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Archive for January, 2011

Another weekend has passed

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 30, 2011 Comments Off

East Texas Deer StandThese are the kinds of weekends I hate. “Hate” is a strong word and I don’t like to use it very often, but I think its a good term for weekends like this. So the question is, why did I “hate” this weekend? Because my kids had to go back to their moms house. Their bedrooms are dark, the computers and TVs are off, waiting on my son and daughter to return. When I look into their rooms, the silence is almost deafening – I miss and love them more then words can describe.

My son and his girlfriend are going to some kind of pageant in a couple of weeks. This is not your usual beauty pageant, as my son has to escort his girlfriend. So my son and his girlfriend had to go pick out a tux for the pageant on Saturday.

Saturday was also baby-sitting day. My step-daughter and her friends wanted to go ride their 4-wheelers, so we watched her kids for the evening. My daughter and I were also supposed to watch the remake of “Nightmare on Elm street” Saturday night, but we were baby sitting instead. My step-daughter showed up around 10:45pm or so to get her kids, and by that time it was too late for my daughter and I to watch our movies.

Sunday rolls around, its drizzling rain outside, but not too cold. I get up before the kids, get my breakfast of sausage, egg and cheese croissant and a banana. My daughter got up, and I helped fix her a breakfast of croissant and a sliced golden apple. A couple of hours after eating breakfast, checking emails, playing left 4 dead, and my daughter having time to check on all of her stuff, we finally got to sit down and watch the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. As an encore, we watched RED staring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Karl Urban.

The socialist want your guns yet again

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 30, 2011 Comments Off

It seems that the Socialist movement in Washington DC will stop at nothing to strip our rights away – starting with the most basic human right, the right to own a firearm. Newsweek has reported that White House to Push Gun Control – which is nothing new.  It seems that every time the Democraps get  [ Read More ]

Found memory card at las vegas sands convention center

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 24, 2011 Comments Off

Did you lose a memory card at the at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas? While I was at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas on January 20, 2010 for the SHOT show, I found a memory card laying on the ground.  On the memory card are some pictures of people having dinner,  [ Read More ]

Five easy survival food preps

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 23, 2011 Comments Off

Stockpiling food for SHTFDon’t want to stockpile 1,000 pounds of dried rice and beans? Want something that taste a little better then MREs? Want something that you don’t have to worry about rotating out?

One of the main problems with stockpiling survival food preps, is that people sometimes stockpile what they do not normally eat. So the food stocks sit in a closet, expire, and have to be thrown out. In the long run its easier to stockpile what your family normally eats so rotation is handled in a natural manner.

What are the requirements for a survival food prep?

Nutrition content
Calorie content
At least 1 year shelf life
No special storage after opening / or, serving size so that the whole thing can be eaten after opening
No special cooking requirements – open and eat, or heat and eat
Something your family normally eats
Considerations for special diets

Living without credit cards or checking account

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 13, 2011 Comments Off

boat angelina riverMy wife and I do not have a credit cards or checks. There are lots of reasons why we do not use them, but the main reason was to save money. After looking at how much money we were spending on late fees, interest, penalties,,,, we decided the banks were charging us too much money for such a simple service.

Credit cards – Its a personal financial decision we have made, no credit cards. If we had them, we would most probably run up the bill and put our family in debt; and that is something we do not want to do. To avoid the temptation of using a credit card, and paying the interest and fees, we just do not have any.

My ex-wife, while we were married, she ran up a credit card bill between $30,000 – $35,0000. Every card we had was maxed. It took us years to pay that down, we had to go through credit counseling, collection companies were calling all the time,,,,,,,,, it was a bad time in my life. To avoid all of that again, an to avoid the temptation, my new wife and I do not have any credit cards.

New calls for gun control

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 12, 2011 Comments Off

With the recent shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, calls for gun control once more rise from the dead. Economists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig had something to say about gun control and high capacity magazines on CNN. There is a question in the article I would like to address “Was it a mistake in  [ Read More ]

A message to Senator Patrick Leahy

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 11, 2011 Comments Off

Dear Senator Patrick Leahy, during a speech you made at the Newseum in Washington, your quoted as saying “The seething rhetoric has gone too far. The demonizing of opponents, of government, of public service has gone too far.” Sir, with all due respect, what has gone to far is government corruption. When the American people  [ Read More ]

On the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 10, 2011 Comments Off

At what point would you take up arms to defend the USA? Would it be an invasion by a foreign power? Overthrow of our government by another country,,,,,,,? To be perfectly honest, with all of the bank bail out stuff, massive foreign aid while we have hungry and homeless people on the streets of the  [ Read More ]

Those late season bucks

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 9, 2011 Comments Off

East Texas Whitetail DoesSeason drawing to an end? Have not taken a deer yet? If you play your cards right, there is no reason not to get a deer towards the end of deer season.

Here in Texas regular rifle season has passed and we are now in muzzleloader and youth season. Youth season is for anyone age 16 and under to be able to hunt deer. Adults have to use a muzzleloader, anyone 16 and under can use any legal means – bow, rifle, shotgun or muzzleloader.

Up until this year, muzzleloader season and youth season lasted for 1 week. In 2011 Texas Parks and Wildlife extended the season to 2 weeks.

One thing that is really nice about late season hunting, the bucks tend to flock together. The rut is over and the does have been bred. Unlike humans that might go to a sports bar for a drink, the bucks look to find food.

During the rut the bucks have expended a lot of energy and lot a lot of weight. Now its time to eat and put some weight back on before the heart of winter arrives.

While the does were in estrus, the bucks were chasing them hot and heavy. This means that the doe did not have a lot of time to eat, because they were too busy either trying to get bred, or trying not to get bred.

Organizing Your Bug Out Location

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 7, 2011 Comments Off

cooking post shtfThe other day my wife and I were up at the camp / bug out location checking on things. We go up there, check the doors, check the windows, look for any physical damage that might have resulted from a break in. We also take inventory – bottled water, soft drinks, plates, plastic spoons and forks, canned goods, MREs, ammo,,,, stuff like that.

While I was checking the front bed room and closet, I noticed that the closet has a lot of wasted room. In the right hand corner of the closet sites 2 or 3 ammo cans loaded with 223, 7.62×39, 9mm, 357 magnum, and 45 acp. Besides the ammo cans, there is a lot of wasted space that could be used for shelving.

Awhile back I posted a thread in the forum about organizing my MRE stockpile. But that thread only talked about organizing your MREs, but what about everything else?

Weird zombie dream last night

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 7, 2011 Comments Off

I dont know if its from playing too much Left 4 Dead 2 before I went to sleep, but I had one of my usual “weird” zombie dreams last night. There was no story plot, just a bunch of people that I did not know and myself were held up in a nice neighborhood.  By  [ Read More ]

Video games and being able to think for yourself

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 6, 2011 Comments Off

The other day I posted a comment to a thread on the steam forums asking “what was the best gaming mouse.” Oh man, you should have seen the backlash when I commented that some mice have poor designs. People started calling my fingers too short,,,,,,. There have been other backlashes to my comments on games  [ Read More ]

Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 5, 2011 Comments Off

maxpedition falcon-ii pygmy backpackMom and I were talking the other day, when she said that her and dad needed a small backpack to carry their rock hunting tools in. The first pack to come to mind was a Maxpedition Falcon II Pygmy.

During the spring and early summer time mom and dad will do some rock / arrow head hunting here in East Texas. They will load up the 4-wheeler, get some bottled water, snacks, rock hammer and head out.

The requirements for the backpack include:

Not too big
Something large enough to carry water and snacks
Large enough to hold a rock hammer and guide manual

The fridge went out

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 5, 2011 Comments Off

The fridge my wife and I use to keep our food cold stopped working last night.  Yesterday my wife noticed that the freezer did not seem as cold as usual, and was taking a long time to freeze the ice in the ice maker.  And last night, the food in the freezer side started thawing  [ Read More ]

Categories: Random Ramblings

Building a debris shelter

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 5, 2011 0 Comments

Our buddy Sticks65 from Planet Bushcraft has posted another excellent video. This time he builds a shelter out of stuff that he finds in the wilderness.