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Month: September 2009

Woodville Texas Women In The Outdoors Event

Deep East Texas Chapter Women In The Outdoors Event Event Date: Oct 10, 2009 Location: Magnolia Ridge Park, Woodville, TX Contact: Wendy Baker Email: texaswendybaker @ Download the PDF flyer from this link to register. Some of the activities include: Self Defense: This is an active, hands on course, wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. We will receive some basic training from a local martial arts club. Be involved and practice these moves as a group, and 1 on 1. Let this course increase your confidence and give you a chance to learn more about protecting yourself. Learn some basic moves to help keep you safe in the woods, at the mall, or anywhere else! Archery: Learn bow safety, equipment identification, selection and shooting Continue Reading….

Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy For a Warm Weather Backpack

maxpedition pygmy falcon-ii

The Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy is an excellent all around backpack, including a warm weather backpack. It’s just big enough for a day long hike, or a light weight overnight camping pack, without being too large the hiker is tempted to carry unneeded gear.

One of the questions I have been asked, “what makes a pack a warm weather pack?” In my opinion, its the packs size – its so small you can not carry spare clothing. In a cold weather camping or hiking situation, you will probably want to bring extra clothing, maybe a hat gloves, extra socks,,,, the usual stuff that hikers and campers my need in cold weather.

In hot weather you can take clothing off, in cold weather you have to have extra clothing to put it on. If the extra clothing is not in the pack, there is nothing to put on.

Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy

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Wilderness survival quiz on snake bites

Lets say that your hiking along, you dont see this snake on the trail, step on it and your bitten – what do you do? Your a couple of miles from the trail head, your out of cell phone range, what should you do in this type of situation? This picture and video were tank in East Texas, just a few miles north of Beaumont, and during the month of September, 2009. The snake was left unharmed and was not injured in anyway. My son, step son, and I were hiking along a nice clear stream that flows year round. When we stopped for a break, I walked up on top on a sand bar only to see this snake coiled up. After filming a Continue Reading….

Quick survival kit

Take an Altoids tin and put the following items in it. anti-biotic ointment paper clips zip ties birthday candles – the kind you can not blow out safety pins ibuprofen or naproxen sodium 500mg vitamin C tablets dietary multivitamin supplement and mineral usb drive 8GB – with important files on it stick of white chalk  – for writing on walls, floors and sidewalk compass super glue – for closing wounds list of contact phone numbers and email addresses Post your comments in the quick survival kit thread of the forums. Quick survival kitRate This Article

Cottonmouth Water Moccasins and Copperhead Snakes

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin

or people that do not get into the woods very much, getting a copperhead and a water moccasin mixed up might be an easy thing to do. So what this article is going to do is give a basic run down on both types of snakes.

The examples that are going to be covered are from my own personal experiences from being in the wilderness and not from scientific studies. So take this information as opinion and not as fact.

The snake in the picture is a medium sized cottonmouth, I have seen them a lot larger then that. One cottonmouth my buddies and I killed and measured – it was close to 4 feet long and as big around as a mans wrist.

Cotton mouths have a head big enough to grab onto your leg, your arm,,, just about anywhere.

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin

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Considerations for a Swine Flu H1N1 outbreak

There has been a lot of talk here lately about this swine flu stuff. So I would like to ask the members of this community to review their supplies and make sure you have at least 1 months supply of food. But,,,, what I’am asking is one months supply of non-dried foods. Dried foods take a long time to boil or soak, and they take a lot of water. Lets start with the basics – meat and frozen veggies, canned goods, MREs, Eversafe meals, spam, peanut butter, honey, anything that you can cook quick and easily. Just the food in my 3 freezers probably equals close to a months worth of meals. I’am talking ribs, brisket, roast, sausage, boudain, lunch meat, frozen bread, frozen veggies,,,,,,. Continue Reading….

Tips on making sausage

In this video we interview a local butcher that shows how sausage is made.

We start out with some pork trimmings, that are put into a grinder, mixed with spices and ground into something like pan sausage. Its then put into a stuffing machine where the meat is forced into the sausage casing. The sausage is smoked at about 180 degrees for about 14 hours. The butcher uses red oak during the smoking process.

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H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Information

Some information about the H1N1 vaccine. Persons who will need the vaccine: • pregnant women • healthcare workers • emergency responders • household members and caregivers of children under the age of 6 months • anyone 6 months to 24 years of age • adults age 25 – 64 with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, etc. H1N1 vaccine is not available at this time but it should be available around mid-October. It is expected to be a two-part vaccine administered 3-4 weeks apart. The H1N1 vaccine does not take the place of the seasonal flu vaccine. You can visit the website to obtain more information. *Disclaimer – this site does not provide medical advice.  The information in Continue Reading….

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