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O U T D O O R S
David Wendell’s survival tips can save
your life in everyday scenarios
by Kyle Spradley
different experts, because
not one solution is the best.
Having as much knowledge as
possible and practicing your
t’s a pleasant spring day out on the farm. You
skills is key. I always say, ‘Hone
head out to take care of the cows on the back
them until you own them.’”
40 of your 1,000-acre ranch. The sun is shining
The ﬁrst thing he teaches is
bright and the birds are chirping. But just over
the “Rule of 3s.”
the next ridge, a strong thunderstorm has popped
“Think about if you have
up and is headed your way.
only three minutes to live,
The wind picks up and heavy rain
so you check yourself for
starts to fall — leaving you in danany ﬁrst-aid needs,” Dager. With more than a mile walk back
vid says. “Next, think
to your house, what do you do?
about if you had to go
“First thing is not to panic,” says Dathree hours withvid Wendell of Mansﬁeld. “Second, assess
out shelter, what
what you have and think outside the box
would you do?
to ﬁnd things around you to use to your
Get shelter and a
beneﬁt. Mother Nature gives you just
way to start a ﬁre.
about everything you need to survive.”
Then worry about if
Reacting to everyday survival situations is what
you had to go three days withDavid teaches through his Bushcraft on Fire classes
out water or food and what
and website. For more than 20 years, he has studied
you will collect.”
the art of bushcrafting from famed survival experts
The solution to many of
Ron Hood, Tom Brown and Larry Dan Olson and
these situations doesn’t have
enjoys sharing his survival tips with others.
to be expensive outdoor gear.
“The biggest way I have been able to reach people
For instance, many ﬁre starters
all over the world is through YouTube,” he says.
such as a metal match or steel
“We’ve surpassed 4 million views from more than
ferro rod can be purchased
300 videos I have uploaded. We teach everything
David Wendell poses with his simple survival kit next to a makeshift shelter at
for just a few dollars. It can
from starting ﬁres, gear reviews, cooking, homehis home outside of Mansﬁeld. For more than two decades, David has studied
be one of the most important
steading and basic skills everyone needs to learn in
bushcrafting and shares his knowledge through instructional videos and classes.
tools in a pack.
order to make it through a survival situation.”
“With a simple plastic lens,
Knowing what to do in any scenario, David bewhen I will be back,” he adds.
you can start a ﬁre in about 10 seconds,” says David.
lieves, is important for everyone. He urges people to
In the future, David will be working with several
“Take a look at the items around your house and
read up on survival skills or take a survival class to
of the nation’s top survival schools and doing more
think what you could use them for. Even a cheap
be prepared for any situation that arises.
with his radio show — broadcast each Thursday
tarp or shower curtain can be used as a shelter.”
In his Bushcraft on Fire classes, David takes
night on his website.
David believes in simplicity. His basic survival
students out into the woods to learn skills ﬁrsthand.
“I didn’t get into this for the fame,” he says. “I
pack includes a knife, ﬁre starter, rope, ﬁrst aid kit,
Along the hike, he points out edibles and other
do this to help people. I enjoy training and sharing
a container to cook or boil water in, some kind of
natural resources that can be put to use when lost.
information so that others may beneﬁt, because you
shelter, food and extra clothing.
“If I was ever in a survival situation and had to
never know when a situation may arise that you
“Always worry about water,” David advises. “Boil
pick one guy to be with, it would be David,” says
need to apply skills in order to survive. You have to
any water you ﬁnd out in the bush. It could contain
Stuart Raike of Deﬁance. “I have taken three of his
diseases that can harm you.”
classes, and I’m amazed by his knowledge. We see
With Missouri’s ever-changing weather, he says to
just a trail, but when David’s walking through the
To learn more survival tips from David Wendell and
always prepare for the worst and pack extra clothwoods, he sees an aisle in a grocery store. Thanks
for a list of his upcoming classes, call him at 417-924ing, even for a short day hike. Also, if you’re headto his teachings, I feel conﬁdent now I can handle
9248 or visit www.bushcraftonﬁre.net.
ing out into the woods, always tell someone where
myself in almost any survival situation.”
Check out David’s library of videos on his channel at
you are going. “I even leave a footprint on a piece of
“But don’t just listen to me,” adds David, a Se-Mawww.youtube.com/bushcraftonﬁre.
paper, tape it to my car door and leave a note saying
No Electric Cooperative member. “Learn from many
tart the summer out right by taking the kids
on an outdoor adventure. Missouri State Parks
encourages all Missourians to get out in a park
on National Kids to Parks Day on May 18.
This national event is sponsored by the National
Park Trust as Missouri joins other agencies from
across the country to celebrate.
Several family-oriented activities are planned at
parks and historic sites across the state. Visit
www.mostateparks.com/page/60264/national-kidsparks-day to see what is happening in your area.
If you happen to snap a great photo while visiting a state park, be sure to enter it in our Missouri
Snapshots Photo Contest. Details are on page 10.
he Missouri Department of Conservation
invites women to get hands-on training in
various outdoor skills at its Discover Nature
Women Summer Workshop, held May 31 to June 2
at the Windermere Conference Center in Roach.
The free workshop is targeted toward newcomers
to outdoor activities and allows participants to pick
four courses from topics such as archery, canoeing,
hunting, outdoor cooking, map and compass reading, camping, ﬂy-tying and ﬁrearms.
The weekend is open to women 18 years and
older, along with young women ages 14 to 17 when
accompanied by a parent.
For more information and how to register, visit
www.mdc.mo.gov/node/3958 or call 573-522-4115.
Lodging is available at Windermere.
Outdoor App of the Month
Army Survival Guide
his app, available for
iPhone and iPad, provides
a complete reference guide
on basic survival, evasion, ﬁrst aid and recovery
information. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this
app may be essential to your survival.
Included in the guide is information on shelters,
ﬁnding water, edible and medicinal plants, dangerous animals to avoid, instructions on using ﬁeld
weapons and tools, signaling techniques and ropes
and knots. A special section breaks down how to
deal with different climates.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - May 2013
Rural Missouri - May 2013
Table of Contents
Chronicle of the corncob pipe
Missouri Snapshots contest
The family that drills together
Out of the Way Eats
Where bluegrass grows
Hearth and Home
Veggies and vision
Rural Missouri - May 2013