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Hunting Skills for Preppers


by SP

Many preppers invest a lot of time and money into food storage. I have seen and read many instances where some folks have been able to accumulate as much as 50,000 pounds of food. Although this is admirable, and a good way to prepare, I tend to lean towards an old saying that says: “If you bring a boy a fish, you will feed him for a day. If you teach

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 8th, 2015

desk-32 sponsor has recently added a bunch of nrw products. Check out the “New Arrival” section of their website HERE. The also have sandbags back in stock and their clearance section is packed with paracord.

Great deals.

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Pretty interesting. I will let you draw conclusions….

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Put up a new 14 foot above ground pool this past weekend. They make these things so they

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Gun control initiative coming?


Yes – President Obama continues to be THE best gun salesman in the history of the planet. It is being reported that the Justice Department is looking to change the definition of “pistol” in the coming months. I am not alone in thinking that they may target AR and AK pistols – or at least the “braces” which are currently in fashion.

Nothing would surprise me however I have to admit that as far as

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New book released from Prepper Press



Prepper Press has just released the 10th in the Holding Their Own series – The Toymaker .

The Holding Their Ground series, written by Joe Nobody, follows the adventures of a young couple as they survive in a world where anarchy prevails and society struggles to establish rule of law. This first book of the Holding Their Own series is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great

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Welcome new sponsor……, pepper spray, self defense

I am pleased to announce that we have a new sponsor here at ModernSurvivalOnline – carries a large assortment line of self defense products such as stun guns and of course pepper spray. They also carry a variety of other items including WISE Food Storage products, survival kits, slingshots, blowguns, stun guns, and even self defense DVD’s.

Jim Drummond – owner of has a

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 5th, 2015



So looking forward to this weekend. Cooking some burgers and hotdogs on the grill. Been eating pretty good so going to cheat a bit. Pop tarts. Yeah – Kellogg’s blueberry pop tarts.

Wife and Jonathan have to work so it will be Christopher, the dogs and I.

Going to have a beer – or twelve.

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Scientists recently discovered lobster fossils 7 feet in length. That would be some seriously

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Friday’s Steals and Deals


Friday’s Steals and Deals contains great deals offered by many of our advertisers and official affiliates.

Click on the following website links to be directed to the offers from the featured companies. Deals and prices were accurate at publishing time.

Here we go…..


Food Storage

Emergency Essentials Freeze Dried Meat Basics Combo – reg. $344.94 SALE: $219.99

Emergency Essentials Freeze Dried Monterey Jack Cheese – 30 oz. – reg. $48.49 SALE: $29.99

Emergency Essentials

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Guest Post: The Most Important Lesson Scouting Taught Me


Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on


Written by Ken


I am part of the two percent.


Out of the 83.5 million Scouts who have been through the Boy Scouts program, only two percent have ever attained the rank of Eagle Scout. I am one of the few who earned this honor.


I learned a lot in Scouting…how to make a fire without matches, how to construct an emergency

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Cool First Aid Video’s


Here are a couple of cool First Aid video’s from Sootch00 and Skinny Medic.

Being able to respond to a variety of first aid situations properly is very important after a TSHTF situation. These video’s are very well done and are very informational.

Here is the first one on Treating Fractures in the Feild:

Here is one for Basic First Aid Kit for Survival:

How to Treat Gunshot and Knife Wounds:


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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 3rd, 2015


Saw that Palmetto State Armory now has an AK with their name on it. Can’t find a price anywhere but it looks to be a very nice rifle. 100% American made.

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I am up to Episode 145 of the old television series M.A.S.H. . Great show.

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Pretty tired of hearing Bruce Jenner being hailed as some kind of hero. The men and women in our

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The Panhandle Rancher shares……


The Panhandle Rancher sent in a couple of pictures to share with everyone.

It is often discussed what to take with you when traveling. I find myself feeling very uneasy when traveling far from home due to scenario’s running in my head related to some unfortunate event occurring and I am away from supplies and/or family.

PR shares the following:


All of the non firearm items other than the

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations


Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 2nd, 2015


FYI – the SHTF Loadout Photo Contest mentioned yesterday does not require that you are featured in the picture. Couple people emailed me asking about that. Not a requirement.

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Wolves are one of my favorite animals. Guess this was my attraction to getting Siberian Husky dogs – which I have two. Here is the latest pic – Bella u front and Jake in the back.

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Preparedness: Things you can do right now


Many people are becoming more and more concerned with the future. At this same time they are discovering an interest in preparedness – or as many call it – “prepping”. If you are new to prepping – or even if you are experienced – I would like to make a few suggestions to “sure up” some of your supplies now…..while there is still time.

Stock up on food – Every time you go to the

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 1st, 2015


Reader sent in this story about a low flying plane seen above Minneapolis, the Mall of America, and the Southdale Center recently. This plane flew very low for several hours.

Many are concerned that this could be terrorists looking for a target or in planning mode. Similar flights have been seen all over the country and reported.

Probably nothing. Maybe.

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Took my buddy to the range Saturday. This guy had

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The Next Large-Scale Crisis to Hit the US & World…



The water crisis in California continues to get worse and worse. Water is likely the most critical and often overlooked prep. The following was originally published HERE over at the Wolf-Fire Firearms Instruction blog.

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by Dave Wolf

As you read the news reports from all over the globe, it’s easy to see the bad news pouring in. There are reports of

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 29th, 2015



Happy Birthday Mom. You are missed so much.

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There was quite a response on the guest post yesterday A Basic Bug-In Plan. Both D. and author Jonathan Hollerman chimed in opposition to the article. Others were very supportive. Figured I would provide my own take.

I think preppers prepare for one reason – to live. It’s really that simple. They want to live. They want their family and maybe

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Letter Re: Homemade MRE

small three

Rourke: In case you missed it reader Karen left some great info ina comment related to my recent post “Homemade MRE“: Thanks Karen!!

I’ve come up with a list of quick protein meals, with the caveat that these are not good for long-term storage, but they will save you in a pinch. I’d really like to get a list of those items which contain more calories, and are more healthy than than the items on

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REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount


The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.


Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 28th, 2015


I have found Facebook as a very useful tool for finding great deals on used stuff. I belong to several area groups targeting general merchandise or firearms. Keeping an eye on deals will bring up a great bargain once in a while. Don’t use Facebook? No problem. That is a choice everyone makes for themselves.

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Appreciate the responses to my question about Rock Island 1911’s. I am not a huge

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A Basic Bug-In Plan


Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on

by Jon in Colorado Springs

All you ever read about is bugging out, and bugging-out if the ‘’Stuff Hits The Fan’’ or ‘’It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. Whether your plan is to bug-out to your second home in the country, your cousin’s farm that you visited once when you were eleven, or some random spot in a

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Video of the Week: Taurus PT-111 G2 9mm pistol review – BUDGET!


YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

I have heard from many people over the last couple years that Taurus is crap. Most of these reports are based on what people have “heard” or

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From the Desk of John Rourke – May 27th, 2015


Not sure if was just me or maybe where I hang out and the people I am with but this past Memorial Day seemed more celebrated than past ones. I saw more American flags and colors than usual. Either way – it was good.

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Anyone have experience with Rock Island Armory 1911’s?

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Via – “Republican Party 2016 primary frontrunner Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told

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Flashlight Review: The Sunwayman C22C


I am a flashlight junkie. With the continued improvements in LED technology and power efficiencies lights are getting more powerful and and lasting longer. This bodes well for those of us who prepare for power failures and grid down events.

I received an offer to review the Sunwayman C22C from It was provided to me free of charge to perform test and evaluation. When I review a piece of equipment I review it honestly

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