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Could you live off the barter system? It makes an interesting hypothetical scenario. Bartering for necessities can be traced back to pre-literate cultures at least 6,000 years ago, and it still exists today through various web-based systems and networking organizations. But could you really survive off that system if you were out of cash, or if cash had lost its value, or if the electronic payment systems went down?
You’d have to muddle through the same problems with the barter system that our ancestors faced, and all of this is assuming that everyone plays nice and acts civil (which is a hell of a presupposition if we’re talking about an emergency situation). Still, if it works, the benefits are plentiful. [ Read Full Post ]
Say what you will about Walmart shutting down Main Street America with their bargain-priced wares, it’s hard for me to pass up good survival gear at those prices. On my last grudging trip there, I picked up five items that have a lot of utility in emergency preparedness and survival situations. [ Read Full Post ]
The new survival book, A Failure Of Civility, presents a gloomy, disturbing, and occasionally horrifying look into a possible future—one in which this book would be really useful.
Before we get started, you should know that some folks may take issue with some of the content in this book. But the image of a burning United States on the cover ought to deter those who may be offended by such content in the first place. A Failure Of Civility was written by veteran Spec Ops soldiers Mike Garand and Jack Lawson, and is filled with true stories of survival and dramatized tales to illustrate concepts of teamwork, planning, and unexpected danger. In addition to their military careers, both authors have been involved in law enforcement and are able to present a wide range of self-defense strategies. The book brings together combat experience, the science of criminology, tactical skills, and military maneuvers—knowledge that could prove invaluable if you ever became fully responsible for your own defense, the defense of your family, or that of your neighborhood. [ Read Full Post ]
The ability to preserve and store your own food is a great skill set for the prepper, homesteader or anyone else who wants more control over what they eat. Canning can save you money, too, as you build a pantry that will be the envy of your self-sufficient friends. The easiest way to accomplish this is with water bath canning, since it doesn’t require much specialized gear—just a big pot, a rack that fits in the bottom of the pot, canning jars with lids, and acidic food.
This canning method involves boiling the jars of high-acid food in an open pot or a pot with a standard lid. No pressure canner is required. Tomatoes are a great choice for this method, and you can also water-bath can most fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and juices.
Here are a few tips that can help you. [ Read Full Post ]
As autumn draws nearer, and many game animals begin their fall pattern of feeding and movement, you’ll naturally start to see a lot more roadkill on local highways and byways.
Why not utilize these unfortunate creatures and bring home some food, fur, feathers, and craft materials, rather than leaving them to rot?
Check Your Local Laws And Regs
Before you start scooping up every dead animal you see on the side of the road, contact your local game agency to learn all of the laws, rules, and regulations surrounding roadkill recovery in your area. You’ll probably need to take the animal directly to a game check station, although some places require that you visit the station before recovering the animal. [ Read Full Post ]
It’s hard to miss the numerous bear attack stories that have been in the news over the last few weeks. Most experts agree that a person should play dead in a fetal position with grizzlies, and fight back when it comes to black bear attacks. But the brave young lady in Michigan who was attacked by a black bear just days ago, was spared after she played dead. She was able to run home after the attack. But an Alaskan hunter wasn’t able to get to help so quickly after a bear attack this past weekend.
An unnamed man from Alaska had to wait 36 hours for a rescue helicopter to bring him to a hospital. And luckily, he received life sustaining care while he waited, administered by a fellow hunter with a day job is in the medical field. The attack happened late Thursday in northern Alaska, and the man was finally airlifted around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Both the 12-year-old girl and the adult male hunter are expected to make a full recovery. [ Read Full Post ]
If calories are equal to survival, and fat is the densest form of calories, then wouldn’t it make sense that survival equals fat? I know my math is a little bit murky, but those of you who know the value of bacon grease, bear fat, and pure unadulterated lard can surely see the importance of preserving a fat resource for both survival food and practical uses.
Fat is a little tricky to keep on hand, especially in a raw state when the temperature is above freezing. It goes bad fairly quick. So our ancestors (and plenty of modern folks) found a way to store fat at room temperature without it spoiling too quickly. Enter the solution of rendering.
Unlike jerky production, which involves the drying of raw animal meat – in rendering, you will cook the fatty animal tissues for a long time at low temperatures, and finally filter the fat before storage. [ Read Full Post ]
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