Combat and Self Defense

How to break your fall in combat situations to minimize injury and quickly maintain fighting advantage

It is quite common to fall or be thrown during a combat situation. To minimize the chance of injury, and ensure you can bounce back to your feet quickly, you must use falling techniques to absorb the impact of the fall and allow use of your body’s momentum to quickly…
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Combat and Self Defense

A study of assassination- purported CIA guidebook to assassinations provides self-defense lessons for survivalists

The 19-page document below is a transcript of a file title "A Study of Assassination".  It is believed to have been published by the CIA in 1953 and as the title suggests, acts as a rudimentary guide to assassinations.  For survivalists, it serves as a useful countermeasure and tactical guide…
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Tracking and Signs

How to identify Black Bear tracks and signs

About Black Bear Black bears, a medium-sized bear, are omnivores with diets that vary greatly depending on season and location. They typically live in largely forested areas, but will leave forests in search of food. Sometimes black bears are attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food. The American black…
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Tracking and Signs

How to track a person in the wilderness – and avoid being tracked by a human being yourself

To track a human being, make sure you first understand how to track an animal. The concepts involved are similar except of course, you are dealing with a person which is a much smarter target and thus, will attempt to use deception to throw you off the trail. Preparing to…
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Overviews

Animal Tracking and Signs guide – how to track any animal (even people)

Tracks and signs (collectively termed “spoor” by trackers) include any kind of mark or disturbance left by the passing or activity of an animal or person. Because anything that touches an object leaves a trace, tracks and signs can be found everywhere.  With knowledge and practice (tracking animals is both…
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Tracking and Signs

How to identify mule deer tracks and signs

  About Mule deer Mule deer are indigenous to western North America and are named for their large ears.  Unlike the related White-tailed deer, mule deer are generally more association with land west of the Missouri River, more specifically with the Rocky Mountain region of North America.  The most noticeable…
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Tracking and Signs

How to identify white-tailed deer tracks and signs

  About White-tailed deer White-tailed deer are native to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.  White-tail deer have also been introduced to New Zealand, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Lesser Antilles, and some countries in Europe, such as Finland, the Czech Republic, and Serbia. …
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Combat and Self Defense

Parts of the body that can be used as weapons, target areas, and immobilizing pressure points

Weapons of the Body In a close combat situation, many people consider the fists as the only weapon of the body. Fists are important in close combat, but in fact, there are many other body parts that can be used as an effective weapon in a combat situation. Hands and…
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Combat and Self Defense

The five tactical rules to follow in a close combat situation

The following are key tactical concepts that should be followed in a close combat situation. Each rule by itself is not a standalone idea but rather is intended to be combined with the other rules to achieve an effect that is greater than their separate sum. Achieving a Decision Achieving…
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General Health

Making homemade deodorant in a survival situation

How to make deodorant We've frequently mentioned on Wilderness Arena, two important aspects of survival that many may find surprising – cleanliness and state of mind. Cleanliness is important because in a primitive survival situation, something as small as a minor injury or unsanitary condition can be deadly. State of…
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First Aid

The importance of soap and how to make it in a survival situation

When you find yourself in a wilderness survival situation, cleanliness and hygiene are often not at the top of your list of priorities – but they should be. Maintaining proper hygiene in a survival situation is much more than just a mental or emotional boost. While you’re battling elements you…
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Home Slider

Convenient method of storing and carrying paracord rope – the “paracord grenade”

Interesting idea – a paracord “grenade”.  The cable ties, which allow you to hang the cord from jackets, belts, and backpacks, are the releasable type – press the end and it releases.  When the cable tie is removed, the rope releases in 10 foot sections making it convenient to quickly…
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General Repair

How to make cement and mortar in the wild (aka survival cement)

In a survival situation, a mixture of mud and grasses can be used to create a substance known as “survival cement”.  Survival cement can be used to construct shelters, create cookware, kilns, and to wrap foods for “clay baking”. It takes two ingredients to make cement in the wild –…
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Knots and Rope

How to make rope from plants – fiber extraction and natural cordage construction

You can make rope or natural cordage (rope and string) from many different fibers including (Bast) Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, Flax; (Leaves) Cattail, Yucca, Agave, Douglas Iris; (Bark) Willow, Maple, Basswood, Cedar; (Root) Leather Root, Beach Lupine; (Whole stem) Tule, Juncus, and straw. Each type of material has specific requirements…
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General Repair

Survival sewing – complete guide to sewing and repair in the wilderness

Survival Sewing Possessing the knowledge and ability to sew is an essential toolset if you are to survive in the wild for any extended period of time.  Clothing, shelter, shoes, and tools may need to be repaired and often those repairs require basic sewing technique. Starting and Ending a Stitch…
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