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In this day and age, knowing full well the level of incompetence as well as calculated maneuvering of which the government has proven themselves capable, I can't imagine how anyone could ever put aside the wisdom of being prepared in favor of a "wait and see" attitude. I actually know people who have told me that they aren't bothering with any kind of emergency preparedness efforts, because they think there will be time to buy extra food, medical supplies, etc. when the time comes. They cannot fathom the idea that our government either doesn't necessarily see it as their responsibility to look...

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Posted: March 28, 2015, 7:22 pm
Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 I won't go into deep and extraneous detail as to the entire winemaking process with this batch; you can get all of that by reading the articles linked at the top of this one, if you haven't already been following along throughout the process. What you are seeing pictured to the left, however, is the results of pretty much the final step that has to do with adding ingredients, etc. The wine in the glass carboy has now been completely topped-off with the remaining apple juice as well as a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. The process I followed was simple enough: 4...

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 6:59 pm
I was pretty excited about the prospect of sampling the Mountain House Grilled Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat and Mashed Potatoes freeze-dried meal, both because I am a huge fan of their products as well as the fact that the packaging made it appear as though this particular variety might actually live up to the typical labeling of each pouch containing two servings, which – as you would know if you've been reading my reviews of these meals – would be damn near the first time that actually proved to be accurate. And, I'm happy to report success on both counts! This meal represents both an...

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 6:59 pm
Review of the Ruger Mini-14 after 1000 rounds. Gun has a Nikon M-223 4-12x42mm scope, G2 Grip pod, and CAA Cheek rest. If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 6:48 pm
"Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller (Book 2)" by Bobby Adair (currently, this title appears to only be available as the Kindle e-book version) will be the focus of our most recent Doomer Fiction book review. Regular readers of Backwoods Survival Blog should be able to recall that I reviewed the previous and first installment in this series, to which this book serves as a sequel, a few weeks ago, and I considered it a worthy enough read to justify purchasing and reviewing the second installment as well. The thing I found most interesting about this part of the continuing story were the descriptions...

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 6:48 pm
In keeping with the theme from last week's movie review, this week I'll be reviewing "Twister" (1996) Blu-ray (DVD version). From the standpoint of emergency preparedness, you won't find a great deal of subject matter portrayed onscreen with this one that you can utilize as lessons for your own survival skills training. It is, however, a very entertaining disaster film, and the truth is that – as a Prepper – 99% of our efforts really should be geared toward this kind of thing. Let's face it, it may be more exciting to stock up on long-term storage food and survival gear to see ourselves...

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Posted: March 23, 2015, 6:15 pm
Our valued sponsor Ready Made Resources is currently running a sale on Mountain House freeze-dried foods, which is by far the premier brand for long-term storage food options. Below, please find just a few of their products I have reviewed to date (click each link to open my review in another browser window): Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef Mountain House Breakfast Skillet (Wrap Filling Mix) Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers Mountain House Beef Stew Freeze-Dried Meal Mountain House Biscuits and Gravy...

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Posted: March 23, 2015, 4:07 am
A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life...

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Posted: March 23, 2015, 3:25 am
A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life...

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Posted: March 22, 2015, 7:53 pm
Later tonight, my usual analysis of tonight's episode of The Walking Dead will be published as per normal after it's airing. I hate for the blog to sit all day, however, with no article being posted, so I wanted to share something I came across earlier.  A bit too conspicuous for our purposes as a survival retreat, I suppose, but I thought it worthy of sharing as a stronghold like this also speaks to my leanings toward a more medieval style of survivalism. Of course, this one wouldn't really represent a viable shelter, since there isn't enough room to grow food. You could do it, I...

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Posted: March 22, 2015, 7:24 pm
Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 The whole driving purpose behind putting together these two DIY First-Aid Kits that I'm building has been to shore up the efficacy of my own medical emergency preparedness efforts when it comes to survival gear. I have myself fairly well squared away in most areas, but medical supplies have always been something I have unfortunately kept putting off until a later date. Well, these articles are documentation of my efforts to correct those failings, and I couldn't call myself doing so without being sure that both of my redundant...

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Posted: March 21, 2015, 6:39 pm
Personally, as a Libertarian, I have no problem with gays marrying. To each his/her own. But the Progressive Left really does enjoy their double-standards. Everything comes down to you and I agreeing with them on every issue or else we're awful people. This isn't the case with every Liberal, obviously, but it definitely is of the zealots who drive the movement. It's a cowardly ideology under which the pseudo-religion of Progressivism must never be challenged; and, if they can't refute your arguments, they'll simply attack you on a vicious, childishly intolerant personal level while incessantly...

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Posted: March 21, 2015, 5:36 pm
Read Part 1 and Part 2 The rather striking difference you can easily see between the two pictures above are the result of nothing more than the one on the right being taken about two weeks into the winemaking process after having strained the mixture through a piece of cloth to get rid of all of the now-dead yeast as well as the miniscule addition of 1/4 teaspoon each of both wine tannin as well as pectic enzymes, both of which are clarifying agents. My apologies that the angle of the photos are slightly different, but you can get the picture (pun intended!). I will allow it to sit for...

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Posted: March 20, 2015, 6:33 pm
This is going to be an interesting review, because I'm leading it off with the assertion that I didn't really enjoy the Backpacker's Pantry Cold Potato Salad freeze-dried meal, but I also don't think that was necessarily because of any fault with the product. Rather, I think it had far more to do with my own food preferences. Folks in my family typically enjoy potato salad as a side dish, but what I'm talking about is pretty much always the mustard potato salad like you find on sale in the deli section of your supermarket. This product, on the other hand, represents more of a traditional...

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Posted: March 19, 2015, 6:56 pm
Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8 As we continually edge closer and closer to the end of this journey, I'm now simply trying to think of the last few odds and ends that are not already covered within the previous installments of my building of my own DIY Everyday Carry (EDC) kit. As this process continues and the case housing my kit gets more and more full to bursting, I can't say how many more installments of this series there will be, but I'm thinking not that many. Of course, I may continue to add something here and there over the coming months and...

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Posted: March 18, 2015, 5:35 pm
No. You didn't misread that title. You're not crazy and neither am I (though some folks I know would argue with you on the latter point). Stephen King, mostly known for writing horror fiction and nonfiction books about the art of writing, also wrote "Cell" by Stephen King (Kindle edition), a disaster story that fits in pretty well as a decent example of the type of Doomer Fiction those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist subculture often enjoy. Essentially, you and I can read this and treated in the same way we treat Zombie Apocalypse fiction, seeing as how the central point of the plot is the...

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Posted: March 17, 2015, 6:52 pm
I received the following email recently from a reader, who wishes to remain Anonymous. Interestingly enough, I was already thinking of writing a piece about the current water situation out West, but this letter from a loyal reader said everything I wanted to say and probably better than I could have done myself: "I know y'all back east are suffering under a constant blanket of snow. But the news out west is very different. This was the hottest January on record for the State of California, records being from 1895 or so. The snow pack this year is significantly less than normal, not only in...

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Posted: March 17, 2015, 6:33 pm
This time, I'm going to be reviewing what turned out to be less of a Prepper movie and more of a straight up, old-fashioned disaster film with "Into the Storm" (2014) Blu-ray (DVD version). As can be easily ascertained by simply glancing at the cover art to the left of this text, the storm spoken of in the title is a tornado. But, it's not just any tornado. Rather, the makers of the film would like you to think of it as an F-6 storm, despite the fact that the highest F5 rating for tornadoes has no upper limit that bleeds into a higher designation. Pretty much, the storm depicted in this film...

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Posted: March 16, 2015, 6:26 pm
It's been a while, but this won't be the first time I've spoken out here on Backwoods Survival Blog about the necessity and wisdom of applying the same readiness principles you and I enact for ourselves with reference to our pets as well. I'm sure some of you reading this probably won't agree with my referring to that as a necessity, but oh well. I realize everybody doesn't have my same sensibilities with respect to our furry friends, but I consider having a pet to be a very important commitment. It's a promise that is supposed to be for life and no matter how difficult things become, so I...

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Posted: March 14, 2015, 6:44 pm
I remember distinctly what it was like being caught in the storm. My family spent weeks snowed in on top of our hill, eating from our well-stocked pantry and being assisted by a gasoline generator and kerosene heaters. If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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Posted: March 14, 2015, 1:32 am
Those of us writing on topics that get a lot of play on blogs like this one spend a lot of time talking about long-term storage food options, like freeze-dried and dehydrated meals. This is because these kinds of food storage have exceedingly long shelf lives that are a big help when you're trying to stockpile several months or even a year of food for you and your family or group, but the problem is that these kinds of food storage can also sometimes be expensive. In fact, that is the single most prevalent complaint I hear when I'm out proselytizing about the importance of being prepared for...

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Posted: March 13, 2015, 6:27 pm
Read Part 1 If you haven't read the first part of this process, the link can be found above and I would definitely suggest jumping back there and taking a quick look at it. That point being made, I'm using the winemaking kit I got as a Christmas gift to make a very simple apple wine or Apfelwein, which I'm told is sometimes marketed in Germany as just another variety of hard apple cider (don't quote me on that one, however). At this point in the process, primary fermentation (which, if you went back and read the first article, you'll know occurred in a sealed bucket) has been completed, and...

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Posted: March 12, 2015, 7:06 pm
It goes without saying that the good folks at Mountain House market their freeze-dried Biscuits and Gravy meal as part of their breakfast line, but – for me – it was dinner… And a really good one at that! I'm a pretty big fan of biscuits and gravy anyway as well as the whole breakfast for dinner concept, so I had high hopes going in. Couple that with the fact that I usually really enjoy Mountain House brand meals, and I can tell you without reservation that I was very satisfied. In keeping with the previous pattern, you can pretty much throw out their estimate of this mylar pouch containing...

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Posted: March 11, 2015, 6:27 pm
It's been a while since I have broached the subject of an impact event disaster, so I decided to read and review "The Dying Time: Impact" by Raymond Dean White & Duane Lindsay (Editor) (apparently, this one is only available as the e-book Kindle edition). Interestingly enough, what led me to thinking about the subject of an asteroid or comet strike and the disaster that would follow was a series of dreams I've been having lately… which, hopefully, isn't some sort of an omen. Either way, it resulted in my delving into this book, and – after a slow start – I ended up being very glad I...

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Posted: March 10, 2015, 6:52 pm
I have to admit, if there is a Doomer Fiction disaster film that hits harder than "Aftermath" (2012) Blu-ray (DVD version), then I've got to say that I'm not sure I have seen it. In the end, what you are presented with in this film is a gritty and sometimes gruesome depiction of a small cadre of mismatched survivors attempting to stay alive in the basement of a rural Texas farmhouse in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear attack. The best things I can say about this film are that it is a good depiction of how certain sectors of society are likely to react after the thin veneer of polite...

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Posted: March 9, 2015, 6:59 pm




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