Making A Winter Survival Kit – Guest Post by Lee Flynn

Packing A Personal Winter Survival Kit
This winter’s weather should remind each of us that winter survival kits aren’t just a luxury item; they can be literal lifesavers. While everyone should have a winter survival kit in their car, those of us who don’t drive should carry a personal kit as well. Whether we’re walking to the corner store or taking a bus across-town, it’s best to be prepared for an emergency.

First, we need to pick an appropriate container for our kit. We’ll want something similar in size to a clutch or a 90’s-style fanny pack. A container of this size is easy enough to slip into a bag, purse, or large pocket. Something made out of waterproof materials or nylon works best, with a zippered pouch.
One of the first things a winter survival kit needs is a way to stay warm. Even a thin hat and pair of mittens are better than nothing, and they’re easy to roll up and fit into your survival kit. In a perfect world you’ll be wearing a hat and gloves already, but you never know when you (or someone else) may need extras.
Now that we’ve got a way to keep from losing warmth, we need a way to make some. A single-use hand-warmer packet can provide enough heat to warm up chilled fingers, thaw a lock, or defrost a window. I recommend keeping two in your personal winter survival kit, if you have the room for them. A cheap lighter or matchbook is also a good idea to have handy.
Let’s face it; flashlight technology has made huge advances in recent years. Miniature LED flashlights can be bought cheaply, and there’s no reason not to keep at least one in your survival kit; some are small enough that you can add two or three to your kit and not take up too much room.
First Aid
If there’s been an emergency, odds are somebody’s hurt. Most survival kits will contain adhesive bandages, but some parts of the country get so cold that the adhesive won’t work. For this reason, I recommend a small roll of cotton bandages and a small roll of elastic stretch bandages. not only can they be used for first aid, they can also be used for emergency repairs of insulation and clothing. You should also have a small, waterproof container for pills containing a day’s worth of any prescribed medications, as well as a pair of acetaminophen/ibuprofen/caffeine pills (for headaches) and naproxen (for muscle pain).
Personal Needs
Let’s face it; you’re not useful in an emergency situation if you’re missing something you need from your daily routine. If you drink a lot of coffee or soda, pack caffeine pills. If you’re an eater, pack some chocolate bites. If you’re a smoker or vaper, go buy a spare vape starter kit and make sure it’s charged.
You know those protein bars that taste horrible? Add one to your survival kit, along with a small pack of trail mix. Trail mix can be easily shared, and the bar can replace a meal if worst comes to worst.
No modern survival kit should be without a portable battery and charging cable for your phone. In this case, cheaper can be better; many less expensive brands of battery will heat up if attached to your phone while it’s turned on, providing a little heat to cold hands.
Every winter we hear stories that only have happy endings when the people involved have something to help them survive the elements. Making your own survival kit is a great way to make sure your story has a happy ending.

Rabbit Hunting – Guest Post by Brandon Cox

Rabbit Hunting Slingshot – Everything You Need to Know

Get your slingshot ready and hit the fields searching for rabbit. It’s possible to hunt rabbits with a slingshot and it’s a great activity to do between seasons. The best part is you don’t have to carry your rifle, scope, and other hunting gear with you. Instead, you just grab some pellets and put your slingshot in your pocket and hit your hunting area. To make it even easier, here’s everything you need to know about rabbit hunting with a slingshot.

 Where to Hit a Rabbit with a Pellet 

One of the most important things to understand when hunting rabbits with a slingshot is that you must make a good hit, or your actions could be deemed unethical. Hitting a rabbit with a pellet but not killing it could cause a rabbit pain and leave you empty handed for dinner. Below, we’ll go over where you should aim when hunting rabbits. 
Rabbit Skull 
The ideal place to hit a rabbit with a slingshot is the skull. This hit is almost always an immediate death. It doesn’t matter what type of pellet you use in the slingshot. However, rabbit’s heads are very tiny, which makes it a difficult target to hit. 
What’s the atlas? The atlas of a rabbit is located right where the skull connects to the cervical vertebrae. Aiming at this area will cause an instant death because it disconnects the nervous system from the brain. It’s a tough shot and requires you to use a heavy projectile in the slingshot, but it’s a great way to kill any bunny rabbit. 
Cervical Vertebrae 
A cervical vertebrae shot requires you to shoot the slingshot right at the neck bone. If you hit the area just right, it will cause the rabbit’s body to shut down or total paralysis. Again, you might need a heavier projectile for this shot to create the results you are looking for. 
Don’t Shoot Blindly at Rabbits 
Now that we’ve covered where you should aim, it’s important to tell you why. There are plenty of people out there that recommend just aiming at the body. With this method, a shot anywhere will probably cause an eventual death, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to score the rabbit. 
When a rabbit is hit by a pellet from a slingshot, the shooter probably did enough damage to take the rabbit out, but not enough to kill it instantly. What this means is the rabbit will take off running. If you can’t find it, it will die a painful and slow death. For that reason, it’s important to take a good shot every time you aim your slingshot. 

 Where to Hunt for Rabbits 

Rabbits are small and fast. They are great hiders and are easy to find anywhere there is a constant food and water source. Some of the most popular hiding places for rabbits are industrial sites, deserts, and even your own backyard.
At an industrial site, rabbits will hide anywhere there is something to hide in. Abandoned houses or buildings close to food and water sources are also great hiding sources. During cold winter months rabbits will hide under buildings or debris left in the work yard.  
In a desert location, rabbits are found hiding near bushes and brambles. Even tall grass will do. But, if you’re looking for rabbits in the desert, you’ll have to know how to track the cottontails down. To do this, look at the roads surrounded by the desert. If you start near the road and travel into the desert, you’ll know exactly where they live because you’ll see their tracks. 
Backyards are a great place to find bunnies because you probably know exactly where they are. You’ve probably seen them scurrying around while you mow the line or just walking through the yard. If this is the case, you know where the rabbits are hiding. All you must do is sit and wait and you’ll be ready to pounce on a bunny with your slingshots and projectile. 
Now you have everything you need to know about shooting rabbits with a slingshot and projectile. The most important thing is to be ethical when you’re looking hunting rabbits. Don’t just aim wildly at the rabbits. Instead, consider the information provided above and make sure you always take a good shot. You also need to make sure you recover a rabbit every time you take a shot. It’s important to never leave a rabbit to suffer outdoors. Instead, recover a rabbit after ever shot. 
About Author:

Brandon Cox is the founder of StayHunting, who is passionate about all things of hunting and fitness. Through his hunting website, he would like to share tips & tricks, finest tech that will excite all of the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.

Friday Book Recomendation

Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

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The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!
Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability–cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages–this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you’ll also discover detailed information on:

  • Choosing the right items for your kit.
  • Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
  • Collecting and cooking food.
  • Protecting yourself from the elements.

With Canterbury’s guidance, you’ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you’ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you’ve never imagined.