SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Hunting Gray Squirrels for Experience (and Dinner)

God rest her soul, my mother was clearly unhappy. Flapping in the backyard breeze, a bright crimson line striped her freshly laundered bed sheet from the clothesline. The oak tree above, and squirrel in a heap underneath, linked the suspect to the crime. Too bad I hadn’t been able to sanitize the  scene before Mom appeared but, if nothing else, the 35-yard shot from my next door neighbor’s upstairs window was a doozie. by Steve Markwith, author of Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide Kids, Air Rifles, and Squirrels…

Crossbow Overview for Quieter Deer Hunting

It was the last day of archery season and hunting opportunities had been scarce, so I was itching to put a doe or small buck in the freezer. Around an hour before sunset, I tucked into the weedy edge of a narrow field and parked my butt on a milk crate. Across the field at 42 yards, a lone fruit-laden apple tree served as an irresistible magnet for deer. Although I was equipped with a crossbow, the range still seemed like a stretch, so earlier that afternoon, I’d simulated the…

Gear Review: Craft Leather Pancake Holster and Magazine Carrier

As a man who grew up among outdoorsmen and gun snobs, I have long held that there are few finer pleasures in the gun world than a truly well made leather holster encapsulating my sidearm du jour. Many have been the days that I have wandered through the New England outdoors with a Smith & Wesson revolver or SIG Sauer automatic riding in an enclosure made of a material that previously held residence somewhere on a bovine’s posterior anatomical location. Growing up, using a leather holster was a given by…

The Spices of Life

I was lucky to have grown up in a house with two good cooks that taught me how to cook.  Mom was a classic southern “soul” food cooker with menus of fried chicken, pork chops, stews, fresh vegetables and cornbread.  Dad was a fancier cook having learned some of the trade at the famous Blackstone Hotel in his native hometown Chicago before the Big War. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache My mom often spent hours slaving over the kitchen stove to produce her many…

Preppers and Survivalists Must Be Hunters and Gatherers

It just isn’t realistic to think all of our prepping supplies will hold out forever. My family, friends, and I may have devised the best survival plan there is, even better than most of the selection of “you can make it” books at the big box book store.  But, as time dwells on, the supplies will dwindle. Maybe our Bug In survival scheme has enough food stocked for the millennium.  Good for us.  Tell me again how long that is?  Not unlike the Lord’s return if you believe in that…

How Much Ammo is Enough For SHTF?

If you have ever spent any time at all on a survival or firearm forum, you are bound to come across the phrase “Buy it cheap, and stack it deep”.  This phrase is, of course, referring to the amount of ammunition one should have if disaster strikes. After years in the shooting community, I have heard many reasons people stockpile ammunition for emergencies.  There are really only a few loons out there who prepare for impossible and downright foolish reasons.  One guy, I met really believed in an alien invasion…

How To Field Dress A Pheasant In Under Two Minutes

When calamity strikes and grocery stores become barren, it will be imperative for people to produce their own food. Many individuals who have never hunted will be forced to learn quickly. In my own experience, I’ve found field dressing, not shooting, to be the most challenging part of the hunt. Among those who have never hunted, the prospect of cleaning a bird is probably intimidating. By D-Ray a contributing author to SHTFBlog Thankfully a YouTube user, Shawn Woods, has an informative video on how to clean a pheasant in under two…

Prepper Uses For A Range Finder

Andy was pulling duty on bug out perimeter security.  We had heard shots coming from the woods at the far west end of our prep team property.  This was not an unusual occurrence out in the rural area where we have planned our long term bug out existence.  None-the-less it is always discomforting not knowing who might be unlawfully accessing your property lines.  He left out on his Honda ATV to scout the end of the road line which was roughly two miles west from our camp area and cabins.…