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Sand Plums: Sacred Fruit

If you live in the Central Plains area,  your diet might include Sand Plums.  The most popular of its boundless uses is jelly.   While the jelly is surely a favorite, there is a lot of history behind this roadside treat.  From Native Americans, to European colonists, to patrons of the Westward Expansion, and people today,   Prunus [...]

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4 Reasons YOU should learn Photoshop

Over the last few years there has been a big movement towards better digital media in our niche.  The outdoorsman has been striving to capture better and better footage with more and more expensive gadgets and gear. While I love my DSLR and all the cool shit that comes with it, the camera is not [...]

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Way to go Gilmore!

Ross Gilmore posted a shocking discovery recently.  The powers that be over at a popular forum have lost their damned minds! It seems the ‘guy’ decided to slither over to the Trademark Office, and trademark a commonly used word… Bushcraft. This was all done in an effort to shut down another forum.  You see, Blades [...]

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Death Approaches

Fearing Death’s Approach has all but left mankind.  Looming just out of reach, the reaper patiently waits.  We tremble at it’s gaze.  Shiver at it’s touch. I still fear the approach, but I have long since learned to accept my resignation when the time arrives. While I could populate an unusually large list of near [...]

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Classic Camping Knife Sheath

  If you have an hour and would like to know how to build a BSA style clone sheath, this video is for you.  This isn’t as much a how-to as it is a follow along.  I break down each step taken to get the end result along with some of my thoughts on leathercraft [...]

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Legend of Flower Pot Mountain Pt 2

LEGEND OF FLOWER POT MOUNTAIN 2 of 2 This and more info from the book ‘Medicine Lodge: The story of a Kansas frontier town’ by Nellie Snyder Yost Copyright 1970 Swallow Press Inc. In part 1 of Lenora Day’s journal, we already have the makings of a blockbuster western movie.  If you missed it, you [...]

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Legend of Flower Pot Mountain Pt 1

This is the first hand account of a group of survivors captured by Indians before the West was open and safe.  The journal as well as other documents were compiled by Nellie Snyder Yost and were published as the book titled ‘Medicine Lodge: The story of a Kansas frontier town.’  The ISBN is 0-8040-0199-5.  I’ve [...]

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Seeing the Forest FOR the Trees

This article is from a monthly publication for Kansas residents called “Kansas Country Living”.  I wanted to post it here in response to some uninformed comments I have endured from ‘outsiders’ and throughout my travels.  One of the biggest remarks was how barren and flat Kansas is.  This simply isn’t true.  I hope you all [...]

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New Survival Videos

We just launched the ‘Survival Experiment’ video series over at our YouTube channel.  It is a scenario based series where Chad will survive different conditions, climates, etc.  The first line in the series titled “Cold and Wet” is now live over at the Red Dirt Survival youtube channel.

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Mountain lion killed in Kansas

This confirmed kill happened just a couple of miles north of my house in the Red Hills and the cat was shot by our neighbor.  Since this incident, he has seen more cougars on his property as have our neighbors to the south. Also I have another close connection to this story.  In 1904 my [...]

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