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    You never know when disaster may strike, from a flat tire on an abandoned stretch of highway to a long-term power outage; emergency situations are always stressful, but you can help reduce some of that stress and maximize your potential for survival with these 43 fantastic prepping tips. So, read on to get ready!

    43 Fantastic Prepping Tips

    1. Emergency Kits

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number one cause of death among children and teens occurs from injury. Reduce the consequences of injury by carrying an emergency kit in your pocket or purse. We recommend at the minimum to keep alcohol swabs, bandages, lighters, and key chain flashlights, prepping an emergency kit won’t take more than ten minutes and could save your life.

    Here is a broader list of emergency essentials for survival

    2. Safety in Numbers

    Another way to reduce the ramifications of injury is to make sure your emergency kits have back up. For example, a few alcohol swabs are useful but adding a mini bottle of rubbing alcohol will make that kit even more effective; especially in an emergency where supplies may be hard to come by.

    3. Road Side Assistance

    You should also be prepared with a large bug out bag (BOB) at home and in the car. The DMV highlights how important this preparedness tip is with an official list on their website of what to carry specifically for road side emergencies, saying, “Such protection is something that every vehicle should have…”

    * Here are some tips on what to put in your bug out bag.

    4. Don’t Get Trapped

    Another good place to keep a specific emergency kit is under the bed. This kit should include things like a flashlight, a spare set of house and car keys, and an extra cell phone to call for help. This kit is useful in case you get trapped and have to exit from an upstairs window. You should also keep a spare set of clothes, and shoes along with a blanket packed in a suitcase somewhere outside, like in a shed.

    5. Create Charity Kits

    If you have the means to set aside a little extra in your prepping budget make small kits designed for short-term assistance. Things like travel sized shampoo,hair elastics and vitamins can really help out a neighbor and create goodwill.

    6. Stay Warm

    Being prepared to escape fires is crucial but starting them can be equally as important. Saving your dryer lint or dipping cotton balls in petroleum jelly, makes for great kindling that will burn red hot for a while; perfect for a source of heat and a method of cooking.

    7. Keep Matches Handy

    Matches are essential to any BOB as they provide the best combination of ease, use and reliability. Strike-anywhere matches are useful because you don’t need a special striking surface to ignite them. However, these matches have been made illegal in certain areas because of the concern that they can ignite by accident. Kitchen safety matches require a special striking surface but in an emergency situation sand paper will work just fine. Gluing a piece of sandpaper to the inside lid of a mason jar and filling it with matches is an instant way to waterproof your matches and make sure you have a proper striking surface.

    8. Water, Water Everywhere…

    Based on the Palmer Drought Index, 22 percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the moderate to extreme drought category while severe to extreme drought affected about 7 percent of the US, this year. The most important thing to have in a survival situation is water. Store clean water any way you can, from canning it in mason jars to re-using empty soda bottles, you can even buy extensions for the gutter down spout and use it to fill full sized barrels.

    9.…But Not a Drop to Drink

    If you find yourself in an emergency situation where no clean water is available then knowing how to distill water will literally save your life. Distillation can be done in several different ways but mainly it involves boiling water to produce vapor. When the water vaporizes entirely, it will leave contaminants behind, once the vapor condenses back into liquid form it will be safe to drink. You can distill water from plants, snow and rain, or even use this process to desalinate seawater. Distillation can be done with a stainless steel pot, on a grill or with glass bottles. They do sell distillation kits or you can opt for the many DIY resources online.

    1. Sterilization

    Another way to ensure you aren’t caught without a drinkable source of water is to purchase a large bottle of five to ten percent iodine solution. Pour the iodine into travel sized spray bottles for easy storage in your emergency kits. A few drops per liter of water will act as a purification system. Plus, iodine comes in handy for disinfecting cuts and will keep your thyroid functioning in the absence of iodized salt.

    1. Emergency Toilets

    Be prepared with a DIY toilet that uses a five-gallon joint compound bucket and heavy-duty plastic bags to collect the waste; or invest in a camping toilet which is as lightly more sophisticated variation of the DIY model and costs less than $40. For some circumstances, a more advanced toilet may be suitable. Toilets made for RV’s are designed to use very little water and can be connected to an external tank for increased capacity. They can be battery operated and powered by a car battery.

    * If you’re looking for a camping shower tent, just click here.

    1. Carry Cash

    It doesn’t matter how much credit you have if the emergency situation affects the power. Store some cash in a hidden place inside your house and keep some spare change in your car. You never know what you might need to purchase in a pinch, but we do know cash is always accepted.

    1. Invest in a Propane Heater

    A source of heat is incredibly important for survival if you live in a part of the world where temperatures drop below zero. Investing in a propane heater is a small cost for safety. Propane is your best bet because wood takes months to season and butane freezes. Just remember that even on the coldest nights you still need to keep a window cracked for proper ventilation.

    1. Keep Food Cold

    In hotter parts of the country keeping yourself and your food cool is very important. Not only is it a good idea to make sure you stock your freezer with bags of ice but you can also freeze and store milk in its container. Frozen milk will help keep the contents in your fridge cool for up to twelve hours at 60F. Once it defrosts you can drink the milk. Use semi-skimmed milk so the fat doesn’t separate when it defrosts.

    1. Keep Food Safe

    Instead of bags of ice bought from the store you can also freeze jugs of water. This tip is extra useful if you are going on vacation. Fill a 2 liter bottle about 1/3 full and make sure it freezes upright. Once it is frozen lay it on its side. If the water ends up frozen sideways at the bottom it indicates the power was off long enough that your food may be unsafe to eat.

    1. Tarps and Tents

    Carrying a tent in your BOB isn’t always feasible but a good alternative is carrying a tarp tent. Tarps can be used for many things such as, making a shelter, catching rainwater, making a hammock or making a litter for an injured person. Keeping a tent at home is important because when the grid is down sleeping in a tent in your house is a good way to cope with extra cold temperatures.

    1. Keep your Medication Up to Date

    If you have important prescription meds ask your doctor to prescribe a few extra days worth. Stash these in all the important places like under the bed, in your car and in your purse. Every three months rotate the extra supply so you’re aware of where everything is stored and how long until it expires.

    1. Food Storage

    Every week take ten minutes to do a quick check of your food supply. Rotate canned goods and other food items so the ones expiring soonest are at the front. After you’ve done your check add items you are running low on to your grocery list. You can even add $5 to $10 worth of extra non-perishable food items every time you go grocery shopping to make sure you are always fully stocked. Store some of the extra supply under your car seat. Don’t forget a manual can opener so you have something to eat that doesn’t involve cooking no matter where you are.

    * Here is a list of the Best Food for Emergency Storage.

    1. Do Diversify

    When we think of non-perishable food we automatically think of cans. However, eating only canned goods adds a lot of extra sodium to your diet that can be unhealthy, and it’s just plain boring! Diversify your diet with a variety of canned, dry, and freeze-dried foods.

    * Here’s a tips on how to freeze dry food at home.

    1. Store Hardware

    Food isn’t the only important supply to be keeping track of; hardware can also be essential in an emergency. Just like you might do for food, every time you have a DIY project add some extra nails, lumber, screws etc. to your order. If disaster strikes you won’t have to worry about getting to the hardware store before you can begin repairs.

    1. Take Stock of Batteries

    While you should take stock of your food supply every week, you should take stock of your battery supply every three months. Keep a list of all the items that require batteries. Every quarter add new batteries to your prep kits and use the older batteries from the prep kits to power all the items on your list. This will ensure you have working batteries in all the important places.

    1. Use Solar Power

    Another way to prep for power outages is to stock up on high quality, small solar chargers, solar batteries and solar powered lanterns. You can even invest in lights that use strontium aluminate, a photo luminescent phosphorous material that absorbs photons & UV rays to charge. These lights charge well in low-level indoor light conditions and last forever.

    1. Stock Up on Specialties

    If you have children stocking up on entertainment options is still important. Make sure to have books, cards and crafts at the ready. This will not only help your kids stay calm while you think, but can serve as a morale booster for the whole family.

    1. Stock Up on Toilet Paper

    Another important item you’ll want to be stocked on in a disaster is toilet paper. Not only is it useful for it’s intended purpose but can double as napkins and be used as kindling. To ensure you’re never without toilet paper, store 4 rolls in a large Ziploc freezer bag. Then place a bag under each sink in your house, in the car and near any of your emergency kits.

    1. Detect Carbon Monoxide

    Even in small doses carbon monoxide can be harmful resulting in 15,000 emergency room visits and an average of 430 deaths per year, according to the CDC. Carbon monoxide is almost impossible to identify without a proper detector. To be properly prepared a carbon monoxide detector should be placed on each floor of your house and outside the doors of any bedrooms. Investing in a permanently installed battery-operated unit is the safest option as it will work even in a power outage but you could opt for a plug-in detector with battery back up.

    1. Learn Your Equipment

    Having special equipment for disasters like a crank radio or solar powered oven can ease the burden of any emergency, unless you don’t know how to use it. Practice makes perfect, so invest a few minutes of your time daily or weekly to familiarize yourself with how everything works. It will be much easier to deal with an unforeseen snag when you’re calm than in the midst of the actual crisis.

    I don’t know about you but I like to keep a spotting score or something similar on hand because if  you can’t see it, you can’t prepare for it. Always imperative to know as much about your surroundings as you can.

    * If you’re looking for the Solar Hand Crank Radio

    1. Plan to Get Home

    Use Google maps to print a map of your area,identify choke points where congestion from traffic and people might slow or stop you from getting home. Choke points include bridges, tunnels, canyons and spots that could be closed during an emergency. Then identify where large groups of people might gather in an emergency for food and water. Circle all the choke points and places like churches, grocery stores, hospitals, schools etc. Once you’ve highlighted all the areas you want to avoid, plan your route home in a way that minimizes passing by any of these hazards.

    1. Practice Your Plan

    Fight-or-flight syndrome occurs when the body overproduces the stress hormone cortisol. This creates a reaction in the brain that causes the amygdala to take control, the part of your brain where emotions come from. Clearly approaching an emergency situation emotionally rather than logically puts you at a great disadvantage. However, because this is our body’s natural reaction staying calm in an emergency and increasing your chances of survival requires practice. Enlist the help of a prep buddy, call each other at random on a monthly basis and give each other surprise emergency drills.

    1. Include Your Family

    Only repetition will help prepare your family for real-life disaster. After you’ve completed your map and planned multiple escape routes, give your family a schedule to practice each plan for different scenarios. Once they’re familiar with each plan, spring some random drills on them allowing them to get a feel for being prepared without being able to prepare.

    1. Join a Preparedness Meet Up Group

    Joining a group or connecting with another like minded prepper won’t just allow you to practice your emergency drills but will also be useful in trading skills and forming alliances during a disaster. For example, you could teach someone how to do basic car repairs in exchange for learning how to make soap.

    1. Can You Carry It?

    Make sure your emergency prep kit is unique to your living conditions, your body weight and which disasters are more likely to occur in your area. As a rule of thumb your BOB should weigh 15 to 20 percent of your body weight. No matter how many useful items you put in there, if you can’t carry it it’s no good. It’s always a good idea to keep a few tactical bags on hand for short distance gathering missions when there’s limited options for resources.

    * Here’s a tip on How to Create a Bug Out Bag.

    1. Divide and Conquer

    As mentioned above, an emergency bag that’s too heavy only hinders you. If you require heavier equipment for longer survival time, one way to minimize the load is to include some freebie cloth satchels with handles. This way if you’re with a few people you have the option of divvying up the weight without sacrificing essentials.

    1. Protect Precious Memories

    In today’s technological world there is no reason for disaster to affect your important documents or family photos. In addition to a USB or external hard drive, back up all your documents and photos with free cloud storage. You can even create an email account specifically for this reason and email all your photos and documents to yourself. This way if disaster strikes and destroys your home you can still access all the important stuff from any computer in the world.

    1. Two Way Radios

    Maintaining communication in a disaster is your only way of knowing what’s going on and what to do next in an emergency. Cellphones are not a reliable method of communication because cell towers could go down with heavy winds or flooding, and mobile phone batteries won’t last you in a power outage. This is why survival radios are a top priority for being prepared in any situation.Regular CBs can become clogged with radio traffic so it is a good idea to opt for a GMRS/FRS radio. A good model can even provide encryption for a private family discussion.

    * We’ve listed for the Best Two-Radio for Families

    1. TTY Text Telephone

    Another effective mode of communication if cell and internet service goes out is the TTY machine. Generally used for the hearing or speech impaired, this machine enables a regular landline phone to send and receive text messages and many 911 services are set up to use these machines. Even if cell service is available, a working TTY machine, will get around overloaded cell towers and can help get you important information by calling official government lines or friends and family outside the area.

    1. Special Needs Alert Radios

    Investing in the Special-Needs NOAA Weather Radio is an amazing way to prepare anyone with special needs for an emergency. This radio receives National Weather Service (NWS) warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day. It comes with accessories that will vibrate your pillow or shake the bed to wake hard of hearing individuals when an alert comes in. It also provides strobe light alerts for when the person is awake. Furthermore this radio can be equipped with special adaptions that convert the weather messages into large print and/or Braille version for anyone who is visually impaired.

    1. Keep your Service Animal Safe

    If you use a service animal, contacting your local animal shelter or emergency management office before disaster strikes is an important way to stay prepared. This will help you determine which shelters are most likely to accept service animals without hassle. Moreover, make sure all vaccination and registration paperwork is up to date and at the ready. This is where tip #33 comes in handy!

    1. Prepare your Pet

    While stocking up on food for your family don’t forget extra cat or dog food. Additionally, stock up on kitty litter, flea treatments/flea collars, grooming supplies and toys. It’s also a good idea to keep recent photos of your pet handy in case they get lost during the disaster and you need help locating them.

    1. Keep Your Clothes Clean

    Purchasing a washboard, using a special washing plunger or investing in a non-electric portable mini washing machine are all great ways to ease the burden of keeping your clothes clean during a disaster. If all else fails you can use rocks along a stream to scrub your clothes clean.

    1. Keep Yourself Clean

    Staying clean is extremely important to your survival. Stocking up on hand sanitizer is essential for diminishing the spread of germs transferred by your hands; using soap and a wet cloth to sponge bathe is a good alternative when there is no running water, and in worse case scenarios where no water is around at all, remove as much of your clothing as possible and expose your body to air for minimum one hour.

    1. Fortify Beforehand

    During a disaster people are more susceptible to break-ins and burglaries. Fortify your house with these added measures. Install battery operated alarms on all entry points along with a wireless alarm system that sounds an alarm and automatically calls for assistance. Use outdoor sensor that will alert you when someone is approaching your home and get a guard dog.

    1. Bug In When Possible

    Bugging out should be a last resort! When you bug in you know the people, the land, the resources, the evacuation routes, etc. Plus if you followed the tip above, your home is fortified. Additionally you can join forces with your neighbors to exchange resources and manpower. This will help keep your area protected and safe from things like looters, increasing your chances of survival.

    1. Find Food in Nature

    If you absolutely have to bug out then increase your chances of survival by knowing how to find food in nature. Hundreds of plants, fruits, and vegetables grow naturally throughout the USA. Find out which ones are available in your area, then go hiking and try to find them. It’s fun, it’s free and you’ll be honing your survival skills.

    From prepping on a budget to ten-minute tasks there are many small things we can incorporate daily that will make a big impact should disaster strike. Protecting ourselves and our loved ones in today’s world isn’t crazy, it’s smart! Remember, if you prepare for the worst and nothing happens you’ve lost nothing, but if you don’t prepare you could lose everything.

     

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  • 5 Easy Swaps for Your Favorite Dairy Products

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    Dairy is a staple of the Standard American Diet, but it has traditionally been considered not to be a part of a standard Paleo diet. The science really isn’t cut and dry though, especially when it comes to high-quality grass-fed dairy, so I consider dairy a grey-area food—it’s health benefits are considerable, but many people (myself included!) find it causes inflammation we’d rather do without (for all the pros and cons of dairy products, see “The Great Dairy Debate“). If you’ve discovered you can’t tolerate dairy, don’t despair! Make these easy swaps and you won’t even miss the real stuff.

    Swap butter for ghee, lard or palm shortening

    Butter is ubiquitous, especially in baking.  But, it’s also delicious on a baked sweet potato, for sauteing or baking veggies, and even blending into coffee.  And for good reason! This rich fat lends plenty of flavor whether used to cook or dress foods, and when sourced from grass-fed cows, it’s quite nutritious! However, for many people (myself included!) the amount of milk protein in butter is still enough to trigger a reaction (I personally get a migraine within about ten minutes!). Luckily, there are alternatives!

    the-paleo-mom-5-easy-swaps-for-your-favorite-dairy-products-fourth-and-heart-gheeIf you’re looking for the same rich flavor as butter, ghee is a fabulous alternative. I like the grass-fed ghee from Fourth & Heart! It’s a traditional Indian cooking fat made by clarifying butter. That means the butter is gently heated until the milk proteins can be separated from the pure butter fat. Butter is only about 83% fat (the rest is protein and water) whereas as ghee is typically 99.7% fat, qualifying it as casein-free, whey-free and lactose-free.  When it comes from grass-fed milk, ghee is rich in the same nutrients as grass-fed butter—namely the heart-healthy fat conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2. Plus, it imbues your cooking with the same buttery flavor! One note of caution: though most ghee is almost entirely lactose and casein-free, it can still be problematic for some highly-sensitive individuals. For this reason ghee is eliminated on the Autoimmune Protocol, but is one of the first suggested reintroductions owing to its beneficial CLA and high fat-soluble vitamin content.

    Use code PALEOMOM10 for 10% off your purchase of Fourth & Heart Ghee!

    For baking applications, lard and palm shortening are also excellent great butter alternatives. Both have relatively similar properties in terms of baking chemistry, and are fats that remain solid at room temperature. While even leaf lard (the purest form, generally used for baking) will have a slight pork-y flavor, palm shortening is decidedly flavor-free. For that reason, you might find lard more suitable for savory applications like pie crust, rolls or biscuits, and palm shortening a happier alternative for cookies or cakes. 

    Swap milk for nut or coconut milk

    Paleo without milk means black coffee and very dry granola. But milk is actually one of the easiest dairy products to recreate! I like to alternate between nut milks and coconut milk, which have slightly different flavors but are both totally delicious!

    the-paleo-mom-5-easy-swaps-for-your-favorite-dairy-products-homemade-coconut-milkMy simple recipe for Homemade Coconut Milk  is my absolute favorite milk alternative. It’s creamy and delicious and has a very light coconut flavor. You can easily sweeten it too, making it a perfect alternative coffee creamer (try blending in a few pitted dates!). Plus, it’s incredibly cost-effective! If you prefer, you can choose a store-bought canned alternative. I always opt for versions that don’t include emulsifiers like guar gum, so my favorite brands are Natural Value or Arroy-D.  Powdered coconut milk is also wonderfully convenient to have on hand.

    If you’re swapping for regular milk, I recommend using plain coconut milk or even diluting it slightly with water. For recipes that call for heavy cream or half and half, coconut cream or a mix of coconut cream and milk (you can skim off the top of a cold can of coconut milk or buy coconut cream here) work well.

    If you can’t or won’t eat coconut, you can use the same process described in my recipe to make nut milk. I recommend making your own nut milk at home, since most store-bought brands include emulsifiers and other questionable ingredients. You can use any nut you like!

    Swap yogurt for coconut yogurt

    the-paleo-mom-5-easy-swaps-for-your-favorite-dairy-products-coconut-milk-kefirWithout dairy, you might think that recipes calling for sour cream, creme fraiche or yogurt are totally out. Conveniently, my coconut milk recipe is the base for a fantastic Coconut Milk Kefir “Yogurt.”  

    If you aren’t comfortable fermenting yogurt at home, there are plenty of options available at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. I’ve had great success finding locally fermented coconut kefir (like a thin yogurt) at my farmer’s market and my local Whole Foods, and many local co-op stores might have similar finds. I like to use coconut kefir in place of sour cream in recipes.

    For yogurts to replace my old low-fat favorites, my family likes So Delicious brands (somewhat thinner, and do include either rice starch or emulsifiers) or CoYo brands (thicker, more like greek yogurt, and absolutely no emulsifiers).

    Swap cheese for nutritional yeast or cheese alternatives

    So, I think we’ve established that butter can easily be replaced with ghee, and that coconut milk makes a great milk substitute. But what happens when you miss the cheesy flavor of…well…cheese?! A couple great alternatives are available in the form of nutritional yeast and plant-based cheeses!

    the-paleo-mom-5-easy-swaps-for-your-favorite-dairy-products-nutritional-yeastNutritional yeast comes in flake form, and is perfect for sprinkling on top of veggies, potatoes or anything you might once have sprinkled with cheese. It adds a delicious umami flavor and, well, it just tastes cheesy. Just be careful to select a gluten-free nutritional yeast ( I like this brand), and if you have any sensitivity to yeast or fermented foods, be careful with this food.

    Another alternative (and one with a cheesier texture) comes in form of veggie cheeses, like zucchini or cashew cheese. These dairy alternatives rely on a mixture of veggies, nuts or nutritional yeast for flavor, and gelatin, oil and a few other ingredients for texture. I’ve tried a few variations of zucchini cheese and find it closely replicates the texture of American cheese.  Try  this recipe by Jamie over at Gutsy By Nature.

    Swap ice cream for homemade alternatives

    Now, let’s talk about the food you REALLY want to know how to survive without—ice cream! Trust me, I know how you feel. I absolutely love ice cream! But when I discovered that like many people, I don’t tolerate dairy (and that ice cream typically has a high concentration of milk protein relative to other dairy products), I became determined to make an alternative!

    I’ve spent many years perfecting some fabulous ice cream recipes I think you’ll love. The advantage of making ice cream at home is similar among all the recipes mentioned above—you can control the ingredients! In particular, making ice cream at home allows me to monitor the type and level of sugar in my ice cream. I’ve even played around with naturally sweetening the creamy cold stuff with sweet potato!

    paleo-mom-dairy-free-ice-creamIf you want to try your hand at coconut-milk-based ice creams at home, try my The Best Ever Paleo Vanilla Ice “Cream,” AIP Vanilla Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate Gelato (dairy-free, nut-free, coconut-free), Olive Oil Ice Cream, or Chocolate Frozen “Yogurt.” For something a little different, try Monkey’s Lunch Eskimo Pies!  

    I often hear the suggestion that dairy is the one thing holding people back from committing to Paleo. Now that you know how many easy dairy swaps exist within the boundaries of Paleo, there’s absolutely no excuse! Give these dairy alternatives a try and you’ll be surprised how much you don’t miss!

     

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  • Have You Considered Bow Hunting For Survival?

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    Why should I spend my time learning a traditional skill – bow hunting – while we’re living in an era where we have powerful tools for survival such as firearms and the like?

    This is a question that goes in the mind of preppers every time the idea of bow-hunting crosses their mind. If you also tend to undervalue the use of bow hunting for survival due to its antediluvian nature, pause and think again.

    Acquiring bow hunting skills is as important as I was centuries ago. You never know when you’ll be left with no choice but to use what nature provides a method of hunting. When you’re stuck in the wilderness survival situation, you can bet on a bow and a set of arrows to save you.

    Indeed, there are many more benefits that come with learning archery skills for hunting.

    Let’s take a closer look at some of the Top reasons why should start learning this valuable skill today…

    SIX Reasons Why You Should Start Learning Bow Hunting For Survival Today

    1. Bows Operate Quietly

    In most hunting for survival situations, silent weapons are always the best. For instance, you don’t want to shout your location to fellow survivalists as they might follow run with your catch you get on it. For this reason, we highly recommend you to consider using bows which guarantee you of 100% noiseless operation. What’s more, they’re as deadly as the modern day, high-tech hunting tools and will take down your target with a single blow.

     

    1. Bows Are Economical

    You can acquire a simple takedown bow at a reasonable price of several hundred bucks. One interesting thing about bows is that if you get a high-quality, well-made bow, it will serve you for a lifetime – making your investment worthwhile. Other than the bow, the arrows are also cost-effective; when you’ve polished your archery skills, you’ll find it easy to retrieve and reuse your arrows again and again. Besides, you can also learn to craft your arrows using natural wood or wooden dowels-another quite affordable option.

     

    1. Enjoy High Degree of Versatility

    The modern day bow has undergone tremendous changes over the past years, centuries, to give you the best regarding performance. You’ll find the modern-day carbon-fiber arrow is incredibly lightweight and features a versatile tip that can accommodate different hunting tips. In other terms, you can use an extensive collection of different tips (including the small game stunner tips, standard practice tips, and so on) on the same arrow for various hunting games.

     

    1. Bows Are Incredibly Portable

    Look at a simple take-down bow – it only weighs several pounds which make it extremely lightweight for transporting to your hunting spot. The tale gets better when you learn that you only to turn some lug screws to take down your bow. A typical bow comes with three main parts: two limbs and a middle grip section. This further enhances the portability of your bow – you can easily pack it in your survival backpack alongside several arrows (say 5-6).

     

    1. Multi-Purpose Weapon

    Yes! A bow is highly versatile in the sense that you can use it for various things other than hunting. Simply disassemble the bowstring and use it different situations such as bow drill (for making a fire), make traps and snares, trot line fishing, and so much more.

     

    1. Extremely Careless Weapon Laws

    And given that the rules and regulation of using these weapons are pretty lenient, you’re freed from the ordeal of the cumbersome paperwork and permits required for other hunting weapons such as guns and pellets.

     

    Expert Tips on How To Get The Most Out of Bow Hunting For Survival

    Now, allow me to share with you some great bow hunting tips and strategies that will help you hunt with your bow successfully…

    – Strive to be an efficient hunter (that is, know where and when to hunt, and where to keep off). They might sound simple, but if you follow these things, you’ll experience significant changes in your hunting exercises. If possible, use trail cameras to help you determine the hot zones for hunting. This will magically increase your hunting success rates

    – Develop patient skills; Bow-hunting is simply a waiting game. Preparation and constant practice will make a huge difference, but if you can’t develop this simple attitude, you might not be one of the best bow-hunters.

    – Practice like you’ve never done before. Practicing shooting arrows at a fixed target in your backyard as you sip some beer or smoke a cigar isn’t enough. You need to get real-life shooting experience that will adequately prepare you for a real-life situation. Try to practice out of your comfort zone at all times – instead of shooting 30 yards, do 60. While still at it, it’s important to make ever shot count by being as much accurate as possible. Using a single pin bow sight is one of the coolest ways of dramatically increasing your accuracy!

    – Learn to make target acquisition a few seconds exercise. Don’t take more than 4-5 seconds to settle your pin and shoot the target. This is all that matters in real-life hunting situations. Practice holding your bow at full draw as long as you can to prepare yourself to confront that deer the moment it shows up!

    – Never wait for the deer to come to your stand. Go where they are. Always be versatile, even if it means putting extra effort. You might even need to climb trees or hide behind logs but know that you’ll be handsomely rewarded at the end of it all.

    – One more tip: when hunting try to find hidden food sources of food of the game you’re chasing. If you locate carrots, you’re guaranteed of finding the rabbit there as well. Remember that using lures to draw in the game always work like a charm, so try to be as much imaginative as possible while in the wilderness.

     

    Final Thoughts

    Bow-hunting for survival is a vital skill every survivalist should have at their fingertips. Your guns and rifles might fail, but if you’ve got these skills, they will save you in any survival scenario. Although bow-hunting requires perseverance, lots of practice for you to master it, it’s worth doing all this. It will make you the most skilled prepper who can easily survive in almost any wilderness out there.

    Assuming you’ve got the right choice of the bow with you, follow the above bow hunting tips and strategies, and you’ll have a successful hunt!

     

    Author Bio:

    Jennifer is the founder of BuckWithBow, a great blog that focuses on helping you learn how to hunt deer with a bow. As an experienced bow hunter, she will guide you through the Do’s and Don’ts of the bowhunting world and transform you into a better hunter. Whether you are an experienced bow hunter or an absolute beginner, you will find BuckWithBow a gem!

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