Young hunter with rifle on bipod in woods

Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease

Previously, I related my yearlong battle with undiagnosed Lyme disease. The number one transmission of the Lyme disease Spiron is the deer tick. Trust me when I tell you that you do not ever want to go through what I went through.

Diamondback DB9, Baofeng radio, paracord braclet and pocket knife

What is Your Emergency Communications Strategy?

A few months ago, I was chatting with my boss when, out of the blue, he asked if I ever had considered getting my amateur radio (ham) operator’s license. It never really had crossed my mind. My parents were into CB (Citizen’s Band radio) when I was a kid, and I certainly had spent time on radios in the Navy, but it really did not seem like a hobby I needed. The truth be told, I am busy enough without another hobby.

Picture shows a bee on a yellow flower.

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 14: Pesky Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Bees and Other Critters that Bite and Sting

Spring and summer bring out the bugs. Try having a Fourth of July barbecue without mosquitoes and flies. Camping, hiking, hunting and even picnics in the park can result in bee stings, tick bites or a chigger attack. Though some areas of the United States have more problems with fire ants and scorpions than others, I have identified six typical stinging and biting spring and summer insects, how to prevent them and how to treat their bites and stings.

Picture shows a pitched tent and picnic table by the lake.

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 10: Gearing up for Spring Camping

If you are like me, at some point it just gets too dang hot to tent camp in the summer. Spring weather in North Texas is optimal for camping—nice, warm and sunny during the day, with temperatures dropping in the night for a cool and comfortable sleeping environment. Plan your trips now before the heat turns sweltering. To get you ready, I have complied Cheaper Than Dirt’s! top six camping posts.

A small pile of AA batteries from Sony

Battery Basics — Are You Prepared?

The common goal of most preppers is to simply be as self sufficient as possible. This means keeping an adequate supply of necessary items in case of an emergency. The number of what-if scenarios, which can happen and constitute an emergency, are as varied as the number of items you need to be stockpiling. One of those essential items for preppers is batteries.

White sign which reads "Hunting, Fishing or Trapping by Written Permission Only: Contact Landowner for Permission." Sign is hanging on a barbed wire fence with a tree-covered area behind it.

Women Afield — Penny Pinching: Public Places to Pursue Your Passion

Private landowners—especially farmers—have quickly realized that leasing their land can net additional income, which is certainly a boost for farmers, but not so great for the hunter. One glance at land prices and you can see it has become a land-grabbing nightmare as the price tag for hunting leases and land purchases continue to climb to record prices around the country. Adding to the sting, professionally guided hunts are quickly being priced out of reach of the average hunter.

Hunter holding deer leg and knife.

Knives — A Must Have Tool for Every Prepper

Preppers, hunters, and even farmers understand the importance of having quality tools made specifically for certain jobs. A good knife is important whether you raise your own chicken, beef or other meat, or you are a hunter or angler who simply enjoys filling your own freezer. When it comes to butchering meat or filleting fish, a good knife set is a must have for any do-it-yourselfer.

Dandelion Root

Buried Treasures — Three Roots to Harvest This Fall

Every fall, my grandpa and I would head into the woods with an axe, small spade shovel and a bucket or two. My grandpa seemed to know just when the time was right and exactly what area in the woods held the most flavorful roots. Often we would spend all day in the woods going from one area to the next as my grandpa explained the unwritten the rules of the woods.