This is an example of what a butchering station at a deer camp looks like. There should be a way to get the animal off the ground, butcher it, and if possible a way to cook the meat right then. Most deer camps have some kind of wood burning bar-b-q pit. Which means there is an almost unlimited supply of fuel for cooking. The quality of the video is not that great – sorry about that.
Month: March 2009
Now that the nation is slipping into an even deeper depression, the voters might be wondering if they made a mistake. If you voted for the Republicans or Democrats, you made a mistake. If you want real change. And not the Obama type of change, then its time to cast your vote for the Libertarian Party. Keep in mind, it took both parties to pass the income tax. And decades later citizens are asking their congress person to do something about this tax on the poor and middle class. And to no surprise, nothing is done. It took both parties to pass the bailouts of the big banks. Where a lot of the money went to bonuses. It is taking both parties to make sure Continue Reading….
Pretty interesting video about fishing and cooking with wild plants. One thing I really like about Ray Mears is his voice and the way he talks. While speaking, he stays at a steady pace, does not get in a hurry, and keeps his tone about the same. The second part of the video talks about bears in the Rocky Mountains.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is sending out emails entitled “End the Pelosi Recession.” The first sentence of the email goes like this: Dear NRCC supporter, House Republicans have pledged to stop to the “Pelosi Recession” caused by a bloated Democratic budget that spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. First thing right off the bat, I am NOT a supporter of the Republican party, I vote straight line Libertarian Party. What the letter does not mention, is that it takes both parties to pass a bill. When the Republican has control of congress, there is usually a Democrat President. This is supposed to cause a balance in government. But does not. The fact is, the Republican and Democratic parties are Continue Reading….
In the 1300s, and all the way through to the 1600s, when a community would have an outbreak of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), the people in that community would flee. Unknowing to them, they helped spread the plague to other towns and communities. It must be human nature to flee a disaster, such as a hurricane, plague, war,,,, and everything else. But in the case of a disease, that disaster is portable. Wherever people can go, the plague can go as well. From the time of infection, it could be days before the victim shows any signs that they are sick. It is during that time period – infection to showing signs – that a lot of people will flee to where they think Continue Reading….
Most people do not realize that they have a renewable light source right at their feet. And that is those solar powered lights along the walkway. If you do not have any solar powered sidewalk lights, take a look at a local hardware store, or big box mart – such as wal-mart, lowes and k-mart. They are usually in the garden section.
When shopping for a solar powered light, do not get the cheapest ones on the shelf. But then again, dont go overboard on the price either. There are usually 2 different colored lights – clear and amber. Do not get the amber colored lens, they do not put out as much light as the ones with the clear lens. Be sure to get the lights that use an LED and not a regular bulb.
The way those lights work, during the day the solar cell recharges 2 AA batteries. As the sun starts to go down, a light sensor tells the unit when to turn on. Depending on how much sun light the solar cell got, that defines how much light the unit can provide. The more sun light the cell is exposed to during the day, the longer the burn time at night.
There is an interesting thread over on the forum asking about a water filter for a bug out bag.
Some of the suggestions include:
Katadyn Hiker (and Hiker Pro)
Sawyer filters and purifiers
Sawyer Inline Water Filter
In this video we talk about the Katadyn vario from Prepared.pro.
After watching the types of people that join the Survivalist Forum, there seems to be at least 4 different groups: Hoarders – the people that stock up on everything – food, water, canned goods, beans, rice, MREs,,,. These are the people that have hundreds or even thousands of canned or dried food products. Some of the plans that hoarders have may include storing several years worth of food. Some of those plans seem to go like this – vacuum seal food products, such as flour, rice, beans, wheat,,,, and then put the packages into 5 gallon buckets, or into air tight containers. Gardeners – the people that have gardens. People in this type of group usually stock up on seeds, garden tools, books on gardening Continue Reading….
A survivalist retreat should start off with the most basic of necessities – food, water and shelter. Besides those items, location is very important. Access to running water, wild game animals, land for gardening, and away from the public view should also be important considerations. Continue Reading….
It seems that ever since Hurricane Katrina there has been a of misinformation going around as to what FEMA really does.
Lets just set the record straight right now – FEMA is here to help people, not throw them in some type of FEMA prison camp.
The law makers in congress have setup a government agency that tries to help people in areas affected by a disaster. Most of the time, the relief efforts are composed of – food, water, and temporary shelter. After Hurricane Rita hit the Southeast Texas area I got to see “some” of what FEMA does. There was an immediate response of MRES, donated canned foods, ice and bottled water brought into the affected areas.
After Hurricane Ike, it became very clear as to what FEMA is designed to do. Bridge City Texas was flooded by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike.
The families there lucky (or blessed) – only got about 4, 5 or even 9 feed of saltwater, mixed with marsh mud in their houses.
The families that were not so lucky – their houses were destroyed by a combination of storm surge and wind damage.
Thousands of families in Bridge City had nowhere to go. People were living in tents, or in RVs and some families left Bridge City to go live with relatives. Out of several thousand homes, only about 12 had not been flooded. FEMA has been working for months to fix that problem. Continue Reading….
Just a few tips to help the average male survive in the urban jungle. When the garbage gets full, take it out. This does not mean stomp on the top of the trash, to try to get another beer can in. Since the topic of beer was brought up, lay off a little bit so your beer belly will go down. Help take care of the yard. Take your dirty clothes to the wash room. Rinse your plate off and put it into the dish washer. If your wife mentions having her nails painted, offer to do it for her. Whether if you really want to or not, its the thought that counts. And if you mess up, there is always fingernail polish remover. Buy Continue Reading….
If we want a real world lesson on preparing for a plague, look no further than a history book on the Black Death. The Black Death was a worse case situation. The climate had recently changed and Europe had entered into the Little Ice Age. People were starving, crops were withering in the fields, and then along comes the plague.
One good thing about the plague, which should be a lesson to us all, we have written records that have been passed down through the ages. Why should this be a lesson to us all? Because so much of our daily lives are lost when we pass away. Every few of us take the time to document our daily lives, and then pass that down to our descendants.
A few months ago as I was reading a book on the Black Death. There was an interesting story of a family that was out of food and staving. The family members decided they had a choice to make – either try to get some food from town, or stay at home and starve to death.
The family gathered all of the money that they had, then the father and son headed off on their journey. Continue Reading….
Eversafe meals are kinda like a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), but are a little different. The meals are packaged in a see through package, so the contents are visible. This is unlike a standard military issue MRE, where the package is not see through.
The meals are packed inside of a study cardboard box. The straps that help hold the box closed can also be used as grab handles.
On the top of the box it says – “Two meals, per person per day.”
Unlike a standard MRE, Eversafe meals contain a mix of military and civilian food. Which is evident with the spam package being visible.
Each package contains enough food for a grown adult to eat a meal, and have a snack for later. When I take these meals on a hiking or camping trip, I will usually eat the main entree meal, or the spam, and save the other one for later. So two Eversafe meals would be enough to provide 2 servings and 2 snacks.
One case of Eversafe meals should provide enough food for one person for around a week (5 – 7 days). While looking at the outside of box, no quantity as to how many meals each case contained was listed.
Each package contains:
MRE main entree
Plastic spoon and fork
Salt & pepper
List of contents
During outbreaks of the plague in Europe, there was one major problem that faced the rich and poor alike – and that was the availability of food. The more moving parts a machine has, the more likely it is to break. The supply lines that feed the world are fragile. Before the crops are ever planted, there is fertilizer that has to be made, seeds harvested from the previous year and both of those sent to the farmers. The farmers then spread the fertilizer, plant the seeds, apply water and hope for the best. In some parts of the world, crops are only grown because modern technology allows them to. Examples of this are water pipelines and irrigation systems that span hundreds of miles. It Continue Reading….
When the term “Urban Survival” is discussed, thoughts of MREs stacked to the ceiling, closets filled with cases of bottled water, tons of dried beans and rice piled up in every corner of the house – those kinds of thoughts come to mind. The fact is, there is more to urban survival then just stockpiling food and water. There are several factors that should be considered, such as food production, water, money, disease and infection control. A small home garden can produce a lot of food. When people get into gardening, they often have so much food they are having to give it away. Home gardens can supply a typical family with a food source if a disaster were to strike. Most urbanites depend on Continue Reading….