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Stockpiling SHTF food ammo and fishing supplies

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SHTF survival gear food and ammoLets talk about stockpiling food, ammo and fishing supplies for SHTF. These are the supplies that will be used to feed and protect your family if, or when, the SHTF.  There is no perfect survival plan, and only the fool says otherwise.  Its because of this admission that my plans have changed over the years.

My food stockpile  has gone from simple stockpiling beans and rice plans, to something a little more complex.

In the ammunition category, my plans have gone from having various rounds stockpiled, to taking inventory, and trying to standardize my SHTF ammo stockpile.

The fishing category is where I am currently having the most fun.  I have gone from just stockpiling fishing supplies to running trotlines and testing my fishing plans.

Stockpiling Food:

10 – 15 years ago I was stockpiling beans, rice, MREs, canned goods and some garden seed.  My plans were to head to the bug out location, plant a garden, and hunt for fresh meat.  It was a simple plan that had a lot of holes.

About 6 or 7 years ago I decided to focus more on gardening, and less on hunting.  My family and I started planting fruit trees (peach, pear, apple, plum,,,) and I started stockpiling more garden seed.  Then came along the drought of 2010 and 2011.  In the past 2 years this part of Texas is at least 3 feet low on rainfall.  Lake Sam Rayburn is about 9 feet low as of when this article was written.  The long solution to a long term survival plan is having a self-sustaining farm and garden.  In the face of global climate change getting a farm and garden up and running from scratch is going to be a little difficult.

About a year ago I decided to change my plans again and add mylar bags, and some homemade superpails to my SHTF food stockpile. So now we have mylar bags, MREs, canned goods, fruit trees and garden seeds.  In the mylar bags I stored beans, rice, oats, pancake mix, pasta,,,, and a few other things.

In the face of climate change, my plans have changed yet again.

Instead of relying entirely on hunting for meat, and beans for protein, I decided its time to bite the bullet and start stockpiling #10 cans of freeze dried meats, fruit and certain vegetables.

Recent #10 can purchase includes:

2 – Diced Broccoli
1 – Beef Stew
1 – Spaghetti with meat and sauce
1 – Chili mac with beef

My current plans include #10 cans of freeze dried meats, fruit, veggies; mylar bags of rice, beans, oats, pasta,,,, MREs, Eversafe meals, canned goods, garden seeds, fruit trees, and places to hunt at the bug out location.

The food in mylar bags is for side dishes, where the food in #10 cans is going to be for the main dish, and a second side dish.  Lets say that we open a can of chili mac.  For a side dish we could open a bag of rice and a #10 can of broccoli.  This would provide a meal of chili mac, rice and broccoli.

Stockpiling Ammunition:

My ammo preps have stayed pretty much to same over the past 15+ years.  There are 2 categories – defensive ammunition and hunting ammunition.

Defensive ammunition:  This is your typical low cost ball ammo.  With this stuff you want to make sure its reliable, accurate, and low cost.

Hunting ammo – this is your pointed softpoint, remington core-lokt,,,,,, stuff designed for hunting.

Here lately I have been switching between buying 30-30 and 308 Remington core-lokt ammunition.  One week I buy a box of 30-30, the next week I buy a box of 308.  Add some random 223 and 7.62×39 into the mix, and you have a combination of hunting and defensive ammo.

Recent ammunition purchases:

7 boxes Monarch 223 Remington 55 grain full metal jacket
5 boxes Monarch 7.62×39 123 grain full metal jacket
1 box 30-30 Remington core-Lokt 150 grain soft point
1 box Monarch 308 Winchester 145 grain full metal jacket

Stockpiling fishing supplies:

Fishing is what I am currently playing around with, and to be honest, fishing is fun.  Whether its throwing a lure into the water, setting a trotline or throwing out some noodles, you never know what you’re going to pull up.

Recent fishing supply purchases include:

1 box – Berkley Trilene XL 12 pound test
1 spool – Ande monofilament 50 pound test
1 box – Mustard 11/0 circle hooks (25 hooks)

In the fishing gear category, I have been stockpiling trotline string, hooks, leader material, weights, lures, snaps, swivels,,,, and just about everything else I can get my hands on.

 In Review:

By stockpiling #10 cans of freeze dried foods, food stored in mylar bags, ammunition and fishing supplies, we have the ability to feed our family, hunt, provide security and fish.

In this article we mentioned stockpiling seeds and having a garden, but did not cover those topics depth.   The topics of seeds and gardening are covered in depth in other articles.  Its not that one option is the complete solution, but its a combination of options that makes for a well rounded solution.

By having so many sources of food, we have multiple failure points.  If a drought sets in and we have to irrigate the fields, we have food stored in mylar bags, hunting, fishing and #10 cans.  If the hunting party comes back empty handed we can open some canned goods, maybe a #10 can, mylar bag of rice and have a great meal.

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Stockpiling SHTF fishing gear

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Fishing after shtfOne of the things about keeping a stockpile of survival gear, is knowing what you have. After you know what you have, then you can make changes. You do not want to stockpile too much of one thing and not enough of another.

With tackle box and catfish bucket in hand, its time to take inventory of my fishing supplies.

Lets take a look at the tackle box first.  I have owned this tackle box for close to 16 years.  Its been just about everywhere fishing with me, everywhere from 30 and 45 miles offshore  in the Gulf of Mexico to lake Sam Rayburn.

Ok, lets get started:

1 tackle box
2 spools 300 feet 330 pound tensile strength trotline string
1 spool 580 feet 235 pound tensile strength trotline string
1 package (8 qty) eagle claw lazer sharp 4/0 all purpose hooks
1 box (25 qty) mustard circle hooks 11/0
1 spool 30 feet nylon coated wire 60 pound test
1 package (15 qty) zoom tiny brush hog watermelon red
1 package (12 qty) eagle claw 3/0 safety snaps with barrel swivel
1 package (12 qty) zoom baby brush hog green pumpkin pearl
1 package (8 qty) zoom brush hog plum-apple
1 package (5 qty) vicious 4 inch jerky shad
2 packages (20 qty) zoom u-tale pumpkin chartreuse
1 package (8 qty) zoom brush hog watermelon red
1 package (10 qty zoom 5 inch lizard june bug
1 package (9 qty) zoom monster 10 1/2 bullfrog
1 package (9 qty) zoom 6 inch lizard cotton candy chart.
1 package (12 qty) zoom baby brush hog pumpkin spice
1 package (qty unknown) culprit classic worm
3 bags various artificial worms
1 bag (13 qty) bobbers aka corks
1 tape measure – for measuring fish length
3 spinner baits
1 stringer
1 spool zebco 8 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 10 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 12 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 20 pound monofilament line
1 spool zebco 30 pound monofilament line
3 tiny torpedoes
1 rattletrap
3 beetle spins
Various lures from Daves Great Outdoors
4 crankbaits
1 pair fingernail clippers – for cutting the monofilament line

Storage boxes – In the bottom of the main tackle box are three small plastic boxes. Each box is setup for a different type of fishing – bass, perch and catfish.

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Buying some more survival gear

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Fishing and hunting survival gear for SHTFThis past weekend my wife and I made a trip to Bridge City Texas to visit with my parents.  While we were in Bridge City, my wife and I spent the night at La Quinta Inn & Suites, which is where the old Sparkle Paradise used to be. The hotel is in a perfect location. Not only does it back up to a pond for your fishing enjoyment, but the twin bridges are viewable from the hotel for a picturesque nighttime scene.

My wife and I arrived at La Quinta, at which time I realized that I did not think about bringing anything to fish with. So off to wal-mart we went. I have been wanting to pick up an open face reel, so I bought a Shakespeare E-Z Cast Low Profile Baitcast Reel with 6 foot rod and a couple of lures. As luck would have it, I did not catch anything but a bunch of mosquito bites.

Saturday morning my wife and I got up, went by mom and dads house for a little bit, said out hellos and then went to Academy Sports and Outdoors in Port Arthur. At Academy I bought some circle hooks, some 60 pound nylon coated wire for making homemade leaders, some #4 circle hooks, 6 boxes 223 monarch ammo, 2 boxes 7.62×39 monarch ammo and a box of Remington 150 grain 308 for deer hunting.

After making a stop to buy some survival gear, my wife and I went to Tinsel Town in Beaumont for the 12:15 showing of Captain America. I thought the movie was pretty good. Maybe not an A+ movie, but not a C rating either. We sat through the credits to get a peak at the Avengers, all I have to say is “wow”.

Besides last weekend, lets do a recap of what has been bought in the past couple of weeks:

2 spools of 330 pound trotline string
Shakespeare E-Z Cast Low Profile Baitcast Reel with 6 foot rod
Crank bait, shallow diver
3 pack of holographic lures – they look like minnows
120 rounds 223
60 rounds 7.62×39
20 rounds 308 Winchester 150 grain Remington Core-Lokt
1 box (25) Mustard brand circle hooks
1 package (8) Eagle Claw 4/0 all purpose hook
1 spool (30 feet) Berkley 60 pound nylon coated wire
1 pack (4) energizer advanced lithium AAA batteries – 10 year shelf life
1 pack zoom tiny brush hogs
1 pack artificial worms for bass fishing
2 small carabiners (non-climbing) for attaching gear to a pack
1 package Eagle Claw 3/0 safety snaps with barrel swivel

With these survival gear additions we should be able to fish, setup a trotline, hunt medium sized game, and provide security.

The 223 is for a security weapon that is to be used around the Bug Out Location, the 7.62×39 would either be used for security or for hog sized game, and the 308 is for anything from wild hogs to deer sized game.

Hunting whitetail deer after shtfDuring the 2010 – 2011 hunting season my nephew took a couple of whitetail deer with his Remington bolt action rifle chambered in 308 Winchester.  Both deer ran about 20 feet from where they were shot.

The open face reel, lures and new rod are for bass fishing, perch and for small catfish.

The trotline material is for running trotlines – what else do you do with trotline stuff.

The Berkley nylon coated wire is for making homemade leaders for catfishing and saltwater fishing.  Even though I do not do a lot of saltwater fishing, I still want to be able to make my leaders when they are needed.

The AAA lithium batteries will either stay here at my home, or they will get moved to the Bug Out Location.  Back in June of 2011 some survival gear came up missing from the Bug Out Location.  Some AAA lithium batteries and an LED flashlight just disappeared.  The LED light was found a month later next to the propane tank, but the batteries have yet to be found.  Someone took the light out to the tank to turn on the propane, and forgot to bring it back inside.  While mowing the grass, my mom spotted the light laying on the ground.  Since we have some batteries that are missing in action, they need to be replaced.  After taking inventory, I will decide to bring the batteries to the Bug Out Location or add them to my stocks here at the house.

Most of the items bought over the past couple of weeks are for security and gathering food, such as hunting and fishing.  Hopefully, in the next few weeks I will be able to order some Mountain House foods.  Over the past few months I have been focused on stockpiling everything from batteries to seeds.  Something that has been overlooked is long term storage food preps.  But that should be fixed in the next few months.

During some kind of long term SHTF survival situation, I am hoping to divide my food production into maybe 4 or  categories – hunting, fishing, seasonal gardening, fruit trees and livestock.  My cousin and I have been combining our resources to raise some hogs.  Maybe after we get them moved into a larger pen I can make a video and post an article the hogs.

Post your comments in this forum thread about recent survival gear additions.

Copyright 2011 Kevin Felts, all rights reserved.

Lets talk about multitools

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Survival Forum Dam B Southeast TexasMultitools are one of my favorite tools to keep around the house, bug out bag, gun cleaning kit and tackle box.  The thing about multitools, they have a great service to weight ratio.  They weigh almost nothing, but are cram-packed full of useful tools – knife, file, scissors, saw, screwdrivers,,,,, just all kinds of useful stuff.  Another thing that I like about multitools, is that they come in a wide range of sizes and prices.

The wide range of prices, sizes and features is what makes multitools so cool.  If you want to buy a cheap multitool for your gun cleaning kit, there is probably one out there for you, if you want a small multitool for your tackle box, there is one out that will probably fit your needs.

While I was looking through my multitool setup, I realized that I had them arranged in 3 levels – primary, secondary, and tertiary.

My primary multitool is a Gerber –  I do not even remember what model it is, its about 10 years old, has a knife, file, saw, scissors, and has a good pair of pliers built in.  This this the tool that I bring on my hiking, camping and backpacking trips.  When I need a multitool, this is the one that I usually go to.

Secondary multitool is one that I keep around, somewhere close at hand.  Lets say that my Gerber is in a backpack, this is the tool that I go to.  Its some generic no real brand name multitool and probably cost less the $20.  Regardless of the low cost, it still has some tools that can be handy when in a pinch.

Third multitool is one that one that I keep stored somewhere, like in a tackle box or gun cleaning kit, where I need a tool from time to time.  These are usually small and inexpensive tools that do not get a lot of stress applied to them.  My third level of multitools are ones that are bought and stored until needed.

Another example of a third level multitool would be one that would be kept in a boat survival kit.  This would need to be a good quality tool, and would be stored in a water tight box on the boat for months on end, until needed.  Since this tool would probably be used for working on the boat motor, this tool might need a small socket set included.  There are some tools on the market that have a built in nut driver, and a small assortment of sockets ranging from about 3/16 to about 7/16.

I keep a third level multitool in my gun cleaning kit, trotline bucket, and tackle box.  The multitool is only about 2.75 inches when folded up.

During Christmas in 2010, my family did a white elephant game. Long story short my brother ended up with a mutitool. The tool was not very expensive, but he was glad to have it. While my brother was looking at the tool, he commented that he needed something like that a couple of weeks earlier. Come to find out, while on a duck hunting trip the boat motor had messed up. In order to fix the motor, the guys needed a pair of pliers. Well guess what, nobody had a pair or pliers or a multitool. They either had to be towed back to shore, or fired up the trolling motor and headed back to the boat launch.

For field operations, multitools can be used to assemble molle packs, disassemble and reassemble firearms, and other odds and ends.

Now for a random video about how to assemble a MOLLE pack.  When I was putting this MOLLE pack together, I used a small multitool to grab some of the metal clips on the straps and pull them through the frame.

when I am camping with my medium ALICE pack, I like to store my Gerber multitool in the radio pouch inside the pack.

When I am out in the field with my large ALICE pack, I like to store my Gerber multitool in one of the small 3 pouches on the outside of the pack.

With my large MOLLE pack, I installed a Maxpedition pouch on the outside of the pack and keep the multitool there.

With any of my various daypacks, I will keep a multitool in an outside pouch so its close at hand.

Copyright 2011 Kevin Felts. No part of this article may be reprinted or republished without written permission.

Bucket for trotlines and noodles

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SHTF fishing supplies for catfish and trotlinesA few weeks ago I posted an article about fishing with juglines after SHTF.  One of the problems is organizing the noodles and trot lines so they are easy to deploy.  In an effort to keep everything together, I bought a 5 gallon bucket.  The bucket provided a way to keep the noodles and trot lines together, but it lacked compartments for holding hooks, weights, swivels and leader material,,,, and other odds and ends.  This problem was fixed on Fathers Day.

On Fathers day my Grand kids picked me out a lid for my 5 gallon bucket.  The lid is made by Plano, its 2 sided, has 6 compartments in the top tray, and the tray is removable for access to a storage compartment.  The compartments are large enough for hooks, weights, swivels,,,, anything that you might need for setting up a jugline or trot line.

Along with the trotline and jugline material for catfishing, I am going to include some supplies for perch fishing, and maybe some stuff for bass fishing.

So, your probably wondering how trotlines or juglines applies to a long term SHTF situation.

Lets say that you live close to a river, stream, lake, pond,,,, anywhere else that catfish like to hang out. Go out to the body of water, and just before dark throw out the juglines. The next morning, just as the sun is coming up, get a boat and head out on the water to collect the noodles.

In the case of a river, throw the juglines in the river just before dark, then launch something like a canoe, go down the river, collect the lines, then return home.

The goal is to let the juglines do the fishing, while your working on something else.

In a long term SHTF survival situation, its important to utilize all of your available resources.  Whether its gathering roots, harvesting fish, hunting, pulling weeds from the garden,,,,,,,,, your going to need to save time and resources when possible.

Post your comments in this forum thread about trotlines and juglines after STHF.

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