I think the simplest ideas are often the most useful. As I walk through the woods, stump shooting or even when I’m hunting, I gather peeling birchbark. Compressed to a depth of 1/2″ and stuffed into the bottom of my back quiver, it protects the broadheads and reduces arrow noise. When I use a bow quiver, I put the birchbark into one of my cargo pockets.



This is a great source of reliable tinder when I want to light a fire. I also carry an old prescription bottle filled with cotton balls covered with petroleum jelly. It is a simple matter to light one, and then add the birch peelings and progressively larger tinder for a good fire.


Editor’s Note: See our previous tip, Make Fire Starters with Cotton Balls and Vaseline.



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  1. Buck50 August 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Birch bark can be rendered into oil and used as an astringent for skin irritations say from poison ivy, insecticide, fungicide, a leather and wood preservative and a wood stain just to name a few in-the-field uses.

  2. Jerry Gowins August 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Birch bark will light even when wet. I put some is a jar of water, let it sit for three days, then pulled it out and put a match to it. It took a few seconds, but then lit up and blazed away. It’s super lightweight and compresses down easily, so I keep a sandwich sized zip-loc bag full of bark and two disposable lighters in my pack.

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