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Happy Trails to You, Homesteader



Happy Trails to You, Homesteader


The homestead: dream of feudal serfs, 19th century pioneers, and 21st century preppers alike. It’s the dream of private, self-sufficient living, the mini castle, kingdom of one’s own. However you define it – the retreat, the farm, the bug out location – it represents supreme security in a world gone mad.


And however much land you have, and wherever it is, you’ll need to move around on it. This might mean a driveway and a quarter-acre lawn. Or it could mean a system of trails and roads.


Backdoor Survival has all the info you’ll ever need about building the latter on your land. It’s all courtesy of Samantha Biggers. Please read her excellent, in-depth article on the same. Here’s a little preview:


Photo by Backdoor Survival.


It’s your land and you’ll need to move around it.


“No matter how hard times get to be, folks are still going to need to have some way of going to and from one place to another. My road and trail building experience over the years comes from moving to an 11 acre piece of property that was completely overgrown with a mixture of bittersweet, honeysuckle, multi floral rose, and a bunch of stunted sickly trees with some nice big ones looming overhead.”



Learn from her years and acres of experience. She really covers all the bases and more topics than one would imagine.


She starts with words of caution about heavy equipment. Sure, you can use bulldozers, graders, and cement trucks and essentially build your own modern, interstate-style roads on your land. That worked well for Disney World. But for most of us it’s probably overkill. And it runs the risk of destroying much of what made the land so attractive in the first place.


Consider a simple trail system that allows for foot, ATV, or car passage: minimal effort and design.


She covers everything. Like:


Following the natural lay of the land. Why fight nature? Just improve on it as needed.


Dealing with bogs and water hazards.


Drainage and ditches.

Slope and approach – moving you and the water.


All about gravel and rock.


Width matters.


Different sizes for different needs.


Lanes, turning, and passing considerations.


Simple hand tools for getting the job done (don’t forget good gloves).


Economizing where appropriate.


A path verses a trail.


Recycled products.


The role of pavement and concrete.


Sharing roads with neighbors and others. Here, I’ll note that there are some legal considerations when two or more parties share any land. Consider consulting a land use attorney. An easement may be your best friend. Otherwise, twenty years later you may be at the mercy of a special master or a judge to tell you your rights on your own property.


One key to success with this type of endeavor is carefully planning and patience towards the ultimate outcome. Know your land and your needs/wants. Take a little extra time to plan everything out before you start clearing or paving. Be ready to adapt as needed.


The end result should be a layout that makes getting around easier and improves on the natural beauty and function of the property. Measure twice, clear once.


As good fences make good neighbors, so good trails make good homesteading. Happy trails!


Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

Writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom ​​and​​ ​​more​​ ​​​​at​​​​.​​ ​​His weekly National Affairs Column - never a dull read - appears at The Piedmont Chronicles​​​​. THE SUBSTITUTE​​ is his first Novel. He​​ ​​is​​ ​​still none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.


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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018



Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018


A big, busy, crazy week in prepper land! Spring has sprung and it has sprung forth all manner of issues to keep us on our toes. Here’s a review of the bigger stories bearing down on preppers and freedom lovers. Please enjoy (and subscribe!):


Video by Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.


Perrin recently learned that something called “airplane mode” stops incoming debt collection calls and hate texts from interrupting our recordings! Will wonders never cease?



Quality will improve immediately…


In the news:


The Caravan


Mass migration


Troops out of Syria, to Rio Grande?


More Snow?!


YouTube shooting


China and tariffs







And, we’re in full swing at The Masters!


Thank you, as always. Don’t forget to check every day for all the stories that affect preppers, survivalists, and the rest of the sanity crowd. Well, check it now – rumor has it the news will soon be incorporated into the new, new revised and improved Stay tuned.


Have a great weekend!


Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking



Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking


Well, this one is slightly out of season in the Northern Hemisphere. We don’t start the hunts for a few more months. But, if your in New Zealand, I think Red Stag season opens any day, right? Anyway, today we discuss and present a subject that more preppers and survivalists need to know about if they don’t already. Veteran hunters may stop here and now.


This one is all about cleaning, preparing, and cooking wild game! Bill White at Survivopedia kindly wrote up an extensive guide to game prep. And I mean extensive with a capital “E.” Make sure to read through the original at least once. Save it for when hunting season comes around.


Here’s a quick look at some of what is included:


Picture by White/Shutterstock.


So, this article really isn’t about hunting nor “pure” prepping. It’s about food security. Rural folks will still tell you that hunting and trapping (and fishing) still go a long way toward putting meat on the table. That’s important, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. Read on:


“Within the prepping community, we see this manifest in how people deal with their need for food. At the beginning, we all start out with building a food stockpile. But as time goes on, we tend to start looking at various ways of supplementing that stockpile, such as raising our own food, foraging for edible plants and hunting.

For those of us who are hunters, it makes sense to hunt for food. But what about those who are not? Granted, anyone who can shoot a rifle accurately can kill an animal, assuming they can find one to kill. That’s the hard part of hunting and the one that will give most post-apocalyptical hunters the most trouble.

The other thing you’re going to have to know how to do is turn that dead animal into usable meat, once you kill it. Killing an animal is one thing, butchering it is another thing entirely. If you don’t do that correctly, the meat could be tainted and dangerous to eat.”



Follow along with White as he discusses:


Hunting background;




(He assumes you’ve already brought down the animal);


Cleaning (Gutting and Skinning);


Necessary knives and tools;


Cutting procedures; this gets tricky, “icky” even, read and operate carefully. Perrin will add: watch the bladder and lower GI tract … yeah;


Blood disposition (get used to it);


All about birds (don’t run afoul…);


Skinning techniques;


Butchering (great chart! and more are available online);


Cooking in the Wild (like on the bug out trail);


Smoking (the meat but a cigar);

Jerking (not a Steve Martin movie);


He also includes a video, downloads, and more tips than one can almost keep up with. Many thanks to Bill White*.

*Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them.


Again, you may not need this information for a few months. But, if you get serious about hunting and/or survivalism, then you will need it.


Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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