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Month: November 2009

Watching Some East Texas Whitetail Deer

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Decided to get up and go out to the woods this morning.  The weather was just about perfect – not too cold, not too hot, not too windy, and the wind was in the perfect direction.  With the wind blowing in from the feeder, that put the stand down wind from the deer.

Around 6:30 am, 2 deer came out of the tree line, stood around for a little while and then went back into the woods.

Around 7:45 am, 3 deer came walking down the old logging road and stopped at the wildlife feeder. A few minutes later a single doe stepped out of the wood line, looked around and then went back into the trees.

Hunting is not just about killing something, its about being part of nature. In our modern world, people have forgotten what its like to be part of the natural world. People have forgotten what its like to watch the deer, listen to the birds and the wind. We have forgotten who we are and where we came from.

Post your comments in the East Texas Whitetail Deer thread of the forums.

Survival Ebooks

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There are several things that I like about Survival Ebooks – their portable, backup copies are easy to make, you can print out certain pages to take with you on hiking and camping trips – or even keep them in your car or truck.

If you need some cheat sheets to bring with you on a hiking trip, its easier to bring a couple of pages instead of packing the whole book.

So where do you get Survival Ebooks from, well that’s from You should be able to find just about anything you want from there.

One thing that the members of the survival forum will do, is that they will print out parts of the manuals and put them into a binder. That way they have a physical backup of important data. Be sure to label the outside of the binders so they are easy to find during an emergency.

Home Grown Onions

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home grown onionsOut of all of the crops that I have grown, onions have probably been the easiest.  They can be grown from seeds or transplanted as sprouts.  Onions are pretty tolerant of soil conditions, pest and diseases.  That makes them a perfect choice for a home garden.

One of the more popular onions are the 10-15Y.  The 10-15 stands for the date that the onion seed should be planted – October 15th.  The “Y” stands for Yellow – as in Yellow Onion.

Local feed and fertilizer stores should get 10-15Y onion sprouts in around December or so.  If you do not want to plant from seed, just buy some sprouts and put them in your garden.

Use some organic potting soil, or manure for slow release nitrogen.  After the first month, throw some 21-0-0 around the onions and water very good.  The nitrogen will promote the growth of green shoots, which will be used by the onion to make the ball.

Somewhere around the middle of summer the tops of the onions will start to die.  That is when its time to dig up the onion ball and store in a cool dry place.  Or, you can dice the onions up and dehydrate them, or dice them up and store in the freezer.

Question About Acorn Flour

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On my “Lets talk about pecan trees” video on Youtube, ArboriusOwns posted an interesting comment.

I would love to see a video on how to make acorn flour if you have that knowledge in you bag of tricks. I kinda know but would love to see it done.

This question got the little wheels in my head to spinning. For a disaster to be so bad that people are eating acorns, there would have to be a total collapse of society.

During outbreaks of the plague in the middle ages, so many farmers and merchants died, that an untold number of people in the cities starved to death. There was nobody to grow the food, there was nobody to transport the food, there was nobody to sell the food. People were eating the grass in the fields. Parents were killing children to eat them, children were killing parents to eat them. There are even stories of people digging up dead bodies to tear the flesh off the bones.

Our modern day food production system is very fragile. Just a couple of events could have a very negative impact of society – but hopefully not as bad as what the Black Death had.


Pecan Trees

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Between fall and early spring there is a time period where hardly any crops can be grown. This is where the Pecan Tree comes in.

The Pecans will usually ripen around late October – early November, and when stored in a cool dry place will stay good for months. Unlike fruit trees such as apple, fig and peach, pecans do not have to be canned, preserved or frozen. Just keep them dry, cool and they will stay good for a long time. This makes them an excellent stock for winter storage.

Patio Gardening Project 3rd Update

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Patio Gardening Project Episode 4 – The first set of radishes that were planted 3 weeks ago are coming along nicely. The second set of radish leaves have sprouted, and the bigger leaves are about 2 inches across.

The Spinach has not done too much of anything.

The onions have come along nicely with about 6 – 8 inches of growth in 2 weeks.

If you have any comments, please post them in the patio gardening thread of the forums.

Patio Gardening Project – 2nd Update

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This is the second update to the Urban Survival Patio Gardening series.  In the first video, the 2 tubs were taken, filled with potting soil and were planted with radishes and spinach.  The feetilizer that was used was stuff that you might use for flowers.
Episode 1 – the introduction
Episode 2 – the first update

The radish tops are about 1 inch – 1 1/2 inches across. I feel that their growth might be a little stunted due to the cool weather and lack of full sunlight.

The spinach has not done anything worth talking about. Just a few are sprouting and they are not really doing anything.

The green onions are coming along rather nicely with new shoots 1/4 inch – 3 inches tall. The green onions came from a local grocery store, the tops were cut off for a baked potato and the root ball was planted. Within a matter of days new shoots are starting to come out of the onion.

Remington Deer Corn Problem

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Lets just say that I am not very happy with the quality of Remington Deer Corn. This past weekend my son and I went to check on the feeders, only to find one of them not working. We removed the motor housing, looked up inside of the funnel and there was a stick laying across the hole. All of the corn had to be removed from the feeder to remove one little stick.

As we were filling up the next feeder, I noticed pieces of wood, and stuff that was not corn mixed in with the corn.

Until Remington gets this problem fixed, I’am suggesting that people do not buy Remington Deer Corn. Post your comments at that link to the forum.

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