Dr. Bronner’s Soap: Why Hippies Love It and Preppers Should Too

Maybe you’ve heard of Dr. Bronner’s Soap, maybe not. If you haven’t, here’s a little background information about the company’s founder and philosophy. by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper Dr. Bronner’s Founding Father  Emanuel Theodore HeilBronner was born in Germany in 1908 as the third-generation of soap-makers in the town of HeilBronn. He later obtained a degree in chemistry in addition to his master soapmaker certification. Having sufficient foresight to see where the country was headed, he left Germany in 1929 and became an expatriate, then a citizen of the…

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…

How to be a Modern-Day Minute Man

Minutemen were motivated fighters who formed a well-organized militia during the American Revolutionary War. As the name implies, they were ready for action at a moment’s notice. Their history is a fascinating one. They served a vital role in winning our independence, and their legacy lives on in American culture. When I think of American history, I think of men and women brave enough to fight a larger and better equipped army in the name of freedom. Let’s look at some ways to keep you ready at a moment’s notice:…

Knife Review: GiantMouse GMF1-F

I was in the market for a light, well made, low profile fixed blade. I wanted something I could EDC, take on hikes, and that was tough enough to perform tasks larger knifes might, like making fires and dressing animals if I ever needed it to. I was about to pull the trigger on a Spartan Enyo when I received the email saying the GiantMouse GMF1-F was back in stock. I’ve been wanting this knife for months, and I couldn’t stop myself. I bought one as soon as I could.…

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…

How to Avoid Burning Food Cooking Over Open Fires

There is nothing like the taste of food that has been cooked over an open fire. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first hot dog you cooked at a backyard fire pit as a kid or the steak you grilled last night. Cooking over an open flame is special. I feel at times it’s a way to connect to our ancestors that didn’t have microwaves or even stoves. Just some meat, a fire, and a stick to cook the meat on. This is where I bring up the title of my…

Are National Parks Good Bug Out Locations?

The idea of bugging out to the wilderness is not new. It’s an idea shared by many, and with so much untouched national park land, national forests, and other public lands, these places are destinations imagined by many. by Logan Misseldine, national park wanderer and contributing writer National Park Bug Out Imagined The leather on your boots squeaks as you creep through the grove. Your eyes scan between the gnarled oaks, the snarling hunger reminds you of what you’re looking for. Glittering sunlight washes over the woods, giving everything a…

Giveaway: Olight PL-PRO Valkyrie Flashlight & Flash Sale

Building off my review of the Olight PL-PRO, SHTFblog is partnering with our friends at Olight to give away one PL-PRO Valkyrie weapon light to a lucky SHTFblog follower. Enter the giveaway here. The PL-PRO tactical light has a retail value of $129.95. This is light offers a lot of power for the price. Additional features include: extremely power 1500 lumens with 280 meters of throw rail mount capabilities rechargeable battery magnetic USB charging cable quick attach level for fast removal and installation lockout mode and strobe features Olight One-Day…