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Best Sleeping Bags for Survivalists

Hello, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk to you about something very important—getting a good night’s sleep! Buying the wrong sleeping bag can lead to an unhappy camper who is too hot, too cold, or worse. The most important part of selecting your next sleeping bag is getting the right bag for the climate. How much rain does the area have? How much moisture? What is the average temperature for the time of year you’ll be in the area? The answers to these questions will be an important part of the selection process.

 

The Basics

By far the most important part of choosing a sleeping bag is making sure it is EN rated. If it’s not, you can’t really be sure what you’re getting, and you might find out too late! A bag liner is also crucial, because you’ll be able to wash the liner without having to go to the hassle of finding an industrial washer where you can wash the whole sleeping bag. I also cannot underestimate the importance of airing the bag out thoroughly after each use. If you have ever skipped this step, you know why.

 

Types of Bags

There are many types of bags available. You can buy single bags, Adam and Eve bags you can zip together, down bags, waterproof compression bags, and multi-system bags. I have also heard of survivalists who use a lighter bag when it’s warmer out and then put it inside a heavier bag in winter. You may also appreciate a bag that allows for ventilation at the bottom. Bags also come in different lengths, so if you are tall or short you may need to try them on for size first. Likewise, if you are someone who feels claustrophobic in mummy bags, you may want to skip them!

 

What’s your favorite sleeping bag? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

Dreaming of Living in the Woods for a Year?

Hello! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I want to discuss what you would need if you decided to try living in the wild. Whether you simply want to get away from the rat race, you are on an odyssey of self-discovery, or you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you may be considering it yourself. Many people dream of leaving it all behind and living off the grid, but few will actually go through with it.

 

Aside from the loss of modern comforts and conveniences, there are many questions to consider before you decide to try living in the woods. Is it legal to live there? Would you live in a cabin or other structure? What would you do if you were lost? What if you can’t find any wild game? It is possible to live free in the US today, but you have to know where to look, and a great deal of research will be involved. The wilderness can be incredibly beautiful, but it can also be deadly. The joys and rewards of living off the land are numerous, if you are prepared to handle the hardships as well.

 

Some Basics You May Need to Live in the Wild

  • Double-headed axe
  • Your gun of choice
  • Ammo
  • A survival knife
  • Fire starters
  • Snare wire
  • A bow saw
  • A Peavey tool
  • Fishing gear

 

What you’ll need for your specific area depends on the climate and the lifestyle you want to lead. Have you ever lived in the wild? How long did you stay? Would you do it again? Let me, Robert Raskin, know in the comments!

Is Snake Protection Gear Worth Buying?

Hello, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to discuss snake protection gear. Whether you live in an area with a high venomous snake population or you are planning to hunt in one, you may be considering buying snake boots, chaps, or gaiters. Whether or not you wear snake protection gear is largely a matter of personal preference. Many preppers don’t leave home without them, and others find them unnecessary.

 

If you spend time in an area venomous snakes frequent, read on to learn more about the pros and cons of snake gear.

 

Snake Boots

Snake boots may seem like a no-brainer because they offer a solid layer of protection from the ground up. Many survivalists have complaints about these boots, however. They can be uncomfortable, they can trap moisture, and they can be extremely inflexible. Not to mention they cost a fortune!

 

Snake Chaps

Many preppers find chaps to be a more convenient option. However, buying chaps may not be worth the expense, because 99% of snakes are low strikers that will bite you between your feet and knees. Chaps that go above the knee may make you hot and sweaty without offering any extra protection.

 

Snake Gaiters

Gaiters are the affordable option of choice for many preppers. They offer more flexibility, more ventilation, and more mobility. Consider your activities and the temperature in your area along with how much protection you want and then make an informed decision.

 

Statistically the vast majority of snakebite victims are young males who admit they were playing with a snake, many of whom were legally drunk. We know better than that! However, it’s not always possible to avoid venomous snakes, and you need to be particularly cautious when you are lifting rocks and logs and to pay attention to where you are walking.

 

Do you have a preference when it comes to snake protection gear? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

 

Will These Common Survival Tactics Kill You?

Hello everyone, Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about the common survival tactics many of us have heard about that could actually end up getting you killed. A part of being prepared is doing your research and being able to differentiate fact from fiction before you are in a life-or-death situation.

 

Suck Out the Poison

If movies taught you to pull out your pocket knife, cut open a snake bite, and suck out the poison, it’s time to choose different movies! Not only will sucking the poison out of the wound not do any good as the venom will already be in your bloodstream, you could actually poison yourself or someone else by putting snake venom into your mouth.

 

Take Cover

We all hear that if you are lost in the forest the first thing you need to do, after you get your bearings, is to make a shelter. The problem is many of us do not know specifically what kind of shelter you’ll need to build, and this can be a matter of life or death. Making a roof is important, but keeping yourself off the forest floor is a bigger priority, because the forest floor will get your clothes wet, and THAT will kill you.

 

Drink Melted Snow

Snow is made from frozen water, so if you are dehydrated in the snow, you can just drink melted snow, right? WRONG. Snow will dehydrate you just the same way seawater will, so it’s better to melt the snow over the fire first, boil it, and then drink it.

 

Run from Predators

There is so much conflicting advice out there about what to do if you come face to face with a dangerous predator like a wolf or a bear. Do you play dead? Do you run? Running will make the predator see you as prey, and they have more experience taking prey down than you have running from a predator. It’s better to stand your ground and make yourself as intimidating as possible.

 

Drink Alcohol to Warm Up

If a Saint Bernard comes to rescue you from the snow with a brandy barrel around his neck, tell him you’re the designated driver! Contrary to folk wisdom about drinking alcohol to warm up, it will actually lower your body temperature. Sure, it’ll make you feel warm, but you’ll freeze to death just the same.

 

Chances are you won’t find yourself in any of these situations, but if you do you’ll need more than a smartphone to save your life. Check back with me, Robert Raskin, regularly, because I post new advice and articles twice a week.

Non-Lethal Booby Traps for Survivalists

Hello! This is Robert Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk to you about non-lethal booby traps. We all spent our childhood watching Wile E. Coyote set traps to catch the Roadrunner. While we know this is not a great way to catch a fast bird now, what you may not have considered is traps are a great way to protect your homestead by alerting you to the presence of a predatory human or animal.

 

DISCLAIMER: This article discusses non-lethal booby traps ONLY. Lethal booby traps are illegal, and they should not be used to protect your homestead. At CATS, we strongly discourage the use of booby traps that can hurt or kill someone.

 

Non-lethal booby traps serve several key purposes:

  • To delay an assailant or predator
  • To trap a person or a wild animal in place
  • To protect your family, your animals, and your supplies
  • To raise an alarm that will give you time to react
  • To scare potential threats away

 

When it comes to booby traps for survival, creativity counts, but here are a couple of old standards that remain popular today because they really work.

 

The Trip Wire Alarm

Trip wires are a popular choice for non-lethal booby traps because anyone can set them up and they can be created using objects that are easy to find. These are a great way to delay attackers by tripping them, and they can also be connected to bells, alarms, and other noisemakers to alert you if an intruder is approaching.

 

Low Entanglement Wires

Low entanglement wires are a military defense that will entangle intruders, be they human or wild animal. If you want to trap an unwanted intruder in this maze of wire, put it in tall grass, where it is less likely to be detected. You’ll also want to take care to ensure to overhead lights make the wires visible. Alsoake sure not to run the wires too tight, or they might snap!

 

What are some of your favorite non-lethal booby traps? Let me, Robert Raskin, know in the comments!

Weirdest Survival Foods

Hello everyone! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk with you about what our dinner tables might look like in a true SHTF situation. In a TEOTWAWKI situation, there won’t be any stores, and frankly none of us may not have much choice. As survivalists, homesteaders, and preppers, however, we will be one step ahead of the rest of society because we are smart and we’re planning ahead. Could you eat like our forefathers did? Read on and decide for yourself!

 

Acorn Burgers

Most of us probably think of meat-free burgers as something we might be served in California, but there is a meat-free alternative you can resort to if you’re really hungry for a burger but you are in the wild. And that, my friends, is acorn burgers. Did you know acorns are edible? Acorns are high in nutrients and fiber, making them the ideal survival food—provided you know which ones are safe to eat and which ones aren’t. Just remember – stay away from green acorns, and you can’t eat them raw. The proper cooking techniques, however, can make them a delicious and non-toxic treat.

 

Clabber

If you’ve got a cow, some time on your hands, and a strong stomach, consider adding clabber to your survival menu.  Back before refrigerators were invented, people probably had to be inventive about what they did with raw milk, and that’s what this is—it’s just raw milk that soured at room temperature. People used to eat this food on its own, and it was also used in recipes for baked goods. Today people are starting to revisit clabber to save money and to enjoy the purported health benefits of this fermented food. What do you think? Would you give clabber a try?

 

Do you have any weird survival foods that you’d like to tell me, Robert Raskin, and the rest of my readers about? Share your recipes and ideas in the comments!

Protect Yourself with Predator Scents

Hello all! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk to you about using predator scents to keep unwanted wildlife away. There are many ways to protect yourself from predators in the wild, from firearms to actual fire, but this is another case in which an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

You can use a predator or other wildlife pest like a raccoon or opossum’s natural instincts against it by purchasing the urine of another animal to ward it away. These animals will smell that danger is near, and they will avoid your homestead or camp. There are plenty of sneaky predators who want to do damage to your property, and this is just one of many ways to keep them away.

 

Hunters have been using scents since the 19th century, when they would mask their own natural scent with smoke to fool wolves. Thanks to technological advances, today you can buy products that are specifically designed to use scent—either by using predator scents to scare pests away, or by using prey scents to attract predators.

 

Here are just a few of the animals you can keep away with predator scents:

  • Wolves
  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Bears
  • Coyotes
  • Bobcats
  • Rodents

 

You can use predator urine to protect your garden, your livestock, your chickens, and your pets, but these products need to be reapplied frequently if you want them to be their most effective. Predator scents come in granules, in liquid, and even in smoke form, so you may want to experiment and see which method brings you the most success.

 

Have you tried using predator urine to keep unwanted wildlife away from your homestead? Did you find that certain varieties were more or less effective? Let’s discuss it in the comments. Until next time, this is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading!

Is There Enough Wild Game?

Hello! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk with you about whether or not there will be enough wild game to sustain mankind in a disaster scenario. Our forefathers may have lived off the land and depended on hunting for survival, but the world was a very different place back then. Today many large game animals have been hunted out of existence or close to it, and habitats have been destroyed.

 

Many survivalists are able to live off the land because there is not a lot of competition for resources, but if the worst should happen and society collapses, everyone will be trying to hunt—and that will ruin it for the experienced hunters by scaring the game that is left away. This will leave more experienced survivalists in a position where they will need to move farther away from society. Will you be up to the challenge?

 

By the early 1900’s hunters were already struggling to find game, and back then the US population was just 76 million. Today there are over 324 billion people in the US, so the population has more than quadrupled while wildlife numbers are dwindling. Some people theorize that a return to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle will help boost wildlife numbers, but that remains to be seen. In the event of a natural disaster or political upheaval, we may just find out.

 

Because the abundance of wildlife is directly affected by the health of the wilderness, a SHTF situation that results in a reduction of the human population could change the wild so hunting is more sustainable over time. We never know what the future will hold, and that’s why it is crucial to BE PREPARED. Do you have plenty of wild game where you live? Do you see that changing if TEOTWAWKI should happen? Discuss it with me, Robert Raskin, and the rest of my readers in the comments!

Would You Eat Bugs to Survive?

Hello! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk to you about edible insects. Edible bugs can be the key to survival in a SHTF situation if there is not enough wild game in an area to sustain the population. The truth is, if we want to survive after the worst has happened, we may have no choice but to learn how to eat insects. In many parts of the world, eating bugs is just a part of everyday living. In fact, there are upscale restaurants around the world that offer gourmet insect dishes on their menus.

 

Which Bugs are Safe to Eat

There are actually benefits to eating insects. These creatures are one of nature’s best sources of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and omega 3’s, and there are more of them than there are of us, making them an ideal addition to your emergency survival menu. Many varieties of ants and worms, such as honeypot ants and agave worms, are perfectly safe for consumption. So are bees, dragonflies, crickets, termites, and many others.

 

Bugs That are NOT Safe to Eat

Bright colors can be a natural defense because they let predators know that something is toxic. Because of this, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid brightly-colored insects. Hairy bugs and bugs that smell bad are also best to avoid. A slow-moving insect that doesn’t try to move when it sees you is also a bad sign, because it probably knows it has good reason to not be afraid. People with shellfish allergies should also steer clear.

 

Where to Find Edible Insects

Because insects are so plentiful, they are everywhere. You will find them under rocks and logs, on the leaves of plants, buried in the soil, floating on the surface of water, and in many other locations. A survivalist who can embrace the idea of adding insects to their diet may never go hungry!

 

Have you ever eaten insects before? Share your stories with me, Rob Raskin, in the comments!

 

Learn more about the Golden Rule for eating insects here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JwLuR0Vr5U

California Preppers Stockpiling Ammo at Record Rates

Hello all! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk to you about the new anti-gun laws that are set to begin violating the rights of California patriots this month. Preppers in the Golden State are stocking up on ammo in anticipation of new ammunition sales laws. These laws are set to go into effect this month, after being passed as Proposition 63 back in 2016.

 

According to reports, this has caused a surge of ammunition sales, with online dealers claiming their California sales jumped from 10% of their total overall sales to an astounding 50%. It’s clear that Second Amendment rights are under attack, and California is set to become the state with the strictest laws. With a Supreme Court that won’t even hear cases that will benefit gun owners, we have a situation where state law is trumping Constitutionally protected items, leaving gun owners with very little recourse except to begin putting away as much ammo as they can in advance.

 

Private citizens do not vote on the legislative process, so California preppers are left with no choice but to deal with the consequences of the state being able to undermine their rights. Thankfully, President Trump is working hard to protect our Second Amendment rights. Are you a California gun owner? How do you feel about the new laws? Are you thinking it’s about time to relocate? Tell me, Rob Raskin, more in the comments.