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Archive for October, 2009

Patio Gardening Project – 1st Update

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 27, 2009 Comments Off

This is the first update to our patio gardening project.  Last week we took 2 tubs – in 1 tub spinach and onions were planted.  In the other tub some radishes were planted. The Radishes were the first ones to sprout.  The onions are green onions that my wife and bought from a local grocery  [ Read More ]




Urban Survival Patio Gardening – Episode 1

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 20, 2009 Comments Off

This is the first video in a series on Urban Survival Patio Gardening. The plans are to take a plastic tub and turn it into a small garden. The tubs were used to store canned goods and dried products under beds and out of sight of friends and family members. Once the food is taken  [ Read More ]




Wildlife Quiz what happened to this pine tree

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 19, 2009 Comments Off

This is a wildlife test to see how well you know your stuff. What animal damaged this pine tree? Here is a hint – it is not a deer.

Location – East Texas, USA

Date – October 2009.

Post your comments in this thread of the hunting forums.




Generators and disaster preparedness

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 16, 2009 Comments Off

Picking the right generator to power your house during a power outage can be a tricky job. If your serious about getting the right generator for the job, then its time to call in a professional. For this video, Billy Williford of Doug Williford & Son AC and Heating was interviewed. Billy installs Generac generators  [ Read More ]




Survivalist and Mental Conditioning

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 14, 2009 Comments Off

Survivalist should take time to condition themselves to better prepare for a disaster. Its easy to sit in a chair and watch videos, or read articles about survivalism. But that is not enough. To really prepare for a disaster, people need to actually do something and practice their skills.




Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger Review

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 12, 2009 0 Comments

maxpedition sitka gearslingerThis review of the Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger should be able to answer most of the questions that people have about the pack. First of all, when the Sitka was received, it was well packaged. Inside the box was a large packing slip that was easy to read and everything was spelled out. The toll free phone number is located in the top left hand corner of the packing slip – so its easy to find.

First impressions: This is everything you might expect to find in a daypack – and more. There is a pouch on the outside for a 32 ounce water bottle, a compartment for a water bladder, the main compartment is big enough for a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), or an Eversafe meal, rain poncho, some tent stakes (for setting up an emergency shelter), water filter or water purification tablets, and a few other odds and ends. The large outside pocket is big enough for a small first aid kit, TOPO maps, flashlight, matches,,,. The small outside pocket is big enough for map compass, medium sized GPS and maybe a couple of other small items such as a swiss army fire starter.

The reason why its called a “GearSlinger” is because the pack has one shoulder strap and another strap that goes under the opposite arm. The under strap is released and the pack can be “slung” under the right arm and positioned in front of the wearers chest. The pack is designed to be unzipped in a horizontal position while being worn.




Recommended Products and Contest for October

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 11, 2009 Comments Off

Contest:  Survival Ebooks is having a contest for a collection of CDs packed full of all kinds of information. First Place Prize: 22,000 Military Manuals And Survival Books 5,000 Military Technical Manuals Second Place Prize: 2,100 Firearm Manuals and Books 2,100 Medical Military manuals and books The Military History Library Third Place Prize: The Interactive  [ Read More ]




Getting ready for deer season

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 5, 2009 Comments Off

Bow season started this past weekend here in Texas. Now its less then 1 month until rifle season. Its past time to get out to the woods and start looking for deer sign.

Since Bow season started, the rifle hunter need to be considerate of the bow hunters and keep the noise down. Lets not be running chain saws early in the morning or sighting your rifle in late in the evening.

It looks like the bucks are entering into rut, because I found some fresh scraps in the creek bottoms and lots of rubs. It looks like one deer was trying to fight with some shrubs – they were broken, twisted and the bark was rubbed off.

Post your comments in the getting ready for deer season thread of the hunting forums.




Consumers Warned Not to Eat Certain Imported Dried Plums

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 1, 2009 Comments Off

The Texas Department of State Health Services is warning consumers not to eat certain imported dried plums and products containing imported dried plums because they have elevated levels of lead. Most of the products typically are sold as salted or candied treats in Asian and Hispanic markets but also are available in other retail outlets.  [ Read More ]