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I am not, in any way, taking any sort of credit for the Internet meme pictured above. If you pay close attention, there is actually a copyright notice in the lower left-hand corner which I left fully intact. Also, I give full credit to the Facebook page that originally shared it: the Anti-Media page. I just thought it worthy of sharing with you folks, because I found the message it carries to be both timely as well as chilling. Originally, I had shared it on the Facebook page for this blog, but I know some of you folks avoid most of social media due to the privacy issues. So, I thought I would...

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Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:51 pm
Photo Source – This is an example of a figure-four deadfall trap for small game. I hate them. I hate them. I hate them. I don't enjoy having my fingers crushed by a big, heavy rock, so I went looking for a better option. Read the rest of this article to see what I came up with.As Preppers, most of us understand that if any of the things we spend our time preparing for actually occur, then food production is going to become a large part of our daily life. That's how it has been for most of human history, that's how it still is for those who live a subsistence lifestyle, and that's how it's...

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Posted: December 16, 2014, 7:38 pm
Even though I often like to pretend it is a completely separate genre, television programs that teach outdoor survival skills are technically considered to be Reality TV, and as such there are times when they fall into the trap of trying to sensationalize things. The idea, of course, being to shock the audience of mostly suburbanite viewers. As a result, you'll see a lot of these guys – including Bear Grills – making a big show about drinking their own urine. It's true that urine is mostly water, but that doesn't make it good for you, despite the crap you see on TV. Please don't drink your...

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Posted: December 15, 2014, 7:28 pm
Photo SourceIt's that time of year when, depending on your own personal religious and cultural background, most of us are in the business of getting ourselves in the holiday spirit. This often involves decorating our homes for the season, and there will be few reading this – I'd wager – who do not have warm memories associated with trimming the family Christmas tree every year. Unfortunately, the holidays have become much too heavily commercialized and gotten a bit away from the true spirit behind it all, and there are times when those of us who've chosen a simpler life might shy away from the...

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Posted: December 14, 2014, 7:40 pm
Photo SourceAs is true of any subculture, there are many schools of thought within the Prepper / Survivalist community, many of which tend to overlap one another. A growing trend these days revolves around the phenomenon of the ubiquitous everyday carry (EDC) kit, so much so that entire websites are dedicated simply to this single facet of the greater picture that is emergency preparedness. Needless to say, I have been feeling the pressure to build one of these myself for quite a while now, so that's what I'm going to do. I'm doing it in stages, little by little, and I'm going to document each...

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Posted: December 13, 2014, 7:51 pm
As I've said previously, I have wanted for some time to get back to reviewing Doomer Fiction here on Backwoods Survival Blog. Recently, I was able to get back into doing film reviews that fall under the survival genre, so I wanted to be able to return to doing reviews for books and novels as well. So, to that end, today I will be reviewing the novel "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins (Kindle edition). It is, as some of you may already be aware, the first book in a trilogy, so you can expect to see the other two parts reviewed here as well over the coming weeks. I'm reading them in order,...

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Posted: December 12, 2014, 7:44 pm
I've been wanting to get back into the swing of things with my reviews for survival-oriented fiction, both with respect to films as well as books and novels, so I decided to get back into it by presenting you with a review of "Cast Away" (2000) [Blu-ray]  (DVD version). I had seen this one and really enjoyed it back when it first came out, but it had been quite a long time and so I screened it again just to refresh everything before writing this article. I also wanted to see if the film would still hold up after all these years and make sure that me enjoying it previously wasn't simply a...

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Posted: December 11, 2014, 7:59 pm
When it comes to emergency preparedness, communication is an issue that needs to be addressed in as early a stage as possible and very thoroughly. There are many kinds of disasters that can literally cripple the technically-advanced forms of communication that all of us use on a regular basis and by which we have thus become spoiled. Anything from a simple weather event all the way up to a Black Swan-type disaster like an EMP burst have the potential to cut off communication between parties separated by distance. As a result, those of us interested in emergency preparedness should be acquiring...

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Posted: December 10, 2014, 8:19 pm
Determining what actually makes up a meal can take on a number of definitions for different people. This can include ideas like: • Proper food combinations • Sufficient protein • Portions that add to fullness • Vitamins and nutrients • Balanced nutrition • Variety of foods per serving While all of these concepts do go into the constitution of a single meal, they can also affect the caloric value of what is eaten in a single sitting. Many people do not consider calorie counting in a positive aspect. This concept is often associated with dieting and weight reduction, but the truth is that...

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Posted: December 9, 2014, 8:01 pm
Photo SourceOne of my favorite things about the summertime is the opportunity to enjoy some fresh tomatoes from the garden. I've always been partial to the tomato, which seems to be a trait that I had handed down to me honestly. One of my clearest memories of childhood were tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches being enjoyed by both my mother and grandmother, and I have always loved that meal as a warmer weather treat myself even into adulthood. One thing that I have found to be frustrating in the process of attempting to master old world homesteading skills, however, has revolved around being...

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Posted: December 8, 2014, 8:24 pm
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: December 8, 2014, 6:36 am
Photo SourceThese videos will probably make environmentalists cry, and I've got to admit that it probably isn't good for Mother Earth. But, then again, garbage does have to go somewhere unless you're willing to utterly change your life so that you consume less and therefore create less garbage. Also, there is the fact that people all over the world in developing countries burn plastic and other things we would consider to be toxic and carcinogenic in order to both heat their homes and cook, so this isn't much different. If anything, he seems fairly intent on doing it in a way that won't anger...

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Posted: December 7, 2014, 8:16 pm
Photo SourceOne of the things that has always frustrated my efforts as a Prepper has been the conundrum of making my own bread. Half of you reading this are probably laughing at me right now, because you've likely been grinding your own flour and baking your own bread for who knows how long, but it has always seemed to my mind like there was a glaring problem with that type of plan. I've always wondered what was going to happen if we were to find ourselves in the midst of a societal collapse where it was impossible to obtain needed materials for such a complicated process, namely yeast. As a...

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Posted: December 6, 2014, 8:40 pm
Last week, I wrote an article in which I quoted outdoor and primitive living expert Les Stroud of "Survivorman" fame in reference to the concept of "The 5 Ws of Survival" that he had spoken of previously on one of his many TV programs. Thinking back, I remembered another useful concept he likewise put out there, which he referred to as the "Survival Zones of Assessment." So, let's talk about that one for a bit. For the sake of this discussion, let's imagine that you find yourself stranded in your car in a lonely, isolated area, perhaps in a blizzard. That was actually one of two scenarios in...

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Posted: December 5, 2014, 8:10 pm
Photo SourceIf there is one thing that never changes, regardless of where and in what situation you find yourself or who you're talking to, it is that everyone will always have their own opinion(s). Those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist field are no different, and a simple Google search will reveal that the Internet is chocked completely full to the brim of people telling you what they believe is the best gear for you to run out and buy. In that same vein, and seeing as how this is a blog dedicated to survival and emergency preparedness, I guess I'll throw my hat in the ring and give my two...

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Posted: December 4, 2014, 8:34 pm
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Posted: December 4, 2014, 7:56 pm
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Posted: December 3, 2014, 8:29 pm
Not a bad idea at all as something that could be done year-round, especially during the warmer months, to make sure there is a lot of heating fuel available for the woodstove when it turns colder... 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: December 2, 2014, 8:16 pm
I recently had a chance to view the documentary "Tiny: A Story About Living Small," which follows the experience of a suburban Colorado professional building his own tiny home on a flatbed trailer. Interestingly enough, despite a focus on being environmentally-friendly, his real dream ever since childhood had been to build a cabin on a remote site. He only turned to building a tiny house on wheels, due to the fact that building codes for his county in Colorado required every home to be a minimum of 600 sq. ft. – larger than what he wanted or needed for himself. So, he decided to make it mobile...

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Posted: December 1, 2014, 7:45 pm
"... The Solar Knife™ has a very innovative ergonomic handle (scales), that not only serve to hold the knife in one's hands, but one side of the handle (scale)is also a very shallow parabolic reflective surfaces that is able to focus the sun's energy to a singular point above the knife to ignite combustible materials and start your campfire! To use the Solar Knife™ to start a campfire the user simply aims the handle of the knife towards the sun and positions the fire starting tinder at the singular focus of the parabolic handle. To aid with positioning of the tinder, the Solar Knife™ itself...

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Posted: December 1, 2014, 7:19 am
Head over to Valley Food Storage to take advantage of their Cyber Monday pricing right now, days early. You can save 25% on storage food. Also, be advised that this retailer also carries many other emergency preparedness items and survival gear as well as sponsoring a very good Groupon deal for heirloom survival seeds that will let you get things in order quite nicely for your food-producing garden this coming Spring! If you make a purchase, please let them know that we sent you. Thanks! If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider...

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Posted: November 30, 2014, 4:07 am
The good folks over at our sponsor Camping Survival, a veteran owned company with decades of experience for whom I can personally vouch, are running a sale that is good through Monday, 1 December, 2014 on fish and bird antibiotics. Be sure to use coupon code "fish5" when checking out. As we in the Prepper / Survivalist community are well aware, these drugs are no different than those prescribed for human use, except in the packaging. If you need to refresh your memory, I wrote about it previously here on Backwoods Survival Blog. Most of the time these and the human equivalent are made...

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Posted: November 29, 2014, 4:30 am
Photo courtesy of ModernSurvivalOnline.comI hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great time here in the mountains, but now it's back to the grind stone and, for us, that means talking about emergency preparedness and survival. The focus of this blog is obviously more geared toward surviving with the benefit of a retreat or stronghold, but it doesn't hurt to touch occasionally on the idea of raw wilderness survival as well. There's no telling when you or I may find ourselves stranded somewhere in the wild, so let's go over one aspect of that area of survival. Being...

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Posted: November 28, 2014, 7:36 pm
As we all know, this is the time of the year we give thanks (although we really ought to be doing that all the time). It's also a time of year when a great deal of shopping takes place with many sales in anticipation of the coming Christmas season. As always, the insanity of Black Friday will figure into it, and we will all get to watch people go primal and try to trample each other for cheap TVs and the like. Personally, I tend to do whatever Black Friday shopping I take part in online. Much more convenient, and you don't have to run the risk of getting an assault charge dealing with some...

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Posted: November 27, 2014, 3:39 am
"Hours" (2013) is a film that hearkens us back to the horrendous events of Hurricane Katrina that decimated much of the United States Gulf Coast, especially the city of New Orleans (where the film takes place), in 2005. As readers of Backwoods Survival Blog might recall, Hurricane Katrina is the event that personally pushed me into a lifestyle promoting emergency preparedness. I had given some thought to the philosophy previously in my life. I grew up in the mountains where harsh winters are the norm, and I lived through two major blizzards as a teenager - the one in 1993 being especially...

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Posted: November 26, 2014, 10:22 pm




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