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My Stress Management Secret

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Have you ever felt just simply overwhelmed? So worn out and stressed you felt you just needed to escape?! Stress can be overwhelming, however, it’s perfectly natural to feel that way, we all feel that way sometimes. You are not alone. Join me for a relaxing escape to nature. Ease into a nice cup of tea with me and enjoy some bushcraft tips too. You won’t regret it.

I hope this little bit of time in the woods leaves you feeling refreshed and at peace.

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Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away from it All!

I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I decided to just take a little break and do something I enjoy just for a bit. Getting away from things even if just briefly can help you regain perspective.

Making Tea

Just taking a moment to have a bit of tea or coffee alone can really ground you. Very stress relieving.

Just the sounds of the birds, and crickets made me feel better. The smells of the outdoors, the light breaking down through the leaves and branches, all helped to sooth my tattered nerves.

Practice your Skills to find Peace

Just for fun and to relax I practiced my flint & steel technique too. In the video I share a little tip about extending an ember. I have used flint and steel in previous videos, but it was often not easy to see. In this instance I get up close and personal and I think the footage is really great!

Practicing Flint and Steel

Just taking some time to do some skill building can bring a deep sense of accomplishment. This is very rewarding.

Doing something you love in a stress free environment like the forest is the perfect recipe for coping with stress. Maybe your happy place is different from mine. That’s ok. Just find that place and do something that you know will bring you that sense of accomplishment. Maybe its’s reading a good book, or working on your art. Maybe its just going for a walk and listening to music. What ever works for you.

Just remember you can’t control everything. Learn to be ok with that, and with yourself. Remember… it’s ok to take a break, life will be there when you get back.

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OneTigris K9 Tactical Vest Review, Plus First-Aid Kit Loadout

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to bring you this product review of the OneTigris Tactical Dog Vest and Training Harness. Köpek and I love this product! I hope you can benefit from having a look at it with us.

I also do a load-out of the first-aid kit I put together for one of the included pouches. It’s designed with dogs and heavy trauma in mind and picks up the slack where some smaller kits leave off. Read on below for full article.

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Out for a stroll with Köpek in his new harness from OneTigris

A few months back, I found a nice overgrown path about 20 minutes from town. It’s heavily forested, quiet, and secluded… I have been frequenting it ever since. It’s an ideal place to take a dog for a walk. He can roam free off the leash, since there are no distractions for him.

OneTigris Tactical Dog Harness

Looking very smart and prepared in his tactical harness from OneTigris.

It’s a great trail for me too. It was likely a fire wood cutting road sometime in the last 20 years. Unused now and away from the city and suburbs, it’s and ideal location to play survivalist once in a while.

Abandoned Wood Road

Roads and trails like this can be found just off the main roads almost anywhere, if you keep your eyes open.

A Prepared Dog is a Safer Dog

The primary reason I approached OneTigris about doing this review was my concern for  Köpek’s safety in the woods. First and foremost, dogs have needs just like us. Those being shelter, water, and food. I wanted a way for Köpek to be able to assist me in caring for those needs. Secondly, First-Aid was a concern because, well, simply put, things can and do happen!

The OneTigris Tactical Vest and Training Harness comes with 3 pouches which easily attach and detach from the vest. The vest is built heavy and sewn well. I especially liked the large range of fit adjustment available in the straps. I found the system for attachment of the pouches to the molle webbing is well designed and easy to use.

One pouch I use to store his food in. This container can also double as a water dish. In the other main pouch I built a trauma oriented First-Aid kit.

Food Pouch

This large single section (no dividers) pouch makes a great place to store a meal or two for your pup. The food container doubles as a water dish for convenience.

First-Aid Pouch

Here we see a well divided pouch with many sections, ideal for building a custom First-Aid kit in.

Small Pouch

This additional small pouch makes a great EDC pouch for your dog. You could pack options like a flashlight, fire starters or cordage.

Köpek’s First-Aid Kit

As mentioned, one of the main interests I had in a  harness or vest for Köpek, was to have him carry a First-Aid Kit. One of the included pouches made a great place to start. I used the included subdivided pouch to help me organize the kit.

First-Aid Kit Closed

Here we see the pouch I choose to use to built the First-Aid kit in. I acquired a patch indicating that this was a medical kit. In addition to being functional, it looks awesome!

First-Aid Kit Open

I designed this kit to be primarily focused on heavy trauma or blood loss.

The kit is build to treat heavy blood loss or trauma. It would make an excellent kit, in my opinion, to treat wounds on the limbs or punctures to the chest or abdomen. The kit isn’t complete and will likely undergo many iterations, but here’s the loadout as it stands now:

  1. One 4″x15′ compression bandage
  2. Two 3’x5′ elastic gauze bandages
  3. Five triple layer non stick compression dressings
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide
  5. Polysporin Complete
  6. Quick Clot clotting sponge
  7. Aquatabs water purification tabs
  8. Two Glow sticks
  9. Two small Carabiners
  10. Five 3M Steri-strips adhesive strip wound closures

New training leash from OneTigris

In addition, my buddy Han over @ OneTigris sent me one of their awesome training leashes. The length of the leash is adjustable. The system allows for up to about 10″ to be taken out or added to the leash in 1″ increments. The shock absorbing section of the leash allows for easy training of the dog, providing gentle pressure in the desired direction. Last but not least, my favorite feature of the leash is the control handle near the buckle up close to where it connects to the collar. This allows for close tight control of your dog when needed.

Training Leash

A shock absorbing, adjustable leash with a few great features.

Review summary

After owning this harness for a few months I am very pleased with it! Köpek is very comfortable in it and it looks great on him. It’s built strong, yet light and the fit is outstanding. At $79, the price is great too, especially considering you get three great pouches included with the vest. I recommend this product for sure! THANK YOU ONETIGRIS!

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Bush Camping & Knot Instruction

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In part one of the video, Jesse my brother in law and I head out for a night in the bush. We cook up some grub, have a drink, relax and get plenty of smoke in our eyes. It was a great night! Come along and join us!

In the second part of the video I get down to business demonstrating the Double Fisherman’s Bend, the Prusik Knot and the Lark’s Head Knot. If you would like to skip straight to the knot portion of the video you can scroll to 9:09 in the video and get right to it. It’s up to you, but you’ll miss a great night in the bush.

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A Chance to Get Away from it All!

It’s nice to escape, even if just for a while! I had an opportunity to get away for the night to do some bush camping, so I took it! It was totally worth it, what a great night! I also took the opportunity to show you fine folks a few more knots.

Join me for a night out in the bush. I promise you will enjoy! Welcome back to Outdoor Adventurecraft.

Hiking In

Being in the Boreal Forest in Canada, our woods truly can be referred to as bush. Thick undergrowth and dense softwood can make travel difficult at time.

Semi-Permanent Shelter

After a little hike in we arrive at my semi-permanent shelter.

Rub a Dub Dub, let’s Cook up some Grub!

You guy’s n gal’s know I love my gruel. This night was no exception. Some deer steak and maple beans were the main course of the evening. I fried up the steak in olive oil and Montreal steak spice, then cut it up into the maple beans. It was heavenly but as Jesse noted, had the appearance of dog chow! Hey, it’s not always about what it looks like, it’s all about how it tastes!

Deer Steak

After fighting with wet wood and finally getting a decent bed of coals, we cook up some grub, deer steak and maple beans! Delicious!

Eating Deer Steak and Beans

Eating our dog food…er… I mean beans and steak! It did however look a tad like dog food, good thing it tasted amazing.

Waking Up is Hard to do!

With a full belly and a little whisky in us, dealing with the smoke burning our eyes out didn’t even seem that bad. It was still nice to eventually get to bed, and climb into the embrace of a gently rocking hammock. We shot out of bed the next morning at the crack of dawn! No not really, it was 9:30 before we got up. Life is hard in the bush.

Hammocks among fir

We stayed up pretty late despite the smoke burning the eyes out of our heads, so these comfy hammocks were very welcome.

Flint and Steel

Got another opportunity to practice my primitive fire making skills.

Purifying Water

I set my shelter about 150 feet back from a small river. It’s nice to have water close by.

To the Business at Hand…

So after waking up… slowly… and getting some breakfast and a hot beverage, I set about the instructional portion of the trip. I had after all come out here to create new content for my YouTube channel. It can’t be all fun and games, can it? So I set about showing a few more knots that could be useful for setting up a tarp on a ridge line. Basic stuff I know, but fundamentals are important.

If you’d like to see how to set up a good taut ridge line before you set up a tarp on it, check my article here…

Demonstrated in this session are the Double Fisherman’s Bend, the Prusik Knot, and the Lark’s Head. Together with a good taut ridge, these knots are ideal for helping set up a tarp.

Double Fisherman's Bend

To make a loop for use in the Prusik Knot, the double Fisherman’s bend works well.

Prusik Knot

The Prusik Knot has been a long time favorite of mine for rigging tarps among other things.

Lark's Head

Here we see the Lark’s Head form after creating it.

Lark's Head Use

The Lark’s Head can be used to hold a button rock or toggle in place in a tarp for easy set up of shelter.

All in all it was a productive and relaxing night escape. Good food, good drink, and good times… what more could you ask for?  See you next time.

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Hunting the Elusive Chanterelle

I needed an experienced guide!

Finding and identifying wild edible chanterelle mushrooms can be very rewarding, but requires experience and expertise. I had the reference material, I had done the homework, but I lacked the real world experience. I jumped at the opportunity to get some time out with someone who had experience in identifying the chanterelle mushroom. Having lived in the area nearly his whole life, Ken Budaker was well equipped and familiar with picking chanterelles. I was grateful for Ken’s time and experience.  Thanks to his guidance I was rewarded with a bountiful harvest of delicious delicacies.


Chanterelle Pay Day! Our efforts were rewarded with a bounteous harvest of beautiful mushrooms

The Old Whopper Hollow Lodge.

Martin Budaker, 94 years young, built the Whopper Hollow lodge in the 1980’s. Closed now, it was once a hot spot for hunters and anglers from all over Europe and North America. Located on the serene Dungarvon River, it’s blissfully cut off from modern civilization.

Whopper Hollow Sign

A quaint hand painted sign identifying the lodge.

Ken Budaker, son of the original owner, maintains and manages the lodge now as a cottage and family retreat. Located deep in a predominantly coniferous forest it’s in an ideal location to start a hunt for wild chanterelle mushrooms!

Whopper Hollow Lodge

With 12 bedrooms, the Old Whopper Hollow Lodge makes a great family retreat! Thanks again Ken for your hospitality!

The Hunt Begins.

Unloading the troops for a mushroom hunt

Going on a mushroom hunt is a great opportunity to get the kids out to the woods.

Unloading the troops, Ken and I began searching while the kids ran amuck in the forest. Taking the kids on a mission like this is a great way to generate interest for the outdoors.

Some of our finds.

Chanterelle Patch

One of two very large patches of chanterelles we found

Larger Patch of Chaterelles

One of the other very large patches we found. In addition to a few big patches we found many other individual mushrooms and small clusters

Large Chanterelle

One of the largest we found. A beautiful specimen!

Our Day’s Adventure on YouTube

Check out my newest video offering on YouTube! Rather than trying to be an authority on mushroom identification, this video highlights the fun and adventure of searching for wild edibles.


This video is not intended to be an authority on mushroom identification! This video is a documentation of my observations only. Any wild edible, mushrooms in particular can be difficult to identify. As such, identification requires careful examination and expertise. Wrong identification could lead to sickness or even death!

A True Delicacy

Getting those chanterelles home and cleaned up was a real treat! My first successful chanterelle hunt! Ken says his favorite way to cook them up is sauteed with onions and garlic. I didn’t have any onions but I did have lots of garlic and real butter!

Examining the Chanterelles

Once we got back to the camp we examined and cleaned the chanterelles, making sure all were of the right species.

Cooking Chanterelle

Slow cooking over low heat is recommended. This will give the flavors time to blossom and for the sweet taste to develop.

Delicious Chanterelles

I love sauteed mushrooms! Any variety! But this was new, a treat, a rare delicacy! I was excited to try them for the first time!

Since then I’ve cooked up the rest. My favorite way so far is sauteed with butter, onions, garlic, shao xing cooking wine with garlic salt and onion powder and then scrambled up with eggs and cheddar cheese! Amazing! Words wont do the flavor justice!

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Flint & Steel Fire on the Dungarvon River

Hello again everyone. Ever feel like you don’t get enough practice at your traditional fire making skills? For example flint and steel fire? Join me on this backcountry adventure and let’s practice together.

flint and steel fire

Practicing flint and steel fire along the banks of the Dungarvon River.

The Majestic Dungarvon

This weekend past I was able to get some serious dirt time in the Canadian Boreal Forest. We stayed at a remote hunting camp on the Dungarvon River called The Whooper Hollow Lodge. Only accessible by four wheel drive, over severely washed out roads, it’s blissfully cut off from the rest of the world. It’s closed now but in it’s hay day it was a popular camp for hunters from all over North America to come for guided hunting and fishing in the New Brunswick bush.

Heading west from the camp, Jesse and I found a nice bank along the river to sit and chill out on for a while. A peaceful spot to make some tea and practice our bushcraft skills. This gave me an opportunity to attempt a flint and steel fire. I am still learning the technique, and I can tell it’s going to take years to perfect.

Dungarvon River

On the banks of the Dungarvon River. Famous for it’s Atlantic Salmon fishing! Cut off from regular roadways, the area is pristine and unspoiled.

Using Flint & Steel

The basic premise to flint and steel fire is using a piece of flint to shave tiny pieces of iron off the striker. The tiny filings basically rust so fast they catch fire. There are more in depth scientific ways to explain it, but honestly that’s basically it.

One thing to always think of when starting any kind of fire is advanced preparation. Especially with more difficult methods like flint and steel. You’ll want to make things as easy for yourself as possible to turn that tiny spark into a roaring fire.

Step by Step Instructions:
  1. Prepare your fire pit, kindling and fuel ahead of time.
  2. Prepare a combustible birds nest shaped tinder bundle of dried grass, cedar bark or some other dry highly flammable tinder.
  3. Prepare a brush bundle as an early kindling method for when that tinder bundle catches fire. Brush bundle could be dead fir or spruce branches or some other stiff dry brush material.
  4. Place some char material on flint piece. Holding flint at a 45 degree angle,  strike flint with steel trying to get a spark to form an ember on the char material.
  5. Nurse char ember into the bird’s nest and blow gently to form a bright hot coal.
  6. Move nearly flaming bird’s nest carefully into the brush bundle nursing the coal as you go, ensuring it doesn’t go out.
  7. Blow starting easily then getting stronger as the smoke increases until the bird’s nest erupts into full flame igniting the brush bundle.
  8. Add to fire pit, then pile on small kindling and eventually larger fuel.
  9. Don’t forget to prepare more char material for your next fire.


Striking flint with steel

With char material in place on the flint, hold flint pointed up at 45 degrees and strike down with steel.

dry grass fire starter

Using a birds nest of dry grass to hold an ember in a piece of char cloth.

brush bundle

A bundle of dry brush makes excellent kindling for your newly started fire. This bundle is dead fir and spruce branches.

char material

Preparing char material for your next flint and steel fire.

A Video Demonstration

Check out my new video where you can see this demonstrated! Enjoy beautiful scenery on the Dungarvon river, learn skills and more at Outdoor Adventurecraft on YouTube!

OneTigris Review

I was also privileged to bring you guys another OneTigris review! They sent me a beast of a pack!  Check out the video for a full review.

OneTigris Pack

Check out my new bug out/bushcraft pack from OneTigris. I love it! Thank you so much Han@OneTigris

Making Friends

Take a look at this monster. Likely one of the biggest spiders in Canada. More info can be found at…

dock spider

This guy tried to kill me! We call them wood spiders around here. But I believe they are also called dock spiders. This guy was along the river so I guess that name makes sense.

See You Soon

Well I hope you enjoyed your time on the Dungarvon River with us! It was a great day and I was glad to share it with you.

Heading home

Now to trek back to the camp. We found it easiest to just commit early to having wet feet and just walk in the river. Its a great way to stay cool too!

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Two ideal ridge line knots

Two knots that I personally love for tying up ridge lines are the anchor hitch/bend and the alpine butterfly. When combined these two knots provide an ideal high tension ridge line that doesn’t bind and can be easily untied.

Now you can use any number of knots to tie up a line but I personally use these two mainly because of the ease of untying them and I’m able to remember them… lol.

This picture shows a completed Anchor Hitch or Bend it’s also called.

anchor bend knot

The anchor hitch or bend is an ideal high friction knot

Here’s a look at the first major step and then the completed Alpine Butterfly.

Alpine Butterfly setup

The starting setup for the Alpine Butterfly as demonstrated in the video below.

complete alpine butterfly

The Alpine Butterfly when finished. Its a pretty knot actually.

First attach your line to one tree with the anchor hitch, then use the alpine butterfly to tension the line at the other tree and complete by finishing with a second anchor hitch. You can see this demonstrated in my video here…

Please forgive a few errors in terminology. The formation of the knots and demonstration were completely accurate… In a few instances however, when going “under” part of the knots, I was saying underhand. In reality when you bring your working part “over” the standing part, even if you then go “under” and through, you started by going underhand. I’m sure you can see how it can be a bit tricky to use exact term every time. I always want to be as clear as possible. I will improve and get better with each video in this series.

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Good Grief, Let’s eat!

Making a delicious meal while camping doesn’t have to be complicated. Maybe you have lots of different ingredients or maybe just a few. What really matters is sticking to a theme. For me it’s lots of smokey themes, brown sugar and BBQ flavors. Tender meats, sausages, stews, chili, and beans all are welcome fare.

When making camp meals be adventurous, no one will hold it against you. Remember, the candle light makes everything taste better.

When it comes to my camp gruel, the more variety the better! I love lots of different meats and beans. Sometimes to stretch it out, to feed more people, I will use cheap cans of tomato, vegetable, or beef n’ barley stew to expand the mix. That way the main flavors still are predominant and the filler doesn’t speak too loud. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You’d be surprised with the varieties you can come up with. Most of all have fun!

In this video we cook up some grub, cabin style! Come join us. Lots of meat and beans and chili! It was a nice night with lots of food and family. No one went to bed hungry, and we just woke up and kept right on cooking!

You like meat? Who doesn’t?! Personally I’m all about cooking over hardwood coals, and I’m a sucker for Montreal Steak spice! Just make sure with chicken and pork you cook it well done. Beef… Just wave it over the fire and it’s ready! But seriously, the only way to ruin a good steak is to over cook it… In my humble opinion.

Remember sometimes it’s the company we keep, not the food, that can make a meal.

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Eating Crow?

Join me for a relaxing walk and a little talk about hunting the common crow. Crow is a readily available survival food. Crows and Ravens can be found just about everywhere! When properly handled and prepared, crow can even be a delicacy!

This was my first try at crow hunting. Unfortunately I didn’t get one on this short trip, but we’ll get some next time! It was at least a very nice walk and I’m glad I could bring you with me!

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Emergency food Supplies

Have you ever worried about how you would get adequate nutrition in a disaster or emergency situation? You may not have access to enough food to stay alive! Check out this review of The Survival Tabs, an emergency meal replacement.

Here’s a quote from their website, “The Survival Tabs are meant to keep you alive and going for months at a time. A person can survive 4-5 months by eating The Survival Tabs exclusively. One daily serving of 12 tablets contains 240 calories, which gives the body the basic daily nourishment required when the recommended calorie intake cannot be met. The Survival Tabs eliminate the need to forage for food in situations where you are lost, stranded, or trapped”

I tried them and was impressed with their performance. I was able to put in a full days hard work relying on them as my staple food. I now keep them in my survival kits and bugout bags.

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My new Series, “Introduction to Knots”

Join me as I introduce my new series, “Introduction to Knots”. This beginner’s series is designed to help me learn and share with you a variety of simple knots. I’m really just getting started myself. I know just enough to get by. I hope to change that with this series and share some of what I learn. We can learn together!

This opening video focuses on terminology and how it applies to learning to tie more advanced knots as the series progresses. Stay tuned as the series applies itself to knots practical for use in a woodland setting.

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