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Survival Skills

Backcountry College teaches survival skills like track ID as well. This is a cougar track. Notice the bi-lobed interdigital pad .

Backcountry College teaches survival skills like track ID as well as other woodsmanship. This is a cougar track. Notice the bi-lobed interdigital pad .

Backcountry College is an educational video series produced in association with Backcounty Hunters & Anglers.

These how to videos focus on survival skills and woodsmanship and teach hunting, fishing, or camping skills for everyone from beginner to expert. You’ll find videos on topics such as how to start a fire in the rain, how to rig a block and tackle for hanging gear in bear country, and quick tips on using a ferro rod and storing paracord.

If you’re anything like us, you tend to spend a lot of time well off the beaten path where, if a problem comes up, no one’s coming to help. You’ll need to deal with whatever comes up, and these survival skills and woodsmanship videos will help get you prepared.

With that said, there’s no amount of book knowledge or watching videos that’ll make you an expert woodsman. For that, you’ve got to get out and practice. That’s one of the things I really try to stress is practicing these survival skills when you can afford to learn from your mistakes. You sure don’t want to be figuring this stuff out for the first time when you find yourself in a survival situation. We’re constantly uploading new outdoor skills videos so check back often.

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  • Backcountry College - Rigging a tarp shelter

    Here, we'll take a look at one of the most versatile pieces of equipment out there - the plain old tarp. We'll first look at how to set up a tarp tent, then look at a few other configurations. Whether you're a bushcraft enthusiast, hunter, or just enjoy camping without all the burden of expensive gear, you'll benefit from knowing how to use a tarp to rig a variety of shelters. In addition to th...


  • Woodsmanship 101 - "to build a fire"

    In the second episode of Backcountry College, we'll take a quick look at how to build a fire under good conditions before trying our hand at getting one going in some pretty nasty weather.


  • How to hang a bear bag in bear country - hang food in bear country

    Description A little mechanical advantage can go a long way when you're alone in the woods. Here, we'll take a look at how to make a block & tackle using a little paracord and some carabineers. With this little bit of know how, you can easily hang food in bear country, or quarters, or whatever...


  • Backcountry College - Navigation I

    In our fourth episode of Backcountry College, we'll go over a few basic map & compass skills to help us find our way around the woods. We'll take a bearing, plot that on our map, triangulate our position, etc. This is part 1 of a two part video.


  • Backcountry College - Navigation II

    In the 5th episode of Backcountry College, we'll take to the woods with what we learned in the first part of our navigation vid. We'll navigate to a point on our map, talk about terrain association, waypoints, handrails, etc.


  • Woodsmanship 101 - "keeping warm"

    Bitter cold weather can sure clamp down on late season fun, but there are a few things you can do to stay warm and out there when the mercury drops.


  • How to bury a Dutch Oven

    Ever wish you had a hot meal waiting when you got back to camp from a long day in the field? Here's how. Burying a Dutch Oven is one of those things you often hear about but rarely see. It's not all that difficult if you follow these guidelines


  • Survival Gear List - Backcountry College

    In this episode of Backcountry College we'll take a look at survival gear and some of the things I always have in my pack to be prepared for whatever might come up in the backcountry.


  • Backcountry College - Knots and such

    In this episode of Backcountry College, we'll take a look at a few knots that every outdoorsmen should know. We'll set up a hammock with my canvas tarp and use the bowline, clove hitch, truckers hitch, and taught line hitch to do it.


  • Ultralight shelters

    You can also find this video on the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers channel. Here we'll take a look at my lightweight tarp, as well as a nifty little stove for warming things up on a cold morning.


  • Animal tracks in snow - Backcountry College

    This time of year, animal tracks are everywhere and easy to see. In this episode of Backcountry College, we'll take a look at coyote tracks, rabbit tracks, etc. as well as talk about the basics of tracking. These tracking techniques will help you hunt, scout and understand animal movements.


  • How to nest Dutch Ovens - Backcountry College

    This quick tip will show how to secure your Dutch ovens so they don't rattle and bang around while your on your way to camp.


  • How to start a fire with a Ferro Rod - Backcountry College

    In this Backcountry Quick Tip we'll learn a tip in keeping your fire tender in place while starting a fire with a ferro rod.


  • Canoe Paddle Strokes - Backcountry College

    In this episode of Backcountry College, we're on the water and talking about basic canoe paddle strokes. We'll cover the sweep, sculling, and j stroke. These basic paddling techniques are easy to master and will have you paddling like a pro the next time you're on the water in a canoe. Learn more about Backcountry Hunters & Anglers at


  • Survival Snares - Backcountry College

    We'll be talking more about survival gear in this episode of Backcountry College. Although most survival situations will be over well before you might need one, a snare may come in very handy if you find yourself stranded in the wilderness for an extended time. Here we'll take a look at how to make and set a survival snare. More at


  • Optics for close quarters hunting

    A good pair of binoculars is indispensable in big open country. But truth be told, they come in just as handy in closed in country where the sight distance is often 50 yards or less. Here, Clay talks about using binoculars to focus through close vegetation to find animals hidden within.


  • Backcountry College: How to dress a bunny!

    Here's a quick and easy way to field dress a rabbit without the mess... or a knife!


  • How to tie an eye splice - Backcountry College

    Learn how to splice a rope in the latest episode of the Backcountry College.


  • Bow Drill Friction Fire and Cooking Trout in the Backcountry

    Here's a quick vid showing how to make a friction fire with a bow drill. I used my boot laces and some fish eggs as well! If you're interested in primitive skills, survival, bushcraft, etc, it's always a good idea to take the opportunities like this to practice the survival skills you may need someday.


  • Making Cowboy Coffee and listening to Wolves in the Idaho Backcountry

    On a recent trip into Idaho's backcountry, I was joined by a pack of wolves and a cashew munching ground squirrel! You never know what you'll find while camping in the woods.