Decoding California Trapping Law

Though California has major restrictions for many things, trapping being one of them, it is still possible to pursue it here, legally. In fact, trapping licenses can be gotten after taking a test and...

The Survival Expert Paradox

With so many variables in play, the idea of survival expert has always made me cringe. To call yourself a survival expert has always made me feel you’re a jackass. Oh and be sure I’ve had more...

Field Treatment of Diabetic Shock

When is a person who appears to be drunk not drunk? When they may be going into diabetic shock. During a recent First Aid class I taught, one of the students shared an incident with the rest of...

The Bow Drill in North America

It’s been a long  held belief that the Bow and Drill was used in North America, by Native Americans, as the principle means of starting fire. However, evidence, or lack there of, suggests that...

Improved Bow and Drill

Friction fire is one of the most sought after skills. People spend many frustrating hours trying to make fire by rubbing two pieces of wood together. The most common method is the bow and drill. You...

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION (using stars)

What is LURD? L.U.R.D, which stands for left, up, right, down is a unique way of finding what direction you are facing using any star in the night sky. Why not just use Polaris (North Star)? The...