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Outdoor Safety Tips

Heat Exhaustion: Know the Signs

During the warm summer months we love to get outside to soak up Vitamin D and take advantage of all of the outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer. However, it is important to be aware of the threat of heat illness, like heat exhaustion, and to know how to spot heat exhaustion symptoms….

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Wild Plants

Huckleberries

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh huckleberries in the summertime. Lucky for us in the Pacific Northwest, we have three species of huckleberries to choose from: black huckleberry, red huckleberry and evergreen huckleberry.  Huckleberries are in the Heath family, which includes other edibles like blueberries, wintergreen, cranberry and salal. Heath family members commonly like…

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Outdoor Safety Tips

Bee Sting Treatment and Remedies

Sometimes the smallest thing can be the biggest problem. One of these tiny problems comes in the form of bees – specifically bee stings. Even if you are not severely allergic to bee stings, it can still be an annoyance with some people experiencing swelling and itching of the site. Whether you are at home…

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Outdoor Safety Tips

Tick Bites – Symptoms and Treatments

Ticks need blood meals in completing their complex life cycle and humans are often the victim of tick bites.  There are about 800 species of ticks found throughout the world, but only two classes of ticks can transmit diseases to humans. Read along and find out more about the types of ticks and the common…

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Wilderness Survival Skills & Tips

Survival Bow Making

Making a Survival Bow The bow and arrow are effective hunting tools, because they increase the distance between you and your prey, bettering your chances of catching an animal. When in a survival situation, the ability to fashion a survival bow and arrows quickly and from the raw material surrounding you is a skill that…

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Wild Food Foraging, Wilderness Survival Skills & Tips

Survival Hunting Tips

To endure the extreme conditions of a survival situation, animal fats and proteins must be eaten regularly, and survival hunting is an essential skill. Such situations are a drain on a person’s energy. Potentially inclement weather forces your body to metabolize calories at an increased rate to stay warm, and performing the physical tasks needed…

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Animal Tracking

Skunk Tracks and Sign

Skunk Tracks and Sign: Sometimes Better Than the Real Thing It was not apparent at first that the two lean figures in the moonlight were avid trackers. But as their walk slowed, as their headlamps turned on, and as their bodies stooped to stare at the dusty ground, it became clear that these men were…

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Wild Food Foraging, Wilderness Survival Skills & Tips

Spear Fishing for Survival

Why a Fish Spear? Grrrrroonk, grrrroooonk is a sound I hear quite frequently near lakes and ponds where I live in Western Washington. It is the telltale sound of a bullfrog. This species is highly invasive to Washington state and they will wipe out any smaller animal in their path so it is legal to…

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Wilderness Survival Skills & Tips

Flintknapping Basics – Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series on flint knapping basics. Click here to read flint knapping part one. There are two major techniques in flint knapping: percussion flaking and pressure flaking. Both methods utilize a different set of tools, motions, and are used during different stages in the production of stone tools….

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Animal Tracking

Black Tailed Deer Tracks and Sign

Black Tailed Deer Wake-Up It was an early September morning in Western Washington, and I was slowly migrating from animal tracks and sign dreamland to reality. I had slept in the pasture next to my house, taking advantage of the last warm nights before the rain and cold set in. Hearing a rustle to my…

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