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Meeting an unknown snake on the trail; what is the best thing to do?
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The best thing to do is just avoid it completely. If you can't go around because the bush is too thick, find a plenty long enough stick and get it off the path. The snake won't chase you, it's just ...

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Is killing fish with iced water really humane?
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Ice water will not kill any fish quickly. Some fish even live in ice or icy water. A tropical fish may go into shock, but it won't die right for a long time. I think people may believe the fish is ...

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Are Hawthorn berries edible?
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15 votes

If you are referring to Crataegus, then yes Hawthorne is edible, the pomes are like tiny apples with two flower spots on the bottom. It is commonly made into jelly, syrups and country wine. Regarding ...

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What would cause sudsy surf?
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The suds are caused by protein. Protein is usually consumed by the nitrogen cycle and finally plant life, but if there is enough water churning by wind and white caps and breaking waves it can froth ...

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Possible to transform (at least two) smartphones into walkie-talkie like devices?
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The answer is, you can do this, but I don't recommend it at all. Wallow talkie apps for the iPhone and android phones should be considered nothing except toys. Firstly, the range of wifi and ...

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Will it damage my rain gear to store it in a compression sack?
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The creases that develop can theoretically compromise rain proofing treatment, especially if those creases cycle (bend and straighten repeatedly) however you can always retreat your gear to get more ...

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How do you survive getting towed under a log jam?
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Oh....you don't. It would only be a matter of luck, physical strength and breath holding capacity...much emphasis on luck. I was once kayaking with my GF in Florida when I was in my early 20s and ...

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How often do I need to clean my rimfires?
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You should clean all guns at the end of every session of use for a few reasons. I am assuming .22 or .17 cal since you said rimfire. These are the most common rimfire calibers. to prevent residue ...

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Is it safe to drink out of a rusty thermos?
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Rust is not harmful to consume in either form (red or black) Black rust is magnetite and is what makes cast iron cookware black. What is dangerous is being cut by something rusty, and danger has ...

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Swans jammed together in a small pond
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If the swans are forced to stay next to shore (as opposed to casually being there), they flock together to avoid predation. In addition to flock safety by numbers, Swans are very tough, and very ...

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What is the best rope to have in a survival situation?
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I may be biased as a mariner, but I am partial to three stranded twisted rope. It may not be as strong as braided-cored ropes per thickness, but I can do more with it. With three stranded twisted ...

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Is there a device to hook anything on a branch?
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You could make your own with a smaller piece of hardwood 1x4. With a jig or bandsaw, cut a notch out for the hook, then remove material along the outside to make it narrow. Guaranteed to be ...

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Advantages of a (hunting) hat in the woods?
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Hats are great for many reasons. They keep sun off your head, they retain heat when it's cold. They help keep small stuff from hitting your head and sometimes your face. A branch may knock your hat ...

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Drift fishing vs anchor fishing?
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If you are bottom fishing with a bait that needs to stay on the bottom you want to anchor. If you drift while dragging the bait. You are likely to hook up to something on the bottom like rocks or ...

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Preparing rice and mashed potatoes with warm instead of cooking water
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Honestly you are better off bringing some other form of starch, such as hard tack or saltines or something similar. Take a bite of cracker, and take a sip of water and chew. Rice and rice water, when ...

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What Navigation Aids can I make on an island with only a knife?
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First things first. You need a sailboat in order to sail. A raft isn't navigated. It drifts and is blown around. If you have a sailboat you already have the navigation tools you need or at least most ...

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Avoid swimming into climbing plants/creepers
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7 votes

That's hornwort. It grows around here too. Wonder to fish around as well as lily pads are great to fish around. Anyway, those plants grow at a depth where strong sunlight can get to it. In all ...

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How to store a knife
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Oil the knife, then leave it alone until you are prepping your outing. Oil doesn't evaporate, it dries. When it's dried, it has the same and perhaps even better protective properties than fresh oil. ...

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Any reason to prefer bow-fishing over rod-fishing?
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Bow fishing is a sportsmanship hobby like any other. If you like the idea of bow fishing, then try it. If you like the idea of rod and reel fishing, then try it. Which is better? Well, you can only ...

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Is a field tip as effective as a hunting tip for small game
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Chances are you'll be doing a lot more tracking. Blunt tips are for very small game, intended to knock they prey out cold or cause death by blunt trauma. Hunting tips are intended to increase depth ...

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How can I get a coconut from a tree?
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Climbing a coconut palm is actually pretty easy, though you do need to be fit in order to do it. You grab Around the trunk with you hands, and push off wish your feet and walk up the trunk. It's ...

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In kayaking how would you escape an underwater whirlpool current if you were trapped in one?
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The answer to this is going to be counter intuitive. Firstly, the most important thing to do is to avoid these dangers altogether. Firstly (yes another first) wear a good life jacket. I can't say how ...

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How do you avoid Norovirus on the AT?
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In the civilized world you wash your hands regularly, and food handlers should so and additionally wear gloves so if they carry any pathogen, it's not transmitted to the food. We don't have that ...

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What is an appropriate caliber for hunting mule deer?
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.30 cal is about where big game hunting starts. You could get away with .223 with smaller white tail deer, but you'll increase how often you need to track your deer and that's less humane. For mule ...

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Does the fletching length practically influence the arrow?
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Fletching is used to stabilize an arrow, stopping it from tumbling. A heavier arrow needs more fletching to help stabilize the arrow. This is usually accomplished by lengthening the fletching rather ...

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Terminology and cues for reading river water when fly fishing
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Riffle vs rapid: a riffle is slow moving over a generally shallow wide flat spot, but has significant turbulence (water moving in all sorts of directions) because of rocks and such. A rapid is fast ...

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Can I reuse the soft fibres from hackle feathers in some other fly tying application?
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I use that dubbing to make flies used in tiny hook sabiki rigs. Just something that will wiggle around the hook to attract plankton feeders. I use these to catch sardines, alewives, menhaden, herrings ...

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Transporting Large Amounts of Fish
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Go to the local supermarket butcher, ask if he has any shipping styrofoam coolers from incoming meat suppliers. Same as the cheapo ones, but Much more sturdy.

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Is a tepee, log cabin, or lean-to configuration most effective for starting a fire?
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It honestly depends on conditions and what you are trying to accomplish. If you have nice whittled shavings to start with, the make a log cabin of those, and slowly increase the size of kindling and ...

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Can fire starting liquid be used in a kerosene lamp?
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Lighter fluid and charcoal lighter fluid may be one of or a combination of the following: alcohol, kerosene, naphtha or other petroleum solvent. Therefore I would stick with kerosene.

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