The Survivalist Blog

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The slingshot is an ancient weapon, and one that still sees plenty of use today for hunting, target practice, and even insurgent operations. Shockingly powerful and nearly silent in use, it is easy to see the benefits of this primitive but useful weapon.

Hello Pack. I hope you all made it through another chaotic week in American history. We still don’t know who will be standing at the presidential podium on January 20, 2021 as of this writing – and I would be willing to be both my dog and my horse that we...

In the movement towards self-sufficiency, more and more people are choosing to keep some chickens in their backyards, or on their homesteads. The whole point is to avoid having to buy caged eggs that are produced by battery hens, with all the cruelty invo...

Cooking over an open flame is such a pleasure as you sit around the campfire or the barbecue, socializing and enjoying being outdoors. The grill master has to however pay full attention – the meal could be ruined if the person cooking over an open flame d...

Hello Pack. I hope you all are weathering the political upheaval in our great nation well. Odds are we will be sitting on pins and needles possibly through at least the beginning of December. Until all the legal challengers to uncover and prove election f...

Water is the second most essential element required for human survival, placing second only to air. You can die in minutes without oxygen, and in just a couple of days without any water. Every human being alive instinctively understands and craves water o...

Hello Pack. We have not gotten a lot of prepping done this week because – like I am sure most (if not all) of you are, have been glued to the news. I am writing this column the Friday after election day, and we still do not know who truly won the race. I...

Let’s face it: We humans produce a whole lot of waste. Even if we’re quite environmentally conscious, it’s really hard to completely eliminate trash from our daily lives. So, whether it’s food waste, glass bottles, scrap metals, or single-use plastic bags...

Hello Pack. It is supposed to be fall, right? Weird Ohio weather has been at it once again. We have had spring, winter, and fall on our survival homestead this week. It feels like we are once again in the midst of a rainy season – turning our rural farm i...

We are definitely living in an interesting era when it comes to firearms. While you might argue there has not been much in the way of legitimate, real-deal innovation, there has been an almost unbelievable amount of refinement and improvement going on ove...

Hello Pack. Once again I hope you all have had a productive and informative week of prepping. We had three new additions to our survival homestead this week: the Guernsey bull calf shown in the feature photo above, and a breeding pair of mini donkeys. Gue...

The whole idea of a survival garden is that it contains plants to enable you and your family to eat well when there may be no access to shops, that it is hidden from sight to discourage theft of food, and for food security it should include some plants th...

As the saying goes… Rice is nice! The world uses rice. The world needs rice. In some parts of the world, the majority of a person’s calories come from rice. This is their main food and they use extensively. Or it’s their only food. In times of need, rice...

Hello Pack. It has been a hectic week here on our homestead. A loved one had a traumatic and sudden loss that has weighed on everyone’s hearts and minds this week. We did more babysitting than prepping this week, but did manage to get some chores and task...

It’s pretty common to find preppers looking toward intelligence personnel and other government agency operatives for inspiration on the survival skills that they should learn. This is understandable; if your job description means going into harm’s way in...

Finding old tires to use for prepper projects is easy – people discard them all over the place. Left lying around they can become a health hazard, retaining water, and allowing mosquitoes to breed. Making them into something useful takes a bit of expertis...

Hello Pack. It has been a busy week here on our survival homestead once again. As you can see in the adorable photo above, my guineas have now outgrown my Banty chickens. In spite of their small stature, I still firmly believe they are the best survival c...

Sweet potato soup is equally as delicious as butternut soup, which has become a go-to favorite for many people. Once you have dug up a great crop of sweet potatoes, this is a good way to use them. The color of the soup may vary depending on whether you us...

If you want to be truly self-sufficient living in a location that is far away from civilization, you will need a well. The process of digging a well is simple enough, but far from easy, and typical residential wells often delve deep into the earth, anywhe...

Hello Pack. We had one heck of a great week of prepping. Bobby and I (and our two blue heelers) just got back from Prepper Camp in Saluda, North Carolina. Once again the three day hands-on self-reliance camp did not disappoint. We learned new skills, hone...