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In the Jan/Feb 2016 Issue...

  • Staying Found With Map & Compass
  • My Hobo Handline Fishing Rig
  • The Teepee Experimente
  • Building A Floating Live Well
  • A Lesson in Survival Shelters
  • Recycling Newspapers Into Burnable Logs


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Backwoodsman magazine was started in 1980 and is published bi-monthly. We are dedicated to preserving Old Frontier living, primitive hunting and fishing, tool and weapons lore, and wilderness survival. Each issue includes articles, information and how-to projects associated with this unique period of North American history.

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There are pros and cons to most things in life: the impact that technology has had on the outdoors is a perfect example. Devices like handheld GPS phones and GPS watches are designed to keep people from becoming lost in the wilderness and there's definitely nothing wrong with that. If the technology is available and can be applied in a way that helps save lives then use it, right? One of the negative things about technology's impact on the outdoors is that it does give some of us a false sense of comfort. We should be able to do the same things that our distant ancestors and people like the mountain men did when they were faced with an emergency wilderness survival situation. They had no form of technology to bail them out if they became lost. I just believe that when it comes to surviving and existing in the outdoors, humans have been ddoing it successfully for a long time in extreme and hostile living and climate conditions. All that indicates to me is that a lot of the old ways of self-reliance and survival are still the best way.
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