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Native American Survival Skills

It has been said that knowledge is power, and that applies to any area in life. Of course, it is important to arm and prepare, but it is even more important to constantly learn new aspects of survival. Some of these arts and sciences have been lost in the last century, as modern life has caused humanity to know more how to use a smartphone rather than how to build a fire. It is easy to gloss over these skills like an old memory, when you can simply pop at TV dinner in the microwave when you are hungry.

The histories of empires have told us that they are finite, and that includes that of the U.S. In this case, it is important to gain knowledge and learn about old methods that have been long forgotten by many. This knowledge may not always be accessible as it is one of the first resources that will become scarce in the event of a nation threatening disaster. Other items may be procured with relative ease, but it may be next to impossible to find gems of wisdom.

One of the best places to find knowledge about survival methods for now is on the Internet. The Internet has an incredibly high concentration and abundance of information that dwarfs libraries and can be accessed in the comfort of your home. A quick search engine inquiry will reveal answers that took hours of research in the past. This is a great place to start. Whatever useful information you find, print out, and put in a ring binder.


We were not meant to survive in isolation. There are many skills we can learn from one another. Find a mentor or group that does survival activities on a regular basis. Learning from one person to another is the best way to make it a part of you. For instance, learning martial arts of some kind will be indispensable in a crisis. These arts train you to keep calm, respond properly, avoid fights, and win them with the time come.

Nothing will help people survive more than a tight knit community that cares for its members. In this community, you will find different skills, access to different resources, and a psychological morale improvement. Finding others with the same mindset will help you survive long-term, and make the situation far more bearable than braving the dark times alone.

Basic Tools

Knives are considered one of the most basic tools in any society. It has been seen as the very beginning of technology after the discovery of fire. Using the proper knife for a survival scenario is arguably the most crucial part of survival. Your world will revolve around your knife, so it is important to have one appropriately selected.

You do not want to survive on a kitchen knife, as these are only tailored for light duty. Survival knives can come in several forms but they have to perform these basic tasks:

  • Chopping or Cutting Wood
  • Carving Wood
  • Stripping Bark for Lashing
  • Hunting
  • Cleaning Game
  • Cutting Cords
  • Fishing
  • Climbing
  • Fashioning Other Weapons
  • Striking Fire Steel
  • Shaving and Scoring Wood
  • Defense

It is for this reason that your knife must be durable, and have the right shape to perform daily tasks. As opposed to many popular designs, you do not want your knife to be longer than 5”. If it is 6” and above, it will be difficult to handle and could possibly be dangerous. Also, avoid serrated edges on your knife. The most powerful cutting and carving edge is at the base near the handle, and if that area is serrated, it will be difficult to use it to chop and carve.

Also, you may need to defend yourself with your knife. This may be more preferable than using bullets, as you may not want to draw attention to the location of the shot. This means that the knife must come to a sharp point at the tip. This may also allow you to lash the knife to a long stick, creating a spear for hunting. Another possible function of your knife may allow you to throw it at a target. This is another great hunting application, but it is less for defense, in the event that your target runs away with your precious knife.

This new tool redefines the survival kit from the ground up…

There are many designs to a good survival knife; you just need to figure out what your preferred style may be. For this reason, you also may want to consider making one of your own. Creating your own knife design and manufacturing it yourself will allow you to know how to make more in the event that you lose or break your original. For less than $100, you can procure the resources necessary to shape and heat-treat your knife from bar stock.

The reason why the topic of knives is located in the “knowledge” category is because of how crucial it is to know how to use them and even perhaps know how to make them. Getting to know your knife is has to do with more than just surviving; some survivalists even say that it connects you closer to nature. The ability to survive from this most basic tool is known as more of an art form than a method.


While the survivalist mindset might seem to stem from weathering bad times, it is actually based in a basic enjoyment of nature. Nature is a gift, and the ability to live comfortably from its provisions is one of the most life-changing experiences a person can ever have. The art of survival seems to have been lost over the years, but before the technology boom in the last century, it was commonplace to know and understand survivalist principles.

One of the most basic skills when in the wild is a combination of two methods. These methods are called the “Fox Walk” and “Wide-Angle Vision.” These were the basic “bread and butter” of how tribal populations would hunt and stalk without leaving any trace. Learning lessons from these peoples, it has enlightened us on how to live from the land.

The Fox Walk is a method on how tribal populations were able to move in the forest completely undetected by even the wildlife. These methods were also used in war as the first skirmishes took place between the Native Americans and the residents of Jamestown. Knowing how effective the Fox Walk concealed movements, the Navy Seals adopted this tactic to conceal their numbers behind enemy lines. The Fox Walk basically consists of:

  • First, it is most effective to do this without footwear or wearing moccasins. This allows you to feel the ground, and helps you avoid stepping on sticks that can crack and make noise.
  • Land your foot with your heal first. This requires balance; as your foot comes into contact with the ground, you may have to move to a different location to avoid a sharp rock, a stick, or leaves that may make noise.
  • Then allow the outside of your foot to roll to the ground, and then the balls of your feet. This will allow you to mask your presence by lessening your footprint and noise.
  • If you are traveling in a group, the battle-tested way to conceal your numbers is to Fox Walk, and with each person placing his or her foot in the print of the one ahead of them.
  • Rushing about is a quick way to be found and wastes crucial energy, so the Fox Walk is a method, crafted for slow, steady movements.

These are the basics of Wide-Angle Vision:

  • Wide-Angle Vision allows you to see movement and inconsistencies rather than the details that are directly in front of you.
  • This type of focus allows you to spot resources more easily and sense movement, which is crucial for hunting.
  • Wide-Angle Vision utilizes your peripheral vision, allowing for a much wider view and scope of sound stimulation. This causes you to be far more aware of your surroundings.
  • In order to practice Wide-Angle Vision, move your hands out directly in front of you. Then, separate them slowly until your arms are stretched out all the way.
  • Then, wiggle your fingers. If your peripheral vision can pick up both hands, then you have entered into Wide-Angle vision.

The best part about utilizing the Fox Walk and Wide-Angle Vision is the fact that you can move around less, maximizing the resources in your vicinity. You will use much less energy, and it will keep you calm. Some have said that it is almost like tuning in to a sixth sense, as you can extend your perception farther that you would normally be able to.

Experiencing and enjoying nature is one of the most basic principles of the art of survival, and using ancient methods is one of the best ways to do just that.

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  1. Great info! Will be utilizing this advice.

  2. Wow that was great!! The images that came back to me of my childhood.. thank you!! That spark is back

  3. Come on folks… not one out of a thousand readers is going to be able to live off the land with a survival knife and stealth… maybe not even that many. I love knives, and have a dozen that would be choice for survival, but the reality of depending on a knife for a wilderness survival stint does not make sense. Most of your readers are either too out of shape, too old, too inexperienced, too dependent on medications, too dependent on society, and almost all of them are mentally unprepared to accept this drastic change in lifestyle to survive more than a few days… and not even that long in harsh weather. I think you need to continue to focus on helping people survive in place, not allowing them to consider being a refugee in the wilderness with stealth and a knife.

    • Grizzly,

      Although agreeing with your view point on the status of most Americans, I think the basis of this entire article is not to have only a knife and fox walk to survive its to point out that these are techniques one can utilize to do so. Same with martial arts you have to have a thousand and one techniques and each one has to be focused on and drilled, hence this article…..

      Personally I think its a great writing and glad it was brought to my attention.

    • grizzly you are 100% correct 1 out of a 1000 will not be abled to surive with a gun mush less a knife you people better listen to what this man is saying its not going to be a boy scout camp when the SHTF if its winter people will freeze to death if its summer they will die of heat stroke so dont act like it going to be awalk in the park wake the hell up and listen or you are going to die when the shtf


        • you would be better served to construct a shantyboat like retreat and haul it on a trailer.of course it is larger and costs more but it is well designed. it can stay on the trailer or taken off and set in a nearby waterway screened from view by can also decide to set it up on blocks. there is an elderly gentleman in florida who is living on one of these after he had a stroke and didnt want to be in a nursing home.this offers you a lot more options and you could tow it to the site ahead of time after you finish it. each chance you get bring supplies and tools to make it better. .when you have to get out of town having the” retreat” set up at your retreat removes the hassle and lowers your profile on the way.the cost is less than a high end camper and more sturdy.oh yeah you can even rent a flatbed trailer to haul it out there and save on the cost.

        • First typing in all capital letters is rude and doesn’t give your post much reliability. It’s like yelling at your reader.
          Second, broadcasting your preps isn’t wise.
          Good luck and I’d think about the possibility of an EMP if I were you since a lot of your preps concern using power.

          • I wish you people would get over the Capital Letters crap. If that is all you have to say then just keep it to yourself. Who really gives a rats behind except people who just thrive in pointing out someone else mistakes according to their own standards. Get a life!!!

        • First off, by using that AC unit you will be giving your location away to everyone within 100 feet, 2nd, that goes for the gas generator. 3rd, using a live ammo firearm to hunt with will also give away your location. Get a multi pump pellet rifle to hunt small game with and a crossbow for bigger game, no loud noise and no one will know where you are. The size of your trailer is also a giveaway to the fact that you are there. If you have a weeks supply of food for 2-4 people and am on foot you will be able to get around roadblocks and not be seen. All that food will get you killed in a SHTF situation.

      • You know, the living skills of early Americans and native Indians is much better than survival skills, as survival skills are part of living skills.
        Like using clay to pack a fish in to cook it making a clay plate to cook on . Smoking foods, etc.
        If anyone wants to learn about economic collapse, look at Armenia, where it was said they burned most their trees trying to stay warm.
        But look at the hobos of the Great Depression.
        Thing is, there’s this major group that won’t try to survive, they think, someone else has food, I’ll take it cause I ain’t going hungry.
        Where a good stash of ammunition and reliable firearms would be needed.

    • And when they take your home from you(If they let you go, and don’t throw you somewhere”for your safety”)? Then what?
      Your ‘survive in place’ thing is a little corny, considering…
      Just saying.

      ~Blessed Be to all~

      • And the knife and stealth are two VERY needed things for survival in wilderness. You’d know that if you’ve spent any long periods of time in the wilderness. Not just a week every year. I’m talking at LEAST a month, only bringing a week’s supply of food with you..if that. I did 9 months in a two-man tent in a remote part of a National Forest in Western North Carolina(should have never came out either). It was kinda hard to go back to basics of survival, after getting acclimated to the lazy world. But I’m telling you, it was worth the experience and knowledge. If you are any kind of human, and do this, it stays with you when you decide to return to the lazy world…you appreciate things more. You also sometimes get disgusted with trivial, childish, immoral BS too, and make them less a part of your everyday life..because they just do not matter anymore.
        Anyone who does this, knows the serenity, and SPIRITUALITY of the experience too. I recommend trying it..REALLY trying it.(Let’s make it ‘easy’—Take 5 days of food and stay for two full weeks….just two weeks. I bet you can’t do it!) You can not get hardly any true effect from a weekend, or really even a week, no matter how much you feel ‘relaxed’.
        I’ll say’s not easy to do, but the rewards are phenomenal!
        I’d have to say that 80% of the population of this country couldn’t do it..out of that 80%, I’d say 60% WOULDN’T do it. And that is pathetic as a human, in my opinion. It is actually INHUMAN.
        But that’s what most are acclimated to, and brainwashed into believing that everything else is now immoral, disgusting, and inhuman.
        All I can say is…have a nice nap. I’m sorry you can’t experience being truly human….before you are maybe forced to do so. I hope it doesn’t have to come to that, just FOR that reason. Alot of people wouldn’t make it, or they would be so much of a hindrance that they would have to be rejected from any ‘group’ that might help them a little. Alot of people would (will?) parish..all because they lost the ‘human’ side of life.
        In any case..I wish everyone well.

        ~Blessed Be to all~

        • These skills will work in urban settings as well as country and wilderness. The People are very aware and bringing back skills and teaching them to their generations. Just as with many others, some follow the easy route and some are aware and getting back to the important skills of living close to the land. They, like most preppers, are few and worth getting to know and include if/when you find them.

    • 99% of the people in this country would kill themselves inside of 2 weeks trying to survive in the wilderness with a knife. They have no idea of what to do to get a balanced meal or how to cook with out kitchen utensils, let alone come up with water, shelter, and fire. Even those of us that have and can wilderness trek and live off the land will run out of supplies within a short time because of the large number of people trying to do the same thing. The land cannot support a foraging population of people. There are too many of us, especially east of the Mississippi. It takes years to establish an agricultural existence in place. The best we can do for most of us is have a couple months of supplies on hand and live in place. Even living in place in a disaster situation means no electricity and no potable water supply. Survival in place is a life style you have to live to be able to live it in a disaster. There are books and books on the subject. Buy them, read them, and practice what they say.

    • I grew up with these techniques since I was a baby and always get made fun of for the way I walk and that I can’t wear heels and never wear shoes. Brings back memories.

      To those who read this and agree with the dipshit above; if I could hunt and stalk as easily as I could walk from the time I was a dainty little child, anyone can learn these very basic survival skills.

      However cherokee, or at least my family, do not use heels first and I can’t imagine doing so would be advantageous. At all times I walk from the outside curves of my feet inward; when following in footsteps while stalking prey hunting I use my tiptoe to make contact as carefully as possible before tracing backward and rolling my feet back along the outside curve. This so that if I start to tread on a stick I can reverse footing and shift my weight before risking cracking it. In situations where I am not following someone I simply walk curve out; I can more easily shift my foot sideways when I brush something that would cut my feet or make a noise without risking my center of gravity if something were to be stalking ME. 😉

      • Eden I think your very right its alot easier to put your toes down first and then easily roll down the outside of your foot . Theres not many who do not sound like a herd of cows going thru the woods. I would luv you to email me I am very interested in learning all I can if u wouldn’t mind ? Thanks

      • I agree on the inaccuracy of the stalking method above.. I was raised walking from toe to heel, rolling my foot along the outside edge.
        5 of my 8 great grandparents were full blooded Cherokee. I hunt, fish, trap, skin, sew, cook, make my own knives and sheathes, etc.
        I try to teach my children to respect the wilderness and to understand it.
        When the SHTF, I intend to take them down the river a bit. The neighboring communities were all mining towns and I know where I can access a mine entrance to use for shelter that can only be accessed on foot currently.
        My advice is to find an emergency shelter near by and bury a stash of tools. In my case, I also intend to plant some corn and potatoes near the mine entrance so that when I need it, it’s ready

      • Thank you for these words. I know nothing about making it in the woods and I grab every scrap of info I can. I appreciate the above article and your comments.

    • Right, but good luck without these…

  4. Good point grizz! Obesity is at an all time high in America and so is the Xbox and any other “in the house” luxury that takes from an outdoor trip, activity, etc. but also the knife is about an old of a tool as the invention/discovery of fire. The author is basically telling us that it’s the foundation for survivalists and outdoor enthusiasts alike today and how our or my ancestors started out with nothing more than the basic primitive tools and how they for centuries if not longer, made their way. Good historical background too.

  5. Great article! It’s just too bad we couldn’t have valued their knowledge enough to allow them to live.

    • I agree 100% with you Negrita. Imagine the wealth of knowledge.

      • Joseph,

        Thanks! I actually can. Like many of us, I have American Indian ancestry and the stories handed down make me realize what incredible knowledgable people they were. We can certainly see it in those who emulate the skills handed down by the Mayan Indians. Many of the farming practices are still in place in central and south America. 😉

        • There are a lot of us alive, dont kid yourself, the biggest jump in demographics in the census was American Indians…. We need to come together this time and be prepared to handle whatever the onsluaght is. And we dont do that through drunkenness, drugs, and a lack of education. I do attend indian prayer meetings, and after getting over the inital, ” I feel dumb as a white guy playing indian” but once I got over the stigma that society would saddle me with I began to settle down and get myself to work on this just like I do on everything and I see a lot of need there. The people are not dead, they are alive, and they need leadership and good examples. What we do not need it Hollywood or some well meaning liberals conducting our affairs, (cause we arent in their estimation) able to do it ourselves. Get rid of the BIA.
          The Col

          • A good first start would be to take those funds the tribes are throwing at the democrat presidential candidate and use them to gather in the flock and prepare. I would love for their leadership to impart skills to the young people, as well as pride, beginning with reinstituting marriage and the importance of fathers.

          • A good first start would be to take those funds the tribes are throwing at the democrat presidential candidate and use them to gather in the flock and prepare. I would love for their leadership to impart skills to the young people, as well as pride.

          • Friend, you are correct on many accounts, there’s the enduring struggle of self-direction and depenecy, low self-esteem haunts the minds of the first nation people, we have the prayer circle as one of key tools for renewal!

          • Susie,
            They are probably more prepared for survival than anyone. Money isn’t much of a concern to them..only to the world in which they’ve been forced to live.
            Money isn’t gonna be much of a concern anyway.
            I do however agree with some Native values being brought back into peoples lives.

            ~Blessed Be to all~

          • I don’t know what tribe you’re from but my mom is full blooded cherokee and we have never heard of ‘prayer meetings’. Of course we still practice their original religion, they did not convert to Christianity during the conflict/takeover. Just a bit concerned you may be being duped.

    • Live? They are alive, playing X box with the rest of the sheep…

    • We as native people are still alive. I’m anishinaabe and speak my language as well as gather plants for food medicine and ceremonial purposes. We still hunt and fish, not because we have to but because it is what keeps us healthy. I have to live in both societies, one where I acquired 2 undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree and the other where I live my day to day life with total respect for what was given to us to use. My father taught me how to hunt and fish, my grandparents taught me many things about plants. My mother taught me how to sew and cook.
      I therefore teach my two kids these skills. The knowledge is still there and not lost as one person made the comment.

    • No living American surpasses Russell Means in my esteem. I am six years older than he and I hold him in high regard, having been a guest at his house and having drunk his coffee. Sitting Bull and Joseph still live in Russell Means.

  6. I am a middle-aged woman, and have always loved the outdoors. I have taken it upon myself to learn to hunt and prepare game. I can kill a deer, say, field dress it, hang it, skin it, and quarter it. I also know how to cook it. Same goes for turkey, squirrel, rabbit, dove, fish,etc. as well as being able to kill, dress and prepare a chicken. It feels good not only knowing how to do these things, but knowing I CAN and HAVE done them!! I have also collected heirloom seed, which you can save from year to year, unlike the hybrids and genetically altered seeds so often offered, which will not grow true from seed. I know how to can all sorts of foods safely, and can put up meats and garden produce for my family. No greater feeling than to look at all the colorful healthy foods preserved in jars on the shelves! I would recommend that those who only dream of such things actually find a way to learn these things hands on. Not only will you have a huge sense of accomplishment, but you can teach others these practical skills, and provide nutritious foods for your family and neighbors.

    • Good for you, fizzlecat–I too am middle aged, and am an accomplished wild game slayer, raise and butcher chickens, rabbits as well as put up a productive garden each year. Last year, I shot my deer, tracked it, gutted it, drug it back to my stand, hung it in a tree and resumed hunting. When my husband picked me up after dark, he was more than surprised to see my harvest hanging from the tree-none of which required his assistance to that point. With each successful canning of my garden goods, butchering rabbits or chickens, I feel empowered to make a difference in my life and that of my families. Four years ago, I realized that our government was both incapable and too confident that we the people are ignorant and unable to provide for ourselves. I look forward to teaching my grandson’s the abilities I have gained and the confidence that comes with the ability to fend for my self and family. Sounds like you will do well too!!!

    • Damn, where does a man find a woman like you. They aren’t grown on trees or anything, lol. I am 65 in January but no where near dead. I have always thought that the American Indians were the smartest people around back in the day in most cases. I also know there are many tribes around with “Elders” who have must to pass on to anyone with the desire to listen.

    • I have been reading up on Survival skills for 2 years…I have a togo bag plus a ton of heirloom se=ds ….Im looking for a mentor to teach me the practical stuff….the neighbors have their heads burried in the sand & think I’m crazy. There is no unity where I live or understanding of the necessity to prepare….Please help me help myself ….forever great full
      Bless you all & be safe

  7. The one and most important book any American should read is: ” One Second After”. If you read that wonderful bit of survival literature, then you will have an inkling of what is going to happen when the SHTF. And as for the knife. I have the guns, I have the ammunition, I have the food. I may have a gun on me at all times, but believe me, I never leave home without a good knife on me. It is the basic tool anyone needs for survival. If you ignore that need your are already on your way to being a victim because you just do not have the mindset to survive.

  8. Every comment here is valid. One size does not fit all. Twenty five years ago I could bug out and survive off the land in any kind of weather but now I must stay put. However I am even more prepared to do that because I must. So whatever your age, your shape, your health, plan and prepare to protect you and your family.

  9. Staying Still: Even with todays drones etc, standing still it is hard to see you. It is usually movement and/o IR heat signature that we pick up on you. If you sit still and wrap yourself in one of those aluminum heat reflecting blankets chances are that even a drone will not see you. I would think if you go into any surplus store and ask the guy for a “Wooby” he will give you what is in reality a camouflaged nylon blanket. Sew the aluminum blanket to the back of the Wooby and you are camouflaged from IR (Heat seeker) and the human eye. If you are in some of the new digital or tigerstrip cammies even in the daylight you are almost invisible if you stand still. Now, that being said, if you encounter a sniper you must get away, but chances are you will never see him. And, in case you didnt know, and contrary to what the movies show you, you do not hear the shot of the rifle. A bullet sounds like a big wasp flying over your head and then a sharp “Crack” Duck immediately and crawl aways staying covered.
    Cover means you have something solid enough to stop a bullet between you and him. Concealment is just like bushes or something that keeps him from see you.
    If the sound is big like a hummingbird, it is a 50Cal and you are in big trouble. You are going to need BIG rocks to hide behind, wait til dark and run.
    The Col

    • There was an article years ago in a Men’s magazine about hiding and the technique was taught by an expert in hiding to law enforcement, FBI, etc.

      The techique was so good that one lady who practiced it got peed on while hiding in the bushes by one of the protaganist who was unaware she was there.

  10. No pun intended, but I second ‘dunnthat’ that everyone should read “One Second After.” A breakdown scenario may not be as bad as that, but you should be prepared for the worst case. After I read that book, I no longer look at the world in the same way. My most important take-away from the book is that you must be part of a like-minded group of people in order to survive a societal breakdown. Although I was raised to be independent and self-sufficient, I realize now that I could not survive TEOTWAWKI alone.

    P.S. Don’t forget your gallon of unscented bleach.

  11. how do you go about finding a group of people who are like minded on creating a survival community, without sounding like a lunatic

    • This is a question on my mind as well. I would like to have a place to go once out of the city but how to buy land and supplies on a budget??? I would not say it ways heavilly on me but I do think about it.
      Thanks for your comment and if you do get an answer please drop me a line

      • Instead of bug out, bug down. The shipping container plan buried underground is the way we would go. Out there they will see you before you see them. Bug down and you will see them coming…

    • I would suggest using social media. You can start your own survival group for your area. For example, if I lived in Dayton, Tx I would start a facebook group called Dayton Tx Survival Discussion… Then let the people find you.

  12. ARCH, I was thinking the same question – how do you find like-minded people?

    • DITTO.
      How do you find sympatica people?

      • everyone around me is trying to be nice to me about my preperations, but they dont want me to be concusemed with it. TOO LATE, i fell that time is running out fast and i have just started, and it does make me thank that im going nuts. i could also use some others like me to talk to and seek incouragement form.

        • I have felt that impending doom myself and worry that I started too late to ever be able to survive. My boyfriend told me it was consuming me and stealing my joy. He suggested doing just one thing a day, reading a article or practicing a new skill, and told me- The most important thing in a survival situation is keeping your head, Don’t panic. It still bothers me sometimes, and money is tight so there are alot of things i have to pace getting. When I feel the panic taking over I pray because I am sure that this journey I am on was directed by God and he provides. If you want to chat my email is [email protected]. Hang in there, It will come.

          • cheetah, Your boyfriend is right–don’t let it consume you and do not panic. Our main focus is putting up stores of foods: staples such as flour, sugar, rice. I raise and can alot of meats and vegetables. Instead of buying many guns, we own bows and a couple guns…lots of ammo is better to have. Set yourself a good budget, buying a few extras to stow away each month. A good first aid kit is a must. Shop garage sales for blankets. Picking up a new skill and mastering it will help you feel in control-don’t need to know everything, just a few things learned well, will serve you better. Most of all, you and your boyfriend, working together will make you twice as strong as one…Work together.

  13. southern patriot

    Excellent articles and the comments are always great on this site. I’ve been sick for some time an not really getting any younger and with limited funds we can only do so much in prepping. However,having said that, doing something, is better then doing nothing. Right! I don’t want to imagine what the country will look like when the SHTF. But for me and my family,I refuse to throw the towel into the ring without some type of a fight. To do less than that ,would be UN-American and I would not want my family looking at me and wondering why I did nothing to defend or feed my family, or help out a neighbor. So my plan is simple,get a little of this and a little of that, whatever I’m able to buy or trade for. We can’t afford to buy a years supply of food or build a bomb shelter. What we can do is this, I can buy extra cans of food or some freeze dried foods,when we have a few extra dollars. I’ll look at buying some building materials to make my stand, perhaps some barb wire, sand bags or plywood. Don’t have a fire place but we can cook over our fire-pit, we’ve been cutting and collecting firewood, makes good material to trade with. We just want to prepare for whatever may come our way. Perhaps the old Westerns I saw on TV as a youngster were correct when the Indians said “White man speak with Forked tongue”. Something is happening to our great country. Our politicians will not listen to “We the People” anymore and the very institutions that were built with the blood and sweat of our forefathers, are being torn apart and trashed. Our flag is burned and the US constitution is being walked over and subverted by those in power. I’m just one average John Does,I’ve paid my taxes and played by the rules all my life,I would not hurt a fly and I’d give the shirt off my back to help someone in need. Most of my friends feel the same way. They we’re who the writers of the constitution were thinking about when they wrote”We the People of The United States of Americana. We can not let this Nation be “fundamentally changed”. We must stand up for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This is America, Land of The Free and home of the Brave and we must not allow the “Taylor’s” of the world (from the movie Mr. Smith goes to Washington) to control our lives,our fortunes and our destiny without a fight. If America is allowed to go down the tubes,then there is no longer a bastion of freedom for the free peoples of the world to go to . And the” Taylor’s” have won and darkness will cover the planet. We will continue to prepare and we will do our best to help those in need. Blessings to each of you.Take care, Southern Patriot.

    • It’s an honor to stand beside you in our fight for our precious country. What were we thinking to let the current Pres have so much power. When was it that we failed to look up? My husband and I are prepping. People I work with think I am paranoid-I call it prepared. I know that if the world ground to a halt tomorrow, my hubby and I would survive at least 6 months on the stores we have, maybe longer. Could hunt beyond that and survive longer still -A couple years ago, I would have had stores enough to last a week or two. I too will help my family and neighbors. Everyone would be expected to do their part, but I wouldn’t expect anyone to do something I wouldn’t do. Afraid to shoot to protect what is mine? Just try me. I have no doubt that I can pull the trigger when pressed.

  14. Good comments from everyone. I concur with the evaluation except for one minor point. As far as Not having a serrated edge. I am of the opposite view. You definitely need a serrated edge knife for that one time you need to cut a branch or need to saw anything too and include some tough sinew/bones etc. So I guess the answer is to have two (Or like me MORE) GOOD knives.

    Good luck and not only keep your heads down but the other larger end as well.. 🙂

  15. to the one with the AC and generator…I hope you plan on being so far out in the boonies that no one can hear all that…otherwise they are coming for you, your food, your gear……etc!

  16. I have tried to learn as much as possible and to teach my children how to survive without home comforts – the Hunger Games has been a boon and made me look more cred and less nuts, in the eyes of some – and this website is so full of useful ‘real life’ hints and tips I’d like to think my family will make it through whatever hits us . . . just about . . .

  17. Americans I will admit are not what they were in the fur trapping or wild west days, but I think some people under estimate many of us. Many city dwellers will have trouble as they are to far removed from a survival style life. But a lot of people from the heart land can keep it together and will pull together to help there neighbors. If this nation is going to survive that is what is going to take. Not tearing each other down
    or looking out for your self or counting on our government. Stand on your own to feet and look out for those who can’t.

  18. Interestingpoint of view
    I myself believe in the multiple knives way of liveing. A rough service knife with a thicker more heavy blade for hair and around bone. A finer sharper blade for meat and finer camp chores.
    The self protection knife is longer , heavier, sharper survival ttype used for close in and to extend the reach’
    A one knife concept is fine but if it is lost or ruined doing the wrong job it is ti great a loss.
    Just my opinion

  19. I have a question about the Fox Walking. The author says it done best ‘without footwear or wearing moccasins.’ The first time I read it, I thought it meant ‘without footwear AND without moccasins’, especially since moccasins, being worn on the foot, are technically footwear. After thinking about it, I think it means ‘without footwear, but moccasins are okay.’ But I could still see it real easily being ‘without footwear AND without moccasins.’

    Could I please have some clarification?

    • Lilah, I imagine that since moccasins are usually made from natural materials and thinner than boots or shoes (no rubber sole between your foot and the ground) that a moccasin would be fine to wear but I can’t imagine any of us who are used to wearing shoes all the time would do well barefoot in the woods. I would think you’d have to have some protection for the foot – moccasins are made from hide and not terribly thick, unlike shoes with man-made soles. To inadvertently step on something sharp and cut the feet could cripple your ability to walk at all, so some foot covering might be a safety issue as well..

    • Notice the article mentions that Navy SEALs have adopted the fox walk technique? Do you think they stop and take off their combat boots?

      The fox walk can be performed while donning any type of footwear; however, it is most effectively performed (and of the most effectual training) when performed without footwear or when wearing thin moccasins…make sense?

  20. i to would like to find other pepol that think like me but how do you do9 that i dont know

  21. round kitchen tables

    Wonderful points altogether, you simply won a brand new reader. What could you recommend in regards to your put up that you simply made a few days in the past? Any positive?

  22. I am very new here. I guess that I am at ahh ….that given free and sound advice on somthing that can be
    used for so many things…offence/deffence/servival ..all about one iteam, and the advice that is shared is so freely given. yet so many present themselves obove it in some sort of manner. ? my quistion is??? what did you come here for? do you believe in something outside your self?….even if you dont..are you willing to die for what your belief is? Through history… we have been beaten by …..have defeated with…. nothing more then ….a hope, a faith, and in it’s final burst of belief garded with a knife….behind a gun?
    In this day and age…free advice comes easy……good sound advice …comes from a gentle soul who knows…and who is far beyond responding as I have done….but still desurves respect.

    before searching for anything… quistions-
    .why are you asking the quistion?
    Why do you want the answers?
    What are you going to do with the answers?

    These three simple quistions …might raise the heart rate of some…and maybe not others,
    but one damn thing I’m sure of….it will make it point……. just like a knife

  23. Hey y’all… love the last comment from ‘crossroads372000’!!! Gotta say though, I’ve seen the question asked several times “where do I find like minded people?” …. what about everyone that’s been writing on here?
    P.S. Thanks to the initial providor.

  24. This is a great site, such a wealth of information…I am a recent Citizen of this great Nation, very much appalled by what the Govt. is doing to our Constitution and trying to prepare for when TSHTF..At 64 years of age and not in the best of health, I doubt I would be the best at survival in the wild even though I have served in the NZ and Aust. Military..however I am building up supplies and weapons in case they are needed.
    Just looking for an area to relocate to at the moment..each pay day something is added to my survival supplies.
    Take care all of you and I hope you all survive what is ahead of us.

  25. I have read some great comments here,plus advice that each of us may find helpful. I do believe the intention of talking about knives is that the bottom line is,each of us will find ourselves in need of one by some kind of situation that we will encounter. So I took it as someone giving his view on what he/she considered right for them.Each of us will find the knife for us,cause we all are different in many ways. I myself carry a CRKT knife,cause it works for me, I like the double lock system,and easy open. More than one knife,yes I think it wise for different tasks.
    As for the Fox walk,and Wide view, again they are offered techniques, change them, modify them,practice them, they are just an offering to help others. I have walked like they said for most of my life,it comes naturally to me,and it works. I do wear shoes/boots too,lol. I mostly like the 5 fingers for wearing.I also walk where one foot is just about right in front of the other, this too can be confusing cause if many walk like that it is just a single line of people walking,numbers unknown.
    Everyone will have to survive the best they can, we all know that,some will stay put,others will move about,some have another out of the way place to go to. So do what you can with what you have to weather the storm.What works for you will not work for another,but, share what you do know cause none of us knows it all. I read here and other places,it might not work,but at least I have more knowledge to have on hand just in case. My favorite watch word “just in case”,lol.
    I have not read the book that others here have talked about,but I will be looking for it. The person who camped out for 9 months,good that you were able to do that, just not everyone can, if anything please take time and share your insights to the experience. the people who are “bugging down”, I am not of that option,only cause if found,and it will happen,your trapped, so just remember to check and recheck, over and over til you believe there are no give away signs.As for the use of drones,yes i am a firm thinker that they will cover the skies, cause the government will be the first hurdle to overcome. So the advice about the blanket is welcomed,but, may I also put in that if mud is around or can be made quickly it will lower your heat signature too, plus a bit harder to spot.
    Sorry I have rambled on,one last thing. The question of “meeting of like minds”, how about maybe a site like camping survival that could set up a meet chatroom or sign up place for others to contact. I hate that cause the net is just as easy for the government. Thank you for reading my comments,good luck to each of you. If you wish to talk or share more with me here is my Email… [email protected]

    • I like what you had to say. I to like the same knife as well as gerber also was thought to walk like that in the army.

  26. This is a great discussion with a lot of good info but it also scares me. I’m 66 with bad arthritis, a bad back and I see no way I can survive a real disaster. I know the woods better than most and grew up in the country using outdoor privies carrying water and farming/hunting and I know how but I could never do it physically. I’ve done some prepping but it will be only a short term solution. It is truely scary. My hope is in the Lord, so far he has provided. Just saying….
    But I will get me one of those blankets!

  27. Aunt Jane, I too have a bad back and arthritis. I have found, by trial and error, the things that I can do. One of the comments that was made is that we all have skills and those are the ones that we need to concentrate on. I can hunt, but carrying back the kill would be almost impossible, but I have found how to break it down into smaller manageable sections and will need help or have to go back and forth to bring it all in. I have found how to work the garden, so that it does not hurt and I can what we produce. I also raise small animals for meat and eggs. We can all lend some expertise. I am not young by any stretch but I still have my uses. I have also found that mind is over matter. There are times when I hurt so bad that I just want to give up but I will not allow myself that luxury. It has kept me going for 33 years (caused by on the job accident). I have raised a family, started a farm, and have been prepping all that time. I guess what I am saying is do not let it scare you, and do not give up. You have things that you can do, just get out and find what they are and how to modify them so that you can accomplish them.

    • I know how you feel with the pain of injuries. However I too have much to offer. I am lucky that I am in a rural setting with a large number of family members of various talents. My specialty is security and tactics as well as self defense I know all about hunting but on large animals I have to get help in transport. I practice the foxwalk without even thinking about for I have used it for manyyears

    • I’m also older and not in the best of health, but this is where a prepper community is invaluable. I may not be able to hunt, but I have been an avid vege gardener all my life and I know how to can just about anything edible. I also am learning how to use medicinal herbs and growing them and trying to learn more about edible plants in my region. I also can sew and crochet. These are all skills that can help a community to survive. There will be people who can hunt but don’t know how to preserve there kill. I can help. It’s a trade off so that we all can survive. I continue to try to learn skills that will be useful after the SHTF. Not everything is physical, there is a lot of intellectual skill that will be needed also. No one person will be able to do it all, but several with different skill sets will survive the best.

  28. I too have wondered how to find people of like mind. If you advertise then you are putting yourself out there for people to know who you are and what you have. I have spoken with people around me and they are not of like mind, so where do you go to find them. Is there a prepper site that we can go to that has people in your state. I have my family, but not all of them are of like mind either. The ones that are are scattered about the country, so what do you do in that scenario?

  29. The Fox Walk is intuitive. I learned it woods-bumming growing up in rural Alaska. I grew up to be a big heavy person and people always wonder at my stealth .

  30. Who ever wrote this article apparently got the information from someone else or a book, and didn’t listen too closely. D=For example, he obviously doesn’t know how to fox walk. You don’t land with your heel first in fox walking (foxes don’t have heels). You put toe first (like the Native Americans did while stalking). We NATURALLY walk by putting down our heel first, so that would not be a special technique. Hell, when I fox walk, i don’t even put my heel down period and for the record, I learned to fox walk in the Army, from an instructor who knew what he was talking about. It’s the five or six little “close but wrong” elements in here that let you know the guy doesn’t practice what he preaches. That or he wrote in way too much of a hurry and doesn’t re-read his writing and edit.

    • I was wondering if anyone was going to say anything about the fox walking method posted. It was a red flag for me, but I waited to reply until I went through all the comments; which I enjoyed most of. I was taught to place the outside ball of my foot (the joint behind the little toe) down first, then roll to the inside ball of my foot (the joint behind the big toe) then put the heel down. Walking this way you feel with the more sensitive parts of your feet first, then putting the heel down for a good solid foundation. This will keep you from over reaching with your feet, and you will be better balanced as you go. You can do this with or without footwear, but my suggestion is to go barefoot and FEEL the earth. Don’t worry too much about cutting your feet as you can feel something and adjust or move your foot before you get cut. As for foxes not having heels…that’s true, but they do have four feet and we only have two.

  31. As to meeting others, do you have gun or other outdoor type of store that would let you post a notice? Offer to have a class at their store. Are there other groups in area such as Oathkeepers, 9-12, Tea Party, archery league, etc you could get involved with? May find like minded folks in those groups. Get out & mingle.

  32. Thank you. It’s far better to have a sharp knife and never have to use it than never to have one. Same goes with these skills. I’m older now, so I teach instead of do but if/when I have to, my skills are sharp enough to use. Or at least help someone else to survive as they learn.
    Great article.

  33. This is great info, if you ever come across any info on how they used to construct there fires, I would love to see that also, as I have heard they would build small fires, with less smoke, just not sure how to do it. Thanks

  34. Mike Taylor SGT, 1Bn, 19th REGT

    I see several people asking how to meet like minded people. Here in Texas we have a state wide association called the “Texas Preparedness Group” or “TPG”. We have divided the state into about 18 districts. I’m in both districts 4 and 5. Each district puts on training for their district members. Members from other districts can ask to attend also. We also have a state wide meet-up every year. This gives you an opportunity to meet other members from other districts. With about 3,000 members, there is always something going on.
    In addition — we have a chat room on our web-site that is constantly going and has a ton of very good information.
    Soo — if you live in the Great State Of Texas — and want to connect with like minded people – check us out.
    God Bless All, Mike

  35. So i think that indian in the top picture was very sexy. Where can i find him?

  36. When we were little kids in the 1950’s – it was common practice to be ” SNEAKY “. All of us knew how to sneak around the house quietly and undetected – we could navigate the neighborhood without being found or seen if that is what we wanted – we could actually stealthily sneak around in the school halls and not be heard or spotted – when ditching class sometimes, it was necessary to sneak out of the school off of the grounds without being caught – we played HIDE `n SEEK learning how to hide in plain sight, and where I lived, there was a lot of wild wooded areas and we played there building camps, foraging, hiding, climbing trees, we had rope swings to swing out into the river and swim, we learned how to listen and watch nature and what kind of animal tracks we were looking at, we hunted frogs, polliwogs, turtles, calms, crayfish, and knew how to fish with just a hand line and hook with bait, all of which required you to be quite and patient. We learned which plants to avoid and which ones we could actually eat.. as well as where all the wild fruit trees were and how to choose a ripen fruit off of the tree – and being kids – we learned how to sneak into old storage buildings and shuttered warehouses and pilfer anything we thought was interesting or something we could use at a camp site. It is interesting how kids can manage to get through some opened windows without getting caught – we could wriggle though the smallest openings between pried apart wall boards, locked barn doors, holes in fences or how makeshift something to climb over them, how to navigate tree branches to get onto the roof of a building – to look for a second or third story window that was accessible or a sky light and gain a way in – I learned how to pick a lock with a Bobby Pin or a paperclip – some of the boys knew how to hot wire an old car or truck – ( which was something I never knew how to do – and wouldn’t do if I did – because that was just asking for more trouble and a nice long stay at a juvenile detention facility ) We learned how make a fire without matches or with a pocket magnifying glass – we would signal each other with small cosmetic mirrors using our variant of Morse code – we practiced tracking and stalking each other – we played cowboy’s/cowgirl’s & Indians ( I always wanted to be an Indian so I could shoot other kids with an blunt arrow or shoot them with a sling shot ) The cowboys used sling shoots too and also lever action Daisy BB guns. Those suckers hurt when you’re shot in the butt or leg by one! If you got shot – you were dead and couldn’t continue until the war was over and won by one group or the other. In the winter – we built huge snow forts and had Saturday snow ball fights – and would try to siege and storm the opponents fort to take their flag – all of which required team work, tactics, planning and maneuvers – plus a LOT OF SNOW BALLS! Making snow balls and storing them through the week was the only way you would have enough. It was fair game to find and take the other sides stash of snow balls if you could find it – so sneaking around and looking for the opponents stash was all part of the game – smashing and ruining their fortresses at night was Foul Play. In the summer -using our home made sling shots and shooting small stones – we’d try to hit stop signs for a long ways off – I don’t think there was any street signage in of area that wasn’t dinged, dented, beat up by rock fire. I well recall, that when riding around on bicycles, if you weren’t using you full peripheral vision – you just might feel the sting of a pebble shot at you from some hedge or bush or from behind a parked car! Interestingly – nearly ALL of the boys toted a sling shot to school and had recess period marksmanship contests shooting at tin cans. They also played Mumblety Peg with pocket knives. We all played Marbles. Using a ball bearing Steely was a nasty back handed trick to win and no one would respect you if you did it – Girl’s played Hop Scotch-Jumping Jack – which put to the test their skills of balance – We had Rope Pull contests – and of course – the Hula Hoop was huge fun.
    In the summer – we’d scavenge old truck or tractor tire inner tubes – patching them up so that they would hold air – and tubed down the river a couple of miles. The boys built rafts out of old oil drums and lumber and would raft sail the river. We also jumped off of the old abandoned trolley line bridge into the river and swam for the shore. The boys built down hill non motorized racing cars out of found junk and four usable wheels gleaned from any source… and on the weekends – because we had four streets with steep hills, upwards of a dozen boys with their racing cars competed for bragging rights and usually some girls attention too. It was very interesting to see what one boy would create out of junk and then dare to sit on it and race down a steep hill without brakes – quickly learning the art of the broad slide to stop or crash into something. This is also why foraging in old shuttered warehouses, service station junk piles, retail store trash cans, alley ways, farm yards were crucial resources for all of the things kids were doing who had to find a way to entertain themselves. Now – kids sit in front of Computers or hand held devices and basically aren’t very crafty- stealthy – sneaky – observant – opportunistic – clever – or sly like a fox in a hen house – or stealthy like an Indian hiding in the woodlands! Amazingly – not one of us Kids was seriously injured or became a criminal adult. Imagine that! What a wonderful and fun way to grow up.

  37. I have lived in the woods since 1983. I cook with fire, eat what I shoot or trap, fish, grow corn, tomatoes, have a orange tree. dug a well, built a cabin. Yes a good knife is a everyday used item. Made my own skins from hides. Hide shoes with leg wraps. Make A little shine. Small Generator . Don’t need anything else. I will die here but happy.

    • Dillard,

      what part of the country are you in? I have no idea of how to survive of the land and would like to learn if your willing to teach.

      thanks joe

  38. Not often do I say anything but no ne has said be wary about those who say like minded or friend.
    We thought we knew the people we hooked up with, 20 & 30 years pus to come home 1 day to find everything gone & no trace of the so called friemds. That was a couple of years ago.
    Everything I had scrimped & saved for to be replaced & I know it’ll never happen. 7 years gone & not that much time left to get ready before the SHTF.
    Not by any means are we rich & now both of us handicapped. Hubby had a terrible accident last July & left him in worse shape than me. He was lucky to have survived.
    Any who peeps don’t end up like us letting people know to much of anything you have or where even years of knowing people doesn’t mean anything when they were the 1’s to do the piliaging.
    How does 1 want or learn to trust again after that.

    Good Luck & God Bless.

  39. I live in the western mountains for 13 years, as people did in the mid 1800s, with the exception of building my own solar system the last two years, which was more for saleability after I had planned to move. once the californians started buying up all the surrounding country there was no elbow room left. the first thing you must have is the will to be totally self sufficient and you must learn the skills so that you can become proficient. I read a couple of books on old time ways and taught myself HOW. If you have any kind of natural ability, can make a plan in your head and carry it out without guidance you can do it. it isn’t easy but it can be done. if you have a partner that has the same level of skills you have it can be very good. but if you have dead weight along, you will both sink. you must have the ability to think on your feet. if something goes wrong, you must be immediately able to come up with an alternative plan and make it work. if you can do that you can do it!

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  41. what the heck

  42. I agree that knives are one of the most basic tools in any society. Knives come in handy whether at home in the kitchen or out in the wild. It’s great how far along we have come as a society, but also how some tools are still the same and used for the essentially the same concepts. I will for sure keep these survival skills in mind for the next time I’m out camping in the wild.

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