Drug resistance deadlier than cancer by 2050: Study

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Infections resistant to medicines will kill more people per year than cancer by 2050, and cost the world $100 trillion annually, according to a U.K. government-backed report led by Jim O’Neill, the well-known former Goldman Sachs economist.

The wide-ranging study, called the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, was commissioned by the U.K. government earlier this year amid growing concerns about drug-resistant “superbugs”, including new strains of E. coli, malaria and tuberculosis.

Its forecasts, based on research by RAND Europe and KPMG, suggest that drug resistance, which is estimated to have caused around 700,000 deaths globally this year, will cause 10 million by 2050 if further action is not taken.

Antibiotic use is rising around the world, while at the same time the number of new antibiotics is falling. If these medicines become ineffectual, there could be a huge economic ramifications, as people of working age are affected, and once treatable diseases become incurable again.

Read MoreWhite House escalates fight against antibiotic resistance

New antibiotics take time and money to develop, and by their nature are less effective the more they are used. As such, many pharmaceutical companies have slowed development of these kinds of drugs.

“There can be no doubt now that antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest (risks) that we, all of us, face,” Nick Stern, president of the British Academy, professor of economics and government at the London School of Economics, and former chief economist of the World Bank, said in a statement.

“The work of the group led by Jim O’Neill is of profound importance and this paper shows very convincingly the great scale of the risks, in terms of human lives and the economy, that are posed by this deeply worrying phenomenon.”

Antibiotics are routinely used as part of many medical treatments, like hip replacements, Caesarean sections and chemotherapy – and these could become more dangerous if antibiotics lose their effectiveness.

O’Neill, who is best known for coming up with the acronym BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) to describe the rapidly emerging economies, warned that the developing world would be hardest hit by growth in drug resistance. Countries in particular danger are likely to include India, Nigeria and Indonesia (from malaria), and Russia (from tuberculosis).

David Cameron, the U.K.’s Prime Minister, has warned of a new “dark ages of medicine” if the problem is not tackled.

When Bugging Out is NOT an Option: Strengthening Security to Shelter in Place

You have Questions, we try to answer.  The following series of upcoming Tuesday Prepping posts are in response to Reader Questions about what basic steps should anyone new to prepping or becoming aware of their own home’s vulnerability should take to prepare and secure themselves should the security situation in the USA begin to decline more precipitously than it is now.

There are a lot of posts about how to prep for a SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario and “bugging out” when that happens.

It’s just not practical – for a variety of reasons.  Most people who subscribe to this romantic notion of packing it all up and fleeing to safety in the hinterlands are living in a world not grounded in reality.  Generally, they’re people who have never lived off the grid or without modern amenities for any extended period of time.

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Here at the StopShouting Casa, we have lots of experience living in less than optimal circumstances, so we know a little of which we speak.  For 4 months a year for the first 17 years of my life, I lived in a small, hand-hewn hideaway in the remote bush, with no electricity, no indoor plumbing, and “running water” consisted of hand carried buckets from the lake to the wood stove, where the water would be boiled to make it potable.  We didn’t call it “off the grid” back then, we called it “summers at the cottage”.  Later, I worked in some of the continent’s most remote areas, where our team was dropped in-country with our supplies by float taxi (airplane), only to be picked up in extreme emergencies.

Much later, married with young children, we relocated to a small rural community, where the phone was a party line, there was no cable or internet, and the principle source of heat was a wood stove backed up by propane emergency heat.  It was taken for granted that homeschooling in most of the winter months was a necessity as it was physically impossible to get to “school”.  We call these years the “Upscale Amish” period.  My DH, in his military life, has experienced “off grid” living in a variety of harsh climates from the jungles of Central America to the deserts of the Mideast and has seen what happens up close and personal when a country implodes, either politically or economically.  Our boys grew up sleeping under the stars and eating MRE’s by choice to emulate their own personal hero (Dad) with visions of Swiss Family Robinson in their heads.

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Been there, done that.  Let me tell you:  I like hot water on demand, refrigeration and clean 800 thread sheets.  No one should be wishing for a societal collapse to usher in a new political paradigm.  No one.

I’ll be writing a series of posts on Prepping, what is practical and what is not from my personal POV.

To start off our Tuesday series, I’m going to write about a real scenario that many people find themselves faced with:  what if “Bugging Out” is not an option except for the absolute, worst case, immediately life-threatening situation?

While most people are drawing up lists for pantries, esoteric hand tools and mini surgical suites, the first focus should be plusing-up the basic physical security of whereever you are currently living.

We’ve been faced with this exact scenario recently.  A condo townhouse purchased by an elderly relative which can not be sold (for reasons too complicated to explain in a post) is in an area which is undergoing a RAPID deterioration in both physical security and personal safety.  Demographics are changing, and with that deliberately manufactured demographic shift a concomitant rise in crime such as breakins, thefts, carjackings and assaults is being felt.

The condo townhome board, “behind the times” as it were, still insists on denying property owners the right to install metal security gates or hurricane shutters, citing “visual blight”.  What once were selling features – large picture windows, expansive patio doors and soaring screened in porches – are now viewed through a different lens.

I will discuss today three simple and unobtrusive ways a property owner in this situation can “plus-up” the physical security of their dwelling without the enhancements being obvious to the casual observer.

First – Garage Doors.  Save for the industrial type doors for commercial applications, there is no residential grade garage door in the world that will completely survive the onslaught of a mob dedicated to breaching your perimeter.  However, some simple fixes can make your home difficult to enter and should buy you enough time to adjust your security posture and take appropriate actions.

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The most obvious one would be to replace glassed sections of doors with sufficiently thick shatter proof acrylic sheeting like Lexan securely mounted into the frames (more than just pinned in place with screws or brad nails).  These types of products can be found in any hardware store, and can often be cut to custom size on site.  The same goes for any sidelights around doors or ground floor windows.  Even if you can only budget for one window per paycheck, starting with basic security upgrades will pay greater dividends in the long run than buying expensive water treatment systems or night vision gear.  If you’re not the handy type, this is the type of retrofit than any local glass or mirror supplier/contractor can do.  Call around for prices, there can be wide variation in quotes.
This is the type of replacement product I am talking about

The second simple low cost thing a homeowner can do is to take steps to secure the garage door so that it can not be forced up on the roller track.  Solving this problem can be achieved as easily as placing a metal C-clamp completely through the track above the rollers.  In our home, we use two high quality bicycle locks on either side, and it is part of the standard security perimeter checks family members do to ensure our home is secure for the night.

Second – the Front Door and other Main Entry Points:  How do you secure front doors retroactively?

Exterior doors are a main point of entry for criminals during robberies and home invasions. This security graphic from 2010, though slightly dated, provides a close approximation of what the entry points and targets are for burglars

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Home Invasion/Security graphic courtesy of asecurelife.com

The most stunning item on this graphic is that fully 1/3 of burglaries come through the front door. Think about that for a moment. Your front door is the most likely place they come in through. This may be for a few reasons. Consider that you may be watched, they know if you lock that door or not. If they are watching you, they will know if you use your deadbolt (if you have one).

Although this may be a bit of a wake-up call to suburbanites, not all your neighbors are like you. They may have a “cousin” staying over because they were getting into trouble elsewhere, they may have friends over… you just do not know unless you are paying attention to your environment. Things like extra cars appearing (sometimes with out of state plates) and staying, a change in patterns of parties given, different children at bus stops as you commute out to work in the morning. These non-typical suburban implants behave differently. They often are truant, so during the day they may be seen wandering through yards and jiggling door handles to see what is left unlocked by careless suburbanites. They are nothing if not opportunistic. They will check front doors by canvassing for “support the school team” candy sales and similar ploys. Next time you see this coming down the block, wait and see how long and how persistent they are at your door. I have even seen them try to peer in through windows while playing this scam. This is no joke, these junior recon team members do this in “nice” suburbs because as John Dillinger stated, “because that is where the money is”.

So, to recap so far, you are probably being watched. In your own neighborhood. By opportunistic scouts on foot, perhaps by truants looking to move up in their gang watching you from the recesses of a nearby house (binoculars, through blinds or lace curtains, dark room… very hard to detect).

Your front door (any entry door, really) is actually very easy to reinforce. This is important as it provides you a physical barrier to violence and criminality and allows you to sleep better at night. You can replace the entire door with a commercial security door with multiple latch points in the frame (go to a Big Box Home Improvement store, take a look at the cost … and then come back here).

There are several points of improvement on a door that can easily be made by homeowners. You do not need to even be “handy”. The tools you need are basic, they can probably be borrowed from within your family or bought at a pawn shop/Habitat for Humanity if you are really pinched for cash (and who isn’t, these days?) Consider a cordless drill to be key, as doing all the screws by hand will wear you out and take quite some time. Have on hand assorted drill bits (for pilot holes), perhaps a wood chisel for countersinking and adjusting clearances.

The first item that should be improved upon for any standard suburban tract home exterior door is the door jamb. The door jamb is what breaks under forced entry, not so much failure of hinges and locks. The very frame splinters when subject to force. The screws pull out, latches fail. The key is to spread out the force so that no single point fails. This reinforcing product is effective, inexpensive and easy to install.

Self-explanatory video on how these door jamb reinforcement products work”

Third – Windows, Patio Doors, French Doors Etc. Windows and doors that are principally glass suspended in a door frame present a huge risk in a rapidly declining security situation.  The most cost-effective solution is to measure, cut and prepare plywood sheathing to install over the windows or doors if the security situation reaches an apex.  These must be prepared and test-installed well in advance of when they are needed, and stored in an easy to access location.  This solution has the down side of taking time and usually more than one person to safely and properly install.

Home Invasions leading to death or critical injury of the occupants are on the rise

Another solution is often seen in third world areas or American urban cores of cities – metal door screening or shutters.  Our apartment in Manhattan had folding accordian style metal window grates similar to these on all windows next to the fire escape which were locked in place at night or whenever we left the apartment, but these also pose a safety risk if they can not be easily unlocked by children or elderly residents of the dwelling.

However, for every day living, that’s not practical or desirable.  Plus, if you are in a HOA or Condo association like this relative, it will also be forbidden.

A recent entry to the home security market are products that mimic the look and appearance of “normal” screens, but are in fact shatter proof steel mesh that resists cutting and blunt force trauma.  These types of security upgrades usually are acceptable to most condo or HOA boards, or, in the most dire circumstances, could be stealthily installed without them being the wiser.  For homeowners who are looking at the big picture and realize that “sheltering in place” is the most likely scenario they will find themselves in, one has to balance the not insignificant cost of such this type of physical plant upgrade with the price to be paid if you and your loved ones are the victims of mob violence and/or a home invasion.

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be continuing with our series on Prepping, starting with a review of basic security measures.  Our focus will be on beginning our review on the outside of your residence, including the perimeter and then moving our way indoors, looking at the “big picture” problems and practical solutions.

As always, we appreciate your feedback, questions and concerns.  You can follow us on Twitter at @stopshoutblog or email us.  If you’ve found what we share here useful, hitting the Tip Jar allows us to focus more on providing practical content that you can use.

Vintage 1975 Garcia Bronco .410 Shotgun

I found an amazing piece of survival equipment while working at a gun show this past weekend.  I picked up a Garcia Bronco .410 TakeDown Shot Gun in the original box and literature.  This amazingly simple shotgun was a survival weapon way before survival weapons were even an thing.  It was introduced in 1967  and produced until 1975 and came in either .22LR or .410 shotgun.  It was an updated version of the Hamilton Model 7 “Boy’s”rifle made circa 1900.  The Hamilton sold for $2.00 in 1900 and it’s predecessor Made by Firearms Internation Corp. sold In 1967 “The Bronco” for $9.95  using .22 shorts.

Here are some pictures.

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There are many modern rifles that have adopted similar designs.  Here are just a few.

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Ruger 10/22 TakeDown Rifle.  Shoots .22LR and a great backpacking rifle.  These rifles have a lot of upgrades available.

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The US Survival AR7 Rifle by Henry.  This may be the ultimate in compact design.  Semi-auto shooter comes with multiple magazines that easily stores in the stock and the best part it even floats.

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Here’s my Chiappa Little Badger folding rifle.  This heavy duty rifle somes in both .22LR and .22Magnum.  The rifle above is a .22 Mag version with some cool customization.  Para cord weaving, red dot sight, threaded barrel accepts multiple accessories like flash suppressors or silencer, and you have creative license to customize how ever you see fit.

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Keltec Sub-2000.  Keltec makes some of the most unique weapons anywhere in the world.  This carbine rifle is 9mm parabellum and accepts Glock magazines.  You can also find this rifle in .40SW and multiple magazine types.  The rifle folds in half making it a very small package, perfect for a backpack.  Many companies make accessories for Keltec products.  My rifle above has a foregrip and front sight upgrade made by Red Lion Precision and a red dot optical sight and 33 round magazine.  There are other options available.  This rifle will take a standard handgun cartridge and make it deadly accurate out to 100 yards.

Luck have it, I own all these weapons and like each and everyone for different reasons.  The Little Badger for it size and .22 mag power, the Keltec for the tacticool factor, the Ruger for the bullet proof design, and the Garcia Bronc Shotgun for it’s nostalgia.

Find the right choice for you.  Any of the options you choose, the best one is the one you learn to use flawlessly.  Plan, Prepare, Protect.

Prepping for Terrorism!

Terrorism has come to the U.S. and as Preppers, I am sure you are aware of it. As Preppers, we have seen this coming for a while now and it is not unexpected.  The question now is what do we do, as Preppers, to prepare to protect ourselves and our families from it? This is the subject of today’s post so sit back and have a cup of coffee with me as we discuss it.

Prepping for Terrorism!

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Terrorism has come to the U.S. and as Preppers, I am sure you are aware of it. As Preppers, we have seen this coming for a while now and it is not unexpected.  The question now is what do we do, as Preppers, to prepare to protect ourselves and our families from it? This is the subject of today’s post so sit back and have a cup of coffee with me as we discuss it.

With the attack in San Bernardino, California being the deadliest Terror attack on U.S. soil since the 9-11 attack in New York, It has to be apparent to everyone that this is just the beginning and that our Government will use it as justification to try to take away our guns.  This cannot be allowed to happen, if we want to keep our freedom and preserve our way of life here in the U.S. I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. So as Preppers, what can we do?  Well. first off we need to purchase as many guns and as much ammo as we possibly can.  It is only a matter of time before Obama uses an executive order to block the sales of guns and ammo to the public.  When this happens, I think the 2nd Civil War will break out here in the U.S. and everyone will be forced to choose a side.  Unfortunately, just like in the first Civil war, many families will be divided by their decision on which side to take.  Many of the younger people in the U.S. today don’t hunt and do not value their freedom enough to truly understand what the stakes are.  Our Government will try to use this against them and convince them that getting rid of guns will make things better for everyone.  While we all know that it is not true, the uninformed will flock to the idea by the millions.  They are happy getting free food and money without having to work for it and are so complacent that they will not bother to educate themselves.  It is a very sad situation that we find ourselves in and the Government will do anything they can to keep the uninformed from seeing the truth.

So how do we fight this evil without taking up arms?  I’m not sure we can, but the only thing that I can see short of shooting them when they come for our guns, is to stand on every street corner and try to remind everyone that the problem is not guns, but a corrupt society that has allowed evil to fester and grow.  They will not want to hear this, as they are completely happy with their make-believe world and will not want to admit that something has gone terribly wrong.  I am afraid it would be an exercise in futility.  We must oppose our own Government as they have clearly lost their way and are allowing corrupt and evil men and women to run our country.  Now is the time to put your preparing into high gear and to stop making excuses for not doing all you can to prepare.  The darkness is coming and we must be ready for it when it does.

So how do we protect ourselves from being victims of terrorist attacks?  There are actually several things we can do now to protect ourselves.  Start with situational awareness and constantly be aware of everything that is going on around you at all times.  This includes even when you are home and are just going outside to get some fresh air.  What are the neighbors doing?  Are there any new neighbors in your neighborhood?  If so, are they middle eastern or are they acting suspicious?  The days of going about our lives unconcerned with the world around us are over.  We are no longer safe to go to the corner drug store without watching everything around us and that feeling of being safe in our own neighborhoods is no more.  We need to be constantly watching for terror and do everything we can to avoid it. I would also suggest that you always carry a concealed or open carry gun.  Carry a knife with you that are hidden in case you are ever taken hostage.   I avoid places where there are large gatherings of people, like theaters and sporting events.  As the attack in Paris demonstrated, sports events and music concerts are another place, where you could be targeted by terror as well.  The President of the United States has openly invited terrorist into our country and in many cases is forcing States to take them in and provide for them at the cost of hard-working Americans.  He has become a Traitor to our country and is being helped by the uninformed to destroy it.  I have said it before and I will say it again, I believe he is looking for a way to create so much civil unrest that he can declare Martial Law then try to take our guns and suspend the constitution and remain in power.  Notice that he is not out doing a lot of campaigning for his political party like most Presidents do in their final year?  He isn’t worried about it because never intends to leave office.  All he has to do is declare Martial Law and even the House and Congress will be helpless to stop him.  Civil war is coming and we must be ready when it does.  As Preppers, now is the time to make sure that our house in order and be ready because it could come at any time.  Be prepared and aware of your surroundings at all times and warn your extended family and friends to do the same.

Well, I guess that is it for today and I hope I have helped you be more prepared in some small way, so until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared!

Surviving winter if you are stranded in you car

Surviving winter if you are stranded in you car

 

What would you do if you found yourself stranded?

Being stranded in your car in nice weather is bad enough, but getting stranded in ice and snow and surviving winter weather is something you must be prepared for.

As preppers we all prepare for natural disasters of one sort or the other.

The UK Winter is something that we also need to prepare for as well.

The basic risks still exist – and during the winter months the added risk of Hypothermia is higher than at any other time.

In order to survive the winter weather, it is essential to be fully prepared and have the correct equipment with you, if you were to get yourself stranded in your car.

Breaking down in the snow and ice or just sliding off the road and getting stuck can be quite dangerous at the least and potentially fatal in the worse scenario.

Being fully prepared with the correct winter survival kit
is essential to keep yourself alive until help arrives.

The 5 basic rules to surviving, still apply to surviving winter in your car.

But remember, always adapt the amount of survival preparation to suit your own families needs and consider a worse case scenario of a car full of adults.

You must have enough survival equipment and supplies for this.

SHELTER:

 

This is your No:1 concern and most important survival decision.

  • Your car will provide all the shelter you need and protect you from the elements, so DO NOT leave your vehicle.
  • The only real time you would consider leaving is when you are fully equipped to do so, your life was in danger,  or you knew exactly where you were heading for.
  • Tip:  write “HELP & SOS” on the outside of the windscreen and back window

WARMTH:

being able to keep warm and offset hypothermia is essential to survival

  • Your car will provide all the shelter you need and protect you from the elements, so DO NOT leave your vehicle.
  • The only real time you would consider leaving is when you are fully equipped to do so, your life was in danger,  or you knew exactly where you were heading for.
  • Tip:  run your car engine for short periods of time [10-15mins] to stop any freezing, and run the heater [set on feet only], as any heat will rise and add to the warmth inside.
    Ensure that nothing is blocking that will allow fumes into the cabin area. [e.g. the exhaust system] and keep all windows and doors closed to prevent any fumes entering.

You will need a to ensure you have a supply of water for at least 48 hours. As well as an energy drink to keep you alert. 
Do not eat the snow or ice around you, no matter how fresh it is.
Snow will cool your body temperature down too much and the last thing you want is for your core temperature to drop.
Snow and ice can also contain dirt, bacteria and other unsavoury things.!

Top 5 Best Egg Laying Chickens

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One of the great things about having your own flock of backyard chickens is fresh eggs. When it comes to egg laying not all chickens were made equal. In fact some breeds have been selectively bred for decades to be the egg laying Olympians of the chicken world.

For beginner backyard chicken keepers you need to balance the egg laying ability of the chicken breed with ease of raising the breed.

If you have decided that your main purpose for keeping backyard chickens is for eggs there are a number of great breeds suitable for beginners that we would recommend based on the advice of some of the leading experts (now not all of these chicken breeds are necessarily the most prolific layers but for beginners it is a balance between egg laying and ease of care).

The Backyard Chicken Zone top 5 egg laying chicken breed recommendations for beginners:

1. Rhode Island Red

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Coming in at number 1 on our top 5 egg laying chickens is the Rhode Island Red. This is our favourite layer with an above average laying rate of medium size Brown eggs. They are a versatile backyard chicken suitable for most climates and very easy to care for. They can be a little temperamental and aggressive to other breeds so be careful what other breeds to put with them. The Rhode Island Red is a good all rounder that is also suitable for meat production so if you are not sure what breed will be best for you the Rhode Island red is a good starter.

2. Leghorn

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Coming in a close second is the Leghorn. These chickens are egg laying machines, producing over 300 large white eggs a year. They can be a little flighty which makes them a little more difficult to manage but if it is eggs you are after this breed will certainly deliver. They are also a useful dual purpose chicken (although a little on the scrawny side) and can be used for organic meat once their egg production declines.

3. Buff Orpington

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This breed is one our favourite beginner chickens with an above average production of large brown eggs. Orpingtons are good brooders so an excellent choice if you plan to raise chicks. They are also an excellent choice for a pet chicken due to their docile nature and ease of care. If you live in a cooler climate the Orpington is a must have for your backyard chicken flock.

4. Black Star

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Coming in at number four in our top 5 egg laying chickens is the Black Star. Black stars are a hybrid breed (cross between Barred Rock hens and Rhode Island Red roosters) and lay an above average amount of large brown eggs. They are very easy to raise and also very hardy making them an excellent beginner breed. They have a calm nature also making them suitable for families and as a pet chicken.

5. Ameraucana

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Rounding out our top 5 egg laying chickens is the Ameraucana. This breed is known as the “Easter Eggers” because they produce eggs in a variety of colours including blue, blue-green, green, and cream (our kids love collecting the colourful eggs). They lay medium sized eggs with an above average laying rate. They have a calm temperament and make a excellent family or pet chicken.

For a family of four, a flock of three or four hens will usually produce sufficient eggs so try a few different breeds when you start out and work out which breeds work best for you.

Whilst our top 5 egg laying breeds will produce regular eggs for you, remember that the quality and nutritional value of those eggs will be controlled by the chickens diet including the health benefits, richness and colour of the yoke, as well as the chickens overall health. What you put in is what you get out so check out our tips on what to feed chickens to ensure a happy, healthy flock, and the most deliciousness and nutritious organic eggs for your family.

If you are looking for some more ideas check out our guide to selecting the best backyard chicken breed.

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How To Build a Smokehouse

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Preserving food these days seems like a hard job, unless you want to do it in a natural way. The perfect medium for this is a smoke house. This awesome piece of garden facility will make you ready for all the products and dishes specific to the fall season. Making such a structure in your backyard isn’t a simple task, but one which will give you some fruitful rewards over the next few months. You have the full set of instructions at the next website. If you follow the steps from photos, your cedar wood smoke house will be ready in no time. As for tools, you only need a trowel, electric drill, handsaw, power drill and level. The list of supplies is quite long, so be sure to read it thoroughly. Good luck on raising this DIY building and feel free to share some photos with the finished product. And the food you eventually yield from such a wonderful piece, we won’t mind.

Materials:

  • 2 x 4 Cedar Wood
  • Black Stove Pipe
  • Stove Door
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Clay Bricks
  • Fire Bricks
  • Fire Clay
  • Mortar
  • Bolts
  • Door
  • Hinges
  • Door Knob
  • Bolt Lock
  • 2-1/2 inch Deck Screws
  • Wood Screws
  • 3 pieces 16 Gauge Steal Plates

Hunter Gatherer Skills That Every Survivalist Should Have

As a survivalist, you will be hunting and maybe raising your own food. With that comes the responsibility of knowing how to do these things and how to store them effectively. You will need to know how to hunt, raise, preserve, and how to prepare it.

Hunting

Being able to hunt on your homestead or other grounds can provide you a variety of foods. From fishing to deer, you will be able to have several different meat sources. Be sure you understand your local regulations because every state is different. Check with your local game warden if you aren’t sure about the specific laws.

  1. Bow hunting – Bow and crossbow hunting can be used for a broad variety of game, including deer. Wild turkey and wild hog are also popular choices when it comes to bow hunting. Be sure to practice your bow hunting skills to ensure success while hunting.
  2. Shotgun – Okay, you may not find a hunter-gatherer using firearms for hunting, but our frontiersman-forefathers did. You can hunt small game, like rabbits, squirrels, and a variety of birds with a shotgun. Not many people hunt deer with a shotgun yet it can be done if you know what you are getting into. The range will be much less than a rifle.
  3. Rifle Hunting – Rifles cover a broad range of calibers and that means that you can hunt a variety of different animals. The big advantage over shotguns is the high degree of accuracy at a distance that you get with a rifle. You can hunt small game like squirrels or opossums to much larger game like deer, elk, moose, and even bear.
  4. Snares – Trapping with snares is popular for many different kinds of small game. Animals like groundhogs, wild rabbit and even possums can be caught by this method.

Raising Livestock

Raising your own livestock is a great way to know where your food is coming from. You get to determine how your food is raised and you control what they eat and what kind of supplements, if any are given to them.  There are many different animals that you can raise on your homestead or compound depending on the space you have.

  1. Small herd animals – Goats and sheep can also provide food by meat and milk. They are generally easy keepers and are versatile around the homestead.
  2. Fowl – Chickens are a favorite among survivalists, homesteaders, and preppers. (It turns out survivalists, homesteaders, and preppers have a lot in common.) They are easy to raise and provide two different sources of food with their meat and their eggs. They are relatively low cost to feed and easy to breed. And then there are turkeys have the same needs and environment as chickens, and they get along pretty well. Turkeys can provide a good bit of meat to store, and they can easily be raised.
  3. Rabbits are a great source of meat and most people think they taste like chicken, perhaps a little more gamey. The rumors are true about rabbits –they easily reproduce, creating a self sustaining meat source. Rabbits are also popular for their fur as well.

 

Cooking Off Grid

Once you have the meat (or other food) you have to do something with it — cook it! When you are cooking off grid, unless you have a solar panel, most of your cooking will either be done outdoors or on top of a wood heater. Knowing how to properly cook your food items is imperative. These skills take practice, but with time you will have no trouble cooking off grid.

  1. Smoking – Smoking is a great way to prepare your food and every week or so you may find me smoking a pork butt or some brisket. A smoker or even a smoke house can be created on your homestead with a minimal amount of effort. This method will give you great tasting food and even help you to preserve your food items.
  2. Campfire cooking – A broad variety of foods can be cooked over a campfire. From stews to meats, campfire cooking is highly popular. You will need to make sure that you have the proper items like wood (dense hardwood if you have it) and a large cast iron dutch oven.
  3. Underground Oven – Cooking underground will allow you to cook anything that you would like and can help to cook things like bread and even biscuits. Vegetables and meats can also be prepared by cooking underground.

Making The Food Last – Preservation Techniques

Preserving your food is a good skill. Whether you hunt or grow your own, you will often have an abundance of food leftover. You will need food for long term storage so it is imperative to know how to preserve your food.

  1. Canning – There are many foods that can be canned including meats and vegetables. Canning your food allows it to stay good for a year or more. Canning can be done on top of a wood stove with ease. Make sure you do your research and learn how to properly can your food without any risk of bacterial contaminants.
  2. Dehydrating – Just by using the sun, you can dehydrate your foods. The great thing is that you can dehydrate almost anything: fruits, vegetables, and even meats. This is a good way to store a broad variety of foods for future storage. After dehydration, you will want to make sure that you a proper way to store the food.

Conclusion

Raising your own animals, hunting, and preserving are all must-have skills of a survivalist or prepper. There will have to be a trial and error process but with practice and research, you will have no trouble finding or raising, and preparing your own food.