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Louisiana Hunting Laws

Open season is just a few weeks away for most of the US. It’s an exciting time of year for veteran hunters and beginners alike. But before heading out on your first hunt in the Pelican State, make sure you’re familiar with Louisiana hunting laws.

Most seasoned hunters may be well aware that hunting laws evolve on almost a yearly basis. The governments’ objective is to address public safety. Mainly these changes are made for the benefit of the hunter and the hunted.

Hunters in Louisiana Must Know Louisiana Hunting Laws

It’s a must to keep up to date on Louisiana hunting laws before heading out on your first hunt. Studying your state’s hunting laws might be a bit time consuming, and we know you’re impatient to get out there and start shooting. But breaking the law and having to pay a fine can put a serious damper on your hunting season.

Keep reading to learn about Louisiana hunting laws including dates, which animals you’re allowed to hunt, which weapon you’re allowed to use, how to get a hunting license, and much more.

1. Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Deer Hunting in Louisiana | Louisiana Hunting Laws
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  • Area 1:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • December 10 – January 8
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • November 19 – December 9
      • January 9 – 22, 2017
    • Muzzleloader:
      • November 12 – 18
      • January 23 – 31, 2017
    • Archery:
      • October 1 – January 31
  • Area 2:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • December 8 – January 15
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • October 29 – December 7
    • Muzzleloader:
      • October 22 – 28 | January 16 – 22
    • Archery:
      • October 1 – January 31
  • Area 3:
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • October 15 – November 27
      • December 3 – January 8
    • Muzzleloader:
      • October 8 – 14
      • November 28 – December 2
    • Archery:
      • September 19 – January 15
  • Area 4:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • December 12 – 16 (Bucks)
      • December 19 – 23
      • December 26 – January 6 (All Deer)
      • December 10 – 11
      • December 31 – January 1
      • January 14 – 15
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • November 21 – 24 (Bucks Only)
      • November 28 – December 2
      • December 5 – 9
      • January 9 – 13
      • January 16 – 20 (All Deer)
      • November 19 – 20
      • November 25 – 27
      • December 3 – 4
      • January 14 – 15
      • January 21 – 22
    • Muzzleloader:
      • January 30 -31 (Bucks Only)
      • November 12 – 18 (All Deer)
      • January 23 – 29
    • Archery:
      • October 1 – January 31
  • Area 5:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • December 12 – 30 (Bucks Only)
      • January 2 – 13
      • January 16 -22 (All Deer)
      • December 10 – 11
      • December 31 –January 1
      • January 14 -15
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • November 19 – 24 (Bucks Only)
      • November 28 – December 9 (All Deer)
      • November 25 – 27
    • Muzzleloader:
      • November 12 – 18 (Bucks Only)
      • January 30 – 31 (All Deer)
      • January 23 – 29
    • Archery:
      • October 1 – 15 (Bucks Only)
      • October 16 – February 15 (All Deer)
  • Area 6:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • December 10 – January 22
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • November 19 – December 9
    • Muzzleloader:
      • November 12 – 18
      • January 23 – 31
    • Archery:
      • October 1 -15 (Bucks Only)
      • October 16 – February 15 (All Deer)
  • Area 7:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • November 28 –December 30 (Bucks Only)
      • December 31 –January 1 (All Deer)
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • October 17 –November 4 (Bucks Only)
      • November 12 – 18
      • November 21 – 24
      • November 21 – 24 (All Deer)
      • October 15 – 16
      • November 19 – 20
      • November 25 – 27
    • Muzzleloader:
      • November 5 – 11 (Bucks Only)
      • October 8 – 14 (All Deer)
    • Archery:
      • October 1 – January 31
  • Area 8:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • December 3 – January 8
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • October 15 – November 27
    • Muzzleloader:
      • October 8 – 14
      • November 28 – December 2
    • Archery:
      • September 17 – January 15
  • Area 9:
    • Firearms (with or without Dogs):
      • December 12- 30
      • January 2- 13 (Bucks Only)
      • January 16 – 22
      • December 10 – 11 (All Deer)
      • December 31 – January 1
      • January 14 – 15
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • November 19 – 24 | November 28 – December 9 (Bucks Only)
      • November 25 – 27
    • Muzzleloader:
      • November 12 – 18 | January 30 – 31 (Bucks Only)
      • January 23 – 29
    • Archery:
      • October 1 – 15 (Bucks Only)
      • October 16 – February 15
  • Area 10:
    • Firearms (No Dogs):
      • October 17 – November 11 (Bucks Only)
      • November 14 – 24
      • December 3 – 30
      • January 2 – 8
      • October 15 -16 (All Deer)
      • November 12 -13
      • November 25 – 27
      • December 31 – January 1
    • Muzzleloader:
      • November 28 – December 2 (Bucks Only)
      • October 8 – 14 (All Deer)
    • Archery:
      • September 17 – January 15

Know more on 2016 – 2017 deer season, bag limits and map, you can start skimming right here.

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  • Primitive Firearms
    • Rifles, shotguns or Pistols:
      • Must be loaded from the muzzle
      • Black powder of approved substitute only
      • Take ball, shot or bullet (including saboted) projectile only
      • Magnified scopes are allowed
      • At least .44 caliber, 10-gauge or smaller
    • Single shot, breech loading rifles or pistols:
      • .35 caliber or larger
      • Has an exposed hammer
      • Uses metallic cartridges loaded with modern smokeless or black powder
      • Magnified scopes are allowed
    • Single shot, breech loading shotguns:
      • .10 – gauge or smaller
      • Has an exposed hammer
      • Uses a buckshot or rifled slug
  • Archery
    • Traditional bow, compound bow, crossbow or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means.

Read on to know more about Louisiana regulations on bag limits, WMA schedules, hunter orange, Deer Management Assistance Program and more.

2. Duck Hunting in Louisiana

Duck Hunting in Louisiana | Louisiana Hunting Laws
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  • September Teal: September 10 -25
  • Coastal Zone:
    • November 12 – December 4
    • December 17 – January 22
    • November 5 – 6 (Youth Waterfowl)
  • West Zone:
    • November 12 – December 4
    • December 17 – January 22
    • November 5 – January 28 (Youth Waterfowl)
  • East Zone:
    • November 19 – December 4
    • December 17 – January 29
    • November 12 – February 4 (Youth Waterfowl)
  • Extended Falconry for All Zones:
    • November 3 – January 31

Find out about the bag & possession limits, other waterfowl seasons, maps, by flying in here.

Legal Gear

Legal Gear | Louisiana Hunting Laws
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  • Shotgun:
    • Can hold a maximum of 3 shells only unless plugged with a one-piece filler that cannot be removed without disassembling the gun.
    • Lesser than a 10-gauge

Restrictions and regulations start on page 52 of the 2016 -2017 Louisiana Hunting Regulations.

3. Turkey Hunting in Louisiana

Turkey Hunting in Louisiana | Louisiana Hunting Laws
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  • Area A: March 26 – April 24
  • Area B: March 26 – April 17
  • Area C: March 26 – April 10
  • Youth & Physically Challenged Hunt: March 19 – 20

See other turkey hunting schedules and maps, start the gobble here.

Legal Gear

Legal Gear | Louisiana Hunting Laws
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  • Shotguns (includes muzzleloaders):
    • Shot not larger than #2 lead
    • #2 non-toxic
    • BB steel shot
    • No larger than a 10-gauge
  • Archery:
    • Traditional bow, compound bow, crossbow
    • Any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means

Keep yourself informed with Louisiana’s turkey hunting regulations, start reading on page 44 here.

Licenses and Permits

The state of Louisiana offers different types of applications for hunting licenses and permits. Some, if not all, can be purchased via telephone, in person or online with the E-License option.

Learn more about the different service fees and requirements at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Watch this video by the LAWildlifeFish in Louisiana!

As a parting tip, you can read this article to learn 7 ways to stay hidden as part of camouflage concealment when you go out hunting. As for this article, it will show you how to make 12 easy turkey recipes to make your thanksgiving better.

Now, as long as you are knowledgeable with the hunting laws in the state of Louisiana and abide by them to the letter, you and your hunting buddies will surely enjoy every minute of hunting.

Hunt safe and hunt proud!

If hunting is in your blood you would want to know more about the hunting laws and regulations in other states. You can start stalking them here.

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Homemade Weapons You Can DIY To Awaken Your Inner Caveman

Learn to make your own homemade weapons so you’ll have a fighting chance in a survival situation where all you have is nature.

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How to Make Homemade Weapons

Why Should You Learn to Make Homemade Weapons?

Let’s say you got lost in the wild, and you somehow forgot or lost your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT (or whichever is the best survival knife for you). What do you do?

While your situation is most likely not quite as bad as Tom Hanks had it in Castaway, let’s face it. The only way you’re gonna get out of this situation in good shape is to let out your inner caveman.

Let me explain. Our very primitive ancestors lived in a time when every day was a survival situation. Any tools or weapons they needed had to be made from scratch.

So, should you be unlucky enough to have only the shirt on your back while you’re lost in the wilderness, you’ll have to follow suit. Let the training of your inner caveman begin.

Today’s lesson: how to make DIY weapons in the wild with only the resources nature provided you.

How to Make a Knife | Homemade Weapons

Having a knife, any kind of knife is probably one of the best things to happen should you suddenly find yourself in a survival situation. You can use it to help you find food, build a shelter, and defend yourself against wild animals.

So it’s highly fortunate nature is waiting like a momma at a craft table with lots of materials you can use to create one.

1. Stone Knives

Bone, shell, bamboo, wood, or even an old aluminum beer can may work to perform the puncturing function of a blade. You know you’ve seen these a million times when you’re out hiking.

They’re easy to crack or break or shape into a fairly sharp point which will do in a pinch. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to use a chicken bone or an expertly-shaped aluminum can point to skin, chop, baton, or any of the other necessary functions of a survival knife.

This is where the stone comes into play. I’ll start by saying making a knife out of stone isn’t easy, but it can be done.

You’ll need three things: a core rock, a hammerstone, and a pressure flaker. Remember, you’re going to be smashing these together in true caveman fashion.

So, having stones you can reasonably grip in each hand is going to make your life a lot easier. Although, it’s definitely an option to stand poised over one rock smashing down on it.

You, with a two-hand grip, pounding until you’ve chipped away at it a bit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

2. The Core Rock

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The core rock is what you’ll be making into a blade. Find any large stone, preferably made from obsidian, slate, chert, or flint with a relatively flat side.

In case you weren’t a rock collector in any of your previous lives, here’s another way to decide if a rock meets the requirements for good knife-making material. Tap or click a rock together with another rock and listen for a ringing sound (like glass).

The more rock sounds like glass, the better it is as a material for your core rock. If you can, choose a rock which is already a bit sharp to reduce the amount of time you’ll need to shape it.

3. The Hammerstone

The hammerstone is a medium-sized, spherical rock, preferably made of granite. It will be used to smash, chisel, chip and shape the core rock.

You’ll be using it to chip off pieces of the core stone and to narrow the edges to a blade shape.

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4. The Pressure Flaker

The pressure flaker, or flaking tool, is a rock with a sharp point to help you refine the blade’s edges. You’ll use your flaking tool after you’ve thinned the edges of the stone with the hammer stone to make the “blade” sharper.

When you start making your knife, you’ll want to be sure to wet the core stone to shorten the time it takes to shape it into a blade. Begin by striking glancing blows near the edge of the core rock with the hammerstone.

Chip away at the core rock until you get the general shape of a blade. Then, use the flaking tool to refine the edges you need to sharpen.

You can also use a stone with a rough surface such as a sandstone to sharpen the edge. Use some rope, cloth, or leather to lash the base and create a handle.

If you are having troubling shaping the rock into a knife, you can opt to create stone blades instead. Check out the videos below to learn how:

Part One:

Part Two:

How to Make a Spear | Homemade Weapons

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We’ve talked about how to make a spear using your best survival knife in a previous article. The same principle applies here.

Even without your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT or whichever survival knife you normally bring with you, you can still make a spear using your newly made stone knife. To make a spear, you’ll need to find a five-foot-long stick tough enough to endure repeated short or long-distance throws.

  1. First, pick the end of the stick which has a more rounded tip and use your stone knife to start shaving to create a spear. Once you’re done, be sure to heat the spear over some hot coals to make your spear sharper.
  2. As an alternative, you can also make a spear by tying your knife onto a stick. Find a stick which is about an inch wide.
  3. Measure about 2 inches from one end of the stick. Mark the point, then split the stick into two until you reach the 2-inch mark, creating a sort of Y shape.
  4. This will create a space where you can stick your stone knife before you lash it on with some twine, cord, or rope. To lock the blade in place, put some moss or lichen in the remaining space.
  5. If you haven’t had time to fashion your knife out of stone yet, you can also use broken pieces of shell or glass or splintered bamboo or bone and secure it to the end of your stick.
  6. If you find a way to split your stick without a knife, you can insert the splintered bone or bamboo into the wedge and tie it off like you would when turning a knife into a spear.

How to Make a Weighted Club | Homemade Weapons

While sharp pointy tools are all well and good, you can never go wrong with a blunt homemade weapon. You can use it for hammering or bludgeoning something such as a weighted club.

The weighted club could be one of the deadliest ancient weapons. To make one, you’ll need the following: a piece of wood around 14-16 inches, a medium-sized rock, and some rope.

  1. Once you have all the materials, you’ll need to wrap some lashing 6-8 inches from the end of the stick.
  2. Split the same end until you reach the lashing in order to create a V-shaped notch. The rock you picked out should be shorter than the length of the split.
  3. Insert the stone then lash it securely (above, below, and across the stone). The lashing on the stick above the stone clamps both sides of the split together providing the first point of security, so it’s especially important to create a good, tight lashing above the stone.
  4. You’ll want to make sure you bind the split ends securely so the stone won’t fall off whenever you use it to hammer or pound on something.

This video from Wannabe Bushcrafter will show you how to make a bamboo knife:

Now, hopefully, you never find yourself in a situation where making homemade weapons is going to be a necessity for survival. But, if you do find yourself in such a quagmire, this little bit of information and inner caveman training may be what saves your life.

Which of these homemade weapons do you want to make? Tell us your progress in the comments section below!

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5 Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

Know these home remedies for chigger bites, or better yet, avoid the bug's bites in the first place with helpful tips included here!

RELATED: Top Ways to Deal with Insects [Especially Mosquitos]

In this article:

  1. What Is a Chigger, Exactly?
  2. Where Do Chiggers Live?
  3. Identifying Chiggers Bites
  4. Home Remedies for Chigger Bites
  5. Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

What Is a Chigger, Exactly?

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.

Adult chiggers are about 1/60 of an inch and have eight legs. The larvae are red, wingless, six-legged creatures which measure less than 1/150 of an inch.

Because of their red color, you might be able to spot the larvae when they cluster together, especially on white clothing.

What Is the Arachnid Family? It is a large group or class of invertebrate animals where the spiders and scorpions belong.

Where Do Chiggers Live?

Chiggers reside in tall weeds and grass, berry patches, and wooded areas. They could be in your backyard, by the lake, or your favorite hiking trail.

They are most active in summer and fall afternoons – the warmest part of the day.

Identifying Chiggers Bites

Only the larvae bite humans and they tend to choose warm, moist areas of the body.

Chiggers also have claws which help them grab onto your skin. The chigger then attaches its mouth to the skin and injects saliva.

The saliva contains an enzyme which breaks skin cells down to liquid form. Your body responds by hardening skin cells around the saliva, creating a tube (cyclostome) through which the chigger sucks the dissolved skin cells.

Chiggers can stay attached and feeding for several days before falling off.

When the chigger falls off, you are left with reddish bumps. You may notice a bright red dot in the center—this is a remnant of the tube your skin formed in response to the chigger's saliva.

The bumps may look like welts, blisters, pimples, or hives. Bites generally appear in groups and get larger for several days to a week.

While many insects bite exposed skin which is easy to get to, chiggers like to bite in folds of skin as well as places where clothing fits tightly on the skin. Most chigger bites occur around the ankles, waist, armpits, crotch, or behind the knees.

Home Remedies for Chigger Bites

Just remember, no matter what, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITES! I know, easier said than done. But, breaking the skin on a chigger bite can lead to infection.

Here are 5 home remedies to help with the itching and swelling.

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1. Vicks Vapor Rub

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Vicks Vapor Rub can put an end to itchy chigger bites immediately and will even reduce the risk of blisters. It’s the cooling menthol in it which relieves itching by affecting itch receptors in the skin.

Steps:

  • Take a hot shower (use antibacterial soap.) Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Take a small amount of the vapor rub and add some table salt to it.
  • Mix well and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat if the swelling continues (otherwise, there is no need to repeat the process)

2. Cold Compress

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A cold compress can help reduce the itching associated with chigger bites. Its numbing effect helps reduce the sensation of itchiness.

Steps:

  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth.
  • Apply the compress to the bites for 10 minutes. Repeat if needed to relieve itching.

3. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is another effective remedy to reduce rashes as well as itchiness. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer which helps relieve itching and reduces the risk of infection.

Steps:

  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water.
  • Stir well and soak in this water for 15 minutes and pat your skin with a soft towel. (Do this once daily)

Another remedy using baking soda:

  • Prepare a thin paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.

Note: Do not use this remedy more than once or twice a day. Never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.

4. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal contains anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties providing instant relief from itching–one of the common symptoms of chigger bites. It is recommended to use colloidal oatmeal, meaning oats which are ground into an extremely fine powder.

(You can accomplish this yourself by grinding regular oats in a sealed Ziploc bag, using the backside of a spoon to crush the oatmeal.)

Steps:

  • Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water
  • Stir thoroughly
  • Soak in this mixture for at least 15-20 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

5. Olive Oil

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Olive oil can also be used to get relief from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which reduce itching and facilitate healing.

Steps:

  • After rinsing the affected area with water, apply olive oil to the chigger bite.
  • Reapply several times a day.

Another option using olive oil:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the affected area.
  • Repeat a few times a day.

Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take the following precautions:

  1. When hiking, stay in the center of the trail and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  2. Wear long sleeves and long pants when going into the woods.
  3. Apply mosquito repellent on your hands, feet, and exposed skin on your arms before going outside.
  4. Shower immediately after being outdoors and use antibacterial soap.
  5. Wash your clothes in hot water.
  6. Resist the urge to scratch because breaking the skin on chigger bites can lead to a possible infection.

This video from Online Pest Control will show you tips to avoid chiggers and ways to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites much like other insect bites aren't only discomforting, they can be dangerous too. Many of these insects including chiggers carry diseases in some cases.

The best way to deal with these bugs is to avoid them or control them with our tips here. But, if you're so unlucky, you also now know the best home remedies to chigger bites!

Have you had to deal with chigger bites before? Tell us how, including more useful tips which worked for you in the comments section below!

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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Arm yourself with a survival stick, get savvy with it, but first, find out why as you read on!

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In this article:

  1. Survival Hiking Stick
  2. Survival Stick for Support
  3. Fetching/Reaching Things
  4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense
  5. Balance
  6. Gauging Depth
  7. Carrying Gear and Supplies
  8. Club
  9. Fishing Rod

Survival Stick: An Underrated Multipurpose Tool?

The Survival Stick in History

A walking stick or a survival cane were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword. Yet, the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

…They work! Even the animal kingdom is smart enough to know just how useful these are:

(It may be hard to see, but this gorilla is holding a walking stick to gauge the depth of the water as she sloshes along)

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea. In fact, the use of a walking stick predates history and its use continued on for generations including this present time.

Yet, it is one which is more often than not overlooked. When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a walking disability.

Far too few people even realize how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors. We will dig a little deeper into the many uses of a survival stick and maybe safely say, it could be the first multi-purpose survival tool.

Practical and Survival Uses for a Survival Stick

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles and hiking staff have quite a few different uses:

1. Survival Hiking Stick

Hold the survival stick in front of you and you can use it to clear your way by parting brushes and branches or leaves and thick tall grasses. You can also use it to clear spiderwebs, especially if you're not too fond of spiders.

Other insects, animals, poisonous plants, and even animal dung can get in the way. Use a survival stick to inspect or poke at those things if you are unsure, and never ever your hands or your feet.

2. Survival Stick for Support

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Making your way through an uneven terrain will be more manageable with a walking stick for support. Whether you're going up or down, use the walking stick to either slow you down or hold you up.

You can use your walking stick like breaks to keep you from speeding down or use it to latch on to a rock or crevice when you're climbing up. Besides for yourself, you can also use your multipurpose stick as a support for your tarp emergency shelter.

3. Fetching/Reaching Things

It happens–a supply or gear falling on water, mud, puddle or in an area you dare not walk into. You can fetch or reach for those items with a stick.

It also happens where you need an item over a physical barrier and only a stick can fetch the item for you. You can also reach for fruits, nest, or other food sources up a tree or high structure with a stick.

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4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense

To use a survival stick as a weapon, make sure it's a sturdy stick with a finished look and not just any stick you found along the way. You can use it to defend yourself from an attacker whether it's human or animals.

I would suggest to train yourself in some form of martial arts using a stick like a baton as a weapon to have a better handle at it.

You can also fashion a spear with your stick by tying a survival knife on one end. Don't throw this spear though or you risk damaging or losing your knife and stick.

Hold on to your homemade spear and only use it to thrust at your target.

5. Balance

Hiker is crossing the river in Sweden | Hiker in Caucasus mountain | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | survival hiking stickWhen you're crossing a log bridge over a stream or you're going through the stream itself or other bodies of water, a walking stick can help you balance so you don't fall over. If you're walking through a muddy or rocky waterbed, a walking stick will help you up.

If you're up for it and if the body of water isn't too wide across, you can also use a long stick like a pole vault to cross over so you don't get yourself wet.

6. Gauging Depth

Relative to crossing bodies of water, a survival stick is handy in identifying dips beneath the waters which could cause you to stumble. You can also use the stick to identify where it's safe to take the next step.

You can also use this simple trick with the stick when you're traveling in deep snow, marshland, and even the dessert.

7. Carrying Gear and Supplies

Use your survival stick to help you carry gear and supplies. Pack your supplies with a shemagh, tie it tight to one end of your stick then place the stick over your shoulders in hobo fashion.

You can also carry more supplies with your survival stick. Even today, a carrying pole is used by indigenous people all over the world to carry heavy supplies you never thought possible.

Hang bags of supplies or jars of water on either side of the pole or stick, putting a stopper like a notch or tie on both ends so they don't fall off. Place the center of the stick over your shoulders and balance your load to your destination.

8. Club

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Use your survival stick like a club to knock obstacle down. A pillar of rocks or other objects may be on your way and a sturdy stick can help you safely knock those.

If you are in a building with glass doors or windows or inside a car, you can break the glass with a stick. Make to knock over pieces around your entrance or exit with the stick, too.

9. Fishing Rod

You only need to bring a fishing kit and your survival stick will make a good fishing rod. Tie a line on one end of your walking stick and fish away.

A DIY fishing pole is actually effective and many a fish has been caught this way.

As you guys and gals already know, I am a stickler for carrying things only if they have multiple uses. This guy managed to fit almost an entire survival kit into a walking stick he built from scratch, for under $20.00.

Check out this video from SOS 2054 I found, and find out for yourself, too:

A humble walking stick will indeed surprise you with what it can do for your defense, convenience, safety, and survival. Since you know now the practical and survival uses of this primitive multi-purpose tool, it won't surprise me if it lands a top spot on your list of survival tools for camping, hiking, or SHTF.

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick”? Let us know in the comments section below!

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