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Archive for August, 2010

Girl throws puppys into river

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 31, 2010 Comments Off

Sometimes you just have to ask yourself, what is wrong with some people. In the video, a young lady that looks like she is in her teens, throws several puppies into a river. The video has sparked outage on forums and message boards all over the internet.  Members of the popular message board 4chan are  [ Read More ]




The next housing collapse

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 31, 2010 Comments Off

Are you ready for the next housing collapse? For several years house flippers and greedy real estate agents have driven up home prices to the point where the average working person can no longer afford to buy. With home sales and prices hitting rock bottom, when sales and prices start to go back up, there  [ Read More ]




10 books written by Presidents

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 31, 2010 Comments Off

Last night I received an email from congress.org – I subscribe to their emails to keep up-to-date on issues. But after reading their list of 10 books written by presidents – I might have to unsubscribe. All but 1 – Ulysses S. Grant – are 20th century Presidents. Where are the books written by Monroe,  [ Read More ]




What to take in a bug out situation

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 30, 2010 Comments Off

Some missionary goes to the Congo for 6 weeks to preach the salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the natives. As he boards the plane back to the good ole US of A he is not feeling to well. Its just a slight fever, nothing to worry about.

Fast forward 6 weeks, the once unknown airborne virus has wrecked havoc on mankind. With no vaccine and no natural resistance, people are dieing off like the Native Americans did to Small Pox. Which means that entire populations of towns were dieing.




Trip to the deer lease August 29

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 29, 2010 Comments Off

Even though deer season does not start for another 2 months, my daughter and I made a trip to the lease to take a look at the feeders and stands.

The good news, all of the stands were still up. If we get some strong winds – like from a hurricane – sometimes the box stands will blow over. To get them back up, you need either 3 or 4 men, or a tractor with a boom pole on it. The last time I had to stand one of the box stands up, we had 4 men with us.

The bad news, one of the feeders had been knocked over – I guess by wild hogs – and damaged pretty bad. The motor housing has been broke off, and the plastic drum was bent. This feeder will be brought back to the camp and replaced. The legs will be taken off and put on another drum, and the motor replaced.

What happens – the hogs get tired of waiting on the feeder to throw the corn out, or the battery will go dead,,, but either way, the hogs will hit the legs of the feeder until they knock it over. When the feeder hits the ground, the lid comes off and the corn spills out. The hogs then feast on the spilled corn.




Looking forward to deer season

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 29, 2010 Comments Off

With the summer heat starting to break just a little bit – the past couple of days have been around 91, 92 or 93 degrees, a couple of weeks ago day time temps were in the 97, 98 and 99 range – its time to start looking for deer season.

My daughter and I just got finished eating breakfast, and I’am getting the truck loaded up. Over the past few days I charged 5 or 6 – 6 volt batteries for the feeders. When we leave home, we are going to go by Tractor supply in Jasper, Texas and pick up something like 12 bags of deer corn. We have 6 feeders to check on, and I’am figuring 2 – 50 pound bags just to get the feeders started.




Recent survival gear additions

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 26, 2010 Comments Off

The summer of 2010 was not only a great summer that will never be forgotten (at least by me anyway), it was also the summer that a lot of new survival gear was added to my inventory.




Summer is almost over

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 25, 2010 Comments Off

As Labor Day approaches, this marks a good time to reflect over the past summer. Overall, the summer of 2010 was a great summer – my dad gave me a boat a few months ago, so a lot of time was spent on the river fishing and camping. My wife and I got to go fishing a couple of times. Being sick for the first 2 weeks in August was no fun, but I’am felling a lot better now – except for a slight residual headache. With all Texas summers, the heat has terrible.

Labor day plans include a bar-b-q with a brisket, maybe some ribs, chicken, sausage, ranch style beans and whatever else I can fit on the grill.

After Labor Day focus is going to shift a little more towards hunting. My kids and I might head out to the deer lease to check the stands and feeders out.




What is life

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 24, 2010 Comments Off

Its a pretty simple question, what is life? Is it as simple as a heart beat? As long as the heart is beating we have life? Surely there is more to it then that.




Top survival gear items

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 23, 2010 Comments Off

Out of all your survival gear items, which 10 are the most important? This list is going to change on your geographical location and any special needs. So consider this food for thought.

1. Home based water filter – an example of this is the Berkey Light or the Royal Berkey. Why is a water filter the first item? Because water is used so much in our daily lives. You do not need to be brushing your teeth with water contaminated with E. Coli, shigella or cryptosporidium.

2. Peanut butter and honey – High calorie food (peanut butter) mixed with honey – which has trace minerals – makes a meal that is difficult to beat. Unlike dried foods, no water is required to cook peanut butter or the honey. After opening, neither one needs to be kept cold. Honey can be stored for years without fear of spoiling and it makes for a good topical anti-biotic.




Maintaining a remote camp

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 21, 2010 Comments Off

survivalist camp bug out locationBack around 1980 my parents inherited some land from my grandmother (my dads mom). Shortly after my parents got the land, they moved a 2 bedroom 1 bath trailer house behind my grandmothers house – which had been built around the turn of the 20th century. Mom and dad put a septic system down, setup a water well,,, all the comforts of home, except a home phone. Back in the early 1980 cell phones had not been invented yet. So for maybe 10 years, every time we went to the camp, we lost all contact with the outside world.

I would like to share my past 30 years experience with dealing with camps, and remote locations.

Rodents – This includes mice, rats and squirrels. Not only do they chew holes in the eves of the house, in floors, in the walls, and get into your food stocks, they build nest, piss, and poop everywhere. When you start talking about feces, there is always the chance of diseases.





Teaching someone to fish

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 20, 2010 Comments Off

There is an old saying “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life.” I think that applies to more then just fishing. If you give someone a pay check and a grocery store, you will feed hm for a  [ Read More ]




Drinking water in an urban survival situation

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 19, 2010 Comments Off

If the water went off tonight, what kind of plans do you have in place? As with everything else in my survival plans, water is broken down into 3 phases – short term, medium term, and long term solution.

Short Term – this is your bottled water. Most people have a couple of cases of bottled water laying around somewhere. On a trip to the grocery store most people might grab a case or two of bottled water to have around for guest or parties.

Some survivalist stockpile water in 35 or 55 gallon drums.

When the water goes out, the bottled and stockpiled water will go first. Its convenient, you just un-screw the top of the bottle and the water is ready to drink. Most people like to take the easy way out, and bottled water is about as easy as it gets.

Medium Term – this is your water filters. This may include your Berkey water filters or some kind of backpacking, lightweight water filter.





2 Weeks in Hell on the Discovery Channel

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 15, 2010 Comments Off

Yesterday afternoon after my wife and I got from from a trip to Beaumont Texas, I turned on the Discovery Channel and there was a show on called “2 Weeks in Hell.” The program documents a 2 week test for candidates trying to get into the Special Forces school. I would like to state that  [ Read More ]




Top 6 diseases post STHF

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 14, 2010 Comments Off

There is a thread going on over at the forum – Post-Disaster Disease Management. During the discussion, the thread was kinda derailed into a discussion on Tuberculosis (TB), Whooping Cough, and other diseases. While looking for some information on the most common diseases, I found a page on the World Health Organization website – Six  [ Read More ]