Knowledge and Study | Hunting or Gardening | Preparedness Series Part 3


This Episode we discuss the Gear and Knowledge required for either choice of Diet that we choose to make. Our choice of Diet is not just about SHTF (shit hitting the fan), but our entire life as well, it is about Survival, day in and day out, good times or bad, breakfast lunch and dinner, in the Wild or at a Restaurant.

Step one was all about getting out Camping or Hiking and to use that time to learn Skills. Once you start your family needs list, Diet will become front and center. So what is your Diet and Why? Have you ever thought about the food you eat and Why, or Why Not?

So before we take that next Step Up, let's examine the gear and knowledge needed for that step, so we can make the right judgment call. 

Both Hunting or Gardening takes a ton of practice, and a Very large Learning Curve if you plan on either being your Long Term Goal. Any Gardener can trap a small bird or rabbit if needed and so any Hunter can gather some eatable greens, but what about the long haul?

These Bullet Points are just a brief overview of things to keep in mind. The subject of Hunting or Gardening as discussed in this episode is for a starting point and to give a basic idea of the challenges of either. If you are in a Bug-out situation the weight in your pack will be a very important consideration before you ever have a need to grow or hunt food.


  • Do you have enough sun exposure? Vegetables love the sun. They need at least 6 hours of full sun every day, and preferably 8 and don't forget the SEEDS
  • Know your soil. Most soil can be enriched with compost and be fine for planting, but some soil needs more help. Vegetables must have good, loamy, well-drained soil
  • Placement is everything. Avoid planting too near a tree, which will steal nutrients and shade the garden
  • Vegetables need lots of water, at least 1 inch of water a week. See more about when to water vegetables
  • You'll need some basic planting tools. These are the essentials: spade, garden fork, soaking hose, hoe, hand weeder, and wheelbarrow (or bucket) for moving around mulch or soil. It's worth paying a bit extra for quality tools
  • Check your frost dates. Find first and last frost dates in your area and be alert to your local conditions
    Article from Farmers Almanac

  • When still-hunting, most of us don't move slowly enough, or stay put long enough. Try using your watch as a guide. Decide on a period of time to stand still, such as five minutes. This way you'll be forced to remain quiet and silent for a minimum amount of time, longer if necessary
  • If you make an unusually loud noise, stop and stand there as long as you can if you suspect animals are close by
  • When you plan to stalk an animal by making a big circle and coming up behind it, it's easy to become confused as you change your location. Pick a distinctive object on the skyline that you can recognize from the back, such as a large tree, a fence line or a rock, to help guide you to the correct spot
  • Hunting with the Sun, subzero temperatures can send squirrels into a state of semi-hibernation. But they still have to eat, and on the first sunny day following a stretch of snow and clouds, they’ll be on the move. Focus on well-lit parts of the timber edges, openings, and the sides of two-track or logging roads. And go ahead and sleep in: Your best opportunity to spot squirrels sunning on tree limbs is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
  • Leafless conditions make longer shots possible. A .22 rim-fire that will park everything inside a 50-cent piece at 50 to 75 yards plus the ability to shoot it that well will put more bushy-tails in the bag. But take care when firing a .22 at grounded targets, as slow-moving bullets can ricochet off frozen dirt

I was a "Prepper" before it was even classified as lunacy, terrorism or even cool, depending on who you talk too. In my 40 year journey, I have narrowed things down to what really matters, your Family and those you care about the most.

All subjects are based on a Minimalist Mindset and point of view to help take the Scary out of all the "What if's" in life.

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