Stacy Lyn Harris’ new book HARVEST

My mouth has been watering for Stacy’s new book ever since she told me she was writing it a few months ago.  HARVEST is finally out and I think it’s her best title yet.  With a freezer packed with wild meats from this year’s hunting season, HARVEST couldn’t have been released at a better time of year.

Harvest has heart. The very nature of the book is coordinated around food that has families working together in order to bring them together. For Stacy Lyn, food is much more than sustenance, it is the medium through which familial ties are strengthened. The time and effort Stacy Lyn has put into cultivating and crafting recipes that will draw you back to the fond memories regarding your own family’s table is evident throughout. The masterfully shot photographs of the dishes alone will have your senses in a delicious uproar!

Harvest includes Stacy Lyn’s cherished family recipes, free-range meat dishes derived from her husband’s hunting obsession, and lighter takes on decidedly southern classics—all prepared simply, in the freshest way possible. The book covers food from the garden, pasture, woods, and water in four sections:

  • “The Garden” features Fried Green Tomatoes, Jalapeño Poppers, Corn Chowder, Fried Squash with Tomatoes and Pesto, and other recipes to make you wish it was summer all year long.

  • “Beyond the Garden” delves into beekeeping and raising chickens for an amazing Honey Butter to pour over Cinnamon Pear Buns and your favorite Egg Salad Sandwiches with Refrigerator Pickles.

  • “From the Pasture” focuses on free-range, pasture-fed game recipes like Braised Short Ribs, Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo, and Juicy Pork Chops, plus a how-to on sausage-making.

  • “Seafood and Fish” includes Stacy Lyn’s favorite entertaining recipes, Best Ever Clam Bake and Perfect Fish Tacos.

  • For city dwellers or anyone who feels Stacy Lyn’s way of life is out of reach, 15 “how to” articles, peppered throughout the book, offer steps for cooking and eating sustainably in any setting—including container gardening, saving seeds, preserving, foraging, composting and more.

For more information about Stacy Lyn, subscribe to her websites, and and follow her on your favorite social networks @stacylynharris on Facebook and Instagram.

Find HARVEST on Amazon here:

RUGOSA, my 1st fiction survival novel, is finally here!


Wow – this project has been a long time in the making – 6 years to be exact!  But finally, RUGOSA has come to fruition!  As many of you know, I’ve written a lot of books over the past 10 years or so – mainly survival guides.  RUGOSA is my 1st survival fiction novel and it was a much more challenging project for me to write.

First, I found it hard to write a fiction story that wasn’t personal in some way.  I guess most authors have to draw on personal experience to write some of their stories and RUGOSA was no different for me.  But, I guess it’s these personal draws that help to make a story relatable.  I really hope that you will enjoy it!  It’s the 1st book in a 3 book series, so your feedback is important to me as I write the second and third book in the RUGOSA series.

RUGOSA is the story of a young man, Omaha, who must travel 400 miles across hostile lands to save his friends (and sweetheart London) from a war-torn quarantined city.  Like me, Omaha is a Boy Scout.  Although Boy Scouts has been banned by the new world government, Omaha must use the survival skills he learned in scouting, and from his father and grandfather, if he has any hope of surviving the crazy journey.

As a survival instructor first and author second, this fiction story is survival skills heavy.  I think you’ll find it a unique mix of story and teaching – at least I hope so.  I’ll always be a survival instructor!

RUGOSA releases today (Valentine’s Day) exclusively on Amazon in both paperback and digital ebook download at this link:  I’ll be signing the 1st 100 paperback copies sold!  If you pick up a copy – LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

I hope you are well and that our paths will cross in 2017!  All the best to you and yours.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


200 + Survival Hacks!

Hello Friends & Survival Enthusiasts!

Many of you subscribed to my blog because you saw and liked a survival article I’ve written about how to repurpose everyday items to meet basic human survival needs.  I’ve written a ton of them in the past 10 years.  Creatively using random items for survival is still one of my favorite hobbies.  I call it Survival Hacking the art of using what you have to get what you need to stay alive in ANY situation.



Ultimately, Survival Hacking involves three aspects:

  1. Using knowledge of basic survival principles
  2. Innovative thinking
  3. Exploiting available resources



In the nearly two decades I’ve been actively studying and practicing survival skills I’ve learned and seen a ton of great survival hacks.  Whether from books, videos, students or other survival enthusiasts, I’m always on the look out for a new hack I’ve never seen before.  Of course, I’m always trying to come up with hacks of my own as well.  In fact, I’ve logged, tested and compiled over 200 of my favorite Survival Hacks in my new book, titled….  you guessed it – SURVIVAL HACKS!

If you’re like me and enjoy a good survival hack then you’ll love my new book.  It’s already on the AMAZON #1 NEW RELEASE LIST and I promise you’ll see some you’ve never seen before.  WARNING:  This book is going to make you want to test some of these crazy hacks for yourself!!!

AND, I’m already compiling more hacks for VOLUME II so email me your hack ideas and they might make it in the next version!


SURVIVAL HACKS is now in stock on AMAZON at:

As always, thanks so much for your continued support!  Don’t forget to send me your great survival hack ideas!

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


What are you doing this weekend?

Come train with me at ESCAPE THE WOODS this weekend!!  It’s not too late to sign up!!


I’ll be personally teaching the FIRE POD and everyone knows how much I love survival fire.  Solar, flint/steel, BOW DRILL and even a few tricks up my sleeve…  We’ll even be attempting a fire start that I’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE!  I call it the CR///EK-ZILLA.  Yes, it’s HUGE!

I hope you can make it.  See for more details and to sign up!

Trust me – it’s a BLAST!

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


PS – If you’re looking for an awesome Christmas present – consider giving a 1 month APOCABOX – my subscription survival box.  The December Box is limited to 2500 subscriptions and I’m over 2400 already.  It’s going to be an awesome selection of tools – even a hand forged blade!  GIVE IT HERE:

Train with me @ ESCAPE THE WOODS

I receive emails everyday asking about how one can train with me. There’s a reason I haven’t released a public training schedule at Willow Haven yet this year. Besides being extremely busy filming and promoting FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS and writing a new book due out 2016, I’ve signed on to be the Lead Trainer at a series of events that I am very excited about. It’s called ESCAPE THE WOODS!



Escape the Woods is a two person survival team challenge designed to provide world class survival training and then test those skills in a head to head competition.  You’ll start your day by learning new survival skills from yours truly and my approved team of survival skills trainers.  Then you will have a chance to Prove it by putting your newly learned skills to the test against the other teams to earn points and collect clues to win the $1,000 Cabela’s gift card. You can also win a $200 Bug Out Bag by creating the best video of your day.  Do you have what it takes to ESCAPE THE WOODS???

“I started teaching survival skills because they’re fun.  I still teach them because they save lives.  As a natural competitor myself, I’m excited to be involved in a new project that combines my two favorite aspects of survival – FUN and LEARNING!  Escape the Woods is an action packed survival competition for people of all ages and experience levels.  You’ll learn awesome skills, meet incredible people and have a blast in the process!  Come test yourself – the woods is waiting!”


When, CR///EK, WHEN??!!

The 1st ESCAPE THE WOODS challenge is scheduled for September 12th & 13th in Delaware, OH.  I’ve planned a training curriculum that revolves around the CORE 4 – Shelter, Water, Fire and Food.  You’ll spend the morning jumping from training POD to training POD and then, after lunch, it’s time to put your skills to the test!  Trust me, this is survival training like you’ve never seen before.


First of it’s kind!

I like being a part of new and exciting projects.  ESCAPE THE WOODS is an action packed survival skills competition with a focus on very real survival skills.  You’ll learn some of my favorite survival skills, tips and tricks about how to secure shelter, water, food and MY FAVORITE – fire!  The chance to win something at the end of the day is just the icing on the survival skills cake.


Yes, this event has a head count limit.  Tickets are being sold on a first come first serve basis.  Because you’re a subscriber to my blog you are one of the first to even hear of it, but the word will spread fast.  You can find all of the details and sign up on the Escape the Woods web-site at


Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN…. I see you in the woods.  Are you ready????


I double dog dare you to join me! #daretodo


“The only things we keep permanently are those we give away.” – Waite Phillips

I do wonder what Mr. Phillips meant exactly by this statement.  I think it was something like this:  Our impact on people is ultimately our only legacy.

Rarely do we have the opportunity to be involved in a cause or initiative that has the capacity to change the face of the world we live in.  Today is one of those very rare opportunities.


I dare you to take the 100 day #DARETODO challenge.

It’s simple. Each day for 100 days do an act of service, no matter how small, for the other people around you. Post about it on social media using the hashtag #DareToDo — and we’ll make America better, each day, together.

Here’s the official site:



CR///EK, why are you taking the challenge?

I’m taking the challenge starting TODAY, August 7th 2015.  Each day for 100 days I am going to do at least one selfless act for someone else and share it with you on social media.

WHY?  Because the only things you really keep are the things you give away.  I like to be a part of BIG things.  I like to be a part of GOOD things.  And, I like to be a part of things that CHALLENGE me to be a better person.


So, want to be a part of something that will make the world a better place?  Join me on social media everyday with something positive and take the 100 DAY #DARETODO Challenge – TODAY!


TWITTER:  @survivalcreek

INSTAGRAM: @creekstewart


Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


Episode 202 – This week on FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS + the Gear List


This Sunday for Episode 202 of Fat Guys in the Woods we’re headed north to Drummond Island, MI for a freezing week in the Moose Spruce wilderness.  This north woods is covered with spruce, hemlock, pine, birch and SNOW!  Tennessee natives Kyle, Brian and Martin and in for a rude awakening when they’re delivered to Drummond Island via the only way to get there – by FERRY through frigid Lake Huron.


You’re not going to believe the series of events that get us through an incredibly dangerous week.  One of my days during this week turned out to be one of my best and worst days in the woods – you don’t want to miss it.


Below is a Gear List for this episode for those of you who are interested:

Creek’s Scarf:  Surplus military from 

Creek’s Axe Sling:

The axe Creek gives the guys:  Husqvarna :

Creek’s Coat: Filson Wool Packer Coat:

Knife # 1: Main Survival Knife:  Blackbird SK5:

Knife # 1: Sheath: Hedgehog Leatherworks:

Knife # 2: Custom handmade knife given to Creek by Bill Anderson from Season 1 of Fat Guys in the Woods – Thanks Bill – it worked AWESOME!

Knife # 2: Sheath: Custom Sheath by Voyager Leatherworks – I highly recommend them if you are looking for a custom leather sheath:

The knife I give the guys: Finn Bear Knife:

Klean Kanteen:

Stainless Mug:

Creek’s Pack:  Maxpedition Vulture-II:


I hope you catch Sunday’s episode.  You just aren’t going to believe our luck – GOOD and BAD!  It airs only on The Weather Channel at 9pm Eastern.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,



Don’t Miss Season 2 of FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS

This Sunday, June 7th, at 9pm eastern ONLY on The Weather Channel

On the eve of the premiere of Season 2 of FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS I thought I’d take a minute and write a letter to the blog subscribers here at Willow Haven Outdoor.  Many of you were blog subscribers long before FAT GUYS existed and you’ve watched my career in the survival industry develop over the past 6-10 years or so.  I am grateful for your support to say the least.

As I anxiously await America’s response to the first episode of Season 2, I just can’t keep my lips sealed about what to expect.  Below are some things to look forward to Sunday night as well as a little insider info ;). Here goes:


First of all, we’re in the SONORAN DESERT of ARIZONA!

That’s right, this Indiana boy took 3 guys from Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Ohio and plopped them smack dab in the middle of one of the most hostile environments in North America.  I remember when one of them said, “This looks like the surface of mars!” Time to saddle up suckers!

My favorite childhood memories…


While most kids were reading comic books, I was scouring the pages from my Dad’s ARMY SURVIVAL manuals and I LOVED THEM!  In this first episode I decided to bring those pages to life.  This Sunday watch Randy, Peter, Jacob and I put these skills to the test and see if they really work.  I’ve been wanting to build a shelter like I’ve seen in the ARMY SURVIVAL manual my whole life and this week in the desert was my chance to do it.  You’re gonna love it.


WATER….uhhhh, I mean, WHAT WATER????

There was actually a point in the week when I doubted that we could make it the rest of the time with our water supply.  You’ll have to watch and see what happens but let me tell you something – I WILL NEVER take the water sources in the midwest for granted again.  EVER!

FIRE (time to cuddle boys)

I can’t wait for you to learn how we started a fire in this episode.  We actually used TRASH that we found and the method is going to blow your mind.  It’s a fire start that I’ve practiced in a controlled environment before but never in a very real scenario.  It was awesome and incredibly frustrating at the same time.  I think the guys thought I was crazy when I described it to them.  I played it cool, although it was crazy.

FOOD (I guess you can call it that)

This photo says it all – you do not want to miss what we eat!!!!


Oh, and do you see all of the skulls in the 1st photo in this post????  Those are boar, mule deer and jack rabbit.  BTW – have you ever seen a desert jack rabbit.  They are HUGE.  From ground to ear tips I’ll bet you they are 36″ tall.  See pics of them here if you’re curious:

 RANDOM thoughts…


You are not going to believe what Randy is putting into this mouth in this scene.  I hope this makes the episode so bad.  If it does, I hope you’ve also eaten and thoroughly digested your dinner by the time you watch it.


You know I’m all about teaching real survival skills.  I’m excited to teach you a trap I learned from a research scientist friend of mine.  I saw an opportunity to deploy it in the desert and think it’s a great trap to keep in your mental tool chest.


The photo above is just before we tear into a group desert brawl.  Just kidding…it’s time to celebrate a huge success.  Trust me, you’ll be celebrating with us Sunday night.

MY GEAR in this episode

I always get asked a ton of questions about the gear I’m using in each episode so I thought I’d just list it out if you’re interested.

The Gear I give the Guys:

Parting words

Last season aired at 10pm eastern – we’re moving up in the world and are now on at 9pm eastern.  You won’t regret watching it.  You’ll learn some real skills and meet some real guys who have very real stories.  If you have a moment, share this VIMEO clip promoting the premiere episode with your friends:

Oh!  And I’d love to hear what you think!

Interested in being on a potential Season 3 of FGITW?  Send your info/story to

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


Hello from Creek

Hello all.  As you read this post, I’m deep in the North Woods filming the first Episodes of Fat Guys in the Woods for Season 2, coming this Spring.  I scheduled this post to publish before I left.  I’ll be unplugged where I’m going.

For those of you who know very much about me and Willow Haven Outdoor, you also know that I try to keep my parents involved (and busy) with my many survival activities and pursuits.  This includes when I’m gone filming 😉  Just so they don’t get too bored with me out of town, I thought I’d encourage you to visit our on-line store ( with a timely CHRISTMAS DISCOUNT CODE (found at the end of this email).  My Mom and Dad run this business from my childhood home and I don’t want them getting lazy on me while I’m incommunicado leading guys through a survival adventure for weeks  on end.

In our on-line store we carry a huge variety of survival tools and resources at all different price points.  There are tons of great stocking stuffers in our UNDER $10 SECTION here:


Here is a link to many of the items we used on Season 1 of Fat Guys in the Woods


We also carry tons of Books and Information Resources here:


One of my favorite sections is our selection of survival gloves and clothing accessories here:


Before you go, be sure to write down the COUPON CODE below.  This will save you 7% during check-out!  And, there is FREE SHIPPING for orders over $100.  Be sure to tell Mom and Dad I said HELLO from the field.


Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


Book Signing & Survival Presentation: Saturday, November 15th at 2 PM

Come out for a Free Survival Presentation & Book Signing if you’re in the area!



Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


Creek's new survival fiction novel, RUGOSA, now available on!