Articles from GPS1504

  1. Salvaging Wild Game After a Motor Vehicle Collision

    Fresh meat from a wild game animal is for many of us something that is tough to pass up. It is because of its appetizing nature that wild game is sought year after year by hunters who spend time pursuing such a feast. When hunting season rolls around, we outfit ourselves in camo and set out with our weapon of choice in order to secure some meat for the freezer. Although actually hunting wild game is a deliberate process, sometimes mere happenstance brings it into our lives in a much hastier...
  2. Establishing Tactical Firearms Skills

    There has been a lot of talk recently in our society about guns. Some argue that guns are bad and should be banned while others hold tightly to their second amendment rights. No matter which camp you belong to, one thing we can hopefully all agree on is that a gun in the right hands is a valuable self-defense tool. When faced with a threat to yourself or others, being able to quickly and efficiently neutralize it can save lives, and a gun is often the best way to handle such threats. The key...
  3. Consumable Items to Safely Stockpile for the Long Haul

    If you've ever worried about the true shelf life of food items in your survival stockpile, you are not alone. Although many products available today come with expiration dates printed directly on the packaging, how much can you really trust those dates? At some point you may have experienced some type of food item that went bad before it's prime or, on the other hand, risked it with something that had been on the shelf a little too long and lived to tell the tale. With these things in mind,...
  4. Re-purposing an Ammo Can for Cooking

    When planning for TEOTWAWKI, a pressing issue is always food. It is important to have enough of it and be able to properly store it, ideally without wasting anything. In order to achieve this, we focus largely on non-perishable food items such as canned goods and anything else with an extended shelf life. As we are stockpiling such items, however, we are still putting things in the refrigerator at the same time. If the SHTF tomorrow, how much refrigerator and freezer food would you end up...
  5. Riding the Storm Out in a Storm Shelter

    The weather has been doing strange things in recent times. If you've been following your local forecast, you may have been having days that are warmer than usual for this time of year. Extended weather forecasts have been showing interesting weather expectations as well, some of which differ from what is the norm for some places. A good example of this is tornadoes forecast to occur outside of a normal window of time when they are usually seen. While this could be attributed to a lot of...
  6. Winter Storm Preparation

    Winter weather is something we all must inevitably deal with each year. Depending on where you live, your winters may be mild or they could be severe. Each time the cold rolls around, we must prepare not only to handle what might occur in our local area but also what we may face in our travels. Since you never know where a bug out might lead, having some winter storm knowledge in your arsenal is in your best interests. As winter storms roll in, we must really focus on keeping warm....
  7. Feral Dog Dangers

    Something we've discussed many times is how food is going to be a priority after the SHTF. Sure, you are prepared with a stockpile that will last for quite some time and beyond that you have plans to grow your own food. This is excellent, but that does not mean you are out of the woods by any means. Even though you have food to eat, the next guy may not. That makes him a threat that you may sooner or later have to handle and he's not the only threat you may face. The fact of the matter is...
  8. Basic Survival Bunker Needs

    An item a lot of survivalists long for is an underground bunker. Having your own hole in the ground provides a lot of safety and security that the average above ground structure does not. For instance, underground bunkers can be concealed far more easily without the average passerby ever knowing they are there. It is also possible to better fortify and secure an underground bunker. Since there are no windows to break or garage doors to pop off the track to gain entry, it is that much safer...
  9. Enjoy a Concealed Fire with a Dakota Fire Hole

    By now it's no secret that fires are a significant part of any survival plan for purposes such as keeping warm and cooking certain foods. Something else that is important when it comes to survival is the ability to go about your business and remain undetected. By nature, fires are vibrantly colored and produce a glow that can be seen from afar. Also highly visible is the smoke a fire creates. Since these two things can give away your position and therefore put you in jeopardy, why not...
  10. Protection Against Bear Break-ins

    An animal that has been making headlines in recent times is the bear. Whether it is a lack of natural food sources or humans encroaching upon their habitat, run-ins with bears are becoming more frequent. It isn't even a case of a hiker stumbling upon a bear while hiking in the woods that is the sole reason for present day bear worries. Now the bears are instead coming to us and invading our homes. Several recent headlines have demonstrated the drive and desire that bears have when it comes...
  11. Surviving Sleeping in the Great Outdoors this Winter

    When spending time out in the wilderness, be it by choice or because TEOTWAWKI forced us there, there are many dangers with which we can be faced. With fall well underway, the days are getting shorter and the mercury is dipping lower. These dropping temperatures combined with time spent in the great outdoors can be quite the recipe for disaster if you're not prepared for what's to come. Whether you are on a recreational camping adventure, hunting trip, or bailing out after the SHTF, it is...
  12. DIY Waterproof Matches

    It's no secret that fire is important to any survival plan. Whether it is sterilizing drinking water, preparing food, or staying warm, the ability to light a fire is essential. Luckily there are many different ways to get a fire going in a pinch, depending on the supplies you have on hand. Since we all have our own preferences, there are many things you may choose to incorporate in your fire starting plan. One decent option for creating fire is waterproof matches. Possibly the best thing...
  13. The Many Scenarios for which it Pays to Prep

    Each day that we wake up to find the world the way we left it the night before is to most of us a positive thing. The lack of TEOTWAWKI having occurred yet gives us that little bit of extra time to prepare. When it comes to getting ready to face a potentially catastrophic event, having more time to get ready is never bad. Whether you still need to gather a few supplies or get your mind right to face what's to come, knowing it is still possible to get those things done before crunch time...
  14. 5 Potentially Strange Survival Supplies Every Prepper Should Have

    When you get together with prepper friends to compare notes on stockpile supplies or survival practices, it is highly possible they will introduce you to something you did not think of on your own. The supplies and practices of other preppers may actually have quite the impact on you. It could be that they leave you wondering how you could overlook certain things or you may find yourself standing there scratching your head at the bizarre survival scene before you. One of the great things...
  15. Storing Solar Power on the Go

    The world we live in today is very dependent upon wireless devices. Even if you yourself are hesitant to rely on such things, their prevalence in society cannot be disputed. Nearly everyone you see on the street will have a cell phone and many of the vehicles on the road today have some sort of GPS device. These are just a couple of the tools upon which we have to come to depend, but something we need even more than the devices themselves is the power to, well, power them. It is convenient...
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