Viking Preparedness has an article called Hunker Down which supports my view that bugging in is the only way to really survive an emergency. I don’t agree with his pessimism, but I do take issue with the optimism of the people who think they will pack a bag, run off somewhere and survive in a alien environment.
Rasch Outdoor Chronicles has a two part post on hog hunting guns. With the explosion of feral hogs in this country the ability to put down one of these creatures should factor into your gun and ammunition purchases. This feral hog drift map shows where they are concentrated, but you’ll notice that hogs have been spotted in NJ and New Hampshire and many sightings in Michigan. Part I. Part II.
Outdoor Life has a online piece called The Predator Boom which gives you information on which predator populations have grown to sizes big enough to begin to threaten wild game populations, and you.
Via Modern Stronghold there’s a article in the Marine Corps University Journal on Feral Cities (starts on pg 50) that talks about how cities go feral. New Orleans after Katrina is included in the list of feral cities. Well worth a read to see what planners expect from our large cities in the event of a collapse and to give you an idea of how to prepare for living near one. Frankly Chicago is quickly becoming a feral city.
Here’s a video I found on what a raccoon snare should look like. Raccoons are a pest that you’ll need to deal with, can be eaten (but are disgusting) but more importantly the skin can be sold or traded. The prices on the fur market are pretty depressed and I believe will remain so for some time but you can still get $5-25 dollars per skin depending on quality. Get a book or DVD on fur handling and a good skinning knife. If society devolves as some suspect furs will be a valuable commodity and raccoons will be a dangerous nuisance that gardeners, pet and livestock owners and people with children cannot afford to keep around.:
Here’s a list of links that provide some useful skill building information. I suggest that if you find something you want to use you continue to research, and eventually practice the skills and theories here as much as you’re able:
First Ways has a write up on Shepherd’s Purse, an edible plant often used in herbal remedies to reduce bleeding. It is a very common weed you’ll see almost everywhere.
Sunflower Ammo has a video on their blog of pond water being made safe for drinking first by filtering (through a regular coffee filter!) and then by boiling it on a alcohol stove made out of an old Pepsi can.
This video on making fruit leathers is of a Liberal Democrat politician from England named Johnathan Wallace. Aside from self sufficiency Wallace also promotes the privatization of England’s postal service. Anyone else want to trade out liberal Democrats for England’s Lib Dems?
As Robert Spencer has pointed out the arrest of the Hutaree militia is basically a media wet dream. Of course, much of the evidence of the “danger” these kooks pose has to do with the fact one of them was planning on giving a fire speech calling for Christians to throw of the shackles of their perceived oppression by godless government.Â They in fact were making a speech similar to ones Imam’s make at Friday night prayer service, usually before calling on Muslims to rampaging through the streets.
However, the Hutaree are the real threat. After all, they may have thought about committing a crime. Muslims actually committing atrocities is no big deal: