Hunting and Fishing

Cut Shotgun Shells For Survival

Bull Busters, Buck Busters, Poor Man’s Slug, Ringers.  No matter the nomenclature utilized, all these colloquialisms refer to a method of shotgun shell transformation we're going to call "cut shells", shotgun shells which have been cut around the circumference of the outer hull.  When these sliced shells are fired, they turn the shotgun shell itself… Read More

Maine Primitive Skills School

I was recently able to attend the Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta, Maine.  Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in the forests here in Maine and I’m very comfortable in that environment; however, I know what I don’t know.  Any woodsman will tell you they are always ready to learn more… Read More

Project Squirrel Gun

If you step outside right now and go for a short walk, the most likely wildlife (aka: prey) you are likely to see will be small and furry, or small and feathery.  While big game may satisfy our survival dreams, the reality is that the billions of squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, prairie dogs, and even rats… Read More

SHTF Armorer: Back to Basics – Rifle Accuracy

I got a text from a co-worker this past weekend. Deer season is nigh here in Maine, and he was out doing the pre-season rifle check-up. “My 7 Mag is all over the place. I can’t shoot.” is what he sent to me.  I found this hard to believe; the man is a very experienced… Read More

Gear Review: Survival Slingshot Archer

The Survival Slingshot Archer is one of those pieces of equipment that I both like and dislike.  Allow me to explain.  First, let me admit up front that I’m no expert with a slingshot.  I used to make my own when I was a kid and I even owned a wrist rocket for a brief… Read More

Bug Out Ammo for Foraging & Fending

Whenever I teach hunter safety education classes in the fall ahead of the upcoming deer season, I almost always get asked two questions.  One is “What is the best deer rifle and caliber to get for my son or daughter for them to start hunting deer”?   The second is “How do you know what the… Read More

SHTF Armorer: DIY Cold Bluing

Like anything else in this world that gets used, guns wear over time. Stick a gun with even the toughest coating on it in a holster and drawing it back out will slowly erode coatings and finishes.  Salt in sweat, salt and humidity in the air, repeated use, metal dragging/bearing against metal as it moves… Read More

The Original Dot Sight

    What if I told you that there was a dot sight that existed and worked extremely well for 100 years before the first Aimpoint ever clicked on? True story. It was (and still is) a fast, easy-to-pick-up zero-magnification sighting system that served to annihilate herds of buffalo hundreds of yards from the shooter… Read More


    There is little doubt in anyone's mind that when it comes to the one-gun prepper arsenal, the shotgun reigns supreme. King of the hill, my boomstick, baby! We here at have written about many a time – you can find our musings about the ultimate in firearms versatility here, here, and here… Read More

A while ago, one of our readers wrote in and asked for advice for a good SHTF shotgun. I helped him out with the knowledge I had, and I guess it was OK, because he wrote back on a slightly different topic. He asked, Dear SHTFblog, You guys gave me great shotgun advice reciently. I'm… Read More

Range time!

Well, everyone, I know much of the country is experiencing spring already, but up here in the Northeast, the temps are finally rising above 50 degrees semi-regularly. The plowed-up snowbanks in my front yard have gone from 6 feet high to knee-high, and we finally have bare patches in the yard. Spring is here! That… Read More

Advertiser Spotlight:

I'd like to start periodically having a "spotlight" on our advertisers, so you can get to know them a little bit better. Our advertisers are the reason you guys can come here every weekday and read something new, something fresh, and learn just a little bit more (plus contribute your ideas!) to keep you and… Read More