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Homemade Candles

Making your own candles is easier then it looks. This is a basic skill that urban survivalist should take the time to learn. Not only is making candles easy, its a lot cheaper then buying them. If you wish to comment on this article, visit the how to make homemade candles thread in the forums.

Katadyn Hiker Water Filter

Water filters for SHTFThe Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option in the water filter market. Its available through most large sporting goods outlet stores, such as Gander Mountain and available through several internet store. Even though the Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option, there is nothing “cheap” about this product. It appears to be made out of quality material, is durable and is an overall well made water filter.

The first time this Katadyn filter was used, my son, my nephew and I were on a 6 – 8 mile hiking trip through the piney woods of East Texas. The trip started off a on the deer lease we belong to. From there, my nephew, my son and I hiked between a couple of the rolling hills, across 2 creek bottoms and stopped for our first rest break on an old logging road. This was when Korey (my son) realized he had lost his water bottle. Luckily for the three of us there was a deer stand near by where we found a discarded plastic water bottle.

An hour later the three of us arrived at a creek where I had planned on refilling the water bottles. One thing I did not know, the lack of recent rain fall had made the creek almost dry up.

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Tips on hunting wild hogs

It is believed that hogs were first introduced into the United States by Hernando de Soto in or around 1539. Recent excavations from some of Hernando de Sotos’ encampments in Florida have discovered jaw bones of pigs and other swine bone fragments. Hogs are a true omnivore, meaning that they will eat almost anything. The diet of a wild hog can include grubs, worms, termites, acorns – anything that the hog can get its mouth on, its likely to eat. There are even stories of wild hogs killing and eating new born deer. Several factors have contributed to a recent surge in hog populations. 1. For some reason, several states have passed laws prohibiting butchers from processing wild hogs. If a hunter kills a hog, Continue Reading….

The winner of the presidential election is

I would like to be the first to announce the winner of todays election, and its Twiddle Dumb. Lets all give him a warm welcome as our new Supreme Leader. Under his reign you can expect 4 more years of: Higher taxes The continued bail out of the banking system The continued bail out of wall street Oil companies reporting record profits – while consumers pay record prices More unemployment – which is caused by More free trade No national health insurance No caps on medical expenses Protection for companies against law suits Regardless of whether you voted for mccain or obama, you are going to get 4 more years of the same ole stuff. Continue Reading….

Day Hike in October

On October 4th, 2008 my son and I went on a day hiking trip. Before we left the truck I got out the Garmin GPS and the topo maps and saved the truck as a waypoint. We also brought along a rifle for protection against wild hogs, snakes and coyotes. Bears have been reported in the area, so we had to keep those in mind as well. We then hiked to a local creek and had lunch with eversafe meals – which are kinda like MREs. On the way back to the truck, the batteries started going out in the GPS. So the batteries were swapped out and we got back on track. When using a GPS its important to have spare batteries. That is Continue Reading….

The Libertarian Party, our only real answer

Check out the Libertarian website to see if you have a Libertarian candidate running in your area. http://www.lp.org/ How many times do people have to vote for the two major parties before they realize there is no difference? It took both parties to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA It took both parties to pass the banking bailout scam. It took both parties to pass the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade – GATT. It is taking both parties to continue this war in Iraq. It took both parties to establish the income tax. It took both parties to send millions of our jobs to China, Taiwan and India. It has taken both parties to increase our taxes to where they are Continue Reading….

Barricaded store fronts during a disaster

When some type of disaster occurs, the owners of a store will take measures to protect their business and their property. A lot of places like wal-mart will stack bales of compressed cardboard in front of the doors.

These blocks of compressed cardboard act as a barricade to help stop people from driving cars or trucks through the front doors. Most of the time the front doors of these large stores will be made of glass – which offer little to no protection from a car or truck. During the Rodney King riots, some store owners also used these blocks of cardboard as bullet stops. Its kinda difficult for a bullet to penetrate 3 – 4 feet of compressed cardboard. The store owners were able to band together behind these blocks of cardboard, and stop the crowds of looters from destroying their stores .

This video was filmed just before Hurricane Ike made landfall in Galveston, Texas.

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Hurricane Ike Video Series – Part 1

On the morning of September 13, 2008, the eye of Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast near Galveston Bay, making landfall at 2:10 a.m. CDT over the east end of Galveston Island. People in low-lying areas who had not heeded evacuation orders, in single-family one- or two-story homes, were warned by the weather service that they may “face certain death” from the overnight storm surge. In regional Texas towns, electrical power began failing before 8 p.m. CDT, leaving millions without power (estimates range from 2.8 million to 4.5 million customers). September 11, 2008 – parts of southeast Texas have started calling for a voluntary evacuation. Continue Reading….

Navigation with a compass and GPS video series

Navigation with a compass, topo map and GPS is an important skill that every hiker, camper and survivalist should learn. To help instruct someone that is just learning how to navigate, a set of videos has been put together. The GPS in the videos is a Garmin Etrex, that does NOT have a built in map feature. Please do not depend on the GPS for all of your navigation functions. When venturing off the trail, go prepared with a topo map of the area, GPS with spare batteries and 2 compasses. Part – 1 Part 1 is a very basic introduction to navigation with a compass and GPS. We discuss learning how to use the GPS and compass in a safe area, such as a Continue Reading….

Hurricane Gustav – Part 1

As Hurricane Gustav approaches the coast of Louisiana and Texas, its time to start preparing. One of the first concerns is fuel for the generator. Gasoline is usually one of the first things to disappear, so its important to stock up while you can. Even if your area is not directly affected by the disaster, if other people evacuate through your area, those people will clean out the gasoline supply. So if you live along a major (or minor) evacuation route, its important to stockpile fuel before the supply in your area dries up. Instead of using 5 gallon gas cans, consider using 16 gallon drums. These are still movable by one person, but take the place of 3 – 5 gallon drums. The drums Continue Reading….

Using a GPS and Compass

When on a hiking, hunting or camping trip, it is very important not to get lost. And if the hiker or hunter does find their selves lost, how do they get found again? There are some basic tools that should be included in the wilderness survival tool kit. These include a GPS, compass and the knowledge on how to use them. Regardless of what items are included in the kit, the most important tool is the knowledge. Only knowledge can empower the person to effectively use the gear in their survival kit. This video discusses some basic information on how to a TOPO map, compass and GPS. The mistake that a lot of people when they get their GPS, they do not practice. Before a Continue Reading….

Fruit trees and the urban survivalist

Fruit trees are often over looked asset to the urban survivalist. Most people live in a neighborhood where the fence line goes straight back, makes a 90 degree turn, runs across the backyard, makes another 90 degree turn and goes back to the house. What is planted in the 90 degree turns? Maybe some ferns, or maybe some landscaping? You can not eat those ferns or palm trees. Dig that stuff up and use it for compost. Continue Reading….

A deer hunting story

This is based off a true story that happened on November 30th, 2007. Discussion on this deer hunting story can be found at this link.

I got out to the lease around 3:30, got the 4-wheeler unloaded and drove a little over 1/4 mile to an old logging road. I parked the 4wheeler on the logging road and walked 100+ yards to the stand. I walked because I can move quieter by walking then I can on the 4-wheeler.

On the way to the stand I saw some coyote tracks. It looks like a rabbit track was mixed in them them. I got in the stand around 4:00 pm, took some scenery pictures and read my bible for a little while.

By 5:00 pm there were 3 does under and around the feeder. A little after 5 pm a spike and 6 point came out. The 6 point was too small to shoot. All three of my last deer have been 8 points, so there is no use in going backwards.

Just after 5:15 a nice size deer walks out and starts grazing on the grass on the logging road. I looked at him through my scope and thought it was an 8 point. Later I found out it was a 9 point.

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Planting a fall garden

A fall garden should be a serious consideration for any survivalist. Spring and summer crops are one thing, but late season crops deserve special consideration. Examples of cool weather and cold weather crops are – Cabbage, turnips, rutabagas, mustard greens and onions. Garlic should be a consideration as well. Rutabagas: After world war 2, the rutabaga helped stop most of Germany from starving to death. Rutabagas seem to grow pretty good in cold weather. My ex-father in law grew a field of rutabagas in the middle of winter. I remember walking out into this field during the wet and cold middle of winter, and there was this green patch of Rutabaga tops. My first thought was – “wow, how can these things grow in the Continue Reading….

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