Elk Network20 Reasons You Need Paracord On your Next Hunt

Gear 101 | September 8, 2017
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Like duct tape, parachute cord has risen to “never leave elk camp without it” status in recent years. And for good reason. As the name suggests, the cord was originally used to connect paratroopers to their parachutes during World War II. The job called for a lightweight but incredibly strong elastic cord. After the war, military surplus stores carried it, but it stayed relatively unknown except to hunters and hikers. Now, with the general public prepping “bug out” bags for natural disasters or the zombie apocalypse, p-cord, also known as 550 cord, has come into the spotlight, even being made into bracelets and necklaces.

Less than the diameter of a pencil, the cord gets its strength from the inside out because inside the nylon sheath are 7-10 inner yarns, which are also made up of many individual strands. Those strands can be used for everything from firestarter to boot laces to fishing line.
Best primary uses of p-cord

  1. Firestarter
  2. Hanging meat
  3. Lean-to lashing
  4. Thread (don’t forget the needle)
  5. Clothesline
  6. Emergency arm sling
  7. Bundle firewood
  8. Tie-down
  9. Improvised stretcher/travois
  10. Emergency tow rope

Best secondary uses of p-cord

  1. Duck call lanyard
  2. Bow grip/sling
  3. Rifle sling
  4. Knife/hatchet grip
  5. Watch strap
  6. Drink coozie
  7. Belt
  8. Hammock
  9. Drawstring cord
  10. Flashlight grip

Have another use for P-Cord we forgot? Let us know below.