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Pioneering Skills Are Now Survival Skills

From Pioneer To Survivalist

To me as a child, pioneering were the TV shows The Rifleman with Chuck Connors and Wagon Train with Ward Bond. (Yes, I am that old.) Little House On the Prairie was too sappy. My sisters watched that.

Covered Wagons Train

Wagon Train

Those TV characters were seeking new western homesteads to build homes and families.

Using common, everyday skills for those times, they hunted game, grew fruits and vegetables, preserved extra food, and tended to injuries and ailments. They were pioneers.

Pioneer To Survival Skills Continued On Page 2

[Video] Hunting And Field Dressing A Duck

Survival Lilly Shoots And Field Dresses Duck

Survival Lilly once again demonstrates her survival skills in the field. She hunts along a tree-lined stream that runs through tilled farmland.

With her double-barreled shotgun and her dog Dax, she flushes a duck from brush along the stream and brings it down with a quick, clean shot. Dax retrieves nicely.

field dressing a duck

Hunting And Field Dressing Game

If you’re wondering, she uses steel shot cartridges.

Field Dressing Game

Lilly expertly splits the skin and removes both breasts and legs. Nice job. Watch the short video below for more details … and a beautiful view of the Austrian countryside.

And, as always, Learn, Practice, and Share.



Source & Image: Survival Lilly

The Best Hunting Dogs

Top 10 Dog Breeds For Hunting

Something a little different today. We’re looking at hunting dogs. Like all dog owners, I have my preferences and biases when it come to the best. I mean, best at what? I’m not going to get into that discussion.


“I’ve Got It!”

So in a wimp-out sort of way, I’m listing the top 10 hunting dogs as picked out by Wilderness Today. Not my picks, their list.

Hunting breeds are categorized as hounds, gun dogs, feists, terriers, curs, and dachshunds. To narrow the list, WT focused on breeds most Americans pick for hunting companions and partners.

The Top 10:

Best Hunting Dog For Waterfowl:  Labrador Retriever


Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is built for cold-water work, as duck hunters will tell you. It’s playful and athletic nature belies its abilities as a gun dog. Its weather-resistant, short coat both repels water and keeps the dog warm in the blind …

Top Quail & Pheasant Hunting Dog:  The English Springer Spaniel


English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog that specializes in flushing and retrieving. Its compact body and strong, muscular legs give it the power and endurance to keep going even under trying hunting conditions …

A Great All Around Hunting Dog:  The Coonhound

The Coonhound is a variety of scent hound, a dog that runs its game by scent alone. There are several breeds of coonhound, each suited to a specific hunting purpose.  They are great helpers if you are out there checking the field with your rangefinder, looking for large game …

Top Pick for Small Game:  The Beagle


beagle hunting


The Beagle is a single-minded, determined, unshakable animal when it is on the hunt … the Beagle is used today to track rabbit, deer, and other small game.

… Expert at driving prey toward the hunter, the Beagle is a persistent when tracking game …

Grouse Hunting Dogs: English Setter

The English Setter is a proud and graceful animal use in hunting for quail, pheasant, and grouse. It’s a dog bred for endurance and athleticism, and it is capable of long stands in hard weather.

Like a pointer, the English Setter “points” to the location of the prey, giving the hunter ample time to set up and shoot …

The Remaining Five Dogs Breeds On PAGE 2

Shipping Announcement Of New Crackshot Rifle

Traditions™ Firearms announced the shipment of their new Crackshot rifle. Marketed as one of the safest guns available with a Dual Safety System, this single shot .22 cal (or 17HMR) rifle is ideal for small game hunting or just plinking.

hunting squirrelLegal in all (most) jurisdictions, the Crackshot rifle is great for a beginner or as your truck gun. It’s lightweight, easy to carry, and comes with a 1 piece base already mounted so you can easily install your favorite scope.

Known mainly for their black powder muzzle-loaders, TF will not be offering this rifle on their website. Distributors only.

Here’s Traditions™ Firearms complete Press Release:

Traditions™ Firearms Shipping New Crackshot Rifles

Old Saybrook, CT – Traditions™ Performance Firearms is shipping the NEW Crackshot rifles. These single shot rifles, available in .22 or 17HMR will be on store shelves this fall. With renewed inventory, please call your choice Distributor or contact Traditions directly to place an order.

The Crackshot rifle has a 16.5″ barrel and weighs just over 4 pounds. It is lightweight and easy to carry. It is great for plinking and small game hunting! The easy take down feature makes for quick disassembly and easy transport. With a Dual Safety System, which includes a hammer block safety and manual trigger block safety, the Crackshot is one of the safest guns on the market. The youth version makes this rifle great for children and small framed shooters.

The Crackshot comes with a one-piece base so you can mount your favorite optic. This rifle is available in a variety of camo patterns and finishes.

Known for their accurate, innovative and dependable firearms, Traditions™ has been providing quality firearms for the past 30 years. Traditions™ offers blackpowder rifles and pistols, cartridge rifles and revolvers, blank pistols, build-it-yourself rifle and pistol kits, and cannons as well as a full line of accessories and optics. For more information on Traditions™ Performance Firearms, please visit their website at, Facebook or Twitter or call 860-388-4656.

Source:    Traditions™ Firearms
Image: Brigitte Werner