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    What is on your list of survival skills to learn?



    What is on your list of survival skills that you would like to learn? Why?

    How do you plan to learn these skills? Books? Classes? YouTube videos?

    What skill do you think is the most overlooked?
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    Skills I want to learn: Pottery, alternative construction (i.e. sandbag buildings), trapping, fine tune my soap making.
    How will I learn: Books and trial & error.
    Most Overlooked: Food preservation
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    I agree with Auntie , she said it just right .
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    My list is crazy long. There are so many survival skills that I would like to get proficient with, but most are related to the desire to live a self sufficient lifestyle.

    I can fish. I enjoy fishing. I absolutely, positively, without a doubt LOVE eating fish, but somehow, I have never been the one to clean the fish. Likewise, I have never butchered a chicken, or any other critter. Nor have I learned to preserve the meat, long term. I think it is high time I learn.

    I suck at tying knots. How is it that as a kid I was a Girl Scout that got every single badge, but I still struggle with knots?

    I can shoot (mostly rifles) but I can't properly take a gun apart and clean it. I think it is way past time for me to learn. I also want to get proficient with handguns.

    I make a nice campfire, and I can cook over fire without issues, but I have never made fire without fire, such as matches or a lighter. I want to learn multiple ways.

    I could keep typing all night, but I know if I do, it will overwhelm me. I need to start with one thing at a time.

    I try to learn from all sources, including friends, family, forum communities, and YouTube, but the best way (in my opinion) is to get out there and do it. I have also been looking into some local meetup groups that get together to teach and learn a lot of the skills I am most interested in spending time doing.

    The most overlooked skill? The basics are obvious (shelter, water, fire, food) but I think a lot of people overlook security beyond the gun they are carrying.
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    ^^^^^^ Hmmm ..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Watchman View Post
    ^^^^^^ Hmmm ..............
    Are you making fun of me?

    Maybe it's because I raised a couple of boys (a couple of girls too) but for some reason the guys always did the "dirty work".

    Unfortunately, that means I didn't learn that part of survival.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket View Post
    Are you making fun of me?

    Maybe it's because I raised a couple of boys (a couple of girls too) but for some reason the guys always did the "dirty work".

    Unfortunately, that means I didn't learn that part of survival.

    Never, my Dear....... well okay, maybe just every once in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket View Post
    My list is crazy long. There are so many survival skills that I would like to get proficient with, but most are related to the desire to live a self sufficient lifestyle.

    I can fish. I enjoy fishing. I absolutely, positively, without a doubt LOVE eating fish, but somehow, I have never been the one to clean the fish. Likewise, I have never butchered a chicken, or any other critter. Nor have I learned to preserve the meat, long term. I think it is high time I learn.

    I suck at tying knots. How is it that as a kid I was a Girl Scout that got every single badge, but I still struggle with knots?

    I can shoot (mostly rifles) but I can't properly take a gun apart and clean it. I think it is way past time for me to learn. I also want to get proficient with handguns.

    I make a nice campfire, and I can cook over fire without issues, but I have never made fire without fire, such as matches or a lighter. I want to learn multiple ways.

    I could keep typing all night, but I know if I do, it will overwhelm me. I need to start with one thing at a time.

    I try to learn from all sources, including friends, family, forum communities, and YouTube, but the best way (in my opinion) is to get out there and do it. I have also been looking into some local meetup groups that get together to teach and learn a lot of the skills I am most interested in spending time doing.

    The most overlooked skill? The basics are obvious (shelter, water, fire, food) but I think a lot of people overlook security beyond the gun they are carrying.
    Sounds like you need to grab one of those sons and go camping. Catch some fish and learn to build a fire without a lighter, then clean and cook those fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie View Post
    Sounds like you need to grab one of those sons and go camping. Catch some fish and learn to build a fire without a lighter, then clean and cook those fish.
    I have 2 camping trips already scheduled for this fall and early winter. I am sooooo ready.
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    Get a magnesium fire starter and practice before you go. It takes a little practice but you can do it! Don't put the magnesium on your favorite plate, the magnesium might ruin it. Not that anyone in my family has ever done that. Watch a few videos about cleaning fish and you will be set.
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