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Illinois Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers in 2019

You probably have heard about the ratcheting up of violence on the streets of Chicago. The nightly news has covered the stories of street violence (mostly gang related) extensively, as well as nationally recognized publications such as USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Has the publicity coincided with a push for more weapon control legislation by the Illinois legislature? The answer is no, which is good news for outdoor recreational enthusiasts that use a...

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New York City Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers in 2019

Many weapons law experts believe New York City knife laws are at best confusing and at worst contradictory to the knife laws mandated by the State of New York. Several court decisions have attempted to unify New York state and city law, with many of the cases appealed for further clarification. [ Note: Out of all of the pocket knives available on Amazon.com this one is my favorite everyday carry knife – click here to see what...

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Michigan Knife Laws – A Guide for Knife Carriers in 2019

Knife laws in Michigan can create confusion, as an urban area such as Detroit and Lansing pass statutes that are much more restrictive than the knife laws passed at the state level. The major cities in Michigan have followed the legal lead set by San Francisco and New York City. However, Michigan knife laws typically protect the right of citizens to bear arms, as clearly written into the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution....

Strategic Relocation Finding The best Place to Live if SHTF

Strategic Relocation: Finding The Best Place to Live if SHTF

by Sierra Grey Robert Burns once wrote, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”. Translated—no matter how well we plan, things often fail, turn out wrong, or go awry. Humans have limitations. We possess only fragments of knowledge and limited experience. Pride and emotions cloud our thinking. Only God plans perfectly. We, mortals, are left to hope we have planned well enough to survive what comes. And learn from our mistakes early in...

Are Preppers Normal

Are Preppers Normal? Blending Prepping Into Your “Normal” Lifestyle…

By: Matt in the Midwest I enjoy prepping. I value independence, self-sufficiency, and taking responsibility for myself. I consider it a hobby with perks. I like growing my own food, canning, hunting, shooting, reusing or repurposing materials. I love reading apocalyptic fiction as well as survival nonfiction; homesteading (free homesteading guide), organic gardening, Mother Earth News, Outdoor Life, Guns and Ammo. But I also live in the “real” world of having a wife, 2.5 kids,...

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Hiking Tips For Beginners – Test Your Gear to Know Your Gear!

by Ian D The Importance of Knowing Your Equipment, and the Reality of the Using It. A few months ago I decided it would be a good experience to go on an extended backpacking trip.   I carefully researched the area I was interested in by asking people who knew the area and by looking over various maps and descriptions. I initially thought I’d attempt this solo but then asked my daughter if she’d like to come...

How Can I Contact My Family After The Grid Goes Down

How Can I Contact My Family After The Grid Goes Down?

The family disaster communications plan… by Moira M You are at home waiting on the cable guy on a drizzly Monday morning. You relax in the quiet house since your spouse is at work, older kid away at college and younger kid in school. You settle in with a nice cup of coffee and the paper when suddenly the TV show is interrupted for a breaking news bulletin. There have been terrorist attacks in your state...

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How to Make a Rabbit Cage

by Anthony Purpura For the longest time, I was toiling with the idea of getting rabbits for my homestead.  As we all know they grow fast, the feed to finished meat ratio is the best of almost any animal, they don’t require a lot of space and they are easy to raise and you can do it almost anywhere. So what was stopping me from starting the adventure?  Well, like you guys and gals I...

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How to Make a Seed Starter Box

By Juleigh Howard-Hobson Mirrored flush-mounted bathroom medicine cabinets are easily one of the most non-upcycled objects out there. They are short and shallow. They don’t stand by themselves. And, frankly, they aren’t very nice to look at once they are out of their recessed wall enclosure. But, the thing is, just about every house has one…sometimes two or more. You can pick them up for a song at garage sales, rebuilding centers or CraigsList. Sometimes...

Effects of Nuclear Weapons on Humans

Types of and Effects of Nuclear Weapons on Humans and The Environment

by Ron G Think of this as a primer if you will. It is written to cover the basics that will matter most to you as a prepper. I am intentionally leaving out a lot of technical jargon; there are others willing to throw that out at you.  There will be some terms and concepts that do need to be understood. One I will use a lot is Ground Zero (GZ). Ground Zero is that...

How to make a rocket stove

How to Make a Rocket Stove

by Randy As a frugal and self, sufficient individual, you may be interested in an alternative to the earthen block, tin can or commercially made, version of a rocket stove.  Here is another effective alternative to those found in articles that are circulating on the internet, YouTube or in “Prepper Blogs” these days. I have not seen anyone touting or describing how to turn common black stove-pipe fittings into a rocket stove so I will try...

How Properly Take Care of Egg Laying Chickens

How to Properly Take Care of Egg Laying Chickens

by Jane W My interest in chickens began at age three when my grandmother would allow me to gather eggs from the nests in the chicken house at their farm. I learned from her to be observant and gentle with animals. When my own child reached that age, I wanted to share some of that magic with him and began considering raising chickens. As an avid reader of Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening magazine and other...

Owning Physical Gold & Silver Tips and Advice

Owning Physical Gold & Silver Tips and Suggestions

by Bob When owning physical gold & silver there are a few general concepts to understand: Don’t tell the world! (2 or 3 is enough) You aren’t planning on using them in regular retail businesses in normal times. The best thing that can happen to them is you leave them to your heirs (you never needed them). They preserve wealth over time (they are not intended to “make money”). They are low-cost insurance for emergency...

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Prepping For Beginners – Simple Ideas on How to Get Started

By A Different Drummer There are many aspects of personal preparedness that make sense, and I know firsthand that once you take a trip down the rabbit hole, the path to preparedness can be daunting at best, if not completely overwhelming.  To this overwhelming state of mind, I wish to remind everyone that you must walk before you can run. I know it sounds obvious, but once you start “waking up” to the real world...

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How to Install an Off-Grid Water Well at Your Homestead or Cabin

by Sandra Ogden Getting out of the city and choosing to live “out in the country” is a goal of many people nowadays.  “Homesteading” sounds so idealistic; getting back to the basics and living the dream!  What most don’t realize is homesteading is hard physical work and has a lot of unknowns. It requires a lot of planning, prioritizing, setup money and manual labor.  You need shelter, water and food and lots of common sense. When...

Mini Farming on a 1/3-Acre Suburban Lot

Mini Farming on a 1/3-Acre Suburban Lot

By: JenMar Gather together a group of preparedness minded folks and the conversation invariably turns to pulling up stakes and moving to the country to create a self-reliant home and life. But, for many, moving is not an option. Work, family, kids, health, personal responsibilities are all valid reasons keeping people in their present location. It may not be what we want, but it is where we are right now. We don’t have to postpone...