5 Mistakes Made by Beginning Preppers

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Do you make mistakes? I know, that’s a trick question – we ALL make mistakes. No matter what you’re starting or trying to learn, you’re going to make mistakes. It’s part of our human nature. We are wired to try, fail, learn and try again. Our mistakes help us to grow and thrive and they certainly have the ability to make us stronger, better, smarter and wiser. I have often talked about the mistakes we’ve made when it comes to homesteading – that is, the day-to-day building of a sustainable and self-reliant life. One of the things many of my

5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught Us

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5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught Us

If your grandmother was anything like mine, it seemed like there was nothing she couldn’t do. She could sew just about everything, grow just about anything, and seemed to know just about everything!

This is because my grandmother raised children during the Great Depression. She learned to make things herself … or do without! She passed some of these skills on to my mother, and I picked up a few myself, but I was thinking the other day about things my grandmother did that she really never talked about.

Looking back, I can see that these little “hacks” of hers were pretty darn useful, yet for some reason, she never felt the need to explain them.

So, in this article, I want to share the top 5 hacks that my grandmother practiced, but never talked about, just in case your grandmother never shared them with you, either!

1. Keep straight pins sharp

My grandmother kept two pin cushions. One was the typical cloth “tomato,” but she also had another one that was simply a bar of soap. I foolishly thought that my grandmother was just too cheap to buy a new pin cushion, but low and behold, I later found one of my friends using a bar of soap as a pin cushion. When I asked him why, he told me that this kept his straight pins sharp and the soap made them glide through the fabric easier.

2. No more lonely socks

When I would lose a sock or if by chance one sock developed holes or the elastic wore out before the other one did, I would give them to my grandmother. This was at her request. I never asked why she wanted them; I assumed she would make sock puppets (which she did on occasion) or use them for some “silly” purpose, but it wasn’t until I saw my mother use an old sock for dusting that the light bulb went off in my head.

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I was buying those microfiber towels for dusting, and here the answer to dusting was right under my nose. My old socks work just as well as my microfiber towels — and they don’t cost a dime!

3. Umbrella or sunhat?

5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught UsMy grandmother was fond of saying things that seemed strange as a kid but later made me laugh, such as “if you can see the moon and stars, it won’t rain.” Well, if you can see the moon and stars, that means there are no clouds! She would go stand in the front yard and stare at the clouds for a minute or two, and then come inside and announce whether we should take umbrellas or hats for a sunny day. It was many years before I realized what she was doing; grandma was watching the movements of clouds. Clouds that become bigger as they move toward you (of course) indicate it likely will rain later.

4. No more sticky salt

It wasn’t until I moved to a more humid climate that I realized why my grandmother always filled her salt shakers with a mixture of uncooked rice and salt. The uncooked rice absorbed the moisture in the air, allowing the salt to stay drier and move more freely. I discovered this while Googling how to stop the salt from clumping! My grandmother knew this secret years before Google did!

5. Loose screws

No, I’m not talking about your in-laws; I mean those nail holes or screws with holes that have become enlarged over time. Occasionally, you can simply use a larger screw or nail, but with some items, such as a wooden kitchen cabinet door with a handle that will only take a certain size nail, you need a better hack than super glue! This is a true grandma hack that everyone can appreciate. Simply take a wooden toothpick and insert it into the hole. Break it off and then re-use your nail or screw. If it’s a really big hole, try two toothpicks. If grandma didn’t show you this one, perhaps grandpa did.

If you were lucky enough to come from a family who believed in handing down hacks like these the way some families handed down clothes, consider yourself fortunate!

What are your favorite grandma or grandpa hacks? Share your tips in the section below:

5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught Us

5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught Us

If your grandmother was anything like mine, it seemed like there was nothing she couldn’t do. She could sew just about everything, grow just about anything, and seemed to know just about everything!

This is because my grandmother raised children during the Great Depression. She learned to make things herself … or do without! She passed some of these skills on to my mother, and I picked up a few myself, but I was thinking the other day about things my grandmother did that she really never talked about.

Looking back, I can see that these little “hacks” of hers were pretty darn useful, yet for some reason, she never felt the need to explain them.

So, in this article, I want to share the top 5 hacks that my grandmother practiced, but never talked about, just in case your grandmother never shared them with you, either!

1. Keep straight pins sharp

My grandmother kept two pin cushions. One was the typical cloth “tomato,” but she also had another one that was simply a bar of soap. I foolishly thought that my grandmother was just too cheap to buy a new pin cushion, but low and behold, I later found one of my friends using a bar of soap as a pin cushion. When I asked him why, he told me that this kept his straight pins sharp and the soap made them glide through the fabric easier.

2. No more lonely socks

When I would lose a sock or if by chance one sock developed holes or the elastic wore out before the other one did, I would give them to my grandmother. This was at her request. I never asked why she wanted them; I assumed she would make sock puppets (which she did on occasion) or use them for some “silly” purpose, but it wasn’t until I saw my mother use an old sock for dusting that the light bulb went off in my head.

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I was buying those microfiber towels for dusting, and here the answer to dusting was right under my nose. My old socks work just as well as my microfiber towels — and they don’t cost a dime!

3. Umbrella or sunhat?

5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught UsMy grandmother was fond of saying things that seemed strange as a kid but later made me laugh, such as “if you can see the moon and stars, it won’t rain.” Well, if you can see the moon and stars, that means there are no clouds! She would go stand in the front yard and stare at the clouds for a minute or two, and then come inside and announce whether we should take umbrellas or hats for a sunny day. It was many years before I realized what she was doing; grandma was watching the movements of clouds. Clouds that become bigger as they move toward you (of course) indicate it likely will rain later.

4. No more sticky salt

It wasn’t until I moved to a more humid climate that I realized why my grandmother always filled her salt shakers with a mixture of uncooked rice and salt. The uncooked rice absorbed the moisture in the air, allowing the salt to stay drier and move more freely. I discovered this while Googling how to stop the salt from clumping! My grandmother knew this secret years before Google did!

5. Loose screws

No, I’m not talking about your in-laws; I mean those nail holes or screws with holes that have become enlarged over time. Occasionally, you can simply use a larger screw or nail, but with some items, such as a wooden kitchen cabinet door with a handle that will only take a certain size nail, you need a better hack than super glue! This is a true grandma hack that everyone can appreciate. Simply take a wooden toothpick and insert it into the hole. Break it off and then re-use your nail or screw. If it’s a really big hole, try two toothpicks. If grandma didn’t show you this one, perhaps grandpa did.

If you were lucky enough to come from a family who believed in handing down hacks like these the way some families handed down clothes, consider yourself fortunate!

What are your favorite grandma or grandpa hacks? Share your tips in the section below:

6 Dangers Of A Low-Fat Diet Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

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6 Dangers Of A Low-Fat Diet Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

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In the first half of the 20th century, America saw a sudden increase in heart disease. The medical community was baffled and the public wanted answers, and the “diet-heart hypothesis” or the “lipid hypothesis” was born. This subsequently changed how we view all-natural fat, including meat and dairy products.

Here are six things to consider before you begin to follow the government recommended policy of eating a low-fat diet:

1. It’s just a theory!

The theory of eating a low-fat diet to prevent heart disease was thought up by Ancel Keys, a man who had no training in nutritional science, epidemiology or cardiology.[1] It is important to remember, though, that it is just a theory—never proven by hard fact. But he did not follow his own low-fat diet recommendations. History shows us that despite great opposition, his theory became national policy without any evidence or research to support it.

2. Biased-based research

All the research to support the idea of a diet low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol and high in polyunsaturated fat was funded by large food corporations (Pillsbury, Quaker Oats, Swift & Co., Frito-Lay, General Mills, Heinz, etc.)[2] — companies that were wanting to patent their own new “food products.” They also wanted to be able to label their products with the recommendations of the American Heart Association. As George Mann, someone who dedicated his life and research to oppose Keys, put it, “for a generation, research on heart-disease has been more political than scientific.”[3]

3. Consuming vegetable oil increases your risk of cancer

6 Dangers Of A Low-Fat Diet Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

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Research has proven that eating a diet high in vegetable oil INCREASES your risk of cancer.[4] In studies, cancer rates have been consistently higher in the low-saturated-fat groups than the high-saturated-fat groups.

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And in 1968, vegetable oil was shown to double the rate of cancerous tumor growth in rats.[5]

4. The healthiest people in the world eat a lot of saturated fat

The Japanese and the Swiss, ranked one and in the world for health, vitality and longevity, have two of the fattiest diets in the world. The Japanese are often praised for their health, but the idea that they eat a low-fat diet is simply a myth. Although they do not consume much dairy fat, the amount of other animal fat they consume is significant.[6]

5. Saturated fat protects you from harmful viruses and bacteria

Saturated fats, such as lard, tallow, butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter, have proven antimicrobial qualities.[7] They help protect cells from harmful viruses and bacteria. Saturated fat also is one of the main building blocks of cells. When saturated fat is replaced with vegetable oil, cells become more prone to disease and cancer.[8]

6. Breast milk is extremely high in both cholesterol and saturated fat

Breast milk contains one of the highest sources of cholesterol on the planet. More than 50 percent of the calories found in breast milk are saturated fat. Commercial formula does not replicate the nutrients found in a mother’s milk. They are made low in fat and cholesterol, by recommendation of the American Heart Association. Sadly, a study published in Pediatrics has linked children who are failing to thrive with their consumption of a low-fat diet.[9]

Policy is often put into place for convenience and money, not your well-being. It’s always important to educate yourself, especially when it comes to your health. Don’t take someone’s word for it. In an age where information is so abundant, seek out the truth!

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please first consult with a qualified health professional.

Do you agree or disagree? Share your thoughts in the section below:

[1] NINA TEICHOLZ, Big Fat Surprise, 2014,  pg. 49

[2] TEICHOLZ, Big Fat Surprise, 2014,  pg 91

[3] TEICHOLZ, Big Fat Surprise, 2014,  pg. 71

[4] TEICHOLZ, Big Fat Surprise, 2014,  pg 94

[5] TEICHOLZ, Big Fat Surprise, 2014,  pg. 94

[6] https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/know-your-fats/the-skinny-on-fats/

7 FALLON, SALLY, AND MARY G ENIG, PHD, “Diet and Heart Disease—Not What You Think,” Consumers’ Research, July 1996, 15-19

8 https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/know-your-fats/the-skinny-on-fats/

[9] SMITH, M M, AND F LIFSHITZ, Pediatrics, Mar 1994

4 Hot New Concealed Carry Revolvers For 2017

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4 Hot New Concealed Carry Revolvers For 2017

Revolvers have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity the past few years and have earned a place in the everyday carry category, especially when considering the reliability and concealability of some models.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most talked-about models that made their debut at this year’s Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.

1. Colt Cobra

Colt has brought back a classic from the past with the Cobra, a six-shot, 38 special stainless steel revolver that has been redesigned. Colt opened up the trigger guard and straightened out the trigger, which allows for less knuckle impact on the trigger guard, a problem not uncommon on the original Cobra. All Colt revolver cylinders rotate counter-clockwise, which the company says creates a better lockup and consistency in the frame.

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A fiber optic front sight now comes standard, with night sights optional. This nice double-action revolver is offered in a two-inch barrel with a Colt rubberized grip. It’s rated for Plus P ammo. It’s worth a look for anyone considering a revolver for everyday carry. MSRP is $699.

2. S&W 986 Performance Center 9mm

At SHOT Show range day, I was able to handle and shoot Smith & Wesson’s new Performance Center 9mm revolver, which boasts an L-frame, 2.5-inch barrel and is new for 2017. It is a double/single action, seven-shot revolver (moon clips required) with a titanium, non-fluted cylinder and trigger over-travel stop. Other features include a red ramp front sight and adjustable rear sight. Grips are custom wood. The revolver weighs about 32 ounces, unloaded. This new release from Smith &Wesson is an attractive handgun and is easy to shoot, with a nice crisp trigger. It could certainly be a consideration for everyday carry. MSRP is $1,129.

3. Ruger GP100 44 Special

I was fortunate to shoot the new Ruger GP100 offered in 44 Special last fall in Florida, and handled it again at the 2017 SHOT Show. The new Ruger double-action wheelgun has a 3-inch barrel with a fiber optic insert front sight and adjustable rear sight. A stout handgun, the 44 Special is offered in stainless steel and a five-shot cylinder. The 44 Special is a new caliber offering in the classic GP100, a revival of a once-common cartridge. It comes with a Hogue Monogrip, which allows for good purchase when firing. For those wanting a historic cartridge that’s a bit easier in the recoil department and on your pocketbook as compared to the 44 Magnum, take a look at this new Ruger GP100. MSRP is $829.

4. Kimber K6S Stainless

Kimber introduced the K6S 357 revolver in 2016 with a single model. In 2017 they have four new variations of the K6S, primarily with different sight options to include a fiber optic sight and crimson trace grip version. Rear sights on the K6S can be drifted for windage adjustment. This 2-inch barrel, 38 Special/357 Magnum double-action-only revolver is built with concealed carry in mind. It has the flattest design (1.39 inches wide) on the market for a revolver and still allows for 6 shots instead of the more common 5 shot snub-nose models. Some gun experts claim the K6S has the best factory trigger on the market. At 23 ounces, the K6S is comparable in weight to other revolvers in its class and comes with a speed strip when purchased. This is a revolver worthy of serious consideration if you choose to carry a revolver daily. MSRP starts at $899 in the K6S series.

Revolvers are far from being a gun of the past for everyday carry, and in fact may be a better choice for some folks. They are simple to use and rarely have any operational issues. If you don’t own a revolver or have never tried one, you might be missing something worth considering.

Do you own a revolver? Which revolver is your favorite? Share your tips in the section below:

Frost-Tolerant Vegetables You Should Be Planting Right Now

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6 Frost-Tolerant Vegetables You Should Be Planting Right Now

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During early spring, the urge to get out in the garden and start planting almost becomes overwhelming.

Stores are stocking up on gardening tools, and seeds are luring me in with the promise of a bountiful harvest. I take full advantage of the warmer climate where I live. But if you live up north you may be hesitant, knowing winter may still throw a few frosty nights at you.

Go ahead and get your gardening gloves out; you can avoid pre-season garden blues by planting frost-resistant plants this spring.

Here are a few ideas:

1. Peas

Snow peas, snap peas or other varieties are easy-to-grow veggies that do well in early spring. With their large seeds, they’re perfect for even the smallest hands to plant. Useful for getting restless kids (and grandkids) out of the house and into the yard, peas do well in early spring – even with a late frost. They’ll grow as vines or bushes, and can take up to 65 days to mature. Plant more than you think you’ll need – the harvest seems to disappear with these easy-to-reap veggies that are loved by both grown-ups and kids alike.

2. Spinach

Baby spinach is a quick sprouting addition to an early spring garden. You can harvest in as little as three weeks, giving you small, tender leaves to use in salads and cooking.

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Spinach is frost-resistant, but seems to thrive when grown under cover, so consider using a garden cover the first few weeks after planting. To help prevent loss from frost, plant spinach close together and harvest early. Plant a few varieties to have an assortment of greens from which to choose.

3. Chard

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Another type of green that grows well in early spring, chard gives your garden a sneak peek at the bursts of color that warm weather brings. For a beautiful display, add yellow, red or white varieties to your planting rows. Sow seeds close together, and then harvest young growth to thin the seedlings. Some chard is available for harvest within 25 days, while others can be grown longer to reach full size. Use chard fresh, toss some into a blender for a nutritious smoothie addition, or cook leaves for a delicious addition to soups.

4. Beets

Beets thrive with cooler weather, and seem to do best before the ground heats up. You can plant beets up to a month before the last frost. This prevents their roots from becoming woody, and it gives them a sweet taste. Beets mature in 60 days and should be approximately two inches wide at harvest. Plant seeds three to four inches apart for optimal growth. Their lovely greens add bright stripes of green to your garden.

5. Carrots

Perfect for locations with heavy soil, carrots take longer than most vegetables to germinate. Sow carrot seeds directly in the soil, but plant more than you will need, because germination is spotty. Get them in the ground up to a month before the last frost, and then thin out the seedlings when you start to see leaves appearing. This is another fun plant to send your kids out to harvest, but don’t be surprised at their abnormal shapes. Depending on your soil, it can split the roots and produce funny-looking carrots that taste delicious!

6. Lettuce

Lettuce can be hard to germinate, so for best results, start some indoors and then transplant seedlings in early spring. They can be moved to your garden up to six weeks before the last frost. Sow additional seeds around the transplants for succession plants, giving you a season-long supply of lettuce. Cover the seeds with a light soil. Harvest leaves when there are enough on the plant for continued plant growth.

Don’t let the fear of frost keep you from getting a head start on your garden. Use cool weather-friendly plants to ease into spring, and enjoy the tender produce your garden will grow before hot weather sets in.

What frost-tolerant or frost-resistant plants would you add? Share your tips in the section below:

Carbines, Gear and Life Update

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Hey Folks, I’ve been traveling for work and pretty busy in general. 

I like magnified variable power optics on a carbine. I think Iraq got people so focused on super close range stuff we forgot sometimes we might want to reach out aways. True this is unlikely in my house or right outside it where a fight is likely to happen. Then again if my only concern was that a $300 pump shotgun would be by my bed not a $1,500+ M4. To make good choices shooting at any distance people need magnification. Yes you can hit steel at 300m with an Aimpoint or irons but can you tell if a person is the goblin  you are trying to kill or your cousin running to help?
One guy I was shooting with has a belt and suspenders approach of a scope and a red dot both in good as mounts. He switches to the red dot for use as a house gun and the scope in case he needs it. Expensive but an interesting idea. 
I am halfway through a local carbine class. Some interesting things have come from that. The instructor is an old time Cooper purist so he wants people to use OWB strong side holsters. I actually didn’t have one for my g19 without a light. So I ordered one. I didn’t have a single chest rig that was compatible with it. So with that holster set up I can use a plate carrier with a couple mags stuck on or the costa leg rig. I like the Costa Leg rig though I need suspenders for it if I’m going to wear it all day.
I am pretty happy with the Burris MTAC. Seems about the same as a red dot up close and way better for distance.  
I could see that as something I could wear all the time and still do stuff. 
For a house setup I’m thinking I’ll have a pair of pants with a holster and handgun stuff. Good for a knock at the door. Carbine stuff will be on the PC with an IFAK. 
As to life. I’m pretty busy with work, school, running and BJJ. 
Doing a diet thing and will talk more about that later. 
What is coming up? More shooting. Maybe another class. More organization. 

Prepping for Civil Conflict

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Brad Harris of Full Spectrum Survival is back for the second half of our interview. We talk about the possibility of civil war. He provides solid action steps to prepare for an internal conflict.

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Slow Food

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‘Someone asked the other day:

‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’
‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,
I informed him. ‘All the food was slow.’

‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’

‘It was a place called ‘at Home,” I explained!

‘Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.


In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.
Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.

I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 11. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called ‘pizza pie.’ When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. My
brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6 AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change.
His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for
everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

ROM Pack – Review

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Recently I have been learning more and more about multi-use items. Food Network’s Alton Brown decidedly is against any “unitasker” and I have to agree. This is what differentiates the ROM Pack from other normal backpacks Read More …

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Is the US about to Bomb North Korea

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Is the US about to Bomb North Korea Last week we did a story on the newest threat from North Korea. With each passing day their nuclear capabilities improve. What once seemed like an isolated yet despotic regime, North Korea is extending their reach. So much so that the United States government has taken serious …

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Are you Fit Enough to Survive a Crisis

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Are you Fit Enough to Survive a Crisis Unfortunately, fitness tends to take a back seat in the preparedness world. This always boggled my mind because so many in the community are ex military. I am a huge proponent of being in top shape. Strength and, more importantly, endurance are the tools you will need …

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Getting Started with Bushcraft

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Getting Started with Bushcraft I love the stance this author takes on bushcraft. Many of use tend to take a strange approach to wilderness survival. We spend hours on youtube and amazon and before long our inventory of wilderness survival gear has grown but our actual time in the environment has not. The author makes …

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Are We Headed for Matial Law

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Are We Headed for Martial Law Whether you realize it or not we have experience martial law in this nation. It hasn’t made front page news and it certainly wont go down in history as such. Events like Hurricane Katrina and the Boston Bombing saw authorities seizing guns and setting curfews. If that’s not martial …

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Stores That Hand Out 5 Gallon Buckets Free

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Stores That Hand Out 5 Gallon Buckets Free Now is the time for winning the resource game. We live in an age of excess and preppers all over should take advantage of this. I don’t know about your but I use 5 gallon buckets for tons of things. I mix fertilizer in them, bring home …

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Ultimate Prepper Schools Link List – Where to Learn New Skills

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I believe the more you know the more likely you are able to handle unexpected situations. I think the ambitious prepper should be learning new skills continually. It doesn’t matter how old or how experienced you are, you can always learn something new. We have compiled a huge list of Prepper Schools from around the world. Each will have a location indicated and if it is an online course or a local one that you attend in person. Here is the list of various Prepper School facilities and online courses:

Prepper, Survival and Bushcraft Schools and Courses

North America

  • Aboriginal Living Skills SchoolUS Arizona (Local) – Cody Lundin runs ALSS with 28 years of field experience, ALSS is one of the oldest and best known professional modern survival, bushcraft, primitive living skills, and urban preparedness schools in the United States.
  • Advanced Survival TrainingUS Virginia (Local) – School founder and chief instructor Tim MacWelch has been the most trusted source for survival training in the Mid-Atlantic since he opened his business in 1997.
  • Alderleaf Wilderness CollegeUS Washington (Local) – Alderleaf offers courses on wilderness survival, wild edible & medicinal plants, permaculture, wildlife tracking, and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Ancient PathwaysUS Arizona (Local) – Ancient Pathways is a wilderness skills company specializing in desert survival and bushcraft. The focus of all Ancient Pathways courses is to provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques.
  • ASU – EMHS: Emergency Management (MA)US Arizona (Online) – The emergency management concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online.
  • Blackthorn-USAUS Kansas (Local) – Blackthorn-USA, LLC is a nature based outdoor adventure school specializing in preparedness, bushcraft and survival.
  • Boulder Outdoor Survival SchoolUS Utah (Local) – BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, is the oldest and largest traditional living skills / survival school in the world. Since 1968, we have offered adventurous souls the chance to learn indigenous skills in an active, hands-on environment.
  • Byron Kerns SurvivalUS Georgia and Florida (Local) – Byron Kerns, a former U.S. Air Force Survival (SERE) Instructor, has been providing instruction to the public since 1996. Over the past 20-years, he has guided and taught more than six hundred small groups in a wilderness setting.
  • Bush Survival TrainingUS California and Africa (Local) – Our California Survival School based in San Diego provides wilderness survival training and bushcraft skills in California and Africa guided by experienced survival instructors.
  • California Survival SchoolUS California (Local) – California Survival School was founded by two brothers with a passion for traditional living skills, outdoor adventure, and self-sufficiency.
  • Campcraft OutdoorsUS Kentucky (Local) – Campcraft Outdoors is a course provider for Wilderness Safety & Rescue and a Rugged Soft Goods Manufacturer based in Bethlehem, Kentucky. We incorporate a vast self reliance, safety and rescue curriculum that includes Emergency Wilderness Survival, Search and Rescue, Wilderness Safety, CPR & First Aid, Self Defense and more taught by internationally recognized instructors and professional educators.
  • C.U.M.A Survival SchoolUS Illinois (Local) – The C.U.M.A. Survival School specializes in no-nonsense training for everyone who is interested in Combatives, Self Defense, Urban Survival or venturing into the great outdoors.
  • Destination Backcountry AdventuresUS New York (Local) – Learn valuable skills, like how to construct shelter from natural materials, how to set traps, how to gather edibles in the wilds. Covered topics like risk evaluation, setting priorities and effective decision making under pressure, which cross over as valuable like skills even when you’re not in a survival situation.
  • Doomsday Preppers TrainingUS (Online/DVD) – Course covers: Hand to Hand Self-Defense, Emergency Medical, Basic Firearms Handling, Weapons Self-Defense, Outdoor Survival, Firearms Protection, Black Bag Self-Defense, Independent Farming and Tactical Firearms.
  • Earth Native SchoolUS Texas (Local) – Wilderness Survival, Wildlife Tracking, Nature Connection, Sustainable Living for adults and children.
  • Earth SchoolUS North Carolina (Local) – Earth School’s offerings include a wide variety of Nature Awareness Programs, including in-depth instruction on everything from Wilderness Survival and Emergency Preparedness Training, to a host of Self-reliance and Homesteading Skills.
  • Earth SkillsUS South Carolina (Local) – Founded in 2013, the purpose of EarthSkills, LLC. is to help re-acquaint our community with the bounty of Nature and to reclaim the skills our culture once depended on to prosper as human beings.
  • EarthWalk NorthWestUS Washington (Local) – Earthwalk Northwest offers programs focusing on earth awareness, wilderness survival and ancestral living skills, including primitive bow making, fire by friction, wild edibles, and much more.
  • First Earth Wilderness SchoolUS Missouri (Local) – First Earth Wilderness School’s programs and workshops are designed to give participants valuable life-saving survival skills and practical information about the natural world. Our underlying goal is the preservation of the almost-forgotten wisdom of our pre-historic ancestors, and to re-establish the connection and reverence for nature that much of our culture has lost.
  • Future NecessitiesUS Minnesota (Local) – Future Necessities is a wilderness skills and primitive technology school. Our classes are designed to be a unique experience for each student. We offer classes in basic, intermediate, and advanced survival. We also teach fire making, bow making, twining and cordage, and nature connection.
  • Headwaters Outdoor SchoolUS California (Local) – Headwaters Outdoor School in Northern California we teach primitive skills Earth People have used throughout time to survive in kinship with the Earth. Skills include Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Edible and Medicinal Plants, Nature Awareness, Earth Philosophy and many others.
  • Inian Islands InstituteUS Alaska (Local) – Inian Islands Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the education and inspiration of rising environmental leaders, within the phenomenal setting of Southeast Alaska.
  • Jack Mountain Bushcraft School US Maine and New Hampshire (Local) – Immersion programs integrate expedition leadership, bushcraft, primitive living skills, field ecology (edible and medicinal plants, mammals and their tracks, weather, the night sky, etc.), expedition canoeing and snowshoeing, natural crafting, off-grid homesteading, fly fishing, building your own gear (canoe paddles, pack baskets, bows, crooked knives, etc.) and living a simple, outdoor life.
  • Lifesong Wilderness AdventuresUS California, Oregon and Texas (Local) – Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is a nature based adventure company specializing in wilderness survival, nature awareness, and bushcraft skills.
  • Louisiana School of BushcraftUS Louisiana (Local) – An academy for wilderness adventure, bushcraft, safety, and self-reliance. We provide a connection for learning the basic skills that will empower you to live a primitive lifestyle.
  • Maine Primitive Skills SchoolUS Maine (Local) – The Maine Primitive Skills School is an intentionally small learning facility with a mission to provide quality instructor level courses in primitive skills, bushcraft, wilderness survival, self reliance, permaculture design, and outdoor education with emphasis on learning and teaching in the out of doors, specializing in ancient skills that develop awareness and sufficiency with a focus on individuals, community interactions, and the environment.
  • Midwest Native Skills Institute, IncUS Ohio (Local) – Tom Laskowski founded Midwest Native Skills Institute, Inc. in 1997 to provide small class sizes with individual instructiuon to teach comprehensive wilderness survival/self-reliance, all at affordable prices.
  • Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival SchoolUS Virginia (Local) – Mountain Shepherd Survival School teaches you real life-saving skills should your adventure turn into a survival situation.
  • Mountain Scout Survival SchoolUS New York (Local) – Mountain Scout Survival School exists to share with you the timeless and enduring wilderness survival skills of our ancestors; the primitive skills of sophisticated people.
  • Nunavik Arctic Survival Training CenterCanada (Local) – Nunavik Arctic Survival Training Center (NASTC) is the leading provider of survival training and adventure travel in Arctic Canada.
  • North American Bushcraft SchoolUS West Virginia (Local) – Believes that the practice of primitive skills fosters self-reliance, personal growth, sustainable lifestyles, and a unique sense of community as well as a deep awareness of the delicate planet we call home.
  • Northcamp SurvivalUS Connecticut (Local) – Our school and wilderness training will help prepare you to endure adversity in both the urban and backcountry environments.
  • Northwest School of SurvivalUS Oregon (Local) – Northwest School of Survival was founded in 1983 by our President Brian Wheeler. Our goal then and now remains the same: to provide year-round professional hands-on safety training in the skills required for preventing or surviving remote backcountry emergencies.
  • Omega Survival SchoolUS Texas (Local) – Omega Survival School is taught by experienced instructors and focuses on a number of different arts and disciplines. These skills include primitive skills, self reliance, survival and bushcraft.
  • Patriot Survival SchoolUS Texas (Local) – At the Patriot Survival School, all of the courses are taught by US Army Rangers and Special Forces Operatives most with years of military and combat experience. Courses are designed to take the novice and quickly turn them into a self-reliant survivor.
  • Prepper AcademyUS (Online) – Now you can learn how to eliminate prepping paralysis, by latching on to the only preparedness program that shows you step-by-step how to survive, thrive, and dominate when the SHTF…without needing truck-loads of cash or a fortified retreat.
  • Preppers UniversityUS (Online) – Comprehensive webinars that cover every topic a prepper is interested in. Lisa Bedford of The Survival Mom blog is one of the instructors.
  • Primal Knowledge & Primitive SkillsUS Maryland (Local) – Primal Knowledge is about practicing, teaching, and exploring primitive skills. We define primitive skills as pre-metal Stone Age technologies.
  • Primitive PursuitsUS New York (Local) – Primitive Pursuits is a non-profit program in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension. We provide leadership and wilderness skills education to hundreds of toddlers, youth, teens and adults throughout the Finger Lakes region.
  • Rain 6 Survival Training CourseUS Utah (Local) – RAIN6 is Salt Lake City’s premiere firearm training shop as well as Utah’s exclusive Arsenal Firearms Dealer. We specialize in Personal Training, the Strike One pistol and several accessories for it.
  • Remote Areas Emergency Medicine and SurvivalCanada (Local) – Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, we are a company dedicated to the delivery of high quality emergency care and education. Our members have not only received specialized training in providing instruction, but have spent years as actual emergency workers. This experience allows them to not only “show”, but explain the principles of care behind the techniques.
  • Rewild PortlandUS Oregon (Local) – Rewild Portland is an environmental education focused non-profit organization serving Portland, Oregon and the surrounding wild and rural communities. Our mission is to create cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions, and technologies.
  • ReWild UniversityUS Wisconsin (Local and Online) – Based near Cable, Wisconsin, USA, ReWild University is offering our new “Forest Monk” programs — intensive training in ancestral skills, mental/emotional strength, primal fitness, and much more.
  • Root SchoolUS Vermont (Local) – In April of 2007, Roots School was founded with the purpose of educating people of all ages and backgrounds in: Self Reliance and Survival Skills, Tracking and Naturalist Studies, Primitive and Traditional Skills.
  • Sandia Mountain Survival SchoolUS New Mexico (Local) – SMSS is dedicated to teaching proven wilderness and wilderness survival skills to the general public in an effort to raise conservation awareness and help decrease the chances of lost or missing outdoor enthusiasts in New Mexico.
  • Sigma 3 Survival SchoolUS Missouri, Florida, Colorado, Virginia and Arkansas (Local) – Mission: To create completely self reliant survivalists capable of walking off into the land with nothing but their knife and survive indefinitely!
  • South Jersey Tracker ClubUS New Jersey (Local) – South Jersey Tracker Club’s mission is to educate both young and old about nature, old skills, wilderness survival, permaculture and environmental stewardship.
  • Survival in the BushCanada Toronto (Local) – Our wilderness survival courses are designed to prepare the participant both physically and mentally. You’ll be better equipped to cope with unexpected, unplanned, and stressful emergencies.
  • Survival ResourcesUS New York (Local) – John McCann founded Survival Resources with the goal of offering the best survival products available. John, and his wife Denise, strive to offer quality gear at reasonable prices and provide unsurpassed customer service.
  • Survival Training School of CaliforniaUS California (Local) – Thomas Coyne Survival Schools Headquarters operates America’s most elite survival program, for all skill levels. Since 2009 we have been breaking new ground and training the best: The US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Navy, Department of Defense, and many other results oriented individuals and organizations have chosen us for training.
  • Survivalist Prepper – Preparedness CoursesUS (Online) – Online courses that cover a variety of topics for beginner and experienced preppers.
  • Teaching Drum Outdoor SchoolUS Wisconsin (Local) – Teaching Drum’s purpose is to bring back the craft, foraging, and cultural practices of our Native ancestors, to help us return to a balanced way of life. Learning is by immersion in the Life Way, in a wilderness setting with a small clan of people.
  • Texas Survival SchoolUS Texas (Local) – Texas Survival School is located just outside Dallas in Royse City ,Tx we are the Premier primitive,modern and “BUG-OUT survival,self reliance and bushcraft school in North Texas we at Texas Survival School believe in using the things you have and also being able to fall back on primitive skills, the instructors range from ex special operations soldiers, primitive survivalists to seasoned Outdoorsmen and Hunters.
  • The Human PathUS Texas (Local) – San Antonio and Austin based classes in bushcraft, urban survival, primitive living skills, permaculture, herbology, homesteading, self-defense, outdoor fitness and much more.
  • The Medical PrepperUS Tennessee (Local) – TheMedicalPrepper.com is a prepping site that just simply wants to give preppers an informed edge on two fronts: advanced knowledge in preparation of performing potentially life-saving medical interventions in a fall-out situation, and specific knowledge in determining which medical preps to purchase.
  • The Pathfinder SchoolUS Indiana (Local) – The Pathfinder School, LLC is an outdoor self reliance and survival school specializing in no-nonsense training for everyone who ventures into the outdoors. Founded by Dave Canterbury, The Pathfinder School provides many opportunities for you to learn the skills needed to become self reliant.
  • The PREPARED Path Online Prepper CourseUS (Online) – Comprehensive online prepper course.
  • Tom Brown, Jr.’s Tracker SchoolUS New Jersey (Local) – The Tracker School was founded in 1978 by Tom Brown Jr, Americas most renowned Tracker, and Wilderness Survival expert. Based on the teachings of Stalking Wolf, the Apache elder from whom Tom learned his skills when he was just seven years old, he began teaching. The school has expanded to include over 75 classes, divided into eight course tracks.
  • Trackers EarthUS Oregon and California (Local) – Trackers Earth offers camps and outdoor programs for all ages. We provide innovative education in nature connection and authentic outdoor skills. Camps and classes include outdoor skills, wild plants, archery, restoration and much more. Our organization and education models are collaborative. Our purpose is to create a village of connection to the land, accountability, common sense, and limitless enthusiasm.
  • Trail Blazer Survival and AdventuresUS South Carolina (Local) – Teaches basic and advanced outdoor wilderness survival skills such as shelter building, firecraft, navigation, finding and making water safe to drink, trapping, butchering, tanning and identifying edible and medicinal plants.
  • True North Outdoor SchoolUS Pennsylvania (Local) – Looking to bring the finest outdoors training and education to Pennsylvania and its surrounding states, Erik Kulick drew upon his passion for the outdoors and his almost thirty years of teaching experience to found True North in 2011.
  • True Ways SurvivalUK (Local) – Trueways Survival offers Survival, Expeditions and Bushcraft Courses founded on the tried and tested principles of its most senior team member, SAS Legend John “Lofty” Wiseman
  • Twin Eagles Wilderness SchoolUS Idaho (Local) – Twin Eagles offers programs for adults and youth in: Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills, Wildlife Tracking, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants, Permaculture & Regenerative Design, Nature-based Mentoring & Cultural Restoration, Naturalist Training, Bird Language & Native Scout Teachings and Inner Tracking (nature based journey of self-discovery).
  • Wilder SkillsUS California (Local) – WilderSkills is a youth outdoor education school, founded as a branch of California Survival School, that helps kids and teens reconnect with the earth through primitive wilderness survival skills. Founded in 2013 by Dan Baird and Laura Stein, Wilderskills programs cover a range of skills, from fire-by-friction and water collection, to ancient crafts and techniques for making tools and blending into the woods.
  • Wilderness AwarenessUS Washington (Local) – We offer Wilderness Survival courses, Wild Edible Plants courses, Wildlife Tracking courses, Bird Language courses, Nature Education Mentoring courses and more.
  • International Canadian School of SurvivalCanada (Local) – Through education and training, we seek to prevent undue suffering and loss of life when faced with unforeseen wilderness accidents and to reduce the burden on our Search and Rescue resources.
  • Wilderness Survival InstituteUS Colorado (Local) – Our focus is to teach people venturing into the outdoors to be prepared, to tell someone where they are going and when they are coming back, to pay attention to the warning signs, to make the correct decisions on whether to continue a trip or turn back, and to avoid putting yourself in a survival situation.
  • Wolf Camp and the Conservation CollegeUS Washington (Local) – Wolf Camp and the Conservation College run summer youth camps and career certification programs with the highest quality teachers and most diverse outdoor curriculum in the field.
  • WSC Survival SchoolCanada (Local) – We offer a broad scope of programs to provide the knowledge, skills, and tools pertinent to survival, to the enjoyment of the great outdoors, and to the confidence and peace of mind of knowing what to do when a need arises.

Europe

  • BacktravelNetherlands (Local) – Bushcraft and survival training.
  • Bear Grylls Survival AcademyUK (Local) – The world’s most recognizable face of survival and outdoor adventure brings the ultimate in self-rescue skills, delivered by his handpicked team of highly trained experts.
  • Bushcraft ExpeditionsUK (Local) – Leading the field in the UK and Europe, Bushcraft Expeditions has an unrivaled record for teaching bushcraft and survival skills and for leading overseas wilderness expeditions.
  • EXTRA Bushcraft & SurvivalNetherlands (Local) – Bushcraft and survival training.
  • Forest KnightsUK (Local) – Forest Knights is proud to be one of the leading Bushcraft Schools in the country and one of the longest established in West Sussex.
  • Forest Skills LtdUK (Local) – Forest Skills is one of the longest established bushcraft skills companies in the UK. We offer a range of courses & experience sessions, including: Bushcraft & survival courses, Traditional craft courses, Forest school sessions, Private bookings for parties, schools & groups, First Aid training and Food Hygiene training.
  • Frontier BushcraftUK (Local) – Frontier Bushcraft provides a range of bushcraft courses from a one-day foundation to weekends sampling different skill-sets to week-long full-immersion courses.
  • Hands On BushcraftUK (Local) – Hands on Bushcraft; wilderness bushcraft and survival school, offering a fantastic selection of bushcraft and survival courses teaching various survival skills from around the world.
  • Jack Raven BushcraftUK (Local) – Based in Kent, we offer a wide range of high quality, affordable bushcraft courses covering essential woodlore, wilderness & outdoor living skills, wild food foraging, axe workshops, woodland crafts, blacksmithing.
  • Living Wilderness Bushcraft SchoolIreland (Local) – Bushcraft training.
  • Natural PathwaysUK (Local) – Provides a broad range of Survival Bushcraft and Nature Awareness Courses conducted in the depths of Kentish woodland.
  • Northern Ireland Survival SchoolIreland (Local) – The Northern Ireland Survival School is a Northern Ireland based company teaching Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills in Northern Ireland.
  • Survival School BristolUK Bristol (Local) – Survival School Bristol is a centre dedicated to teaching Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills
  • The British Bushcraft SchoolUK Worcestershire (Local) – Founded by Dale Collett in 2005, the school has now grown over 9 years and is becoming renowned as one of the top venues in both the UK & Europe to learn bushcraft and survival skills.
  • TheCanoeMan School of Wilderness BushcraftEngland Norwich (Local) – The School runs a selection of courses designed to allow you to experience nature like never before; exploring the forgotten art of Bushcraft tracing back to our indigenous ancestors, utilising skills from around the world.
  • Wildwood BushcraftUK (Local) – Wildwood Bushcraft (est. 2005) is a wilderness survival school delivering high quality bushcraft courses in the Highlands of Scotland and Sussex in the South of England. We also run international bushcraft expeditions in Scotland, Arctic Sweden, Canada and Africa.
  • Wilderness Survival SkillsUK (Local) – On our courses we strip everything back to basics. We mix up-to-date training and knowledge with skills from our past. Spend time learning movement and navigation through the wilderness, which kit is best, how to safely light a fire in all weathers but also how to light a fire without any modern equipment, build a warm, waterproof shelter from natural materials, make comfortable bedding, find food and water, craft containers, utensils, tools and clothing.
  • Woodland WaysUK (Local) – At Woodland Ways we offer one of the most comprehensive ranges of Wilderness Bushcraft and Survival courses available, covering everything from the basics up to advanced skills and instructor training.
  • Woodlore, The School of Wilderness BushcraftUK (Local) – As a school, Woodlore is truly unique, in that every course we run has been designed or developed by the UK’s leading Bushcraft expert, Ray Mears.
  • Woodsmoke – Bushcraft and Wilderness SurvivalUK (Local) – Established in 2001, Woodsmoke is internationally respected for its pioneering bushcraft courses and professional approach to teaching you classical wilderness survival skills. Our bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions are set in spectacular landscapes, both at home in the heart of England’s Lake District National Park, and across environmental and climatic global extremes.

Australia

  • Bob Cooper Outback SurvivalAustralia (Local) – The chief instructor is Mr Bob Cooper. Born and educated in Western Australia, Bob has delivered these Outback Safety and Survival courses since 1990 and is considered the leading desert survival instructor in Australia.
  • Creative CollectivesAustralia (Local) – Creative Collectives are organizers of The School of Self-Sufficiency, Wolf Pack, Primitive Skills Gathering, Family Bush Camps and a variety of eco-living opportunities.
  • SOS Survival TrainingNew Zealand (Local) – Specialises in providing wilderness, sea and aviation survival training. We employ professional instructors with the relevant backgrounds, who are skilled in imparting their knowledge and creating realistic but safe scenarios.

Asia

  • 29028 Adventure WorldIndia (Local) – Over 25 years of adventure/nature outdoor and survival education/training and operations.
  • OTA Survival SchoolIndia (Local) – OTA Survival School is India’s first facility dedicated to training, preparing and equipping people to face a survival situation and turn it into a self-reliant one
  • Thailand Bushcraft CoursesThailand (Local) – Thailand Bushcraft is not only about surviving, but flourishing in the natural jungle of Southern Thailand with the help of a few tools. Our bushcraft courses differ from our jungle survival courses in that we take tools such as knives, Thai jungle knives, containers, cooking implements, rope, and other camping gear into the wilderness.

South America

  • Desert Island SurvivalFrench Polynesia and Panama (Local) – We specialize in providing you with the skills to survive on tropical desert islands. You are marooned on a remote and uninhabited Pacific island where you will first receive your training before you are cast away with ‘limited equipment’ to live out an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Jungle Survival AdventuresCosta Rica (Local) – Jungle survival training.

Africa

  • Okavango Guiding SchoolAfrica (Local) – Okavango Guiding School is the first private guide training school registered in Botswana to provide training for guides on both the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and the Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA) platforms. The school caters for anyone who is passionate about nature and wants to gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating wildlife of Africa and how they interact with each other and their environment.

Are There More Prepper School Links Out There?

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How to Build a Tree Stand Even for the First Time?

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A tree stand was referred to as a deer stand back in the days as it was constructed for deer hunting purposes only. A tree stand is a structure that helps hunters in spotting the game from a considerable height. And what this does is improve the accuracy of your shot. So why wouldn’t you want to learn how to build a tree stand?

It’s not important for you to use tree stands to hunt deer only. You can also build one for other types of game. Spotting your target from a great distance and height goes a long way in capturing all kinds of prey.

So it’s better that you learn how to get the job done yourself instead of hiring someone, which might put a hole in your wallet.

A step by step guide

What you see below is a step by step guide to building the basic tree stand with a ladder. This structure is considered to be the simplest yet most popular tree stand for all kinds of purposes. The only factor that you need to keep in mind while performing the procedure is safety.

What you will need:

  • 2 wood beams (2-inch thickness, 4-inch width, and 20 ft long)
  • Additional 2 x 4 inches wood beams
  • Plywood measuring 55 x 46 inches
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer

The method

  1. Building the ladder

Lay down both the wood beams next to each other. You need to make sure that the wood beams have a width of 4 inches and thickness of 2 inches. Place them in such a way that the 2-inch thickness is facing upward.

Now it’s time to cut out the rungs for the ladder. Cut at least 14 pieces measuring 2 feet from the additional wood beams.

Place these rungs between the two original wood beams in such a way that each rung is at least 18-20 inches vertically apart. You can fasten the rungs with the help of screws and a screwdriver.

  1. Building the seat

This is an important step when learning how to build a tree stand. Setting up the platform or seat is a procedure that should carry out keeping in mind two essential factors. These are safety and comfort.

Look for two sturdy parallel branches. These you’ll find in large trees. Cut 2 pieces of 2.5 ft in length from the 2 x 4-inch additional wood beams. Nail these to the branch, at the top. You can do this using a hammer. And remember to fasten them in a perpendicular manner.

Now it’s time to nail the plywood over the wood boards installed earlier. The standard size of the plywood piece is 55 x 46 inches, but this can vary. It all depends on how big or small the hunter is.

For better seat support, it’s important to nail two additional 2 x 4-inch beams under the platform. The beams should be nailed diagonally to the tree trunk at the lower point. This provides enough support to keep the plywood platform high and steady.

  1. Connecting the seat to the ladder

The final step is to nail two other additional pieces of 2.5 ft in length from the other wood beams. Nail these to the ladder, at the top and perpendicular to its rungs. You can screw the pieces under the platform to add the perfect finishing touch to the structure.

Here’s another way:

The different kinds of tree stands

There are three different types of stands. And do you know why? It’s because every tree stand serves a different purpose. These are suitable for specific areas and hunting styles. So you need to decide based on your preferences and hunting skills.

The primary or most common type of tree stand, discussed above, comes with a ladder. Let’s find out more about it and the other two models.

  1. The ladder stand

You know how to build a tree stand with a ladder now, don’t you? This is the one that has a ladder and seat. You should be aware that such tree stands are not portable, obviously. Since the seat and ladder are immovable, you can’t transfer the structure from one place to another.

  1. The lock on stand

This version is comparatively safer and lighter than the other two. Think of a small-sized tree house built with screws. The screws are attached to the tree, which makes the stand difficult to remove. So this is yet another non-portable option.

  1. The climber stand

This is considered to be the most suitable choice for bowhunters. You can attach them to trees with the help of ratchet straps. The process is easy to perform even if you’re a beginner.

The best part about climber stands is that you can detach them and use it in another spot or take them home after your hunting expedition. These are the best and only portable options available in the industry.

How to choose the correct hunting location?

Knowing how to build a tree stand is important, isn’t it? But what we, as hunters, fail to understand is that finding the right location for hunting is equally crucial.

Areas where you spot deer frequently are hard to locate. But here’s a useful tip. Try to identify deer tracks, scrapes, or rubs. These are signs that lead you to crowded deer locations.

It is highly likely that you might find a deer in that particular place daily. This is how they move around, isn’t it? Another sign to look out for is fresh water pond or water shortage. The chances of spotting a buck in such vicinity are pretty high. It’s around these areas that they tend to shack up.

Picking the proper tree for your tree stand

Learning how to build a tree stand is not enough. You need to know how to pick the right tree for the job. So let’s find out, shall we?

  • The tree that you select should have tall, straight stems without too many branches. Otherwise, ascending the tree becomes slightly difficult. And this might lead to removing the branches. Such a practice does not abide by the law if the property is not private and prohibits chopping down trees.
  • The most suitable trees for stands are those that are perpendicularly downwind. They should not be in the traveling direction of the animal. This helps in keeping you away from your target’s sight and attention.
  • Bow hunters typically select a tree located as far as at least 15-20 yards away from the hunting area.
  • It doesn’t matter what your size is; the tree should offer sufficient width. The goal is to avoid the possibility of being spotted by the animal. So pick a tree that will do an excellent job at hiding the silhouette of your entire body.
  • The sitting area of every tree stand is above 25 feet, right? Please remember this when learning how to build a tree stand. So in such situations, the tree should be able to provide sufficient coverage. This comes in the form of abundant leaves.

Trees that offer such coverage are maple, cedars, and oak. They are considered to be the best when it comes to providing camouflage during this part of your hunting expedition.

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Conclusion

Hunting deer requires you to make use of efficient yet easy strategies. And a high tree stand is one of them. If you’re an avid hunter, building an elevated stand in your favorite spot that you know you’ll use for hunting all your life is an excellent idea. Plus, a well-constructed tree stand adds more convenience and comfort to the whole experience.

On the other hand, setting up a portable tree stand is a time-consuming activity. And you don’t have to go through the trouble of doing that every time you want to hunt. On top of that, removing them and carrying them back to the house is also another form of inconvenience. This is why you need something that’s easy to use and will be able to stand the test of time.

We hope that the step by step guide was elaborate enough for you to follow. There’s no need to stick to the exact measurements; you can always use different specifications too. It all depends on your size, hunting style, and personal preferences. The goal is to be able to get on the stand without any difficulty and stay there without being spotted by the animal.

If there’s anything that you would like to add, then please let us know. Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below.

We hope to see you again soon. Stay safe!

About the author:

Tony Lohman is not just a writer who talks about outdoor gear and ways to use or build it. He is an enthusiastic adventurer himself. So everything that you read here has been a part of his personal journey – OutdoorHole.com. His articles contain useful tips and information about outdoor activities and suitable equipment. Surviving in the wild is a part of every journey, so Tony Lohman talks about the different ways of doing so in the most practical manner.

Sources:

  1. http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/how-to-build/how-to-build-a-tree-stand.htm
  2. http://captainhunter.com/how-to-build-a-tree-stand/

 

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1 Corinthians 15:19-20

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If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

Ascension (John Singleton Copley, 1775)

     Today, I decided to take a look back at what I’ve written over the past 5-6 years about this momentous Day, and to compose an anthology [of sorts] of the important points I have wanted to make about the Resurrection of Christ.  Combined, this provides an overview of my theology and my faith. Here’s to our hope of being raised in the imperishable image of our Lord!

     Today is the holiest day in Christianity. Known as Easter, it has come to mean the celebration of the resurrection of Christ three days after His crucifixion. It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year because of what Christ did for us.  His willingness to pay the debt owed by all mankind throughout history, for the sins we have committed, culminates at the Cross.  He endured God’s wrath [that we deserve] so that we could be forgiven our sins and reconciled with God, our Father in Heaven.  Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection constitutes the single most important event upon which Christianity is based.

     All Christians should acknowledge that this day is in celebration of the restoration of our relationship with God.  Christ’s resurrection represents so much:  He had finished the work His Father sent him to do; His death on the Cross completed His task, namely establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, and seeking and saving those who are lost.  Through these acts, Jesus provided atonement for the sins of all who would ever believe in Him (Romans 3:23-25).  None other than God in the flesh could accomplish such a task.
     But there’s more!  Also completed was the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecies, symbols, and foreshadowings of the coming Messiah. From Genesis to Malachi, there are over 300 specific prophecies detailing the coming of the Anointed One, all fulfilled by Jesus. From the “seed” who would crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15), to the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, to the prediction of the “messenger” of the Lord (John the Baptist) who would “prepare the way” for the Messiah — all prophecies of Jesus’ life, ministry, and death were fulfilled and finished at the Cross.
     While I believe that all of Christianity worships this holiday in sincere faith, I am also convinced they do so influenced by Satan’s deception.  Let me explain:  I have searched the Bible for any mention of a holiday called Easter … I can find none.  But in 325 AD, Emperor Constantine, at the Nicean Council, ordered all Churches to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on “Easter Sunday”.  The early Church had celebrated the Resurrection during the Passover, beginning on the 14th day of the Hebrew month called Nisan, which could fall on any day of the week.  But the Churches near Rome had abandoned the practice because they hated the Jews, blaming them for the death of Jesus, so they fixed the date to the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring, which coincided with the ancient Roman celebration called ‘Easter’, after the pagan goddess of Spring, Eostre. 
     It is important to note that during the first couple hundred years of the Early Church, believers followed the Jewish traditions of the Lord’s Feasts.  But Constantine’s Satan-induced hatred of the Jews caused the Jewish influence (in the form of the Feasts) to be erased from the Church.  Here is a direct quote from Constantine himself:   “And truly, in the first place, it seems to everyone a most unworthy thing that we should follow the customs of the Jews in the celebration of this most holy solemnity, who, polluted wretches! having stained their hands with a nefarious crime, are justly blinded in their minds. It is fit, therefore, that rejecting the practice of this people, we should perpetuate to all future ages the celebration of this rite, in a more legitimate order, which we have kept from the first day of our “Lord’s” passion even to the present times. Let us then have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews.” (Council of Nicea, pg. 52.)
     The consequences of this hostility towards the Jews has meant that nearly 2000 years after its establishment, the Church has lost the truth about God’s commandments as to how we are to celebrate His Son’s resurrection. And with this deception, we pay no attention to the Biblical connections.
     I understand that there are many Evangelical leaders who do not see the pagan influences in our celebration of Easter. And I want to make it clear … I rejoice with my Christian brothers and sisters when they celebrate the reason for Easter.. that Christ died on the Cross for us, so that our sin debt would be paid and we can be found acceptable in the sight of our Holy God… and that He was resurrected as the first among us who believe in God’s power to do so.  His resurrection is a mirror of what we will one day experience!  Hallelujah!
     I simply choose to see more in this celebration than what the Church has traditionally taught.  I have been blessed to have the Holy Spirit reveal that God’s Feasts show His plan for mankind’s redemption, and that the Feast of Firstfruits was God’s instituted “rehearsal” for the harvest of Jesus’s soul and His resurrection, and the promise that we will one day be a part of God’s end-time harvest.
      This recognition in no way undermines the faith of those who want to celebrate Easter.  For me, I just see no Scriptural reference to a holy day celebration called “Easter” in Scripture; but I do see references to the Feast of Firstfruits and its implications of Christ’s [and all Christians’] resurrection in Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Nehemiah, Proverbs, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Romans, 1 Corinthians, James, and Revelation.
      The regulations for Firstfruits were outlined by God in Leviticus 23.  I would venture to say that most Christians skip this chapter of the Bible, labeling it as laws that pertained [only] to the ancient Israelites; too restrictive; too discriminatory; or just plain unnecessary for the modern Believer.
     But if you do a deep study of the Word, you will find so much significance for this season of worship.  Firstfruits was essentially the beginning of the grain harvest in Israel, and on this particular day a specific sheaf of barley, which had been marked for this occasion, was to be brought to the priest at the Temple, who would wave it (or exhibit it) before the Lord for acceptance. (Can you see Jesus hanging on the Cross?)  It was representative of the barley harvest as a whole and served as a pledge or guarantee that the remainder of the harvest would be realized in the days that followed.
     Accompanying this time of worship were other offerings to the Lord … an unblemished male lamb, a drink offering of wine, and a meal offering of the barley flour mixed with olive oil (an unleavened bread).  Are you starting to get the picture?  During this holy season of worship, Jesus, our High Priest, can be seen in all the pictures of the Passover week … as the sacrificial lamb; in the wine offering which represents His blood spilled for us; in the unleavened bread (leaven represents sin in the Bible and Jesus was without “leaven”); and as the climactic event, He is the First to be raised from the dead.  He is representative of the harvest of Believers as a whole, and His resurrection serves as a guarantee that all those who believe and trust on Him will be harvested to resurrected glory as well.  He is the beginning (Firstfruit) of God’s final harvest of all mankind. 
     And for those who still struggle with the prophetic meaning of this holy day, consider this: after his death and burial, Christ rose again on the third day of the Passover season, on the very day of the Feast of Firstfruits.  Do you think that this was coincidental?  I am just overwhelmed with “the picture” of His salvation plan that God has given us through His Feast Days.  If we truly meditate upon them, we will realize that they are more than just ancient rituals.  They point to Christ at every turn!
     In the final analysis, I am eternally grateful for Jesus’s sacrifice for me; I eagerly look forward to the Father’s reaping of souls and I thank Him for showing us the picture of what that harvest will look like through the resurrection of His Son … the Firstfruit of all who will follow Him.  And this is what I wish for everyone who believes…. that on this holy day, we will know that Jesus’s triumphant and glorious victory over death is ours, as well.  We can count on it!  Just as He was resurrected to new life, so shall we be.  And that certainty will give us hope so that we might endure suffering, persecution, and danger.  Just as He did.  We are living in perilous times, and our faith will be tested.  Do not fear!  We know our destination! When Jesus rose from the dead, He showed us that God has the power to resurrect us, too!  No matter what God has in store for us, we can lay claim to His promise.  On this day, we celebrate the blessed guarantee that those who believe in Christ will be victorious over Death and will be resurrected unto Eternal Life.  It is with a humble and grateful heart, that I proclaim, He Is Risen!
     

11 First Aid Supplies You Can’t Have Too Much Of

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Next to food, water, and shelter, nothing is more important in a survival situation than medical supplies. Without the right supplies, diseases and injuries that would normally be completely treatable could be a death sentence. Unfortunately, many first aid supplies such as medication and bandages are not reusable, meaning you will want to have ample […]

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27   I’d like to wish everyone all the joy and hope that Easter brings.

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Clever Gifts For Your Non-Prepper Loved Ones

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You love your non-prepper family members, but they think you’re nuts. Until you show them your Life Straw or cool Swedish Survival knife, and they say, “Hey, that’s a good idea!”

With graduation and wedding season around the corner, and for every gift-giving season, perhaps you would like to get your loved ones something that will leave them better prepared and motivated to think about preparedness. Where do you begin and how do you figure out what to get them? People can be hard to shop for anyway, and if they’re already skeptical, you will want to start out slow. You can increase your chances of creating a thoughtful, practical, and well-accepted gift by taking a few of things into consideration.

First, consider the location of your recipients, including weather and likely challenges. Then consider their lifestyle, perhaps including skill level, experiences, or interests. And finally, consider any unique needs they have. When I did this exercise for my family members, I discovered that survival-minded gifts would look very different for each of them!

For my family in Texas

For this region, the weather is generally above freezing, but tornadoes are frequent. They also deal with heat and floods. The loss of electricity is a real possibility with any of these events. With several major cities in this state, civil unrest is also a potential issue.

For this gift, buy flashlights and extra batteries for the power outages. Add enough canned food (with a can opener!) to last 2-3 days. Duct tape, plastic sheeting, and hammer and nails might be useful in case of storm damage. In that part of the country,most people don’t have basements, so storage is typically a garage. Packing these items in a tub for the garage or a truck might be the best bet.

Special Consideration: Children

For kids, I would suggest packing something in each these categories. (Pack something from each category in your own emergency kits!)

Treats: Something individually packaged so their parents can bribe or distract them. For example, I keep fruit snacks in my tornado kit in our basement.
Warmth: Making sure kids’ physical needs are met will go a long way towards meeting their emotional needs during a scary time. Pack a small fleece blanket or cozy sweatshirt (a size too big) for each child.
Games & Books: Again, distraction is going to be key. Consider a read-aloud chapter book, like Stuart Little or one of the Chronicles of Narnia. Many board games, such as Life and Yahtzee now come in card varieties that would pack very well in an emergency kit.
Light: Glow sticks, flashlights, headlamps and fun, colorful finger lights are kid friendly. Allowing kids the ability to control the light and what they see (especially Mom and Dad) can be a comfort to them during an emergency.
Soft things: Even the toughest teen or pre-teen will feel better clutching something soft. A few small stuffed animals for the younger kids, or maybe some foam stress balls for the older ones.
Sanitation: Baby wipes and more baby wipes! If your tiny relatives might still be in diapers, include a package of next-size-larger disposable diapers or training pants, too. Ziploc type bags will also be valuable for putting dirty diapers in.

The single loved one in Colorado

This region experiences significant weather swings in hours — 50 or 60 degree swings in the same day are common. In winter, blizzards with several feet of snow can result being stuck at home for a few days. And wildfires can mean evacuation is a real possibility. Nearly every summer somewhere in the state, there are people to need to leave at a moments notice.

The lifestyle there tends to be outdoorsy, so portable is key for this gift. Everything should fit in a backpack. Add a waterproof poncho for unexpected weather and consider a including a pair of hiking socks. A colorful Swedish Fire knife would be a great versatile tool. It is lightweight and takes up little space. Some Cliff bars and powdered sports drink mix would easily fit too. And here is the perfect opportunity for a Life Straw, too!

Special consideration: family far away

For the family member who is “isolated” in another state, away from the rest of the extended family, you might consider making them a special evacuation kit. Pack a compass, and paper maps with several exit routes marked out. Make a written communication plan for them, perhaps including your Ham Radio call sign or some other alternative way to contact you. Include a written list of family member addresses and phone numbers, too. Tossing in a photograph of  everyone together, in happier times would be a nice touch. This book provides the best information about planning an emergency evacuation and includes numerous checklists.

Housebound in Minnesota

The upper Midwest region is famous for snow and cold. It also gets its share of tornadoes in warmer weather.

Most people in the Midwest have basements, so space usually isn’t an issue. Pack everything in a brightly colored waterproof tub for storage. It will likely be stored in a basement. In the tub, add duct tape, a small collapsible shovel (high quality only!), and one or more fleece blankets. If you have the budget, a small household tool kit would also be a good idea. For the colder months, hand/foot warmers would be essential. Extra wool socks and knit gloves would also be a good idea, and in this article, Survival Mom details the perfect cold weather clothing choices from her family trip to Iceland. Include some canned soups, a can opener, and hot drink packets. For quick heating, include some fire starters or sternos.

Special consideration: dietary restrictions or medical needs

There are a lot of emergency supplies you can provide for your loved one that will help, regardless of their unique dietary or medical needs. For a family member with dietary restrictions, your best bet may be to avoid food altogether. Instead, include a list of food items or quantities they should have on hand, and maybe they will be able to add those themselves. Add a brightly colored note to encourage your loved one to stash away some of their medications or medical supplies.

TIP: Might you or a loved one qualify as a “special needs” prepper? Don’t miss the Survival Needs Prepper series right here on this blog for ideas to prep for the elderly, physically handicapped, those with mental health challenges, and even single moms!

Retired in Arizona

It’s hot, and water is a real concern any time of year, but it is also dry, and the nights can get cold.
Space is an issue in many of the retirement communities. Most residents in these areas have recently downsized, so the thought of adding extra “stuff” doesn’t appeal to them in the least. A very small tub, or even a backpack might be the best bet to hold a selection of useful, compact supplies.

Water is the primary concern. This is another great opportunity to include a Life Straw or a filtering water bottle that combines the filter and a handy container. If you have the budget, you might even consider including a reverse osmosis tent. Tarps and bungee cords would be useful both for shade and collecting water if it did rain. A rechargeable flashlight and solar charger would work well with the often sunny days. Some lip moisturizer, sun screen, as well as some hats or bandanas can help protect the face. Pack dried fruit or space bars for snacks, and a thermal blanket for each person for those unexpectedly cold nights.

Special consideration: Pets

If your loved one has pets, you might consider including some basic items for their pet. If you don’t know what the critter needs, just include a list with your tub or backpack gift. A great list can be found right here at on the Survival Mom’s site.

• Water: A collapsible bowl like this one would fit well in an emergency kit.
• Food: small packages of treats or canned food would mean at least Fido or Fluffy could eat something if their owner was stranded.
• A leash and collar: Normally, the owner probably wants something specific, but including these could mean the difference between being able to keep the animal or not if the pet owners end up in a shelter.
• Packet for documents: A simple office-meeting ID pouch would work to keep the animals paperwork. Again, this is something the owner will have to provide, but a brightly colored note inserted where the documents should go can be a great reminder.

Final thoughts

Your goal is not to make preppers out of your family members overnight. Rather, show them you care by making sure they’re taken care of in the event of an emergency that is common to their area. Getting them started might make make it easy for them to take the next steps on their own.

To help them further, you might print out and include a general list like this one from FEMA’s website of suggested items every household should have. Or include the fun-to-read Survival Mom family survival manual. That way, if they want to work on being prepared, it’s easy to take the next step.

Even if they don’t turn into preppers overnight, at least you can worry a little less. If something does happen, they’ll be better off next year than they were this year.

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Survival Medicine Hour: Jack of Black Scout Surv., Gallstones, Fish Hooks, More

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Jack of Black Scout Survival

In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour podcast, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome back Jack of Black Scout Survival‘s popular YouTube channel to talk about his work and other important issues. Plus, Dr. Bones tells you all you need to know about gall bladder stones, a condition that affects 10-15 percent of the populations, and certainly would be an issue for the medic taking care of a large mutual assistance group.

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Lastly, some ways to remove a fish hook from an outdoor mishap.

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All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton!

 

To Listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/04/14/survival-medicine-hour-jack-of-black-scout-survival-gallstones-fish-hooks

 

 

Some of the items mentioned in today’s interview with Jack of Black Scout Survival:

Benchmade SOCP

https://www.amazon.com/Benchmade-Dagger-Combo-Sheath-Skelentonized/dp/B008NBBTAS

BENCHMADE SOCP MEDICAL EDITION

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XD3J9LR/ref=pd_aw_sbs_200_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=H44CQTRPYXX6XPD852DR&dpPl=1&dpID=51a-lo20aYL

FELLHOELTER TIBOLT PEN

http://fellhoelter.com/shop/

Zebra pen f701

https://www.amazon.com/Zebra-Stainless-Ballpoint-Retractable-29411/dp/B002L6RB80

 

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

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Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

 

Fill those holes in your medical supplies by checking out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and individual items at store.doomandbloom.net

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Early Spring Farm Photos From The Old World Garden Farm And Homestead

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Happy Easter! The farm and garden have started to come to life as we pass the mid-point of April. We thought it would be a great time to get the camera out for some early Spring photos. A lot has changed

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14 Survival Uses For Lip Balm

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I already know what you’re thinking: what does lip balm and survival have in common?

Also known as chapstick, this inconspicuous piece of gear which is to be found in almost every woman’s purse has quite a lot of survival uses.

Ideally speaking, when it comes to DIY EDC kits, survival kits and bug out bags, the best thing would be to pack those with items which have multiple uses, for space saving reasons obviously. And lip balm definitely qualifies.

Lip balm is not just for protecting one’s lips, though this was its initial purpose. It can also be used as a survival tool. Just as many preppers never leave the house without duct tape, after finishing reading this article you’ll probably carry lip balm on your EDC from now on.

Another great feature of lip balm is that it’s available pretty much everywhere. You can find the stuff in gas stations and drugstores, on the Internet, in big box stores and so on and so forth.

Also, there are many brands and different varieties of lip balm, which are all making wild claims about their magical properties and what not, including the level of awesomeness they’ll deliver.

Regardless of the marketing, you should always go for the tube lip balm, this is the best option as it has multiple survival uses.

Discover what survival things the Pioneers took with them when they traveled for months!

Start a Fire

Lip balm can be lit up and used for starting a fire! Yeah, you got that right. Lip balm is a petroleum based product and that makes it flammable, hence if you’re out there in the wild and you need to start a fire real quick, just smear a small quantity of lip balm on any flammable object, like a cotton ball, cloth, lint, dry bark, gauze or whatever (they all work well) and they’ll ignite very quickly.

Lip balm is awesome for igniting tinder without wasting precious fuel or matches.

Make a Candle

Here’s a neat trick for maximizing your chances of survival in the dark: if you stuff a matchstick vertically down into the lip balm tube, a half inch or maybe more, thus creating a balm-coating, you’ll end up with an improvised/emergency candle that burns slowly and also makes for a pretty good fire starter.

You can also melt the lip balm and insert a wick in the container, hence ending up with an emergency candle.

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Treat Small Cuts

Lip balm can be used for a variety of medical emergencies. To begin with, you can protect abrasions with the stuff, treat small cuts (thus preventing them from infecting), ameliorate scrapes from grime or dirt just by smearing some lip balm on the affected area.

Keep in mind that you’ll only require a light coating.

Stop Minor Bleeding

Lip balm also stops minor bleeding. If you’re going to hike long distances, you can prevent your heels and other areas on your feet from getting blisters by rubbing a little lip balm on them.

Protect Your Skin

Lip balm will provide you with some sort of lubrication and thus it will prevent you from getting blisters.

Another thing to remember: if you’re outdoors in extreme weather conditions, you can use lip balm to protect the skin on your exposed body parts from cracking and drying, think fingertips or your nose.

Also, you can reduce glare from extremely bright places (like in the desert or snowfields) by making a mixture from lip balm and ash, which must be rubbed under one’s eyes.

You can use lip balm as sunscreen in an emergency, as most of them include a sun protection factor of 15 to keep your lips from getting burned by the sun.

Camouflage Your Face

Another cool thing about lip balm: if you mix it with a little bit of dirt, you can use it for camouflage.

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Reduce Irritations

A soothe and irritated nose can be a pest, especially in a survival situation. However, you can get fast relief from that irritated skin around or inside your nose by applying some lip balm with your finger over the respective areas.

Protect Pet’s Paws

Lip balm is great for protecting a pet’s paws from ice in wintry conditions. You’ll have to coat the paw pads with lip balm before walking on snow or ice, as the lip balm will work as a barrier to protect sensitive paws.

Lubricate Your Gear

Lip balm is great in emergencies for its lubrication properties. For example, you can use it for unlocking a zipper, to prevent nails from splitting wood (you’ll have to rub some over the hardware before hammering in nails) or to rust proof gear. You can also use lip balm for sealing up a leaky seam in your jacket or your tent, or to wax a bowstring.

Keep Blades from Rusting

Lips balm also makes for a great blade protector for your survival knife. Keeping your knife well oiled when you’re not using it will prevent it from rusting.

Protect Leather Gear

Speaking of protection, lip balm is an excellent leather conditioner, whether we’re talking about your skin or the leather on your shoes and boots or the sheath of your survival knife.

Remove Stuck Rings

Lip balm is great for removing stuck rings pr other items. For example, if your ring gets stuck on your fat finger, whether we’re talking about a wrong fit or from swelling, a little lip balm will save the day.

Defog Glasses

If you’re wearing glasses, you can use lip balm as a defogger. Just rub some lip balm on the lenses then polish them thoroughly with a clean cloth. In this way, you’ll leave an invisible film of lip balm on your lenses that will prevent them from fogging (works with goggles and binoculars too).

Hide Small Survival Items

Even the empty container can be used for storage purposes. Once you’ve used all your lip balm, the plastic tube will make for the ideal place to store things like basic survival gear, i.e. matches, a fishing hook and fishing line etc.

Next time you’re cruising your local convenient store, don’t forget to grab some tubes of  lip balm. Is dirt cheap, easy to carry and an essential item to have in your EDC/BOB or survival kit.

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