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How to Stockpile Emergency Water

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One of the greatest challenges to preparing your retreat for when SHTF is knowing how much water to store and how to store it. In a disaster situation, you never know what may happen to your water sources – you may be unable to collect water for a long period …

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The Application of Bees in Home Defense and Fortification

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When you talk or think of bees when it comes to a homestead or post collapse scenario, their job as pollinators for the crops or being a food producer themselves by giving us honey is what comes to mind first for many. But throughout history, and even today, they have been used …

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DIY Paracord Sling Step By Step

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Paracord is a very versatile form of cordage originally manufactured for parachutes. It was a special intertwined rope made for the lines of suspension on the chute, but now it is so dynamic that it is used in almost every form of survival and post collapse BOB and kits. It …

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The Best Handgun For Preppers

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I was given the idea for the topic of “best hand gun”. My first question was, “best hand gun for what”? The best hand gun for self-defense? The best hand gun for hunting? The best hand gun for your Bug Out Bag? The best overall hand gun I pondered over …

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Sourcing Lead and Alternative Bullet Material

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If part of your prepping plans involve firearms, then part of your prepping plans must also include ammunition for your firearms. Like many firearms enthusiasts, you may plan to reload your own ammo. If this is the case then you must have stockpiles of powder, casings, primers, and projectiles. How …

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Pet Emergency Treatments a Prepper Needs to Know

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While getting our four legged family members their rabies shots at our long time veterinarians (it’s the law so we go), I saw some pet first aid kits so that sparked a few questions. Most notably, about going beyond the basic first aid kit when prepping for survival. What about …

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50 Preps You Can Get Almost Free with Coupons

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When a catastrophe does occur, there is usually a run-on food supplies and survival equipment. People run to the stores and stock up on food, water, firewood, generators, and sometimes just about anything they can get their hands on. Being prepared really matters. Having a stockpile really matters. Saving money …

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Striking Weapons: The Tomahawk and War Hammer

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These are two of my favorite things. I love blades, swords, knives, axes, hatchets, and tomahawks. I also love striking weapons like maces, war hammers, clubs, and the morning star (like the one pictured below), just anything medieval weapon really. These are the most common names we know them by, …

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How to Prepare Your Home for Blackouts

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In my younger days, every time the power went out, I’d kick myself for not being better prepared. The kids would scream for me from wherever they were in the house. I’d conduct a frantic search for flashlights only to discover the batteries were dead or missing. Do you know …

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Killing Internal Parasites

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Today we will be dealing with a subject that makes most people’s skin crawl as it rightfully should: parasites. Parasites are often too small to see and even microscopic, so they are very easily to be infected with by cross-contamination. The CDC studies report that at the moment over 300,000 …

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How to Battle Harden Your Bug Out Bag

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When it comes to bug out bags, we spend a lot of our time thinking about the different types of gear that we might need in a whole range of situations that we might find ourselves in if the SHTF. We often consider what our skill levels are in different …

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The DIY Paiute Deadfall Trap

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This trap is named after the native Paiute people. They were nomadic hunter gatherers whose life revolved around animals, wild plants, and community. Hunting by trapping, snares, and deadfalls was a way of life. The Paiutes did start using horses after the Plains Indians introduced them to them, but they …

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The Ultimate Guide to Vertical Gardening

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If you’ve spent any time on social media or the wider Internet lately, you’ll have noticed that vertical gardening has become immensely popular. Between urban gardeners and survivalists, it has grown significantly, and for good reason. Vertical gardening is a great step to self-sufficiency, especially in a SHTF situation. Why …

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How to Waterproof Your Boots

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Any hiker, naturalist, or survivalist will tell you that your boots are one of the most important tools you will have when outdoors. If a person doesn’t have adequate footwear in extreme conditions, it can be a death sentence. If you have poor footwear, your ability to move, hunt, and …

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How to Make a Squirrel Tube Trap 4 Ways

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Today we will make a few traps in the “humane eviction” theme for squirrels. These are 3 traps to keep the squirrel alive so it can be relocated, or harvested as you wish. The most common reason to catch a squirrel alive is to move him to a place that …

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How to Make Powdered Milk at Home

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photo: adapted from Derek Rawlings on Flickr.com With prices of dairy products soaring, a lot of people are turning to powdered milk to save some money. Dry, or powdered milk is still faring better than fresh milk, which can cost somewhere between $2.50 to $3.50 a gallon in most places, with …

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