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The Bug-in v. Bug-out Question

I admit, I have been a prepper—to various degrees—for decades. In that regard, my plans have always been to bug out if things got rough. With that in mind, a seismic shift went through our prep plans when we came to the obvious conclusion that unless it was BAD, we needed to bug in.

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Camping & Survival

Preppers: The Emergency Action Plan

During an emergency panic can easily take over and cloud your thinking, as well the thinking and actions of those around you. Having a plan is only half the battle. After all, having a tourniquet in the right scenario can be a life saver, but you have to know how to apply it; it will not apply itself. The same is true of a plan. If you have not rehearsed it, trying to figure it out in the middle of a natural disaster is a disaster of a whole other kind.

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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: Hurricane Katrina — Learning the Lessons of the Past

Ten years ago today, America’s costliest and one of the most deadly hurricanes hit the Southern Coast. It took nearly 2,000 lives, hundreds of thousands of homes and did over a hundred billion dollars in damages. We learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina. We saw the worst in people and the best in people. Most importantly, we learned the importance of preparedness. This article lists the top articles on preparing and surviving hurricanes and floods that we have written over the years.

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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: The Essential Preppers Guide to Storage

Storage is always a concern for preppers. Stockpiling a six-month supply of food, water, batteries, and supplies is not an easy task. For those living in apartments and small urban spaces, storage is a problem. Some have found solutions by masking storage containers as furniture. Others have buried their cache. Either way, Cheaper Than Dirt! presents 10 storage solutions to keeping food, firearms, ammunition and water safe for when you need it most in The Shooter’s Log’s Essential Preppers Guide to Storage.

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Throwback Thursday: Keep Your Stash Out of the Trash

Prepping for the future is not overly difficult especially if you have the right tools for the job. Regardless of whether you are wishing to freeze corn on the cob, protect your wild game harvest while still in the field, or even keep important documents safe from the elements, the uses for the FoodSaver are endless.

EMP over power lines

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Prepping: EMP Strike While You’re at Work — Are You Ready?

If you were at work when an EMP hit, would you be ready? How would you get home? Do you have an office, work in the field, or travel for work? This article examines the difficulties you could face if an EMP hit while you were at work, and covers some of the basic SHTF supplies you should have with you or stashed at work.

Green clay container with the words Survival Skills on the outside

Camping & Survival

SHTF Survival: The Government and You

Who can you count on during a SHTF scenario? That depends on the scenario, but when doing your planning there are two at least forces you need to consider. Even in a SHTF scenario, the government will respond, maybe not as quickly as you would like, but it will be there. Second, you will be there.

MagPump 9mm Double Stack Magazine Loader

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The Best Gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is his day, so why not make it special? Long gone are the days of another tie or a few implements for a grill. After all, would you give mom a new frying pan or a girdle for Mother’s Day? Of course not, but Father’s Day is probably the hardest gift giving day of the year, so The Shooter’s Log has made it easy a categorized gift guide. Each category a a couple of hand-picked selections and plenty of ideas with a touch of humor mixed in!

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How-To

Scope Eye — Optical v. Functional Eye Relief

Be aware that many, if not most, variable power scopes lose ER as power increases. Watch out for this when buying. Be aware that some manufacturers fudge their ER numbers. You can double check them with a flashlight and sheet of paper.

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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: Six Visual Distress Signals

The slightest slips in judgment have found many experienced and inexperienced hikers in jeopardy. Even the most practiced outdoorsmen can be lost or injured in the field. Are you prepared to spend a night, or even a few days in the wilderness when you least expect to? To help search and rescue find you if you happen to get lost during an outdoor adventure, pack essential survival items, learn how to use a compass and know the international distress signals for help.