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Month: September 2009

Woodville Texas Women In The Outdoors Event

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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 stance. The bows have a very easy draw length and weight so don’t worry about having enough strength.

Geotracking: This is a useful skill and can be a lot of fun. Whether you are new to a GPS unit or already have experience come sharpen your skills. If you have a GPS unit, you are encouraged to bring it, however you can still participate if you don’t have one. Learn how to use these units to navigate more effectively, and to help you find great new places to explore!

Bee Basics: Meet a local beekeeper! Learn what it takes to get started in that endeavor: equipment, space, cost, & time. Also learn about bee behavior, likes, & dislikes. Find out about local bee resources!

Outdoor Photography: Learn how to get the best shots from a real pro! Explore & discuss equipment options, settings, the joy of photography, and digital verses film options. Bring along your favorite camera &/or one you might have a question about!

Call of the Wild: An introduction to some of the more common animal calls, when and how is the best use for them.
If you have a call, bring it with you, or there will also be some available as part of a morning raffle! Our experienced instructor can help you make sure you get the most out of it!

Leather: $5.00 Class Materials Fee. See & feel samples of different types of leather. There will be a presentation on how these types develop & what their best use is. Also care & repair tips will be demonstrated. Learn about stitching, stamping, & tooling!

For more details visit the Women in the Outdoors Homepage.

Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy for a warm weather pack

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maxpedition pygmy falcon-iiThis is a Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy that is used for a warm weather pack. Its just big enough for a day long hike, or a light weight overnight camping pack.

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.


Wilderness survival quiz on snake bites

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snakeLets 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 video and taking some pictures, we loaded up our packs and moved on down the stream.

Post your comments in the snake bite first aid thread of the wilderness survival forums.

Quick survival kit

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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
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.

Water Moccasins and Copperheads

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cotton mouth water moccasin For 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 ae 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.

The Cottonmouth Water Moccasin can be easily confused with a water snake. They have almost the same exact color pattern. One has a round head and the other has a diamond shaped head.


Considerations for a Swine Flu H1N1 outbreak

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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,,,,,,.

Lets say this swine flu stuff gets serious, and it turns into a real killer. Basic utilities will not disappear overnight. The power will be one, the water will be on, the stores will still be open. We need to take advantage of that while it last.

Worse case scenario, is that so many people die, or do not go to work and the basic utilities turn off. There are not enough people to maintain the power lines, or take care of broken lines that if the power goes out after a thunder storm, its just gonna have to stay out.

The frozen food would be my families main course for lunch or dinner. I could spend all day smoking a brisket for dinner and snack for breakfast and lunch. The foods out of the freezers would be eaten first, with saving the canned goods and dried goods for later on.

Survival FoodOne consideration is to plant a good garden when you hear of flu deaths picking up. But why wait? Lets go ahead and start a small garden sometime soon. Just a few plants of greens, spinach, squash,,,, could really help extend your food supply.  Radishes like in the picture, they grow quick and the whole plant is edible.


Tips on making sausage

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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.

Thank goes to James and Jasper Quality Meats and Smoke House in Jasper, Texas for his help with the video.

Please post your comments in the how to make sausage thread of the forums.

H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Information

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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 this post is just for information purposes and should not be considered as advice.  If you have questions about the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Virus and vaccine, contact a doctor in your area.

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