all kinds of wild fruits, vegetables, and greens that will soon be prime for the picking. Taking advantage of this can greatly expand your food options and reduce your grocery bill. As an added bonus, learning how to spot edible wild vegetables in your nearby area could greatly boost your ability to survive after the SHTF. Photo by jungle_group

10 Common Toxic Plants That Can Kill You Dead

In your house, there are probably several items that are marked with a toxic or hazardous symbol, and this will prevent you from ever ingesting them. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t tend to label plants, berries and other items, so it is much more difficult to steer clear of something that could cause you a lot of suffering or even death. This problem will quickly become exacerbated after the SHTF, so it is imperative for you to begin studying toxic and dangerous plants right now so that you can survive more easily in the wilderness. The following list has some top […]

10 Edible (and Free!) Springtime Wild Plants

As springtime rolls around, you will soon begin to see a large and diverse list of plants and flowers growing wildly in many places. This opens up many fantastic opportunities for preppers and homesteaders who wish to save money by getting as much as possible for free. It is dangerous to randomly pick plants and flowers without researching whether or not they are actually edible. Fortunately, the following list of 10 examples can be consumed by almost everyone without any complications. As an added bonus, they all offer some type of medicinal or health benefit! Please make sure to try […]

The Four Venomous Snakes in North America [INFOGRAPHIC]

The mere sight of a snake can send shivers down the spine of the ordinary man or woman. Due to lack of education or understanding, people often hold an irrational fear of snakes. The truth is, unless you provoke them, snakes are shy and prefer to keep themselves out of bother. That said, in North America, there are over 8000 snake bites every year. This is why the guys at Sniff Outdoors have produced an infographic on how to identify the four types of venomous snakes, how best to prevent a snake bite and what to do if you are […]

10 Incredible Snake Videos You Can Never “Un-See”

What is it about shocking snake videos? For some reason, we just can’t get enough of them. The more unbelievable, terrifying, or flat out disgusting, the more these videos seem to draw us in. In some strange way, these videos appeal to our sense of survival. Maybe it’s the need to test ourselves in a way… Maybe we need to know just how we might react if we were to actually come face to face with a massive anaconda? Where can you find the world’s largest cottonmouth? Or who would win in an epic showdown between a rattlesnake and a water […]

11 Weird (but Useful) Campfire Building Techniques

Everybody needs to know several methods for building a campfire effectively in challenging situations (without gas or matches). You probably wouldn’t be reading this post if you didn’t feel that fire building is an essential skill, not just for surviving in the backcountry, but simply in the boy scout  sense of having mastery over an essential skill here on planet earth. During a emergency situation, whether in the backcountry or even in suburbia, this could be the only way to cook and generate light and heat until the crisis is over. Most of us know 1 or 2 fire building […]

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#1 Best Outdoor Beer Holder for the Great Outdoors [VIDEO]

Beer and the great outdoors go together like well… beer and football? Beer and BBQ? Beer and Christmas get-togethers? Suffice it to say, an ice cold beverage pairs nicely with lots of occasions, but only one of these presents a nearly constant hazard to your full beer-drinking enjoyment. RELATED: How to Open a Beer With a Dollar Bill [VIDEO] When drinking outdoors, a beer drinker will often find that he’s set down his beer to do something or other and, when finished tending to that somethin’ or other, he’s lost track of that sweet, tasty beer. As they say, an […]