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Conquer the wilderness with the survival tips in these Howcast videos. You'll learn how to make fire, build a shelter, boil water with hot stones, make a bow and arrow, avoid poison ivy, purify water, track animals, make a solar still, tan a hide, sharpen a jackknife, avoid a snakebite, tell directions without a compass, and much more.
You Will Need
- A small animal hide
- A knife
- The animal's brain
- A stove
- A pot
- A blender
- A brush
- A storage area
- A chair
- And smoke
Scrape the hide
Remove meat and fat from the hide by scraping it with a knife. Scrape from side to side -- not head to tail.
Cook the animal's brain -- beef or pork brains can also be used -- in a pot of water, then put it a blender with warm water and mix well.
Apply the brains to the hide
Moisten the hide until it feels like a sponge, and then apply some of the brain mixture to the flesh side with a brush. Let the brains sit on the skin for an hour before applying more.
Store the hide overnight
Roll the hide up with the brains inside and let it sit overnight in a cool, protected place.
Apply more brains
Apply another coat of brains in the morning before stretching out the hide.
Soften the hide
Run the hide over the back of a chair to soften it until it is completely dry.
Smoke the hide
Smoke the hide over an open fire. Smoking prevents the skin from turning hard after getting wet and discourages insects.