Normally starting a fire isn’t something you typically think about when dealing with firearms training, but after just returning from a South Dakota trip filled with several other combat veteran brothers, I feel the need to bring it up. We were in the middle of nowhere in North Central South Dakota on a 3 day predator hunting trip, where we had also planned on conducting a permit to carry class during some of the down time. As it turned out, we had ZERO down time due to vehicle issues, in less than ideal weather conditions. While we were fortunate to have 3 trucks rolling together in almost a tactical convoy like formation during the hunt, and with fully charged cell phones, the reality of what could have happened for someone who was not prepared started to really sink in while driving back home all alone for 7 hours in a blizzard at the end of that hunt…
During that weekend, we had 2 vehicles blow tires, another get buried in the snow up to the frame, and another with major engine issues leaving it stranded THANKFULLY at a dealership… Any of those issues could have turned fatal for someone unprepared to handle the elements as we were in temps below zero, with high winds and blowing snow. Alright, enough about the hunt, let’s get right to it.
Starting a fire has became almost second nature for the majority of us. Whether it be starting the grill, bonfires, or any number of other reasons to start a fire, generally speaking we typically use a lighter or match with some sort of lighter fluid to start our fires. While those are easily the most obvious and ideal methods in a perfect world, sadly our current situations are not always perfect or ideal. After doing a little online research, I was able to stumble upon a few statistics which almost all parroted each other that claimed on average, roughly 2,000 people get lost or otherwise go missing in the wilderness areas of the US. Of those numbers, a few hundred are found dead, primarily from exposure to the elements.
While many people assume the winter months to be the most deadly, that’s not always true. In any survival situation or discussion you’ll hear of the necessities for shelter, fire, food and water, and you’ll hear them mentioned in a number of different orders or priorities. I think instead of following a set script, it’s best to assess your current situation and take the immediate steps that pertains to your current situation at hand. Imagine for a minute that you tip your canoe over while on a wilderness adventure, losing your GPS or maps, and are effectively lost. The water temps are in the mid 70’s, and the air temps are in the upper 80’s. The order in which you’ll need to complete your survival steps will be drastically different than if the water temps were in the 30’s, and the temps are crashing down.
Each week we’re going to go over one short tip or technique we feel will greatly increase your chances of surviving in the wilderness, or disaster, and we’ll even post links down below showing some of the products we’re using. In this weeks video, we’re talking about the use of jute twine, a little bit of candle wax, and a FireSteel.
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