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Survival Kit

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Issue: 2019-06-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Never far away, but hibernating for about six months over the winter, the bears are awake now and ravenously hungry. Actually, bears are always hungry. They have to bulk up to be ready to go to sleep in the fall. They are food processors... Read more

Yukon Wildlife

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Issue: 2019-04-24, PHOTO: Pixabay

Many situations need a fire, right now! It could be an emergency situation in your group, or something you come upon as you travel on the land. It may not even be a real emergency or survival situation, but it will be real soon if you don’t do... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2019-04-03, PHOTO: Murray Martin

Hurlburt Enterprises is a well-known Yukon supplier of bug-killed firewood. I’ve been buying my woodstove firewood from them for years. Recently, Bob (like myself, an Ontario transplant) handed me a small package of 24 small cubes of fire starter... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

A little planning and preparation can save your day in many situations. The winter bison hunts and Dempster Highway caribou hunts are true examples of the extremes in planning and preparation when it comes to snowmobile travel. Some operators, who... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2018-12-12, PHOTO: Murray Martin

I will go out on a limb by saying that most people who are going into the backlands do not carry a GPS or a compass. I have written about how a wristwatch is also a compass, but lets say, regardless of these comments, that you do find yourself... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

It’s quite amazing how many people (if they admit it) have had a potentially near-death experience in the outdoors. It’s rarely a plane crash or a boat-sinking experience. Actually, these situations are often due to inadequate planning or mistakes... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

It seems we are living in an age of electronic wizardry. Every season there is a raft of new GPS and communication devices as well as night-vision, heat sensors and range-finding scopes. In the current race to get all these new gizmos, we often... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-07-18, PHOTO: Steve Israel, Yukon Geological Survey

On Monday May 1, 2017, at around 5:30 a.m., a magnitude 6.2 earthquake landed near the B.C.–Yukon border, followed by another slightly stronger one at around 7:30 a.m. The rare event got a lot more people talking about seismic activity in the... Read more

Yukon Education

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Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: Pixabay

So you think you can’t get lost ... Well, I know some experienced hunters who have spent years hunting in the backlands who have gotten lost. I have also found myself lost, but that was due to an injury and panic. You go afield without your... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-05-23, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

By no means do I consider myself an aficionado about hiking, but I love it most of the time and learn something new every single hike – either through an experience or meeting someone who does it better. Slowly, over the years I have accumulated... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Pixabay

The classic and enduring scout motto applies everywhere in life, but especially out on the land. It is absolutely amazing how even a little preparation can get us through challenges that could be insurmountable without a bit of prep time... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Pixabay

Back in 2013, with the height of the romanticized and highly popular topic of zombies and the fateful demise of the world and humanity, emergency organizations have utilized the zombie craze opportunity to get out their message of Emergency... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Claude Vallier

The Yukon is a pretty incredible place, but with so much wide, empty wilderness, few people and limited technology capacity in backcountry areas, it’s important to remember to prepare, plan and train before you venture out there... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Pixabay.com

“It will take a few minutes.” Almost all the time, taking a few minutes to get a fire going is an acceptable part of the outdoor adventure. There are some semi-emergency or worse situations where we need the fire going right now and a few minutes... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2016-03-17, Photo: kozzi.com

All the safety rules in the world have no effect if they aren’t followed. Too many people just think, “It can’t happen to me,” and off they go, oblivious to possible danger. In recent years with our now super-powerful snow-machines, more and more... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2015-09-10 PHOTO: kozzi.com

We get pretty good at fire-starting if we light enough fires, but there are some ways to make it even easier. Solid-fuel fire-starters work well but kerosene-dampened chainsaw chips are always successful at minimal cost.If you cut your own firewood.. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

Most survival situations don't involve plane crashes, floods or blizzards. Usually they are fairly routine events such as a broken motorboat propeller, water in the gas, a broken ski or a sprained ankle. Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

Slowly their strength grew An' the winter they made it through. The two old ladies survived Read more

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