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  • The American Wars: Defending Your Town Against Hostiles
    air as Farrell continued to work on Jason s wound He was cleaning the wound openings front and back now using a fresh wound wash compound from his med kit that Jessica had brought He wasn t sure when she had appeared on the scene but true to her nature of being both very attractive as well as very practical to Farrell she had immediately ran to his sleeping area and found his medical kits Farrell had noted this fact quietly with deep appreciation Doc s previous statement reminded Farrell that in his assessment of town medical gear they had almost no usable pharmaceutical drugs Doc was the only person in town with antibiotics many of which were already expired or could not be kept refrigerated and the quick burglary raid that had occurred a few months back had completely emptied his personal veterinary medical stores Farrell finished cleaning the wound area and turned to Doc Here Doc you mind taking a look at this while I see what I ve got in my bag Thought you d never ask came the wry response Doc knelt and looked closely at Jason You done taking bullets for the day or should I come back in case you want to get shot up a little more first Hah Came the retort from Jason but he delivered it with obvious pain Hurts to breathe much less talk you old fool so make yourself useful instead of gabbing please Jason smiled through gritted teeth Herbal Medicine Slowing or Stopping Internal Bleeding Farrell rummaged briefly through his medical kit and retrieved what he was looking for Freshly tinctured herbal mixture to help slow or stop internal bleeding This mixture consisted of fresh Shepherd s Purse Capsella bursa pastoris leaves seed pods and flowers which he had harvested a few months earlier fresh yarrow Achillea millefolium leaves and flowers and wild geranium Geranium spp root This was the best choice he had to help slow down any internal bleeding that might be happening and he needed to administer it immediately He handed it to Jessica who obviously wanted to help Can you put about 4 capfuls of this into a cup along with about an equal amount of water Farrell asked her Even in this dimly lit room with the stress of an bullet wound Farrell couldn t help but take a few seconds to appreciate her athletic frame and striking features accentuated by her long dark hair Jessica nodded determinedly took the bottle from him quickly and was back in a less than a minute with a cup for Farrell Here Jason Farrell said as he squatted down to hand Jason the cup Drink this down quickly We need to give you about this amount every half hour or so for the next several hours while we watch to make sure you are not bleeding internally Doc looked at Farrell Can I hand this back over to you I m going to go back to my place and see what I may have that could be useful here in case we have to do more than just give him your magic potions Effectiveness of Medicinal Plants Farrell smiled as he took back over The jest was a friendly one Farrell had already convinced Doc years ago how effective medicinal plants could be when he helped him treat heartworm in a stray dog he had rescued using an anti parasite formula black walnut wormwood elecampane horse radish and ginger At the time there was a six month waiting list for Ivermectin Doc s skepticism had turned to intrigue when the dog stopped the typical heartworm cough within an hour of taking this formula and 10 months later after experimental treatment as Doc put it using Farrell s treatment protocol tested negative for heartworm He had become quite interested in using plant medicine after that experience but still liked to joke with Farrell about being a witch doctor Farrell looked at Jason as he knelt by Jason s damaged side He always found it best to communicate exactly with any patient exactly what was going on to include good news and bad news Looking for Signs of Infection Jason I m going to gently push in on some of the areas around this wound What I m most worried about besides possible internal bleeding is any kind of break in the two layers of tissue that surround the gut and organs That would mean infection and I m looking specifically for any severe pain hardness and redness around the area Farrell pushed gently above and below the wound site on the front of the abdomen below the ribs The tissue felt normal not hard or bloated The discoloration around the ribs above the bullet hole had continued to darken and grow but Farrell suspected that was mostly soft tissue and bone injury around the ribs When he had initially done his check on Jason after they moved him indoors he had checked his breathing and had been quietly monitoring it since What to Look For in a Gunshot Victim There didn t seem to be any sign of damaged diaphragm respiratory distress diminished breath sounds dyspnea while he was lying on his back coughing at that time and nothing had changed Nor did there seem to be any issues with his breathing that would indicate lung involvement This would probably have been apparent immediately with diminished rise and fall of the chest on one side growing shock and apprehensiveness as Jason would find it increasingly difficult to take a breath and even later signs of jugular vein distension or tracheal deviation away from the injured side as the lung started to collapse and the area around it the pleural cavity began to fill with air or blood or both Farrell finished his more thorough examination of the area around above and below the wound sites front and back You were pretty damn fortunate I d say so

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  • The American Wars: Rural Towns and Gangs Collide
    and south of town and placed them into positions that were concealed and covered from possible enemy fire Each team of two had a shooter and a security watcher Fortunately they had plenty of optics both in the form of rifle mounted scopes as well as binoculars They didn t let any of the teams take their spotting scopes and high value binoculars as that wasn t necessary They only needed the security teams to be in place for about 4 hours while Farrell s team and the council came to an agreement on what priorities they needed to fulfill over the next few days Now Jeff relayed to everyone what had happened while he was setting his LP OP s and shooting positions into place Jeff s Story Spotting the Scout It was while placing a team on hilltop 1 overlooking the southwest end of town and the bridge that had been used during the attack that Jeff had seen what he assumed was another biker The biker scout was on the far side of the river approximately 600 meters to the south and was already making his or her way into a small draw that was too protected for Jeff to get off any kind of accurate shot Besides he couldn t be absolutely sure that was what this person was doing and the last thing he wanted to do was to wound or kill someone who was either unconnected from the last attack even though he was reasonably sure they were involved with the gang or even worse shoot someone who had relatives or another community nearby and start a small war between towns or create hostility with a family that might be living outside the town as unlikely as that situation would be Don t Assume Everyone is an Enemy Nonetheless Jeff had come to learn over the last year that you couldn t always just assume everyone was an enemy and start shooting as a way to solve every problem Doing so was a good way to end up in a situation that could turn out very badly or make enemies you couldn t afford to make In a world without emergency rooms any fight could be a bad fight for all parties involved However based off the fact that this person had been watching them the only safe assumption to make was that the attack had been a probe A probe could be a real attack with its own specific goal as this one had probably been or a fake attack or distraction to watch and see how the group being attacked would respond In this way a probe was generally a good way to determine firepower defensive tactics and most importantly organization and communication of a group of people you might want to attack Whether the motorcycle gang had been expecting organized resistance or not Jeff didn t think they d be so fortunate the next time Jeff motioned his two security people to sit behind some cover and instructed them to watch the draw that they d seen the likely scout disappear into He then found himself a decent place to observe from with his 8 x 42 binoculars Finding Cover Sitting Still and Watching from the Military Crest of the Hill After about 10 minutes he picked up some movement while scanning with the binoculars and signaled the others One of them a 25 year old named Jake had also just seen the movement They watched the retreating figure approximately 1000 meters distant make his or her way down to the road that led southwest out of the river valley A few minutes later the very faint sound of an engine could be heard driving off Jeff waited 20 more minutes before leaving the security team in place He had thoroughly briefed them on the areas he wanted them to scan and watch and what their procedure was to be if anyone approached the town They were the southern overwatch over the bridge which had been barricaded and were to fire a warning shot at any person who approached the bridge If they approached by vehicle he was to wait until one or more exited the vehicle before firing the shot Once he fired the shot he had an immediate secondary location to switch to The second person on the security team Allison was also one of their better marksmen in the training they had started She was initially tasked as the team security paying attention to all of the areas that Jake was not covering to include their flanks and of course rear security They were below the crest of the hilltop using the military crest in order to not profile themselves and they had found a location where cover was decent from anyone who might be able to sneak around behind them and crest the hilltop from the north The approach from the north was steep and slippery and would be difficult for anyone to sneak down Between those factors and the various cover that they had between granite boulders as well as concealment from scrub oak and mountain mahogany bushes Jeff felt that they had an extremely good firing position set up for the south side of the valley Nobody would be able to approach them during the daytime Strategies and Tactics Now Jeff Farrell Tom and John sat across from the town council The information from Jeff and the story from Tamara gave them all a lot to think about Do you think she s a plant or for real Tom asked the group Farrell counted to 5 slowly giving everyone else a chance to answer When nobody did he cleared his throat and said I d like to assume she s for real but I m not going to assume anything Most of the rest of the group nodded The main question is Farrell continued does it really change what we d do anyway or not

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  • The American Wars: Biker Wars, The Final Battle
    from the road and about 20 meters higher elevation On the far side of the road from them the mountain had been cut out to make that portion of the canyon wide enough for a road which left a granite cliff over 50 feet high Farrell had spent a few hours in conversation with the team making sure they were psychologically prepared for what they were going to do There was no amount of talk in the world that would prepare them completely but he had made sure to pick the best shots the most psychologically mature and even had one in there for whom this would not be his first time to take human life The linear ambush team was spread along about 300 meters with the best marksman from the team at the near end to have the best kill ratio on anyone who wanted to try to turn around The team was armed and had practiced with AR 10 s 7 62mm 30 06 s and 308 s Their best marksman was using the Savage 111 Farrell was using one of his AR 10 s but knew he had to keep the unit cohesion and be prepared in case he needed to blow the bridge Farrell s team and the town council had already decided that the bridge would likely have to come down anyway but Farrell wanted to wait until they were all sure there was no better alternative for fortifying the main approach into town The Kill Zone By the time Farrell had rapidly moved to his position the first of the bikers could be seen rounding the first bend still over a quarter mile from the start of the oil slick Four bikers rolled up onto the slick in a formation of pairs traveling over 50 miles per hour and the two in the lead position immediately started to lose control The sound of metal scraping on asphalt combined with yells of surprise and pain as their bikes flattened out The second two bikers tried to maneuver out of the way One almost made it but the spinning exhaust pipe caught his foot and dragged him off and under his bike with the sound of his scream and the crunching of his pelvis and femur The other veered off the road hit the trench that had been dug next to the road His bike flipped and followed him into the side of the stone wall of the canyon The remainder of the bikers came to a stop at the edge of the carnage and stopped A couple of them got off their bikes and ran to the two who were still moving on the ground The person Farrell identified as the leader dismounted his bike and together with three other men they examined the area around the road The leader barked more orders and 4 bikers spread out along the road pulling out binoculars and scanning the entire area Fortunately Farrell had anticipated this

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  • Beware: Ex-military's Survival Plan is to 'Hit Preppers' Following A Collapse
    warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants such as armed civilians or irregulars use military tactics including ambushes sabotage raids petty warfare hit and run tactics and mobility to fight a larger and less mobile traditional military Hit and run tactics is a tactical doctrine where the purpose of the combat involved is not to seize control of territory but to inflict damage on a target and immediately exit the area to avoid the enemy s defense and or retaliation Patrol A person or group of people sent to keep watch over an area especially a detachment of guards or police Security Team Group measures taken by a military unit activity or installation to protect itself against all acts designed to or which may impair its effectiveness Why Am I Looking at Recent History As I contemplate the threat that some preppers will face soon after a collapse I m trying to find a solution by looking at what has worked for some people in the recent past In many ways a prepper who is holed up in a cabin or house out in the country side is a bit of a sitting duck in the same way that pioneer families were sitting ducks for American Indian tribes who didn t like their new neighbors and wanted guns horses and sometimes the white man s women Sometimes they just wanted to take a few scalps and it didn t matter if it came from a white man or simply an enemy tribe These men were out for blood Any prepper that has been communicating online within the prepper community has possibly revealed details to others that in the wrong hands or if harvested by an online troller for information can also make that person and their family a sitting duck in a time of collapse Have You Revealed Details About Your Preps Online Or have you been down on the gun range and shared with others some of the things you and your family are doing to prepare for an SHTF Are you a well off prepper who has hired a private contractor to install state of the art preps perhaps a bunker and that private contractor has brought in workers hired hands that in a time of collapse know everything about your state of the art preps you had put in in recent years and where you live or plan to live In the wrong hands certain information is likely right now setting up several people for a possible easy hit soon after a time of collapse How Do You Protect Yourself and Your Preps In a time of collapse realize you re a lot like a pioneer family in the American West all by yourself out on the open prairie A handful of guns isn t likely to protect you from a warrior band of Indians as they silently stalk you and take your lives at the moment you let down your guard for a moment Or maybe they ll just circle you and rush you hoping to cause a panic overcome you with fear and easily pick you off with arrows or bullets In a time of collapse Things You Can Do To Improve Defenses Be alert and on guard The moment you let your guard down is the same day that bandits may show up and strike Set a guard with a rifle and scope and ability to shoot long distances In the military one name for this person is sniper Keep in mind that any ex military bandits may be skilled at long distance shooting as well One thing you can do is build a wall a lot like a frontier settlement so no one can see inside from a far off distance and pick you off from a tree or hillside Of course not many people are actually likely to build a wall but I m just sharing what has worked for some pioneers and military forts in centuries past and one of the same reasons that U S embassies overseas are sometimes behind walls Set Up a Guard Tower If you have several people on site set up a guard tower built in such a way that a bandit with a long range rifle a few hundred yards away can t simply sneak up and pick them off A guard tower can be something as simple as a tree stand within 20 30 yards of your encampment and some smaller trees arranged tee pee style around your tree stand giving the guards inside a bit of cover From angles far off these guards should be hard targets to hit Any trespassers will have to get in close Set up a second tree stand well outside the area of your encampment There you can station a good sharp shooter whose job is to guard the two people up in the guard tower that looms over your main encampment In that second tree stand now you ve got your own sniper This lone sniper is camouflaged by brush and out of sight No one should be able to see him up there from any angle What is likely to unfold is this Ex military let s just call them bandits for the purpose of this article probably feel over confident in their military training and will approach using stealth once the guard tower is spotted they re likely to first attempt to take out the guards and then may attempt to seize any women and children below as hostages women and children need to be kept out of sight for now until the external threat is dealt with Create a Clear Line of Sight and Remove Bandit Hiding Places Before anything ever goes down your tower guards need a clear line of sight Survey the zones where your guards will be watching the area from and then proceed to clear away brush for 300 yards or more so

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  • U.S. Special Forces Survival Training, Survival Guide
    in Afghanistan with the locals using the mountains to their advantage as much as possible to fight American forces The Nazis faced mountain warfare in Europe in World War II the Third Reich had seized power in Austria leading up to the war but Switzerland was ready even placing troop battalions in the mountains the Alps and wiring bridges into Switzerland with explosives should the Nazis attempt to enter the country Before we jump into detailed tips on mountain survival with the U S Special Forces Advanced Mountain Operations School serving as inspiration for these lessons I think it s important for readers who are concerned about the many threats to America today to take a look at recent history first Let s start there Special Forces Survival School People can live and fight from the mountains that s important to realize and it s something you may need to convince others of one day Because like it or not long term survival in the mountains is going to be dependent on how well you can get along with others and how your group can work as a team to tackle the many challenges of mountain survival You and your team may become good at mountain survival and you may be one of the first Americans to form a resistance should the dark day come that America s government suffers a collapse at the hand of other nations which has been discussed quite a bit on this site especially with the growing hatred of America by numerous nations many who arm and finance terrorists Code Name Geronimo The U S Special Forces are mainly known for stealth they re trained for strategic missions and to move in small teams rather than moving in large battalions where hundreds or even thousands of soldiers are used in battle Osama Bin Laden was taken down in a stealth mission originally code named Geronimo Some of what is known and taught by the Special Forces perhaps a lot more than we realize are skills at both survival living off the land and stealth developed by earlier century Native Americans such as the Apache Indians who launched many successful attacks using stealth on a much larger enemy at times including U S forces then simply disappeared back into the countryside They survived by stealth in a dangerous land and they attacked by stealth Geronimo was an Apache Resistance Fighters Americans have had resistance fighters in the past those who stood for the common good of the land such as our founding fathers who resisted the British and then also those who resisted the Confederacy of the American South and came against slavery among other things There have been resistance fighters more recently in history as well such as those who resisted and fought back against the Nazis in World War II The Nazi party had been firmly rooted in Austria since the early 1930s but before World War II had even started Nazi resistance fighters

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  • U.S. Special Forces Advanced Mountain Operations School
    a worst case scenario though when no lighter or matches are present You as well want to be prepared for that scenario also You can take the time to have flint and magnesium common fire making tools in most survival kits the fact is though if you can pack that then you can have a lighter on you However the flint and magnesium a good set may have more life than just one lighter Once that lighter has been used enough times it s out of fuel Or it may simply break on you Lighters can be ruined by water and they do experience mechanical failure Considering that flint and magnesium will produce a spark even after being immersed in water you ll have to dry them out first a good survival kit should have both The more you spend on a good out door lighter though the better quality you re going to get in harsher weather conditions Worst Case Scenario No Lighters and No Flint and Magnesium What if for some reason you simply don t have any lighters on you What if you had some in your car but your car caught on fire or was crushed in a disaster and you had to flee and you have nothing on you What if your bug out bag was in that car that got crushed and went up in flames If you ve taken a survival course you may have learned how to rub two sticks together there are different techniques to generate heat and an eventual coal that can then be blown on which will turn the coal a hot red which means there s now enough heat to ignite tinder more specifically a tinder bundle that s the gist of it anyway Being able to generate that heat and get the coal transferred to the tinder bundle is the tricky part Both take practice but once this skill is learned it s an art that can be of use to you in many emergencies Survival Manuals as Reference Tools Keep a survival manual as a handy reference tool such as this one Hawke s Green Beret Survival Manual recommended to me by Sam Coffman a survival instructor and Special Forces Green Beret and this one Primitive Wilderness Living Survival Skills Naked into the Wilderness which includes instruction on primitive fire making methods I ll readily suggest a survival manual because there is simply too much information about survival that can t always be remembered during a time of emergency Keep a good book or two on hand Depending on how much surviving you re planning you may want multiple books Like I said there is just too much specfic information that would be hard to recall on short notice on tasks like hunting fishing primitive tools navigation rope making knot tying herbal medicine wild edibles etc Car Battery and Spark and Magnifying Glass You don t always have to depend on primitive fire making methods when you don t have a lighter there are other ways also to generate a spark more modern ways such as touching a wire at both ends to a car battery terminal and catching the sparks in a tinder bundle until the tinder ignites You can also harness the sun s rays to make a fire you can use an eye piece from a pair of glasses for example or even better an actual magnifying glass Did you ever burn ants with a magnifying glass as a kid That same idea can be used to ignite dry tinder Look specifically for a magnifying glass called a fresnel lens It magnifies sunlight at a higher temperature making it easier to start a fire Survival Tip Next to each campfire you get going lay out small sticks moss grass and leaves so they can dry out from the heat You re creating future bundles of tinder Don t place them too close to the fire though you don t want them to catch on fire As they dry out move them to an area safe from moisture if you have them plastic containers with sealed lids and continue to dry out brush Dry out a week s worth of brush and then go to great lengths to ensure that this brush will stay dry Every time you need a fire you will always have dry tinder ready to go Survival Training Finding Water in the Mountains In many mountain ranges in North America water is usually easily found most mountain ranges are criss crossed with rivers and creeks specifically mountain ranges that have snow capped peaks The snow signifies a constant source of fresh water But even high up in the mountains the water is still at risk of contamination from animals drinking from it upstream Sometimes they die near the water and their carcasses rot contaminating the water with dangerous bacteria Sometimes animals relieve themselves near the water OR even in the water Fact is no matter how high up you are unless you re well above the tree line if you re downstream you re at risk of drinking bad water The trick to drinking water from a stream is being able to sterilize it all it takes is one pot or metal container and you have something to boil water in A good rule of thumb is to let the water boil a rolling boil for 60 seconds and it s now safe to drink If you have a get home bag and have packed a water filter then you know that a water filter can be handy for providing clean drinking water when there isn t time to stop and make a fire and purify the water by boiling it Survival Training Finding Food in the Mountains Food is going to be the tricky part Hunting is not always guaranteed especially if you don t have much experience with a firearm or simply don t have any experience hunting Factors such as understanding wind direction and time of day come into play If the wind is blowing toward you it will carry your scent that direction Any deer or elk downwind are going to pick up your scent You ll scare them off Always hunt in the opposite direction the wind is blowing which is called being downwind By facing the wind you are downwind of any prey They won t be able to pick up your scent not unless the wind is affected by objects in the terrain such as trees large rocks and ridges more on that below Understanding Your Scope If you re an optimist with limited experience or no experience with firearms you might think you can simply pick up a gun look through the scope and aim and then simply pull the trigger and hit your target It s not that easy though It takes a lot of practice shooting and dry firing so you know at what point the trigger engages from finger pressure to become a relatively good shot Then there s the recoil and training yourself not to flinch just before hand which can have a negative effect on your aim To become a great shot at long range it can take a lot of practice including the ability to read wind conditions because wind is going to be a factor in your shot This is where U S Special Forces naturally have an advantage most of them if not all of them are going to be a great shot with a long range rifle before they ve even taken this course on Special Forces mountain survival training Understanding how your scope works is important If you drop your rifle if you bump your rifle if your rifle is carried on an ATV or in a pick up truck for example the scope can be knocked out of alignment and will need to be adjusted to be brought back into alignment Parallax can also take place which is where your field of vision is distorted and again this is where the rifle scope needs to be adjusted Distance and Elevation The further away your target the higher you will need to shoot above your target to compensate for the gravitational pull of the earth that is trying to pull your bullet down Without shooting just above your target at long distances your bullet will fall short of the target maybe hitting just below it due to the gravity Adjusting Scope for Wind You can adjust your scope based on wind speed and direction so that your bullet is shot from the rifle just a bit to the left or right of the target if you ve calculated wind speed and adjusted your scope correctly by the time the bullet has covered the distance to the target it can hit the bulls eye In Special Forces sniper school training the art of long range rifle shooting is taught graduates of the school have proven themselves as great shots at long range in addition to the many small factors that can affect aim from understanding wind conditions to understanding how rifle scopes work and additionally the type of gun that is being used and even the type of ammunition all of these can effect aim in different ways At the same time not all guns or scopes are the same The more experience a soldier has firing different weapons the better he will get at making adjustments to new weapons he or she has to shoot with Understanding Your Prey If deer or elk are prevalent in the mountains when do they typically feed Early mornings and dusk are times that they may be most active during the day they may be bedded down somewhere waiting for a safer time to resume eating Of course that s a variable Guess what When autumn comes and vegetation falls from the trees many deer are forced to go into open areas to seek out food which they instinctly know is dangerous and so many of them begin to feed at night a time they instinctly know is safer for them to be out and have a less risk of being shot by a hunter There is an art to hunting mainly it comes down to knowledge and then experience You can help yourself quite a bit with a study of deer and elk and learning what their patterns are It will make it a lot easier to bring down a buck if you put yourself in the right place at the right time rather than always being in the wrong place and the wrong time Days could go by without even seeing a deer or elk if you re always in the wrong place Hunting isn t guaranteed but you can greatly increase the odds in your favor by understanding your prey s eating and sleeping habits What they eat Where they eat When they eat Typically you won t simply be walking through the woods and come up on a deer If you re walking usually they ll hear you first So you have to be ready to stakeout an area One time two friends and I and his dog came around a corner on a trail and right before us was a herd of elk We saw them first There were a bunch of them I don t remember how many My point is that sometimes you might be able to stumble across wildlife but that s usually rare you reduce your odds by not hunkering down quietly and staking out an area that deer elk etc are likely to eat at some point Hunting From a Ridge You may be able to pick off wildlife not just deer or elk which we hear a lot about but also wildlife such as mountain goats or even Big Horn Sheep depending on where you re at in an area with little tree cover by climbing to the top of a ridge and staking out prey from there I specifically mention ridges now because if you re surviving in the mountains there are going to be ridges in just about every direction You re not down in the valley or out on an open plain anymore Understanding Wind and Ridges If you re an experienced hunter but you ve never hunted from an alpine area you might not understand that the wind can do some unexpected things up there See Hunting Ridge Country Here s some more detailed information about wind and ridges Essentially along mountain ridges and ravines the wind can do funny things turning into swirls that take wind and carry your scent in ways you may not want it to travel Learning how wind can behave based on the type of terrain you re hunting in will help you reduce chances of your scent being picked up by prey in the area you re hunting in because you ll have a better understanding of what the wind is doing and where it s likely to carry your scent Think about that Special Forces survival course for a moment That instructor is going to point out things in the terrain that can effect wind direction such as trees large rocks or outcroppings ravines and even glaciers See 3 Tips for Hunting Elk vs Whitetail Why Rifles May Not Be A Great Long Term Idea Noise and Activity In the short term a rifle is a great way to hunt a good scope will allow you to zero in on a deer or elk or other animal at distances from 25 to 200 yards possibly more if you re a great shot What s going to happen though when the local population of deer and elk realize that there is a human camp close by What I mean is that after several weeks of hearing gunshots the noise and human odors and activity in the area of your camp could drive them out of the area where you ve been hunting to a safer less inhabited area This is a possibility I think it becomes probable based on just how much hunting and trapping may be taking place If you plan to be camped in the same spot for quite some time you may want to consider taking your hunting activities far away from your camp 20 30 miles for example For hunting in the vicinity of your camp which could be 5 10 miles in any direction hunting with crossbows and compound bows may be a better idea deer in the area aren t going to be scared away by the noise of gunshots Edible Plants and Insects What if you arrive in the mountains with little or no supplies Where can you get an easy meal fast Insects and edible plants come to mind that U S Special Forces course is going to teach you both about insects and edible plants as well as which plants can kill you if you eat the wrong plant This is an area of study that is best learned from an actual instructor who can show you first hand the differences between plants as well as the similarities between certain plants that can provide calories and others that can take your life if you eat one by mistake Most areas of the country have trained instructors in finding wild edibles for hire Take one of these classes and take one or two good books along so that you can learn to match up pages from the book that profile plants with plants that the instructor is showing you out in the wilderness Surviving Off Plants and Insects The knowledge you re going to learn from that instructor is valuable but your brain like most people may have a tough time recalling specific details a few weeks months or even years later when you re finally out in the wilderness and your life is dependent on whether you can find food to feed yourself Survival Tip If you ve held on to that book s on edible plants and still have your notes you took with that instructor along with any photographs you took it can come through for you many months later when you can t recall specific details from that course you took This book on edible plants will become a manual that you can go to again and again identifying plants that are safe to eat and protecting you from plants that can kill you or simply make you severely sick See 16 Unassuming but lethal poison plants Keep in mind that there are a lot more that simply 16 poisonous plants the link above is just an example Plants don t have a defense system other than many generating poisons that can keep wildlife insects and humans from decimating them some plants like the cassava in Africa a staple for many must be thoroughly boiled first to remove the cyanide yes cyanide In the modern world careful selection of plants and proper steps of preparing certain plants have made many that are otherwise poisonous safe to eat In the wilderness though you re not in the grocery store you re likely to come across a lot of plants you may not have known are edible Twin Eagles Wilderness School gives this complete list of 33 of the most common edible wild plants in America Wild Onion Allium bisceptrum Common Burdock Arctium minus Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Lambsquarters Chenopodium album Brambles Rubus sp Currants and Gooseberries Ribes sp Blueberries and Cranberries Vaccinium sp Sheep Sorrel Rumex acetosella Chickweed Stellaria media Red Clover Trifolium pretense Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata Miner s lettuce Claytonia perfoliata Common Plantain Plantago major Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica Common Cattail Typha latifolia Wild Ginger Asarum caudatum Wild Strawberry Fragaria virginiana American Elderberry Sambucus Canadensis Wild Rose Rosa sp Amaranth Amaranthus retroflexus Wild Garlic Allium ursinum Common Camas

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  • U.S. Special Forces Alpine Warfare Survival Guide
    may turn into a ghost town if for example it sits at the base of a hill and your guys have taken to the hillside where their weapons are now trained on the camp and the opposing force that is now just around the corner The camp can become a killzone that s a military term used to describe an open area where any targets are at greatest risk of being shot by gunfire If the opposing force is trained they ll be wary of any killzone They may see your camp notice that it s empty notice the hillside around it and decide to drop back better safe than sorry That lesson is also for you You should also know what a killzone looks like so that you don t walk into an enemy ambush one day and instead learn to simply detour around it or have your scouts thoroughly survey the area to ensure safe passage before hand What if the intruders march right into camp If you ve been careful and quiet moving everyone out of camp and setting up positions on the high ground where your people are concealed they may have no idea you re up there There s always the chance that they already know about your camp There s a chance that their scouts have already been watching you have counted how many men women and children you have and prepared their own ambush That is the risk in any war That your enemy is two steps ahead of you Remember that Don t be fooled into thinking that this initial group of people or soldiers with weapons is by itself That group may be a distraction as a second third and possibly fourth group are closing in on the area also but from the rear and sides of your camp A classic military maneuver Flanking When an enemy closes in from the rear it s called flanking which has been used successfully many times in history to defeat an opposing group or army In this case let s say that it s you that s being flanked If your scout teams have been doing their job though they would have seen the enemy or intruders closing in a long time before giving the entire camp time to evacuate and take positions if you felt you could defend your camp rather than simply flee the area Choosing Camp Location Where you set up camp isn t only going to be about having fresh water present or nearby areas for hunting and fishing and even growing food It will also be about what kind of protection you have from any dangerous people that are in the land or enemy soldiers The more remote you are from any roads and the more rivers or canyons that there are to cross the harder you make it to reach your camp and the less likely it becomes that anyone is going to come after you Look for advantages that the terrain offers Are there any ravines that can be crossed only by rope or log bridge Be able to push that log or cut that rope bridge down if an enemy is spotted in the valley below and you know it s on its way up the trail If they don t have a bridge to cross because you ve destroyed it you can buy yourselves a great deal of time to make an escape if one is called for What about narrow trails along a cliff edge If your team can drop rocks from up above you can knock people right off the trail and down a cliff that might be two thousand feet or more up from the valley floor Ouch Don t Be Flanked If you can choose an area that would be impossible to flank you or be attacked from the sides then you increase the odds that your group is going to survive should a battle take place in the near future You may have chosen a camp at the base of a mountain pass without an avalanche risk in the winter months where you have a path of escape should you have to evacuate That escape path might take you up and over the pass just a couple miles distant With nothing but mountain range behind you the odds are very good that no dangerous forces are going to come from that direction not unless you ve set up camp on a major trail that is well marked on maps Know Your Enemy The enemy can use different tactics to reach your camp They can use distractions such as by setting fires ninjas in Japan many centuries ago were said to use this tactic or simply just by sending a small group of people to an area and opening fire from one direction Their hope is to draw your attention to an area so that you have less people and less attention focused on another area with training in alpine warfare you would know to be ready for this But if you re not a soldier just a survivalist with an understanding of basic terms of warfare you can still defend yourself This is one of those scenarios to practice repeatedly with your camp Training in self defense is essentially just as important as finding food and water The more you train and the better training techniques you use and the more you familiarize yourself with military strategy the better chances you have if you ever face conflict Camouflage The forest and mountains offer many types of camouflage You can look like part of the hillside part of the brush part of a tree in an urban environment you can even look like a heap of garbage or in an extreme situation like bodies among dead bodies When it comes to camouflage you don t just have to camouflage your scouts You can camouflage your entire camp You can set up

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  • Finding Food After the Collapse
    today Most people reading this probably won t take this step I don t blame you The idea of having chickens or a goat or guinea pigs keep reading more on guinea pigs below living in a two or 3 bedroom apartment or condo doesn t really mesh with modern day life Urban farming can be a step to take once society has collapsed But then you have some decisions to make some that may affect whether you live or die early on in a widespread disaster Dangers in Cities You see if you stay in the city there s a great chance that disease and sickness are going to become rampant and start killing people That s what happens when infrastructure collapses and there s now sewage and garbage in the streets possibly dead bodies from a disaster rodents running rampant and no hospitals or doctors on call to provide antibiotics and medicine to the sick and dying Plus there are more possibilities of hungry people banding together to take from people who they believe have food and are hoarding it that s the word they ll use they ll call you a hoarder and make you out to be the bad guy They ll justify taking from you to feed the many of course they re just looking for a meal and could care less if the food they take is rationed out to the many who don t have any Verdict on Urban Farming After Society Collapses Dangerous It would be smarter to have a plan for evacuating the city Today rather than spend your money on that new car or kitchen remodel buy yourselves a small cabin as a second home up in the hills near creeks and rivers and get to know your neighbors I m not telling you to move to your cabin just yet Keep your home in the city continue going to work but do start outfitting your cabin if you consider yourself a prepper someone preparing for widespread disaster And like I said above get to know your neighbors When all hell breaks loose and you head up to your cabin with your family your neighbors may have a road block set up and if they don t know you or don t know you very well may not let you in Make sure they know you in advance Go make friends with your cabin neighbors even if they live a few blocks distant Besides it s always good to have neighbors who can keep an eye on your property when you re away Life on the High Seas Most people today live in big cities or in the suburbs where there is little room for the tending of live animals but there are solutions even for those living with restricted space Look again to third world countries Also think back to the days of sailing ships before the advent of refrigerators or freezers During these times on the high seas the limited space available for food stores had to provide for the entire crew over the course of long voyages Smaller animals such as pigs goats and chickens became standard livestock cargo in the hold of sailing ships Many of these animals had served their purpose by the time European sailors reached the shores of faraway lands such as South America These sailors soon found a native animal that suited their taste for fresh meat upon the high seas when they departed for home The holding pens were stocked with an animal referred to as Cavia Porcelius Guinea Pigs The more common name of this animal today is the Guinea Pig These animals are small and eat very little compared to the larger livestock animals Not only that but guinea pigs are able to reproduce at the mere age of three weeks therefore a small number of these animals can become sustainable in a relatively short period of time If you d consider eating a rabbit or squirrel in a survival situation then guinea pigs should be on your menu as well Today these animals are kept as children s pets in most corners of the world but they still serve their ancient purpose of providing protein in parts of South America It may appear unseemly in our age to consider guinea pigs or other such animals as a food source but many perceptions change when thrown into survival mode Cattle and chicken are sources of sustenance as well as insects and earthworms in a survival situation but also consider the portability of guinea pigs or other such small animal Secrets of the Settlers If continual travel is necessary to survive trailing cows or pigs behind your camp like an 1800s family on the Oregon Trail may be completely impractical However small animals such as guinea pigs are easily transported in compact cages In contrast to larger animals guinea pigs require little more than a handful of grass each day they do call for plenty of vitamin C in their diet so that s an issue to research before deciding if you re going to start raising guinea pigs As previously mentioned they reproduce at a rate suitable to sustain the needs of a small family or group on the move how you re going to cook these little guys and what you re going to season them with is entirely up to you When preparing for a potential survival situation it s important to let go of any hang ups that you have with eating things like deer goats and guinea pigs Take that to the next level and like a trained soldier in the armed forces who wants to become a Green Beret or Navy Seal be willing to eat insects and earth worms and other creatures that a modern day person would never touch This is survival we re talking about What if you re traveling with children You re going to have to help them be

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