Due to increased interest from the survival/preparedness movement and the growing popularity of shows such as Survivorman and Man vs. Wild, bushcraft is no longer such a strange term.

What is Bushcaft?

Bushcraft is an incredibly diverse melding of ancient and modern wilderness survival skills, and it incorporates many different genres, including Native American skills, classic woodsmanship, backpacking, Stone Age skills and military survival techniques. Think Ötzi the Iceman meets Les Stroud and you have a pretty good idea what it is about.

Bushcraft emphasizes skills with simple tools, such as knives, axes and saws, or primitive tools made of stone, bone, wood and staghorn. The point is to be able to create everything you need from materials readily available in Mother Nature.

To follow is a collection of some of my favorite tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way and have covered at as well as some great advice from notable individuals in the bushcraft community.

This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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