Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SHTF Trapping

Episode 105: Season 3 ep 24

Tensions decrease with the arrival of Master Sergeant Bennet and the antibiotics he carries with him in The Walls of Freedom story.  The group turns their attention to securing a food supply for the winter. Here to talk to us today about trapping small game, is Ken Jensen, producer of TheCleverSurvivalist.com and host of The Prepper Podcast.



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"What would I do without you?"
Trap Setting lessons from Ken
Trapping generally works better for smaller game.

You can use something as basic as a slip knot style snare to get the job done,

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or a dead fall trap:
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When setting your trap you need to make sure you set it up on an established trail where you know animals will be traveling. Make sure you practice finding animals trails now so you can do it later. The animal will walk down the trail and hit the tripwire or triggering mechanism causing a large item to fall on them. These traps will cause crushing injuries to the meat but when you need to eat, meat is meat. 

There are many conventional options for making traps easily but you should know the basic of designing them yourself in the wilderness, just in case you ever needed it. You could carry rat traps to catch squirrels and other small game. You can build squirrel poles to snare multiple squirrels as they scurry along the pole. 

It is not critical to eliminate all human scent in the area. If you have been in the woods for an extended period of time, your scent will be diminished anyway. It is wise to touch as little as possible and wear gloves if you have them. Don't hang out around the trap you have set up or animals won't come near it. Some scents will make animals curious so you have to experiment and find out what is effective in your area. 

When setting traps for game, make sure you mark the trees in the surrounding area so you do not trap yourself.

Check to make sure it is legal to set traps in your area or if there is a specific time when it is legal to do so. 

If you are in a SHTF situation and you find yourself in need of making it harder for someone to follow you, traps work on humans as well. It is more difficult because humans think more. Do you really know exactly what route someone will take to follow you? You can make it easier for them to track you so they will follow a specific direction but you can't make it too obvious because that can cause warning alarms to go off as well. Once out ahead for your assailant you can always double back without them knowing. A trip wire dead fall can be effective but also a 

sprung spear trap:
   
 or a bow trap:
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Ken has made a tutorial containing 10 different snares and snare variations. He included safety items to be aware of with diagrams and picture of the snares. Check it out at the prepperpodcast.com/snares.

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Ken Jensen

Ken Jensen is an American, Ex-Military Patriot that is knowledgeable and experienced in Electronics and Industrial Electrical design and maintenance. Ken is also an experienced Nuclear Reactor Operator and also worked on nuclear instrumentation. He grew up hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. In adulthood, Ken has spent many years learning wilderness survival and, eventually, urban survival.

Ken is the author of a book, The Honey and The Bee and is the main author and contributor to The Clever Survivalist Blog, Survival Guide and The Prepper Podcast, Survival Podcast

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How To Can Bread & Butter Pickles

How To Can Bread & Butter Pickles

After getting tired of answering the question: How do you make your pickles? I decided to put this video together to show you exactly how it is done.

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Here is the syrup recipe from Food.com 

 2 1⁄2 cups cider vinegar
2 1⁄2 cups sugar
3⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed
1 tablespoon mustard seeds

Wild Foraging: Cat Tails

Wild Foraging: Cattails

The boys and I taste different parts of cattails while out on the trail.


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Pick up your trash!

Don't Leave Your Trash Behind!


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Identifying and Treating Infections


Episode 104: Season 3 ep. 23



The journey continues in The Walls of Freedom story, as medical help arrives for Vince's infection.  This week Dr. Joe Alton a.k.a. Dr. Bones, author of The Survival Medicine Handbook, is here to discuss infections, ways of identifying them and treating them.

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"A scar is a sign you survived the battle. Scars say, I made it through hell and I know the path to take. Scars say, I made mistakes I will never make again. Scars teach us how to win and scars make us stronger. I for one would follow a leader riddled with scars much more readily than I would ever trust a man without any. The day you let those scars harden your heart and stop the fight for all that is good and right in this world is the day you have truly lost."

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Infection Lessons from Dr. Joe Alton

Infections can occur from all kinds of injuries and even tooth aches. There is usually damage to the skin or some type of crush wound.

Animal bites commonly develop an infection because mouths are dirty. There will be redness around the bite. If the redness spreads, as opposed to reducing, an infection is probably setting in. The skin will swell, be red and shiny, and is usually warm to the touch. If a fever develops you know you are looking at a big problem especially with tooth aches. You may even develop an abscess or puss pocket full of foul drainage and discharge. The skin may die from the crush and the edges may turn black, indicating that the skin has died from lack of circulation.

You need to have a sterile blade to cut an abscess open and drain it to get the yuck out. If you have blackened dead skin, it will need to be trimmed away to allow the wound to heal properly. The wound must be cleaned regularly with antiseptic solution and antibiotics should be taken at this point.

If you do not have antibiotics there are some natural products that have anti-bacterial properties. Raw, unprocessed honey is good to apply. Garlic and silver solutions (Silvasorb is an example) also will fight infection. Silver solutions were the go to healers before the development and commercialization of antibiotics after WWII. Lavender oil is another healer that Dr. Alton suggests. Sugar can also be combined with iodine or bedadine to make "sugardine" to use as a healer but Dr. Alton can not stand behind that healer as firmly because there is not enough research to tout it's credibility.

Antibiotics can get confusing because there are so many different types and each one has it's own strengths and weaknesses. If you are looking for a wide spectrum antibiotic that treats many different infections Amoxicillin is a good choice as long as you are not allergic to penicillin. This antibiotic is readily available as a fish antibiotic called Fish Mox and is inexpensive to stock up on. Remember all antibiotics have strengths and weaknesses. For example amoxicillin is not good at treating urinary tract infections but sulfa drugs are. Metronidazol or Flagyl is available as Fish Zole and it is much more effective at treating water contaminates like giardia. It is essential that you buy as many different types as possible, you know all the uses, dosages and who should not be taking that type of medication. There are many places you can study this information but Dr. Alton has extensive information on this topic on his website DoomAndBloom.net or in his book The Survival Medicine Handbook.

It is expensive to go out and buy all these different types of antibiotics and use them before they expire but have no fear. Dr. Alton has done a lot of research into expiration dates and reports his findings in his article "The Truth about Expiration Dates." He found out that all an expiration date is the day that the pharmacy will no longer guarantee 100% potency of the medication. Even the Department of Defense did research on this topic called the Shelf Life Extension Program. They tested 122 emergency medications and found out that most pills and capsules will hold their full potency for two to ten years after the expiration date. Liquid medications like insulin or amoxicillin elixir will lose their potency very quickly. 


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Unfortunately, most people aren't prepared to take care of a group of people. Individuals tend to focus on their family but fail to recognize that you will probably be taking care of more people than just them. During a catastrophic event, you will want to bring people into your camp that possess specific useful skills and now you will be expending resources on them as well. You will need more supplies than you think. Stock up on medical supplies and antibiotics now. If you stock way too much, extras can be used for bartering or helping your community to recover. If folks know you are medically trained and can help them, they may be more likely to expend their resources to ensure your survival.

Eventually your supplies are going to run out. It is essential for you to start learning what plants have medical benefits. Keep old sheets and clothes to use as bandages. Grow medications you will need in your herb garden. A great way to get an introduction into the world of gardening is to research a master gardening program in your area and take the class. This will give you confidence and knowledge to go out and master your own natural medicine garden.


Want to learn from Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy? They may be coming to a town near you. Check out their schedule of available classes at: www.doomandbloom.net/medical-classes/


Dr. Joe Alton, aka Dr. Bones

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D.  and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  Together, they’re the authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, well known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You will find over 700 posts on medical preparedness on their website.

Their mission:  To put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Emergency Snow Shelters

Episode 103: Season 3 ep 22

The plot thickens in this chapter of The Walls of Freedom. Vince's infection becomes worse as the family holds up in a snow shelter to try and figure out how to heal Vince. Here to talk to us today about building emergency snow shelters, is Ken Jensen, producer of TheCleverSurvivalist.com and host of The Prepper Podcast.



Featured Quote:

"We have to make a stand here."
Snow shelter building lessons from Ken

Before you fill your brain full of wonderful images of carving out the perfect snow shelter, you have to understand the realities of the emergency snow shelter. You are going to be cold when you start building it and while you build it you may get snow packed into your gloves and clothes, making you wet. Building this shelter is hard work and you will begin to sweat, which is also dangerous in a cold climate. Once all that wetness starts cooling from the cold temperatures you are in big trouble.  Understand that the threat of hypothermia is very real and loss of limbs if not death is a major concern in this emergency situation.

The best tool to have in this emergency situation is a snow saw. A shovel can only scoop one small load of snow at a time but with a snow saw you can cut huge bricks. They problem is carrying a snow saw. It does not fold up nicely but at least it is not too heavy. The bottom line is if you are in an area where bugging out means snow camping you may want to seriously consider purchasing one.

If you don't have a snow saw use any other tool you have: a shovel, hard plastic, a rock, or sticks. Use anything but your hands to build it. If you use your hands you will get wet and that is not acceptable in this climate.

Once you have a completed shelter you can build a fire in it but it is more advisable to build it outside of the snow shelter. If you do have a fire inside you have to funnel the smoke out and doing that will make you lose about 90% of your heat. The other 10% may be well worth the fire but if your chimney were to ever get blocked the gasses in the wood can be deadly. The solution is to burn a smaller, cleaner burning item like a candle or your rocket stove. The fire will not melt the shelter. Rub down the inside walls of the shelter to solidify the walls. A layer of ice will form insulating the snow from the inside heat source.

When building an emergency snow shelter find a bank or a drift to build it in. It will be easier to build in one of these areas. Make sure the opening to the shelter faces away from the wind. You don't want wind blowing in and you don't want your doorway to be covered by a drift during the night. Keep a digging tool with you inside the shelter. Always have a candle in a nook with a vent. As long as the candle is burning there is oxygen in your shelter. Keep 18 inches of snow around you on every side all the time. Block the entrance; you can use your pack if you have to.

For this "field expedient trench" it is advised that you build a "cold trap." This allows you to sleep elevated and capture whatever heat there is as it rises to the top of your shelter. Dig a trench, longer than your body, and cover it with tree limbs, forest debris, a tarp and 18 inches of snow. Then put your sleep on that. You should have a way to insulate yourself from the snow, either a foam pad or a thin air pad. Some of these pads come with additional layers in them to insulate your body even further. You should have a mummy bag to curl up in.

You would probably not want to sleep in an expedient field trap for very long. If you have the time to build a larger snow shelter you should take the time to do it. Otherwise, look for a cave or a better sleeping spot.

You should not warm snow to water with your body heat unless you absolutely have to. If you choose to, make sure that you maintain a layer of insulation between your body and the container with snow.

If you have the right gear, snow camping can be fun....kinda, if that is your thing. Even if it is not your thing, you should learn how to build this shelter so that if you ever needed it for survival you would have it in your tool belt.

To help you learn more, Ken has created a Snow Shelter Tutorial. It features four shelter designs and five building methods for their construction, including the expedient field trench and larger shelters. He also included eleven safety items and best practices for staying safe in cold climates. You can find this tutorial at: ThePrepperPodcast.com/SnowShelters

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Ken Jensen

Ken Jensen is an American, Ex-Military Patriot that is knowledgeable and experienced in Electronics and Industrial Electrical design and maintenance. Ken is also an experienced Nuclear Reactor Operator and also worked on nuclear instrumentation. He grew up hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. In adulthood, Ken has spent many years learning wilderness survival and, eventually, urban survival.

Ken is the author of a book, The Honey and The Bee and is the main author and contributor to The Clever Survivalist Blog, Survival Guide and The Prepper Podcast, Survival Podcast

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Maintaining Your Weapons

Episode 102: Season 3 ep.21


In The Walls of Freedom adventure, Erika and her family rest for a moment to rest and make sure their gear and weapons systems are still in working order. Here to talk with us about maintaining your weapon systems is Ben Branam author of ModernSelfProtection.com and host of The Modern Self Protection Podcast.

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"He was her rock, her partner through thick and thin."

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Weapon Systems Maintenance Lessons from Ben

When it comes to maintaining your weapons the owner's manual is your friend. You need to read it, even though often times we don't want to. Most guns now-a-days are super simple to break down and clean.

For example, to clean a Glock you point it in a safe direction and make sure it is unloaded. Then let the striker go by pulling the trigger. Pull back the slide and pull down the tabs. The gun literally falls apart.

You need to learn your weapon system break down RIGHT NOW! Seriously, if you don't know how to do it, stop reading this right now and go get your gun and your owner's manual. Learn this now while you have access to YouTube.

If you are in a survival situation you have to put security first. While the weapon systems are being broken down. Run at 25% or 50%. This means if you are a group of four have one person cleaning and three on guard or two people cleaning and two guarding. Even on downtime you need to alternate who is cleaning. Running just four people in a team is tough. After months of traveling, foraging, and guarding you are going to be absolutely exhausted. Your group needs to have about 13 people in it to function effectively.

There are basically two action types: auto or self loading and single or manual action. If you are in a SHTF situation you don't need to keep your weapon armory clean or sparkling spot free. However you do want to make sure that it is functionally clean everyday. Run a brush or patch down the barrel to make sure there is no dirt, mud or moisture. This grime will create rust and you don't want rust. The barrel is made of super hard steel with some type of treatment: chrome lined, salt bathed, etc. However, if you let rust grow it will spread like a wildfire.

To make barrel cleaning easy you can use a bore snake. It looks like a skinny sock and you buy it in the size that is appropriate for your caliper. To keep it clean, all you need to do is pull it through the barrel twice and you are good to go. It is washable and will last you for a long time.

If rust is growing on any part of your weapon use oil and a rag and go to work. You need to make sure to catch any rust growth quickly. If the oil and rag is not effective, use CLP and wipe the effected area vigorously. If that doesn't work use a nylon AP brush. If that doesn't work you have to use a brass brush but never use a stainless steel brush. It will remover the finish from your weapon and you will have a permanent spot for rust to grow. If you stay on top of it and get the rust quick it won't hurt the finish.

In a SHTF situation you will have to clean your weapon daily. It will get much more wear and tear than it does now. As an experiment, if legal, take your weapon on a camping trip with you and wear it all the time. Then check out how much dirt, moisture and grime have attached themselves to it. Stock up on CLP. The smallest bottle will last you months and months. It is cheap and you can afford to buy a few to put in your go backs. If you are stuck in nature without access to an oil, you can use animal fat as an alternative. The fattier the better and only use this if you are in dire need. Over the long term do not apply grease if you have access to oil. Oil attracts less dirt.

When oiling your weapon the number one mistake that people make is "more oil is not always more better." If you make a wet spot with oil, it will attract more dirt. "Use as little oil as will work." The drier the climate the less oil you will need. In moister climates with high humidity or salt in the air, you will need to use more oil. The moisture in the air will work as a solvent and start drying out your weapon, which will equal rust. Terrain dictates the amount of oil you will need.

Cleaning the insides of your weapon is not as intimidating as it may seem. Get out your manual or watch a video. Field strip the weapon breaking it down into the frame, slide, barrel, and recoil assembly. The names may vary but the parts are essentially the same. You only need to field strip the weapon. Breaking it down any further may require a gunsmith and is usually unnecessary. Use a rag, a square of an old t-shirt works fine, to wipe parts down. You will see multiple colors come off the gun. The carbon will be a smokey gray color, rust will be an orange shade and mud will be a brownish color.

Use the same rules that apply to the barrel for oiling the insides. If you are in a dry environment you may only need to wipe it down without any oil. Look to make sure all dust has been removed. If you are in a mountain terrain you may have dirt and mud to scrape out of the innards. Look for the color to know how much you should clean it. One drop of oil on your brush is enough. A little goes a long way. Wipe down the parts and look at how they go together. You will only need to apply oil to parts that rub together. If you look at the parts you will see that some areas may have the finish starting to rub off of them and look scraped. This is where the parts touch and oil should be applied there.

With an AR pull out the bolt carrier group out and you will see four little rails that the slide runs on. It's easy to see where they sit and these are the parts that require oil. With a pistol, oil the frame where the slide runs. With an automatic shotgun, like a Mossberg there are "gas checks" that may require special care and oil but with a 870 pump action that special attention is not necessary. Some weapons use aluminum receivers. Aluminum does not rust but where it rubs on the steal may require oil to keep the steel from chipping the aluminum. You do not need to oil composite stocks or plastic pieces. They will not rust.

The oil should make the metal look almost shiny. If you see a color change when you apply oil, you need to apply more. However, if your weapon looks wet, you have gone to far.

If you have a wooden stock, you will need to oil the stock with a wood oil every now and then. Alternately you can store it in a gun sock that helps to maintain the quality of the weapon. Coat the wood to repel water and use leather cleaner on the strap if applicable.

3 Takeaways
  1. Security when cleaning is paramount.
  2. Do it everyday - it comes before everything else!
  3. Don't use too much oil

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Ben Branam

"I’ve loved shooting since the first time I pulled a trigger at age 8. During high school I volunteered at my local PD where I learned more about handguns. I joined the Marine Corps Infantry after high school. I was a reserve for 10 years with 2 years of active duty and 1 tour in Iraq in 2003. I worked for an armored car company for almost 7 years mostly in the LA area of California. During all that I also got a degree in law enforcement and went through two different police academies. Being a cop never worked out, but through it all I’ve always been training people to fight. I spent all of 2008 in Iraq again as a private contractor defending a base. There I got to teach and train with the US Army and others. Now I want to bring that experience and my joy of teaching to others. I love teaching firearms and want the good people of the world to be able to defend themselves. It’s now my mission and purpose in life.." -Ben Branam
Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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