Entries for November, 2008

80 years old and starting over

80 years old and starting over, that was the sad reality of the facts. There was no denying that around 5 feet of flood water had gotten into the house and there was no denying that the couple did not have flood insurance. The hard wood flooring that everyone had liked so much, after the water went down the flooring swelled and split the walls. There was so much pressure generated from the swelling wood floors, that not only did the walls split, but some of them were pushed off the concert slab.

Having lived in Bridge City for most of their lives, neither the husband nor the wife had ever heard of the type of flooding that was on the way. Hurricane Ike was like a dark cloud in the distance, almost like a bad dream, but this dream was real. For decades Southeast Texas had avoided the critical strike of a major Hurricane.

In 1969, Hurricane Camille made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

In August of 1992, Hurricane Andrew was working its way towards Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. But the wind currents turned Andrew to the North, and Andrew Made landfall around Morgan City, Louisiana.

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the New Orleans area.

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Wilderness Survival Quiz

This is a basic wilderness survival quiz. Lets say that you and some friends are out on a hiking or camping trip. While on this trip, one of the members of the group spots these pretty red berries. The question comes up if they are edible.

So, are they edible?

Red Berries

Red Berries

These berries turn red in late fall or early winter and grow on an evergreen bush. The bush can grow to around 20 feet tall, the leaves are around an inch long and maybe 1/2 – 3/4 inch across.

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Fishing with top water lures

Doing some fishing at Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas.  The tiny torpedo in the video is one of my favorite top water lures of all time.  It seems to work best when the wind is not blowing very hard and the top of the water is smooth.  If there are any hungry bass in the area, this lure will find them.

Some of the fishing gear I keep in my tackle box.

1 tackle box
2 spools 300 feet 330 pound tensile strength trotline string
1 spool 580 feet 235 pound tensile strength trotline string
1 package (8 qty) eagle claw lazer sharp 4/0 all purpose hooks
1 box (25 qty) mustard circle hooks 11/0
1 spool 30 feet nylon coated wire 60 pound test
1 package (15 qty) zoom tiny brush hog watermelon red
1 package (12 qty) eagle claw 3/0 safety snaps with barrel swivel
1 package (12 qty) zoom baby brush hog green pumpkin pearl
1 package (8 qty) zoom brush hog plum-apple
1 package (5 qty) vicious 4 inch jerky shad
2 packages (20 qty) zoom u-tale pumpkin chartreuse
1 package (8 qty) zoom brush hog watermelon red
1 package (10 qty zoom 5 inch lizard june bug
1 package (9 qty) zoom monster 10 1/2 bullfrog
1 package (9 qty) zoom 6 inch lizard cotton candy chart.
1 package (12 qty) zoom baby brush hog pumpkin spice
1 package (qty unknown) culprit classic worm
3 bags various artificial worms
1 bag (13 qty) bobbers aka corks
1 tape measure – for measuring fish length
3 spinner baits
1 stringer
1 spool zebco 8 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 10 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 12 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 20 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 30 pound monofilament line
3 tiny torpedoes
1 rattletrap
3 beetle spins
Various lures from Daves Great Outdoors
4 crankbaits
1 pair fingernail clippers – for cutting the monofilament line

Storage boxes – In the bottom of the main tackle box are three small plastic boxes. Each box is setup for a different type of fishing – bass, perch and catfish.

Bass fishing box – the plastic storage box for my bass fishing gear has some cone shaped split weights, and hooks for setting up a weedless Texas rig. In this box I might have 50 weights and maybe 20 hooks.

Perch fishing box – the plastic box I have setup for perch fishing has weights on 1 side and hooks on the other side. I am not going to count all of the hooks and split, but lets estimate close to 100 round split weights of various sizes and maybe 50 – 75 various sized hooks for small perch.

Catfishing box – this box is about 1.5 times larger then the bass and perch box. Same as the other boxes – hooks on one side and weights on the other side. The majority of the weights in the catfish box are teardrop weights with a brass swivel. The swivel goes all the way through the weight. The hooks in the catfishing box vary in size around 1/0 and 2/0. I probably need to pick up some more circle hooks just for this box.

Post your comments in this forum thread about stockpiling fishing gear for shtf.

Visit the Fishing Forums.

Setting up a one man tent

One man tents allow backpackers and campers to carry a shelter without weighing them down too much. Even though this tent does not offer a lot of protection from the elements, it does offer good protection from insects.

The tent in the video is a Wenzel Starlite, and is about 13 years old. Even though I have owned lots of tents over the years, this one has probably given the best service. Its light enough to take just about anywhere and fits perfectly across the bottom of a Medium Alice pack.  The fact, the Medium Alice along with this tent makes a pretty good combination.

One of the drawbacks to the Wenzel Starlite, it is not a free standing tent.  There is one pole in the rear of the tent and two poles in at the entrance.  The two poles at the entrance form an A-frame, and you enter the tent through this A-frame.

The vent hole in the rear of the tent is rather small, so do not expect very much of a breeze.  This is one point of consideration when shopping for a tent.  Make sure there are good size vents on each side or each end of the tent.  Which will allow the wind to blow through and give some kind of relief from the summer heat.

wenzel starlite tent camping hiking backpacking One man tent

One man tent

A camping trip in February 2008 with a Wenzel Starlite tent.

Some considerations for a one man tent:
Weight
Packed size
Free Standing
Not free standing
Windows or vent holes
Material
Size when setup
Difficulty of setting up and taking down

Hurricane Ike Aftermath

These pictures were taken in Bridge City, Texas after Hurricane Ike made landfall in Galveston, Texas. Using Google Earth, and measuring from where these pictures were taken, its estimated that 20 miles inland, there was about a 14 – 15 foot storm surge. This is not a scientific measurement, its just an estimate.

How the storm surge was estimated – my parents house is is about 4 feet above sea level and they got over 9 feet of water in their house. This picture was taken 3 days after Hurricane Ike made landfall and the flood waters had receded about 7 – 8 feet.

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Bridge City Texas Hurricane Ike

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Homemade Candles

Making your own candles is easier then it looks. This is a basic skill that urban survivalist should take the time to learn. Not only is making candles easy, its a lot cheaper then buying them.

If you wish to comment on this article, visit the how to make homemade candles thread in the forums.

Katadyn Hiker Water Filter

Water filters for SHTFThe Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option in the water filter market. Its available through most large sporting goods outlet stores, such as Gander Mountain and available through several internet store. Even though the Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option, there is nothing “cheap” about this product. It appears to be made out of quality material, is durable and is an overall well made water filter.

The first time this Katadyn filter was used, my son, my nephew and I were on a 6 – 8 mile hiking trip through the piney woods of East Texas. The trip started off a on the deer lease we belong to. From there, my nephew, my son and I hiked between a couple of the rolling hills, across 2 creek bottoms and stopped for our first rest break on an old logging road. This was when Korey (my son) realized he had lost his water bottle. Luckily for the three of us there was a deer stand near by where we found a discarded plastic water bottle.

An hour later the three of us arrived at a creek where I had planned on refilling the water bottles.  One thing I did not know, the lack of recent rain fall had made the creek almost dry up.

The filter became clogged because the prefilter was removed, plan and simple. If we would have simply dug a hole in the sand, or dug out the creek a little bit and left the prefilter in place – everything would have been fine.

If you own a Katadyn hiker water filter, or plan on buying one, let this be a lesson. Do not remove the prefilter from the intake hose, because you run the risk of clogging the filter up. Its better to take a few minutes and find a deeper hole to put the intake hose in, or dig out a spot.

One of the highlights of the trip was when the two cousins found a trap spider. We had finished filling up our water bottles and the boys started looking around the creek.

After we got back from the hiking trip (Saturday evening), an email was sent to Katadyn tech support. A prompt reply was received Monday. The person who replied to the email was very helpful and described a possible solution. After following the instructions in the email, the water filter started working again.

Overall, the Katadyn Hiker is one of the better options in the low end water filter market. Even though this filter is not expensive (as compared to other filters) it is not cheaply made.

Tips on hunting wild hogs

It is believed that hogs were first introduced into the United States by Hernando de Soto in or around 1539. Recent excavations from some of Hernando de Sotos’ encampments in Florida have discovered jaw bones of pigs and other swine bone fragments.

Hogs are a true omnivore, meaning that they will eat almost anything. The diet of a wild hog can include grubs, worms, termites, acorns – anything that the hog can get its mouth on, its likely to eat. There are even stories of wild hogs killing and eating new born deer.

Several factors have contributed to a recent surge in hog populations.

1. For some reason, several states have passed laws prohibiting butchers from processing wild hogs. If a hunter kills a hog, and brings that hog to a butcher, in some states the butcher will not be able to process the meat. This has helped prevent an active hog hunting community of hunters from developing. There are a group of people that hunt hogs, but not to the degree of deer hunters. Most people that hunt hogs process the meat theirselves. This is something that not everyone wants to do.

2. More deer hunters are using feeders. In some cases, deer hunters keep their feeders going all year long, and as a result, supply the hogs with a year round supply of food.

3. Lack of large natural predators to keep the wild hog population in check.

4. Other reasons too numerous to go into here.

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The winner of the presidential election is

I would like to be the first to announce the winner of todays election, and its Twiddle Dumb. Lets all give him a warm welcome as our new Supreme Leader.

Under his reign you can expect 4 more years of:
Higher taxes
The continued bail out of the banking system
The continued bail out of wall street
Oil companies reporting record profits – while consumers pay record prices
More unemployment – which is caused by
More free trade
No national health insurance
No caps on medical expenses
Protection for companies against law suits

Regardless of whether you voted for mccain or obama, you are going to get 4 more years of the same ole stuff.

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