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Nine Manly Prepper Lessons from Frank and Joe Hardy



Nine Manly Prepper Lessons from Frank and Joe Hardy


Remember them? The Hardy Boys?


For a few generations their stories were staples for developing young men into manly men. This was part of the American way. They were stories of adventure and using wits to overcome hardships. They were tales with a purpose.


I’m not even sure they still publish new volumes. Are you? I am fairly confident that this is no longer the American way. Today, our young men are expected to remain boys forever. That, or to become women or sissies.


It’s sad but true. But it need not be for preppers. Brett and Kay McKay from The Art of Manliness have some lessons we can all learn (or remember) from those older Hardy Boys stories. Please click and read their article in the original. Go ahead and bookmark AOM – it’s an incredible site, an island of sanity in an increasingly pathetic world.


Photo by AOM/Dixon.


“If you are a red-blooded male who came of age sometime in the last 90 years, chances are you grew up with two action-loving, adventure-seeking, mystery-solving literary companions: Frank and Joe Hardy. The Hardy Boys books in which these young detectives star have never been out of print since first coming onto the scene in 1927, have been translated into 25 different languages, and continue to sell over a million copies annually.

The famous Hardy boys were created by the American publisher Edward Stratemeyer and subsequently brought to life by a series of ghostwriters under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. (Pro tip: The best volumes in the series are 1-16 and 22-24, which were all written by Leslie McFarlane.) While there have been numerous spin-offs and iterations of the series, enthusiasts consider the first 59 volumes to be the true Hardy Boys “canon.”

A few years back, I bought half the canon for my children to one day enjoy, and I’ve sometimes looked at the old Hardy Boys volumes sitting on the shelf in my office and thought about what exactly has made these books so popular and enduring; why do they continue to line the shelves of libraries and bookstores, engage generation after generation, and remain indelibly printed on our cultural consciousness?”


That’s an important question and it leads to the lessons!

Here are those nine lessons:


No. One – Build as many skills as you possibly can.


It’s always skills over tools. Remember that.


No. Two – Always be Curious.


It doesn’t kill the cat; it makes the man.


No. Three – Learn to be Observant


This is the gist of situational awareness.


No. Four – EDC matters.


If you have the skills then you know you will need some basic supplies. Carry them religiously.


No. Five – Be an example and a mentor to young men (and women)


Lead by example and inspire the youth.


No. Six – “Free Range” the kids with confidence


They are capable of more than you know. This is a lesson lost on modern “helicopter” parents – the young usually do not need your help to succeed – just let them find their own way.


No. Seven – Strength in numbers.


Sometimes you can go it alone and sometimes you can’t. Learn to tell the difference and when to associate help.


No. Eight – Persistence Pays


Keeping up the good fight means keeping it up. Don’t quit!


No. Nine – Be a detective.


This means questioning everything. Use a method to find your own answers in a world of uncertainty.

These great old stories are more than good entertainment for boys. They’re packed with lessons that all Americans should heed, especially today. It stands that most will not. And that’s why it is critical for you and your children to do it. Stand out and survive.

Many of the above ideas are so at odds with modern “culture” that they’re probably considered criminal. “Free Range” parenting, for example, is seen as child abuse in many areas. The busybodies just can’t leave us alone. All the more reason to learn to fight off their pathetic, effeminate version of our society and way of life.


Harken back to the days when men were men and boys wanted to be. Leave the modern pop nonsense for the blue-haired SJW types. We’re better off without them and their “values.” Trust what works! Trust the Hardy Boys.


By the way, even the name “Hardy” is at odds with the new American way of fragility. Sad. Don’t be a part of it.


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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