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Survival Fishing Challenge: Could You Win?

No Rod? No Problem! You Can Fish in the Wild Without ANY Equipment.

Hello everyone! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again to ask you an interesting question I’ve been pondering myself all week: Could you survive the Survival Fishing Challenge? This challenge requires you to spend three days fending for yourself in the wild near a body of water. You will be responsible for purifying your own drinking water and fishing for your own food. Could you show up at a local ocean, lake, or river without food and water and survive? With these basic skills, you’ll have a fighting chance.

This article is part one of a two-part series. Next week I’ll be discussing how to clean and cook a fish using items from your bug-out bag.

How to Catch Fish

You don’t need a rod and reel to catch a fish, though it doesn’t hurt to have them. Even the most devoted and experienced fisherman can find himself without his gear through no fault of his own at TEOTWAWKI. If you want to stay healthy, you need to have fish in your diet. It’s loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids your body and brain need to function at an optimal level, which is critical in a survival situation. The protein and vitamin D in fish will help you stay strong. These unusual fishing techniques will result in a steady supply of fresh seafood for you and your family.


Around the world, myriad cultures fish with nets. The benefits make it an obvious choice. You can fit nets in a pack, and there are compact and telescoping models that allow them to take up a lot less space than a rod and reel. It’s easy to see why nets are such a popular choice for but-out bags. The only drawback to fishing with a net is the fact that you have to get it wet first. This is a tricky prospect when you’re surviving in a snowy environment.

Trot Lines

Why throw out a bunch of lines when you can attach many hooks to a single line? This is an incredible method to use if you want to be able to have baited hooks at a variety of depths. These work by tying one end of the line to the shore while throwing the weighted end into the water. It really is that easy, and on top of that it allows you to catch more fish at once.

Hand-Line It

If you love the experience of fishing with a rod and reel but just don’t have one around, hand-line fishing is for you. This method of fishing is self-explanatory. Instead of using a rod and reel, you use a heavy object and tie your line to that, then add a baited hook and use your hand as the reel. The trick is to control the line with your hand so you are in command of the tension.

Branch Poles

As long as there are branches near the shore, you can make a fishing rod, although granted you won’t have a reel available. To use this method simply cut a branch, attach a line with a baited hook, and then drive it into the mud or sand along the shoreline. Interestingly enough, you can cook fish using this method as well, as is pictured in the photo above. I’ll get more into depth about that next week.

Your Bare Hands

Yes, you read that correctly: you can catch a fish with your bare hands. In fact, people worldwide do just that every day. Here it’s called “noodling.” It’ll take some practice to master this method, and you’ll need nature on your side as well. After all, in order to catch a fish, you have to be faster than the fish. That’s something that you might have to be born with, though of course you can work to hone your instincts.


Catch Your Own Bait

No matter how much of your favorite store-bought bait you’ve got on-hand, eventually you’re going to run out. That is why you must know how to find your own bait in the wild. Next time you’re camping or hiking, look under the rotting logs and rocks around you and take note of how much bait you’ll find. The bugs, worms, and grubs under there will attract fish to your hooks.

Don’t forget to check back next week for part two of this series. After all, it’s one thing to catch the fish, but it’s another to know how to prepare it so it’s also great to eat. Once you’ve tried fish this way a few times, you’ll develop a real taste for it!


You’ve got to see this guy catch an 84-pound catfish with his bare hands!


Would you take the Survival Fishing Challenge?



5 Best Survival Video Games

Video games that can help preppers develop the skills they’ll need for TEOTWAWKI.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the merits of taking a survival dry run with survivalism video games.

Survival is no game, but thanks to new and improving video game technology survivalists now have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in the virtual world. Although video gaming is no substitute for hands-on training, these games are an incredible way for preppers to consider how they might handle a wide variety of different survival situations.

The survival genre has become increasingly popular in the gaming world, and most companies have released at least one survival title. One of the best things about survival games is you can choose your apocalypse. Whether you’re more concerned about surviving in the wild, in a post-nuclear wasteland, or in a battle royale-style free-for-all, these games will give you the chance to do just that.

Most of these games have features that allow you to keep track of exactly how long you will be able to go without food, without water, and without sleep. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we had a way of tracking this in real life?


Top Survival Games of 2019

These are some of the bestselling survival games people are playing right now. Do you think any of these would help you survive the collapse of society?



This game isn’t new, but it’s remained a popular choice with preppers over the years. In Rust, players wake up in the wilderness naked, alone, and without any supplies. After that, you’ll have a number of different choices you can make that will either increase or lessen your chances of survival, just as you would if the SHTF in real life. These include going it alone, working cooperatively with other players, gathering weapons, and even avoiding booby traps. In Rust you’ll have the ability to build increasingly sophisticated tools, to hunt for your own food, and to build your own shelter. It’s easy to see why so many survivalists are turning to this game to practice their skills!


Day Z

What does the Z in Day Z stand for? Zombies, of course. There are plenty of zombie apocalypse video game titles, but this one is different because it focuses on survivalism basics. This game is interesting because the zombies will hardly be the only foe you’ll need to defeat. One of the biggest threats you’ll encounter in Day Z is other players. While the walking undead is not a danger you’re likely to ever encounter in a post-apocalyptic scenario, encountering other humans are just as dangerous is something you’d likely experience on a daily basis, unless you’ve managed to find wilderness remote enough that you won’t have to deal with it. We should all be so lucky.


ARK: Survival Evolved

Playing this game involves a certain level of suspension of disbelief, because there is virtually no survival scenario outside of a Jurassic Park movie that will involve dinosaurs. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun to pretend you can just hop of a pterodactyl and fly away if you need to. In ARK: Survival Evolved, you will be part of a tribe that is ready to push their way into the Stone Age by creating tools, building villages, and more. You’ll have to defeat enemies and learn new skills if you want to stay alive, just as you’d have to in real life. Minus the T-Rex.



SCUM is a game you’ll want to try if you’re concerned about what our society will look like in the future if we experience a total breakdown of humanity. This is a more realistic possibility than many people are aware of. In SCUM, you’ll have a front row seat at the taping of a reality television show in which death row inmates are given a shot at survival for ratings. This game takes survival seriously, to the extent that it even measures your heart rate. It’s kill or be killed in SCUM, and taking other people out so you can get their gear is something you won’t be able to avoid if you want to make it out alive.



You’ll have to make a lot of tough decisions when you’re trying to keep a group of people alive in a world that has frozen over, and that is the whole point of Frostpunk. This game goes beyond mere survival. You’ll have to consider the needs of a society and not just yourself as an individual, and that includes making moral choices. Would you save someone’s life if they’d prefer to die? Could you keep the people you need to find supplies to stay warm, fed, and dry happy so they don’t revolt? Give Frostpunk a try and you’ll soon find out.


Are video games useful to survivalists? Read the poll results here!


These are the Top 10 survival games of 2018 and 2019


Survivalism for Kids is a Family Matter

If you’ve got kids, it’s up to you to make sure they’re prepared.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I’d like to talk to you about teaching prepping for kids. No matter where you live in the United States, there were native people who lived there before you. Whether you lived at the seashore, in the deserts, or in the mountains, those who predated modern technology knew how to live off the land. After the fall of civilization, you will be able to do so, too, and so will your descendants, if you take the time to teach them basic survival skills now.

Many species of animals are born nearly self-sufficient, acquiring the ability to walk and to fend for themselves almost immediately after birth. Humans, however, are not among them. It takes human babies at least a year or two to develop even the most basic survival skills, and nearly two decades to become independent adults. Because of this, they are dependent on you, the parent, for all of their needs and to stay safe from harm. If you are a parent, this will never become more apparent than it will in a SHTF situation.

Over the past 20,000 years, humans have steadily been moving away from the instincts and skills that allowed us to survive in the wild. Today nearly all of our basic needs are taken care of for us, courtesy of the utility companies, grocery stores, and other technological advances and conveniences that have allowed us to put developing survival skills behind us. Those of us who are survivalists know better than to adopt this potentially lethal mindset, and we aren’t going to let our kids get complacent, either. The harsh truth is, those of us who aren’t prepared won’t survive.


Reasons Your Kids Should Learn Survival Skills

Not only your kids, but your entire family, will fare better in a disaster situation if every member of the household can pull their weight. Read on to learn more about why it’s critical that your children are trained and educated.


Stewardship of the Land

Survival skills put your child in touch with the land and nature. Even if you live in an urban area, chances are there is national forest nearby. An astounding 1,600 people vanish in our country’s national parks each year, and while most are found, hundreds remain missing to this day. The sad truth is, many people simply do not know what to do when they don’t have the comforts of modern society, and they aren’t able to fend for themselves for any length of time. Don’t let your child be one of them.


The Collapse of Society

In today’s unstable world, wars are being fought, and social unrest rampant. The collapse of society as we know it could be right around the corner. Threats like EMP attacks, terrorists, natural disasters, and civil war are all too real. There is no guarantee the system we grew up in will exist for our children or our grandchildren. This is why it is imperative that we teach our children how to fend for themselves in any situation, and not only how to operate within society as we know it now.


We Are All Born with Survival Skills

Human children stay dependent for so long because our brains are large and complex relative to other species, and it takes longer for them to develop. Despite this, we are born with some survival skills hardwired in our brains.

  • Mammalian diving reflex – When infants are submerged in water, their heart rate decreases, which helps them to hold their breath. Incredibly, a baby’s heart can decrease as much as 25% to achieve this.
  • Language instinct – Humans are born with an instinctual ability to use language to communicate. This is likely because we are able to process sound and to hear our parents speaking while we are still in utero.
  • The ability to use imagination – Your child’s natural creativity can help them to find solutions to issues. Children use imagination to solve problems, and they can use their imaginations to place themselves in survival situations to figure out what they’d do next, as well.
  • Primitive ability to count – Did you know babies as young as six months old can tell the difference between groups with smaller and larger numbers of items? This is because humans are born with a rudimentary ability to count.

Join me, Rob Raskin, again next week for my follow-up post. I’m going to go into more detail about the skills your children will need to master if you want them to have the best shot in all situations.

Sigma 3 Survival School has an incredible four-part survival for kids video series. I’ve posted the first two parts today, and I’ll share the last two in the series next week. Share this with your children today!

Part 1 – Clothing Treatment Tips and Tricks

Part 2 – Dangers and Shelter

Sarah Sanders Rises Above Democrat Hate

“For me it’s all about family, and it always has been.”

I can hardly believe I’m typing these words: President Trump has announced that at the end of the month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is stepping down from her position. After 3 ½ years of outstanding service to her country, the press secretary will be missed. Sanders plans to return to her home state of Alabama, where the President is encouraging her to run for governor.

Naturally, Democrats are using the announcement of Sanders’s departure as yet another excuse to rip her apart. Snowflakes can’t stand that the press secretary stood her ground and refused to give in to their harassment or media bullying. After mocking the press secretary’s appearance and questioning her morals and integrity, it should surprise no one that shameless reporters, comedians, and social media users on the Left are calling for Sanders’s career to be ruined and openly hoping for the worst for her.

It’s not surprising that the hate-filled Left is stooping to this level. After all, every time the press secretary owns them, she takes away their shot at twisting President Trump’s motives to fit their anti-American agenda.

Our Favorite Sarah Sanders Moments

In honor of this tremendous woman, who has been known to give as well as she got, presents this list of Sarah’s greatest hits. Sorry, Dems, but no matter how hard you think you owned Sarah, it was more like the other way around.


Sarah vs the Press

Sarah Sanders kept the out-of-control fake news machine in-hand by being tough with them. Upon hearing news of Sanders’s departure, members of the press admitted she was friendly and fair with them behind the scenes. As other press secretaries do, Sanders was loyal to the President, but that is where commonalities between her position and people who have held the position in the past end. In today’s contentious political climate, in which the opposition seems to have gone insane, Sanders’ role with the press became unusually difficult. Still, she managed these difficulties masterfully, despite facing harsh criticism from people who are hell-bent on opposing everything she and the President do or say at any cost.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta turned White House press conferences into a mockery by using the opportunity to manufacture self-serving drama. Sarah put a stop to that, saying, “This conduct is absolutely unacceptable,” and revoking his press credential. Sanders tore into veteran journalist April Ryan tried to project what she wanted to hear for her own story onto Sanders, the press secretary immediately shut her down by responding, “With all due respect, you don’t know much about me.” When it became clear that the press conferences were no longer serving their intended purpose due to Trump Derangement Syndrome, Sanders made the bold decision to break with tradition and stop wasting time with daily official press briefings.


Sarah vs Red Hen

Being a never-Trumper means constantly reinforcing the general public’s support for President Trump by displaying abominable behavior. One glaring example of this are the calls to harass Trump’s supporters and cabinet members in public. In June of 2018, Sarah Sanders and her family became targets of the Liberal mob at Virginia’s Red Hen restaurant, where the press secretary and her family went to enjoy a meal like everyone else in the restaurant. When the owner of the Red Hen chose to make a spectacle of Sanders to get press, more business, and five-star reviews from Democrats who have never actually eaten there, she handled the humiliating situation with absolute grace.

In a tweet responding to the inexcusable incident, Sanders wrote, “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.” She wrote it herself, too, and didn’t ask a waiter to do it for her, as the owner of the Red Hen did when she wanted the Sanders family ousted.


Of Sanders, President Trump said, “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” We couldn’t agree more. Rob Raskin’s and would like to officially thank Sarah Sanders for doing such a fantastic job for America and for sticking to her values. Whatever you do next in life, and wherever you go, they’ll be lucky to have you.


See President Trump’s Announcement About Sarah Sanders’s White House Departure


Five Times Sarah Huckabee Sanders Took the Gloves Off



Prepping for Pet Owners

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again. Today’s blog is for pet owners, because if you have a dog, cat, or other animal your disaster preparedness efforts will require you to take them into consideration in a survival situation, if you aren’t safe, your pet isn’t either. For many of us, our pets are a part of the family, and for others they are valuable tools and assets. Whether your pet is your lap dog or your hunting assistant, in a SHTF situation it’ll be vulnerable. And, if it isn’t a useful animal, it can also become a burden.

The number-one recommendation I can make for dog owners who are survivalist is to make sure your dog is well-trained. If you want an animal that can and will defend you, you must train it to do so. Don’t assume because your dog barks at strangers that it will be able to protect you. Some other training your dog will need is:

  • Basic commands like sit, stay, and kneel
  • It must know how to stay completely quiet
  • It must be trained to stay with you and not to panic or run
  • It must be trained to haul and carry equipment

Cat owners, the most you can expect your feline friend to protect you from is rodents. However, if you’re in an area where they are a problem and you want extra protection for your food supply, a cat can be a tremendous asset.


How to prep your pet for a disaster:


Your pet will need adequate food and water, and this amount will be determined by the animal’s size, its health, and the weather. Looking for survival storage tips for your pet’s food supply? You’ll find them here:

If you don’t already have a dog but you’re thinking of getting one, you may want to consider which breeds are best suited to survival. Let’s face it, pugs are cute, but you don’t want to have a pug with you when you’re in the wild! The following video may help you decide which breed is best for you:


Don’t Leave Grandpa Behind

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss an issue that will affect many of us in a SHTF situation even though you may not have considered it before, and that’s seniors. Do you have an elderly loved one? If TEOTWAWKI were to happen, of course you would want to do everything you can to care for beloved older family members. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if you will be up to the task!

Are you in peak condition?

Now is the time to take stock of your own health, because you can’t take care of someone who is dependent if you don’t take care of yourself. Make sure you have the non-expired medicines and other health supplies you’ll need for yourself and your older family member—at least enough to last two months!

Are you going to be mobile?

Do you have batteries for your family member’s wheelchair? Do you have an extra walker? Can your wheelchair handle rough terrain? Do you have enough gas to get to safety (if you are lucky enough that there is still a place that is safe)? And yourself these questions now and not after it’s too late.

Do you know where FEMA and other shelters and services will be in your community?

If not, it’s time to find out, especially if your senior family member(s) has special health needs that require outside assistance. Knowing where these facilities would be ahead of time could mean the difference between life and death for someone who cannot survive the elements.

Are you being realistic about how much time you have?

Don’t wait until it’s too late to leave the area before it becomes a hazard. You don’t want to be the person who burned while they were trying to fight a forest fire with their hose when they could have been safely at a shelter miles away, and neither does your grandmother.

While I don’t need senior survival help myself yet (LOL), I hope you will find this advice helpful. Do you have anything to add to the discussion? Let me know I the comments!


How to Choose Your Survival Team

I’m a big believer in strength in numbers, and in a SHTF situation you may very well be better off being part of a team. Just being a part of a team, however, is not enough, as not all teams are created equally. What is best for one, may spell doom for another. If and when the time comes, how will you know who to let into your group? This is not a decision you want to put off until the last moment. It’s best to start thinking of this TODAY, and the sooner the better!

The first thing you’ll want to do when you are interviewing people about being in your group is to make sure they are on the same page you are. That is to say, make sure they share the same survival goals, they agree who or what you are preparing to survive, and that they plan to bring the same number of people into the group with them. For example, if you are alone, or you are part of a married couple, you might not want to bring in three other guys who each have five children.

It’s also a good idea to have something that functions like congress or senate (when they function, lol!) or an elder tribunal…whatever you want to call it is not important. What is important is that it creates a system of checks and balances so no one person in the group can become powerful at the expense of the others. It’s also helpful to assign each member of the group a tasks they are in charge of.

There are a number of factors you should consider before allowing someone to join your team. Things like group goals, number of family members, and your actual bug-in location will play large roles in deciding who gets admission to the group. Get everybody on the same page, and things will start off a lot smoother.

If you are parents, you might want to bring other parents into your group because you will have the shared priority of keeping your children safe. You can assign your children a task they are to master now so they can become skilled at it today, rather than waiting to teach them to learn in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Want your prepper group to be a success? Make sure you have group members who possess the following skills:

  • Hunting and gathering
  • communications
  • Military training
  • Survival training
  • Medical training

And last but by no means least, you’ll need a strong leader who can coordinate efforts, smooth out difficulties, and bring the group together in even the most difficult circumstances.

How To Build a Food Supply in a Hurry

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and for today’s post I’m going to address those of you who may be new to prepping. Not everyone has been prepared for years, as I and so many others have. There has been increased interest in the topic of survivalism lately, due in part to what’s going on in Venezuela and the fear that it could happen here if (ahem) certain parties were able to win in the midterms. People who never thought the collapse of society could happen to them are seeing now that it can and does—and we could be next!


Of course, homesteading and advanced prepper tactics take many years to master, but anyone can get a short-term survival food supply together. Those of us who have families owe it to them to have a month of food and water at a bare minimum.


Are you ready to put an emergency food survival kit together for your family? Let’s get started! Here are some of the foods that are best for a TEOTWAWKI situation because they have a long shelf-life and are easy to store and prepare:

  • Rice and beans – make sure you have at least 20 pounds of each!
  • Canned meat – at least 20 cans
  • Canned fruit and vegetables – at least 20 cans of each
  • Peanut butter – go for the Costco-size, and get two
  • Oats – at least five pounds
  • Pasta – at least 10 pounds and canned sauce
  • Pancake batter – two Costco-size boxes

You may want to adjust some of these amounts based upon your family’s personal tastes, but the basic goal is to have enough protein, fruits, vegetables, and carbs to keep you all going. Remember, anything can happen in today’s unstable world, so BE PREPARED!

All About Fire Bricks

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about fire bricks. What are fire bricks? This is a brick that is made from refractory materials that has many uses, including lining fireplaces, furnaces, and kilns. You can buy these at Home Depot and many other stores, but in a SHTF situation you won’t be able to go to the store. So what then?

This is where your old junk mail can come in handy. We’ve all got it lying around. I know I’ve got so much of it that even in a post-apocalyptic situation I could probably find plenty, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead and start turning your junk mail into fire bricks now, before it’s too late. It’s easier than you think, and you’ll appreciate having them later.

To transform your junk mail into fire bricks, check out this informative post and video from Highly recommended!

Pioneer Preps: Fire Bricks

Essential Survival Skills for Kids

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about survival skills every child should know. Parents know how terrifying it is to think of being in a TEOTWAWKI situation when there are children involved, but the truth is if there is an attack or a natural disaster, our children will be at risk—and they will need to learn how to be contributors to your family unit.


If you’re a prepper parent, make sure your children possess the following skills:

  • Recognizing edible plants
  • Hunting for, cleaning, and preparing wild game
  • Building a fire and basic fire safety
  • Firearms safety
  • Growing plants from seeds
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • First aid and hygiene
  • Filtering and boiling water
  • Identifying water sources that are safe
  • Building a shelter
  • Opening a can without a can opener
  • Effective hiding and camouflage
  • Basic self-defense
  • Tree climbing
  • Map and compass reading
  • Weapons making
  • How to use the sun and stars as a compass
  • Mending tents, garments, etc.

More than anything else, your child’s attitude is the key to a family unit that functions effectively in times of crisis Make sure your child understands that they are a contributing member of society and their work is as needed and appreciated as anyone else’s. Instill good morals in your children that will carry them through adversity and help them to make the world a better place going forward.