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How to Capture Birds

Hello Survivors, Rob Raskin here again to show you how to survive in any sort of emergency. One important skill you should learn is how to capture birds. Birds have survived for millions of years and will likely be around in any type of emergency situation, no matter how dire. They can serve as a valuable resource, and can also be trained to accomplish important tasks, such as communication between you and any contacts you may have on the outside world.

Feed Them

A wild bird will interact with you for one reason only: they are hungry. Make sure you have some bird feed with you if you try interacting with birds. If you are planning on capturing a bird for food, you can simply set out some feed and place it under a trap, such as a box under a stick attached to a string. When the bird goes under the box, you can pull the string and capture the bird. However, if you plan on taming a few, you should feed them by hand.

Be Consistent

Taming a wild bird will take plenty of work, but it can reward you with a useful creature that can fly long distances, and which does not run the risk of interception by modern surveillance techniques. A pigeon, for instance, can fly hundreds of miles to deliver a message, which can be especially useful if you are running low on supplies or are in some other kind of distress. Show up at the same spot every day with food, and it’s likely the same birds will interact with you. One or two may consistently return to you.

Give it a Home

One way to keep birds around is to build a nest or other kind of home for them. This can encourage them to return more and will allow you the chance to interact with them further. Always approach a wild animal with caution, especially a bird. If they exhibit signs of fear, such as rapid breathing, make sure that you hold your breath and remain motionless, so they have a chance to calm down. Your body language will signal intent, and if you display a nonthreatening demeanor, you can avoid the trouble that happen if you are too aggressive in your attempts to tame them.

Taming birds can take time and effort, but if you are willing to invest in it, you could be more than paid off for your time. Birds can be an excellent source of food and raw materials, and can also serve you well.

If an Intruder Enters Your Homestead

My name is Rob Raskin, and today I’d like to talk about what you should do if a stranger enters your homestead. As survivalists we are armed, but TEOTWAWKI has not happened yet, so there are still laws we need to follow in society. Many homesteaders and survivalists have questions about what is and is not legal to do if an intruder trespasses on your property. Each state has its own laws, and you will need to familiarize yourself with the laws in your state. Although we all agree that we’d do anything we needed to in order to protect our family, it’s best to know ahead of time what will keep you safe and what will end up with you in prison.

The Castle Doctrine
Not every state has Castle Doctrine laws, which means citizens have the right to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their private property by force when necessary, and in some cases this also includes deadly force.

States that have castle laws:
Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Texas, Utah, Nevada, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, and Georgia.

States that don’t, or have limited laws:
New York, South Dakota, Iowa, California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Before you risk being charged with murder or manslaughter or opening yourself up to a huge lawsuit, take steps to discourage intruders from entering your property. These can include putting up signs, getting a dog, putting up a fence, locking gates, and installing motion-activated lights and surveillance cameras.

Have you ever had to deal with a home intruder situation? What did you do? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

Best Water Bottle for Preppers

Hello from Rob Raskin! If there’s one thing we appreciate here in hot Las Vegas, it’s a cold drink of water. We all know liquids stay cooler and taste better in glass bottles, but let’s get real. Who is going to carry fragile and heavy glass in their survival kit? If you are a prepper who is looking for a water bottle that will meet your needs, you need to consider a stainless-steel vessel.


Benefits of Stainless Water Bottles

  • Can’t be crushed, won’t crack, and won’t rust
  • Lightweight for its durability
  • Easier to clean
  • Drinks stay cooler than aluminum
  • Water tastes better than it would in plastic bottles, without the risk of chemicals


Using Stainless Bottles for Purification

One of the biggest benefits of using a stainless-steel water bottle is you can boil the water directly in the bottle to purify it. This can be a literal life-saver in the right situation. Titanium is also another option, though it’s much more costly. Some survivalists also use aluminum bottles, but this can be a problem if you are using it to heat because it can cause exposure to toxins in the coatings. Another issue you’ll want to watch out for when heating is double-wall (aka insulated) bottles. If you put these into a fire they will explode.


The secret to using a stainless bottle for purification is to avoid putting it directly into the fire. Instead, it is preferable to hang it over the fire or to use other less-intense heat, such as a low burner or hot coals. Exposure to too much heat can render your stainless bottle useless because it has warped and can no longer close. Your bottle will need to be able to withstand boiling liquid for ten minutes if you want to make sure you have killed every potentially harmful organism in the water.


What is your water bottle of choice? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

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.