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Panhandle Rancher speaks…….Secession

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A word filled with angst, harbinger of civil war, destroyed cities, and refugee populations fleeing war’s destruction. Notwithstanding, the Texas Republican Primary ballot this year might just offer Texans the chance to voice their opinion on severing ties to the United States of America (


Many non-Texans forget that Texas was once a sovereign nation for nine years, a nation born of strife just like the USA. Texas won sovereignty from

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7 Things to Expect After the SHTF

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7 things to expect after the SHTF. This is just 7 and there are many more. Most of these would hold true if the SHTF-event was local or national/world. The point of this post is to get people thinking of their own life and lifestyle and go through some mental exercises as to how life would be without this or that – or having to deal with changed circumstances. Visualization will not only assist

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Carry a knife? Better check this website…..


I often have a knife in my pocket and always a couple in my Jeep. Honestly – I have never given whether it is legal or not a second thought. I came across a really cool website about knives that has a section that covers laws for each state. The website is – and the section that provides the legal research tool is

Going to the “knife laws” page brings up a map

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Bugging Out in a Tree? Really?

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The typical outdoorsman will simply take a trip to the local Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop, and purchase a tree stand to improve his hunting vantage points. For those who are prepping for long-term survival in the wilderness, a tree stand could potentially save their lives in certain situations and even provide shelter in a pinch.

Tree stands made for long-term survival will have to be built from scratch to not only blend into

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“Redneck” Air Conditioner


I have never made one of these but certainly can see how they work. Although effectiveness pretty limited in the right environment and in a small area it could provide some comfort.

Ever make anything like this? Did it work?

Please share!



A few thoughts on EMP protection



Quite often I receive questions and comments related to EMP protection. Let me start by saying I am not an expert on EMP. I will also tell you that I have talked to some very knowledgeable people when it comes to EMP and electronics. For me the answer to what will happen if there is an EMP attack is rather simple:

No one knows for sure.

It’s true. No one knows exactly what will

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Gear Review: Alocs Alcohol Stove

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Alcohol stoves are very popular with backpackers and campers who look for lightweight cook systems that burn inexpensive fuel. There are no moving parts, no electronics, no valves, and no pipes. Simplicity. They are also inexpensive and can be made from common household materials if so desired.

Alcohol stoves are mostly used for boiling water for preparing freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Fuel selection varies with denatured alcohol being very popular.

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Pocket Survival: Big Gear in Small Packages

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By Cherie

Big is not always better. In fact, when survival is your goal, “big” only slows you down. When selecting gear to take into the field, you want tools that are small but powerful — survival tools that offer great application but take up little space. Gear that will fit in your pocket is ideal, leaving both of your hands free and eliminating the weight of a clunky backpack. So how do you decide

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Share your knowledge


Hello folks –

We are running very low on posts to I am putting the call out to all of you. If you have some special knowledge, thoughts, experiences which to share – please send them in. Even if it is but a question to ask to all the other readers – lets put it out there.

Here are some subjects we are looking for:




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September is National Preparedness Month


Once again September is National Preparedness Month. Lots of things are going on and this is a great time to take advantage of available information and lots of online sales. We all need to realize that if a crisis were to occur we need to be responsible for ourselves and not rely on the government or local emergency services. Hurricane season is upon us and wildfires are breaking out in numerous locations. Drought conditions exist

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night …. Our terrible, horrible, no-good

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Nights in our rural development are consistently peaceful. Each house sits on roughly an acre of land and there is no through traffic. On this particular night, our dogs were sleeping , as they usually do, on the screened porch overlooking our fenced yard. “Boomer Bob ” and I were slumbering peacefully upstairs. So it was especially unnerving to be suddenly awakened by frantic barking and yelping coming from the rear yard. This

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 4th, 2015


It is not uncommon for preppers of any age to be ridiculed, made fun of and sometimes called “crazy” for feeling the need to be prepared. Preparedness is something that when looked at logically is just common sense. Unfortunate things happen to millions of people every single year and those that are better prepared will be able to handle many of these events better than those that are not.

That’s not crazy.

There are many

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Infographic: Emergency Preparedness Checklist


Courtesy of comes this Infographic representing a basic checklist of preparedness supplies to stock up on in case of a disaster.

A lot of times these types of checklist appear to be very general in nature – which is the intent. Often looking at these lists ideas will be generated and sometimes even something that was totally forgotten will be realized.

Here is the Emergency Preparedness Checklist Infographic:



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Camping Tips for Beginners


By Jules

If you are reading this, chances are you understand that there is a chance we will all have to fend for ourselves, without the safety and protection of infrastructure and local law enforcement. If that day comes, those who know how to live “off the grid” will be much better positioned than those who never bothered to learn how to be self-sufficient.

One of the best ways to prepare — and have some

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Survival Fishing and Snares


Recently Rourke posed a question for his readers regarding inclusion of fishing tackle in the survival ruck. My thoughts follow.

Inclusion of fishing gear in your survival rucks is likely situationally dependent. If your primary/expected travels are all in desert regions, likely not – but living in a land of many lakes and abundant fish I include a minimal kit of fishing equipment. No rods or reels, these are primarily

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Learn How to Cook With the Sun Oven



On Tuesday August 25th Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International will be joining me to teach an

online class and share the experience gained for 18 years of working with Sun Ovens all over

the world. This is a class you will not want to miss.


Sun Oven Cooking Essentials Class

Want to know more about how to cook with the power of the sun? The Sun Oven Cooking

Essentials Seminar will show

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7 survival lessons from The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows on television. It is fiction of course and I catch myself often saying – “Oh come on man……what about ??????” But hey – it’s entertaining. What the apocalyptic show does do fairly well is offer up situations to consider when looking at your preps.

Here are 7 survival lessons from The Walking Dead:

1. There is strength in numbers. Within a group there

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Video of the Week- “Buck Hoodlum: Legacy of Ron Hood”


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 mentioned previously that the Buck Hoodlum is one of my favorite knives. I own two of them. The following video is rather long but

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From the Desk of John Rourke – August 18th, 2015


A buddy of mine was talking about current events and how it seems like the “zombie apocalypse” is coming. He was not aware of my interest in preparedness. I mentioned to him about the Meet Up group I attend every month and he was interested. He asked a lot of questions and we had a good conversation. He may attend my next Meet Up event.

The questions asked were the typical ones……


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First Impressions: Ganzo G704 Folding Pocket Knife


I could easily develop a serious knife collecting problem. So far in my 45 years I have managed to keep my fascination with knives in check. One of my most recent additions is the Ganzo G704 folder. If you are not familiar with Ganzo they are a Chinese manufacturer of knives with a decent reputation. Popular Ganzo supplier sent me the G704 to review.

As you can see by the

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Skill Set That’s Beneficial to Readers in a Homestead or Survival Situation


by C.M.

As a single mom of two children, I had never thought about preparing for any type of disaster. During Y2K, I was young, in love, and newly married. During 9/11, I found myself newly divorced and raising an infant and toddler by myself. Prepping was the last thing on my mind. I was happy just to get by day by day. In the years since, I realized the awesome responsibility

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Book Review: Tools for Survival by James Wesley, Rawles


This post was published previously HERE on MSO.

I can remember back in my early childhood going out to my fathers shop and looking at all his tools. These pieces of metal and wood were mysterious devices that allowed my dad to work on cars, craft things from lumber – and get things working again around the house once they broke. He always wanted me to help him in his endeavours but like many other

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Review: Baofeng GT-3 Handheld Ham Radio


The following post was originally published HERE in MSO.

The importance of communication in preparedness cannot be overstated. If it all comes crashing down and normal methods of communication are thrown out the window Ham radio is one solution. Ham radio has been as mystifying to me over the past several years as trying to read hieroglyphics off an Egyptian pyramid wall. Talking to a lot people, reading a few articles, and watching a ton

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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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