Friday, December 14, 2012

Skunks and skunk odor

Once you have determined that a skunk is digging under some part of your property. You should close off all holes leading to it's den. If the skunk is pregnant she will try and get back into her den. You should not leave any garbage out in the open. Make sure if you have a pet that you do not leave any pet food out. If you have any piles or stacks of lumber ,fire wood, make sure it is stacked neatly and watch for skunks to try and burrow under the stacks. Skunks will spray you if they feel threatened.
 You should clear your yard of wood and rock piles, use screening or elevate sheds, openings under concrete slabs and porches you should install wire mesh. If you decide to try and trap a skunk you need to use a Havahart trap which can be baited with fruits,apples,smelly fish, sardines. The best thing to do is call an expert to come and get rid of the skunk for you. You can also put mothballs or ammonia soaked rags in the den opening. You should not use poisons when getting rid of skunks other pets or animals could ingest it.
 If you get skunk odor on your skin try this. Wash your skin with carbolic soap and water, tomato juice or vinegar. You can also try this 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide,1/4 cup baking soda , 1 teaspoon liquid soap laundry or dishwashing soap lemon scented. Try washing with tomato juice or diluted vinegar you should take action quickly. Throw away any clothes that are saturated with skunk spray.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Backpacker's Field Manual

When it was first published in 1998, The Backpacker's Field Manual set the standard for comprehensive backpacking books. Now exhaustively updated to offer a more complete view of backpacking today, it covers the latest developments in gear—such as Global Positioning Systems and ultralight hiking equipment—first aid, and Leave No Trace comping, and includes a chapter devoted to outdoor leadership resources and basics. Beginners and experienced hikers alike will find this book indispensable for trip planning strategies and also as a quick reference on the trail.Ultralight backpacking camp stove, weighs only 3.9oz packed in the case! This is a great stove. You get a ultralight canister stove, WITH PIEZO IGNITION, that folds into its protective case, and weighs only 3.9oz. This stove is built very well! Quality construction and materials are at work in this stove. I guarantee you will be happy! These stoves wok with any screw top butane / propane canisters, available just about anywhere, MSR, coleman, camping gaz, etc. This stove will also simmer. It has a fully adjustable flame! This really is an impressive stove. and much more.
Backpacking equipment

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Prepper community

From California earthquakes and Rocky Mountain wildfires to Midwest floods and Atlantic hurricanes, you can’t escape that inevitable day when catastrophe strikes your home town — but you can be prepared! Offering a simple DIY approach, this book breaks down the vital steps you should take into 101 quick, smart and inexpensive projects.Preppers find peace of mind knowing that they have food, water, rifles, pistols, ammunition, shelter, heat, energy, and the experience to survive. They have knowledge and relationships that provide skills to construct, engineer, grow, preserve, forge, hunt, provide electricity, teach, and balance the requirements of the survival triangle. Preppers act alone as well as become part of a larger Prepper community. To help better understand Preppers, I present the survival triangle, which most Preppers use as a guide. The survival triangle demonstrates the basic foundation of Prepping, and as such I’ve labeled it the first tenet of Prepping.
Are you ready preppers

Thursday, October 18, 2012


A weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile.A crossbow is a modified bow and arrow system that features a stock and lever. Deadly accurate,for defense and hunting.
The popular Inferno Fury Crossbow Kit from Arrow Precision provides everything a seasoned crossbow hunter needs in a lightweight package--and is also a great starter kit for beginners who are looking for a fully equipped package at affordable price. The Fury Kit comes complete with the Recurve Crossbow that provides 175 pounds of draw weight for an impressive velocity of 235 feet per second. The premium 3-dot multi range red dot scope, meanwhile, allows you to aim at your target precisely while the Weaver-style mount is easy to adjust. The kit also includes a quick detach quiver with four arrows and a shoulder sling that is padded for comfort. Designed for both right and left-handed operation, the crossbow has an ambidextrous auto safety and an ambidextrous rear stock.
Great buys on crossbows

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kindle Edition "survival"

Examining such stories of miraculous endurance and tragic death—how people get into trouble and how they get out again (or not)—Deep Survival takes us from the tops of snowy mountains and the depths of oceans to the workings of the brain that control our behavior. Through close analysis of case studies, Laurence Gonzales describes the "stages of survival" and reveals the essence of a survivor—truths that apply not only to surviving in the wild but also to surviving life-threatening illness, relationships, the death of a loved one, running a business during uncertain times, even war
Kindle survival skills

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tactical Tomahawk

Heavy-Duty Components Meet Military-Grade Needs
The F01T-N's 420 stainless steel head has a 2.75-inch edge and is coated in a scratch-resistant, black oxide coating for reduced reflectivity. The head is mounted to a polymer handle with heavy duty bolts. The handle has as a steel ferrule to prevent splitting, and side hammer checkering ensures precise placement when pounding.

Ergonomic, Lightweight Design Ensures Comfortable Use
Even if your blade is sharp, it's hard to make precise cuts if your axe doesn't fit comfortably in your hand. That's why this axe features a unique, ergonomic handle. Crafted from tough, ballistic polymer, the textured handle is slip-free, durable, and well-balanced. Also, at just 24 ounces, the F01T-N is lightweight and easy to carry, and it comes with a nylon sheath for added safety.

This axe is backed by a one-year warranty that protects against defects in manufacturing and materials.
About SOG: Strong, Innovative Specialty Tools SOG originally stood for Studies and Observation Group, an elite joint services military group designed to handle covert operations during the Vietnam War. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools was founded in the spirit of this elite group and became the first knife manufacturer to offer an expanded line that included fixed blades, folding knives, and multipurpose tools.

Each SOG product is created by company Founder and Chief Engineer, Spencer Frazer. Known for their uncompromising style and performance, these knives and tools showcase innovation, dependability, and a unique, futuristic style that has garnered awards and recognition worldwide. SOG products have also won favor among law enforcement, military, and industrial customers that rely on their tools to perform flawlessly in the toughest, most adverse conditions.

SOG Specialty Knives and Tools

Thursday, June 14, 2012

500 healing plants

Expressed juice is reducing the stem and leaves of the plant to a juicy mush to be applied to a wound and covered with or bound with leaves. Infusing is usually are made from the leaves or flowers and sometimes the roots. Divide the amount into three doses to take in one day. If you cannot
boil water put it into a container and place in the sun. If there is no sun you can chew and suck on the leaves then spit out the pulp. Make sure to always prepare infusions freshly and never keep more then 12 hours. It is not necessary to use large amounts and remember it takes time to heal.
Plants you can eat

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Basic survival strategy and techniques

You need to understand the stress that come with any disaster. Fear and anxiety along with pain, injury and illness can be major problems. When you are facing a disaster it is easy to let yourself go and give up. You can get past this by being prepared. A healthy well rounded person can physically survive a disaster situation. Even if you are sick or injured you can make it through impossible situations. self confidence is a product of training and knowledge that you can survive the situation, read books and
train yourself to survive.
Facing disaster

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Freeze Dried Emergency Food

Protect your family with Freeze Dried Emergency Food. Make sure that your family is taken care of during an emergency with disaster food. In times of disaster or emergency, having a well-stocked first aid kit on hand can be critical. With the First Aid Kit from PrepareWise, this heavy-duty kit covers all of your basic medical needs.The Essential Survival Kit from comes loaded with survival gear basics needed for making the most of any emergency situation. This portable, lightweight, durable backpack contains all the provisions essential for getting through the worst of disasters. Every home should be stocked with at least one survival pack, or even better, one for every member of the household. PrepareWise proudly offers Legacy Premium, the wise food storage choice, because of it's lower cost per day, greater freeze dried meals variety, gourmet tastes, and incredible value. Enjoy Free Shipping on every item on our website, and let us know how we can help you protect your family and build up your emergency food storage.
507640_Protect Your Family

Friday, May 11, 2012

Starting a fire

Cotton balls and materials like that make great fire starters.The Aurora Fire Starter is simply the best magnesium fire starter on the marked. Designed and made in the USA by Solo Scientific Aurora Fire Starters are a true survival tool designed to support life by starting a fire in just about any environment. Designed to start a lifetime of camp or survival fires, the Aurora Fire Starter 440C - Silver comes with a hardened steel striking blade that can be sharped and reversed for long life (extra blades available sold separately). When stuck properly with the integral blade, the Aurora Fire Starter fires of a stream of sparks as hot as 5000 degrees Fahrenheit guaranteed to ignite tinder and is designed to light thousands of fires before being replaced.
Fire starters help starting a fire

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Chlorine-releasing compound can not be relied upon in semi-tropical and tropical areas.
Water in those regions must be sterilized either by boiling or by iodine water purification tablets containing the active ingredient Tetraglycine Hydroperiodine, These measures have been adopted as standard by the armed services of the USA.
These tablets have been proved effective against all the common water-borne bacteria. Added to water each tablet frees 8 milligrams of iodine which act as a water purification factor.
One tablet will purify one quart of water. These tablets too must be kept dry. The bottle must be recapped tightly after opening.
Step 1 Add one tablet to a quart of water in container with cap.
Step 2 Wait 3 minutes.
Step 3 Shake water thoroughly, allowing a little water to leak out and disinfect the screw threads before tightening the cap.
Step 4 Wait 10 minutes before drinking or adding beverage powders and if water is very cold, wait 20 minutes.
Step 5 If water contains decaying vegetation or is murky and discolored, use 2 tablets for every one quart.
Step 6 Make certain that the iodine disinfects a good amount of water.
Make clean water

Thursday, March 29, 2012

USAF Survival

Have you looked long and hard for a good survival tips book, hoping to get one that gave me detailed instructions on various topics like shelter construction, water gathering, etc. This book covers those topics, but at a very high level, with hand drawn pictures that give you little insight into how to actually do or build some of the items discussed.
USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Specialist, is considered one of the best survival experts in the world. For over 30 years, he has had students from around the world, with a myriad of backgrounds, follow him into the mountains and deserts to learn both basic and advanced wilderness skills. Wilderness survival if doomsday happens

Friday, March 9, 2012

Food in the wilds

Even when you prepare for emergencies, the idea of cooking with all your dehydrated food or preparing full meals can be daunting. While it's a good idea to have some preparations, no matter what they are, it's a better idea to have everything planned out so you won't have to stress and waste time preparing meals during an emergency. That's why MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) are so convenient! An MRE can be eaten cold right out of the pouch, but they always taste better hot, so these meals come pre-packaged with a flameless heater. These convenient heaters only require a tablespoon of water, which is included in these meals, and produce enough heat to warm your MRE in a matter of minutes without having to light a stove or clean any cookware.
The Ready Store

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Clean water prevent dehydration

This will help prevent dehydration and make sure to avoid caffeine,alcohol and carbonated drinks. If your urine is dark in color you are not getting enough fluids and need to drink more. Proper hydration is critical in preventing heat illnesses such as dehydration and heat exposure. If you are not sweating as normal this could be a sign of dehydration.
You need to ware the proper clothing. Light colored, light weight and porous clothing are preferred to heavy clothing. You should not wear sweat suits or rubber type clothing in the heat. This type of clothing increases humidity close to the skin and can cause heat illnesses. On hot humid days if you are wearing a hat you need to remove it every now and then to allow your body to cool down since most of the body heat will escape through your head. If you are having muscle cramps you need to take in more electrolytes. Rainwater collected in clean containers or in plants is usually safe for drinking. This is just something to remember for emergencies, though. Always purify water from lakes, ponds, swamps, springs, or streams. Even deep in the wilderness, most water sources now have Giardia or other unhealthy bacteria and viruses.
Water purification by boiling works fine. Just boil for a minute or two and you are usually okay. The problem is that it is just too much trouble for backpacking. Do you want to stop several times daily to set up your stove and boil enough water to fill your water bottles?First, how much water do you need? This has no simple answer. Your fluid requirements will vary greatly depending on the environment you are in and what you are doing. Backpacking in the Arizona desert, you may be drinking two gallons of water per day. Camping in cooler locations, and not hiking much, you could get by on a fourth of that.
bottom line? Drink as much as you need. If you are very thirsty, or your urine is very yellow, you probably should be drinking more. The important question is this:
How much drinking water do you need to carry to safely and conveniently get you from one water supply to the next?
Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

Monday, March 5, 2012

Water treatment products

The Switzerland-based Katadyn has been producing high-quality portable water systems since 1928. Katadyn products are used by militaries, health organizations, and outdoor adventurers worldwide, making it the global leader in portable water treatment. With subsidiaries in the U.S., Germany, France, and Singapore, Katadyn products are used wherever safe drinking water isn't available, whether for travel, camping, or humanitarian applications. Water treatment products are in high demand for outdoor enthusiasts, international travelers, and relief agencies. On hot humid days if you are wearing a hat you need to remove it every now and then to allow your body to cool down since most of the body heat will escape through your head. If you are having muscle cramps you need to take in more electrolytes.
Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

Monday, February 27, 2012

Solar Battery Charger

Bright sunlight is not necessary for this unit to work properly, but it does work faster when full sun is available. If there is cloudy overcast clouds, it can still work fine but it will obviously increase the time necessary to completely recharge your batteries. Our solar battery charger is an essential self-reliant item for emergency preparedness. In an disaster situation one of the first items to disappear from store shelves are batteries. With our compact deluxe solar battery charger you will be able to recharge batteries even on cloudy days!
Unit can charge 4 popular battery size; AAA, AA, C and D Cells. Built in blocking diode prevents discharging when there is no sunlight. Comes with weather-resistant polycarbonate transparent cover that is designed for protection against unpredictable weather and adds a layer of extra protection to the built-in solar panel.
Solar Battery Charger

Tent site

 To test a tent site, lay out your ground cloth and lay down on it to see if it is a comfortable place. Remove rocks and sticks. You can even scrape a small depression where your hip will be, for greater comfort.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Griddles are also great for cooking while camping

You can make pancakes and eggs and many other means with a griddle. French toast is a camp favorite. Blend eggs with milk adding a bit of sugar dip the bread in this and fry on a greased griddle. Butter and maple syrup can be used as toppings. When using the griddle make sure to not get the fire to high it is better to use them over coals so the flames do not hit the food. you can also buy cooking kits at your local outdoor store they will include all the different camping cookware that you will need. Aluminum kit are the most popular.You should plan your meals well in advance of your camping trip. Perishable foods should be prepare first since they can spoil very fast. Make sure to pack certain foods like eggs carefully. Moisture proof food bags are made of plastic great for foods like sugar,flour,mixes ,salt and pepper. Make a list of the supplies and make sure to figure how much the item will weigh. The lighter the better remember you have to pack and carry and also carry out your trash. You can write out the daily menu which will go along way in staying focused when preparing meals during a busy camping trip. Remember to take along a sharp knife this important for cutting and preparing fish and meats. The wise choise of a camp knife is the smallest and make sure to buy it from a reputable dealer.The knife blade should be 4 to 5 inches in length.
Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MRE Survival Food

If you bring soap, make it biodegradable and use very little. Wash away from water sources. Rub water on yourself, lather up, and slowly rinse off by pouring water over yourself. Dome right, you can get a good shower from a liter of water. Washing without soap works well enough on short trips.
There are many who think we should essentially have no contact with nature except to walk through it. I don't buy that idea. Wash up in that lake or stream - just don't use shampoo or soap.Shake off the water and stand in the sun for a moment. When the weather is fine you'll dry quickly from hiking in any case. I often use any clothing I have as a towel, and let it hang from the pack to dry.
A handkerchief can be used for simple "sponge baths." Get it wet and wipe yourself down, or at least wash out your underarms. The handkerchief should be rinsed out away from stream and lakes.
These MRE meals are made by the same manufacturer that makes the miliatry's MREs. They are 100% self-contained, individually packaged, and will store for a minimum of 5 years under proper conditions. The only thing that is different from these MREs and the military grade is they do not come with a stick of chewing gum and a hot salsa packet.
The Ready Store

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lost in the woods with no food?

 The inner bark (the soft white part) of pine trees is edible. Palatability is another matter, and varies from species to species. I have found white pine to be tolerable. Strip some bark off the tree, scrape the inner bark from the rougher outer layer, and boil it for best digestion.

In cold weather, coat your feet with antiperspirant for several days before a backpacking trip. This will stop them from sweating too much. This means drier, and therefore warmer feet.

Pack Covers
Don't use a pack cover. It is just too much extra weight. Most packs are relatively rainproof now in any case. It can help to put the contents of your pack into several plastic bags, just in case the pack leaks. This will add about an ounce - much less than any pack cover.
A whistle can be a good thing to have in an emergency. If you bring one, make it a simple plastic one. If it weighs an ounce, you bought a heavy one.
Bring a radio if you really think it will add to your trip, look for one of those little ones that attach to your belt and have a tiny ear plug. They weigh less than two ounces.

Hiking Gear To Avoid
If you really want to go light, avoid anything that is just "gimmicky," and doesn't add any substantial convenience or value. In this category I would include seats, reflector ovens, forks, coffee pots, neck coolers, binoculars, chemical hand warmers, electric socks, thermos bottles, cups, thermometers, towels, shaving mirrors, tents, and sleeping bags.
Key Points
1. Be sure it is useful, and not just interesting, before adding it to your packing list.
2. Keep your hiking gear lightweight.