A while back we shared some smart ideas from one of our favorite redneck neighbors, Eddy.
Last weekend I travelled back home and had an opportunity to visit my own neighbor, an old-timer who goes by the name of Lucky.
After sitting on the front porch for a couple hours, I had plenty of ideas for prepping, survival skills and just that good feeling you get from shootin’ the breeze with an old friend.
Lucky’s got a knack for knowledge so please pass it along to your friends, family and fellow survivalists.
1). There’s nothing like a good rifle.
“How long you been gone?” Lucky asked me. I said about two years. “Well we got a real serious hog problem now,” referring to the infestation of feral pigs in the county.
“If I were you, I’d get myself a good hoggin’ gun.” But Lucky told me that I don’t need anything fancy. Sure you can drop a pretty penny on a tricked out .308 AR but when in doubt just go with the old Winchester .30-.30, or one of Lucky’s favorites, the bolt-action .30-06.
“That’ll definitely kill hogs dead.”
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2). Learn how to gather wild edibles.
Lucky likes anything that’s free and wild edible plants are just that. Depending on where you live in the world and depending on the season you have access to natural food sources that are fresh and good for you.
They’re a great supplement to your stored goods.
“You gotta be careful though,” Lucky says, “you’d feel like a right dips—t” if it was some red berry that put you down.”
Get a plant identification book and study it. When gathering, be sure to collect at most 5% of the plant stand where you are. That way it will reproduce and you can keep going back.
Remember these rules of thumb:
• Gather leaves in spring and summer
• Gather roots in winter and for some, late fall and winter
• Gather fruits in late summer and fall
• Gather seeds after flowering in late summer and fall
And here’s a list of the 33 most common edible wild plans in North 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 (Camassia quamash)
• Violets (Viola sp.)
• Wild Mint (Mentha arvensis)
• Common Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius)
• Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
• Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
• Western Dock (Rumex occidentalis)
• Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
• Bull Thistle (Circium vulgare)
• Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
• Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
3. A Small Pot.
Seems like an obvious one but when Lucky and I went in to his kitchen I noticed he had almost no cookware.
“All I need is this pot…I got a cast-iron too.”
The pot was beautiful. Beat to hell, dented, and weathered from flame and who knows what else. It was thick, big enough for a decent-sized pheasant, about 3 quarts I think.
You’l want this around when you need to boil and purify water, cook meals, catch rain water, “heck, you could even use it to beat off an intruder,” Lucky says with a laugh.
“It’s just a pot, but it’ll come in handy, trust me.”
“This is to boil and purify water in, and to cook things in. It’ll come in handy, trust me.”
4. You can never have enough duct tape.
“I got a crateful…and I don’t have any ducts in my place.”
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5. Back up your fuel supplies.
You’re not always going to have charcoal or other emergency food sources. So you’re going to need to rethink what you throw away.
“I don’t throw anything away. I compost. I save. And I make these outta most of ‘em.”
Lucky showed me a bunch of stacked, hockey puck-sized biomass briquettes.
A biomass briquette is made of from organic materials, like corn husks, coconnut shells, grass clippings, dried leaves, saw dust, cardboard, or paper.
“In 2006, the U.S. produced more than 227 billion kilograms (kg) of solid waste; this equates to approximately 2.1 kg per person per day, where approximately half of this amount is in the form of paper and horticultural rubbish. Conversion of these wastes into combustible biomass briquettes would provide a means to satisfy individual energy needs while alleviating landfill use. (Source)”
Basically anything containing a high nitrogen content can be compressed. Biomass fuel sources can be used in small grills, collapsible or rocket stoves and rival common fuel sources.
Lucky’s method is pretty simple:
Get your materials cut up into small bits and soak it in water for about 48 hours or so, until it’s completely saturated and mushy. Then compact until the water is out. Be very diligent about the compacting process so your briquettes burn better.
Check out the video below for more.