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Sound of Silence

When I first heard this song streaming on I heart radio I instantly fell in love with it. Disturbed, a rock and roll band known for heavy metal songs such as “bodies hit the floor” made a song that touches the soul Disturbed should make more songs like this. Maybe an album like what Metallica did with their symphony and metal (S&M) album? There is no doubt Disturbed is a great band. I just feel their earlier works seemed like they were trying too hard to make a product people might like, rather than art. Over the past few decades music has moved from artist to performers. Todays groups and singers are performers designed to generate revenue, rather than making art. Music is art but. Continue Reading….

Best friend after SHTF

Awhile back someone posted a comment on one my youtube videos saying the hoe will be your best friend after SHTF. This got me to thinking about how important certain types of survival gear were over other types. Can you use an AR-15 or AK-47 to till a garden? Plow a field? Bushhog? Operate an auger to set fence post? Clear brush? Weed a garden? Pick the crops? Can the harvest? Who is your very best friend? The hoe and the rake. They have proven then test of time. Our ancestors used garden tools thousands of years before firearms were ever thought of. Garden tools have no moving parts – no locking lugs, no bolt carrier, no firing pin, no ammunition, nothing to run out Continue Reading….

Thoughts on a micro-bug out bag

While working on my fighting load carrier (FLC) and thinking about an overnight kit that would fit in a fanny pack, I started thinking about a micro bug out bag.  The idea for a micro-bug out bag came as I was thinking about a short range recon bag, basically a butt pack or fanny pack. I live in a rural area. I was thinking about something I could grab and go walking in the woods with and it would contain basic items for an overnight stay.  Then I started thinking, why couldn’t someone in a city use this to walk out of the city and to a suburban or rural area? Right now my fighting load carry (FLC) has: 2 triple military surplus magazine pouches Continue Reading….

Thoughts on mass transportation after shtf

Transporting goods and services during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation has been on my mind for awhile. In big cities people use large SUVs and trucks as a status symbol. 300+ horsepower, 4 wheel drive, gas guzzler, but has never pulled a trailer or been off the pavement. In urban areas nearby rural areas, and in rural areas people “use” their SUVs and trucks. Yesterday evening (February 25, 2016) Jasper Texas was packed with trucks and bass boats. The weather this weekend is going to be nice so people are going to the lake. There are thousands of people all across the nation who live just a couple of hours from rural locations. Those people venture out of the city to go hunting, Continue Reading….

How many seeds should you stockpile

When it comes to stockpiling seeds we have discussed the topic in depth. Something that has been overlooked is how many seeds should you stockpile? I have come up with a simple formula and would like to know what yall think. How many seeds do you normally plant to obtain X amount of harvest? Lets say you plant 1 pound of snap beans or purple hull peas. With that one pound and a certain amount of fertilizer you have an idea of how much of a harvest you will get. How many people are planning on using your place as a long term bug out location? Or, are you planning to going to a rural farm? In other words are you bugging in or bugging Continue Reading….

Random thoughts January 14 2016

Time for some random thoughts on life from a bored survivalist. Lets start with happiness. What is happiness? Happiness is defined as a “mental or emotional state of well-being.” Whos responsibility is it for you to be happy? Is it your spouses responsibility for you to be happy? Is it your employers responsibility for you to be happy? Your happiness is your responsibility. Outside stimuli can affect your happiness. However, the key to happiness is controlling your thoughts; change your thoughts and you change your reality. The most important issue with being happy is thinking happy thoughts. So what if bad things happen. We do not have to dwell on those bad memories. Life is full of bad things. We lose a job, lose a Continue Reading….

New coyote call and decoy

In the past 6 – 8 months I have easily lost close to a dozen and a half chickens to a Coyote. Lets say that each chicken lays 200 eggs a year. By losing just 18 chickens the coyote has cost me around 3,600 eggs over the course of a year. It would be easy to put out some foothold traps, but what about my dogs getting into them? I could not forgive myself if someones pet got into a foothold trap. To take care of the coyote problem and prevent the accidental trapping of pets I ordered an Extreme Dimension EDMR302 remote control call and a Mojo Outdoors Critter Decoy. I bought both of them off Amazon, total price on December 26, 2015 was Continue Reading….

Is the AR-10 platform needed

There is an article on AllOutdoor.com talking about Heavy duty SHTF battle rifles.  The picture used for the article shows an AR-10 next to an FN/FAL.  Looking at the picture I have to ask myself, why do we need an AR-10 in a niche that is already full? The right arm of the free world, the FN/FAL that has been in service since 1954.  As of 2015 that is 61 years. M1A, which is based off the M14, battle proven, reliable, marksmanship rifle has been in service since 1974.  The M14 has been in service since 1959.  As of 2015 that is 56 years. PTR-91, based off the Heckler and Koch G3, in service since the year 2000, so only 15 years as of 2015. Continue Reading….

Trespassers at the bug out location

A few days ago I was walking along the creek that is the property line between my land and the timber company land. Not only does the timber company grow timber on their land, they also lease the land out to hunters. It is not unusual to see an influx of urban dwellers into rural areas starting a couple of months before hunting season. Most of the people who lease property in rural areas are good people. They just want to get out of the city, do some hunting, get a deer or hog and pass the tradition of hunting to the next generation. With hunters there is an unspoken code of respect. You do not touch my trail cameras, stands and feeders and I Continue Reading….

Single at 47 faded dreams of love

Something happened that I would never in a million years thought could come true, my beloved Kristy and I divorced. We met in 2000 while I was working at Lake Conroe between Conroe and Montgomery. After a whirlwind romance we got married and swore our love to each other. On July 17 2015 Kristy and I got into an argument. I asked if she wanted a divorce. She said yes and left. A few days later she filed for divorce. The love of my life that I hoped to live the rest of my days with is no longer by my side. I feel so empty inside as if my heart and soul were ripped out, shredded, and burned. My hopes of ever finding someone Continue Reading….

Stockpiling survival knives for SHTF

One of the great topics in the survivalist / prepping community is about survival knives. Everyone has an opinion about what kind of knife would be ideal for surviving in a post-SHTF / post-TEOTWAWKI world.

Some of the discussions on knives revolve around real world situations, while a lot of the discussions revolves around unrealistic situations, such as bugging out to the wilderness.

After putting much thought into the SHTF survival knife topic, what if I told you just about everyone was right and just about everyone was wrong? There is no perfect knife for a post collapse society. That is why we should stockpile a variety of knives.

Rambo hollow handle survival knife – No article on survival knives is complete without discussing the grandfather of all survival knives. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way. The word “survival knife” brings to mind the 1982 movie Rambo when John Rambo used his knife to survive in the wilderness. Shortly after the movie Rambo was released a survival knife craze kicked in. Survival knives were made in all shapes, forms and fashions. Some were good quality but there was a lot of junk on the market. The hollow handled Rambo survival knife was probably the most popular. Continue Reading….

Chickens are their own worst enemy

Chickens would be great farm animals for SHTF if they were not so stupid.  The honest truth is they will find a way to get themselves killed. Build them a nice cage and they will find a way to get out. They will wander away from the flock and get killed. They will stay out to dusk, right when coyotes start looking for an easy meal. They will spill their water. They will crap in their food and water. They will crap in laying boxes. They will roost in high places so if they fall at night they will be hurt. They will eat stuff that makes them sick – free ranging eating weeds, rocks, pieces of glass, etc. They will free range out in Continue Reading….

Berkey replacement spigot

A few months ago my 2 year old grand daughter pulled on the factory plastic Royal Berkey spigot. Something cracked or broke because the spigot started leaking where it connected to the Royal Berkey housing.

The spigot was removed from the Berkey, gaskets were checked, everything put back together and it still leaked. Something was broke so time to find a replacement.

While looking for a replacement I decided I did not want to go back with the factory spigot. I got on amazon, looked around and came across a Stainless Steel works beverage dispenser. What caught my eye was the high rating from uses.

I took the leap and ordered two of them. One for the Royal Berkey and one for a tea dispenser.

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Starting with guineas

Buying guineas was a little more difficult than I had expected. With chickens you just down to the local feed and fertilizer in the early spring and buy the chicks you want, or place an order with various websites that sell chicks online. With guineas you get on a waiting list at the local feed store, or get on a waiting list with a company that sells guineas online. My wife and I were on a waiting list at Ideal Poultry for between 2 – 3 months before we received our order of a dozen pearl guineas. Continue Reading….

Farm update June 9 2015

Things are moving along nicely, but rather slow.  The new chicken yard is working out well, the new chicken house is nearing completion, a large pen oak fell on the property so I need to cut that up, still need to clear fence rows for the cattle field, have not started on the pole barn, one of my newly planted fig trees may have died, the new pear tree might have drowned from all the rain,,,, just all kinds of stuff going on. Lets talk about target goals for surviving a post-SHTF world. Egg production My target goal for egg production that I think my family would need in a post-SHTF world is at least 2 dozen eggs a day. For my parents, my wife, Continue Reading….

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