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Wednesday, April 1, 2015



This is a relatively new magazine that apparently has really been well received.  I haven't bought any issues of the magazine because it's largely concerned with outdoor skills.  It's not a hunting magazine, though when it first came out it had that "feel" to it.  They've moved away from hunting, where it's hard to compete with the established magazines out there.  Now they're more inclined towards what I would consider "old survival skills",  living out in the bush, living off the land.

I can't buy every magazine that catches my eye.  I already buy Off Grid,  Modern Survival Guide, Surplus,  Recoil, Survivalist, Be Ready, Living Ready, Prepper and Shooter, Survivals Edge , Backwoods Home and odd magazines that have articles I want to read.  So the Modern Pioneer, New Pioneer, American Frontiersman, The Backwoodsman and others that tend towards a mobile, live off the land lifestyle are not on my shopping list. Purely due to financial constraints, since I'd read them if I had unlimited funds.

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  1. At our Barnes and Noble there are tons of magazines. Our library has a lot to. You'd love looking through them!

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    1. One of my favorite things is to go to a Barnes and Noble, or other bookstore and just plunder around. Chattanooga is the closest place that has one and it's a long drive so we don't get there much these days.

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    2. Our library is worthless. It's just a sort of paper back book exchange.

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  2. I'd be interested in the living off the land article. I love those kinds of reads.

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    1. You'd be better at that than I am. That's why I squirrel away so much food, I have no confidence in my ability to forage. I have tried to learn how the Cherokee got through winters here but no one seems to know. Not even the Cherokee who still live here.

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    2. a lot of them didn't always make it.
      have a cherokee cookbook.
      hunger gap recipe; roasted yellow jacket nest. you dig it up while bees are hibernating.
      apparently they saw bears doing this--without the roasting-- and emulated them.
      people just went hungry if the previous year didn't make enough food to put by.

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    3. Near Helen, Georgia there is a river valley that was the site of an Indian village visited by Hernando DeSoto. He estimated the population at around ten thousand people. They grew corn , beans and squash. They had turkeys and must have had access to a limited amount of fish and game, assuming they didn't hunt and fish everything out. That's not in the mountains but it's still very cold and bleak in winter. I wonder how they got a population like that through the winter. It seems impossible. That's a lot of stored corn, beans and squash. There aren't any of that tribe left to ask since the Spaniards left small pox and it wiped them out.

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  3. I hate to buy magazines as I read too darn fast. Just don't get my value from most of them. However, I still buy a few now and then.

    Surviving off the land is not as easy as arm chair survivalist think it is. I've done it, but it takes a lot of time and effort. Next time I'll just shoot a moose. :)

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  4. I'm a voracious consumer of magazines. I like reading late at night and go through a lot of magazines that way. I keep them all carefully filed away, and now that more magazines are coming out as digital publications it's even easier to keep them.
    I've known people who support themselves entirely off the countryside but I don't think those individuals are as prevalent as they used to be. Suvivalism has moved more to the fixed position homestead and away from the hunter gather model.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I'm not too much into magazines Harry. They get expensive after awhile and add up into a large pile. I real a lot of books, I prefer books instead. Some I keep for reference but having a large library is out due too space available in the house so I just keep a small stack of books.


    A friend give me a brand new bipod for the CZ .22 yesterday. That will make the CZ more fun to shoot this weekend at the range. My friend just got one of those new Mossberg .308 bolt action's that uses either DPMS mags or M1A mags and he went a larger bipod so I got the original off the Mossberg.

    Hey Harry as much of an 'misanthrope' as I am at times I do have some really good friends down here.

    My neighbor across the street that I have become really, really good friends with left his garage door open later in the evening. I was getting real, real hungry and I only had a tv dinner (Lean Cuisine Meatloaf) The closest thing to Navy Meatloaf I can find in the freezer for dinner.
    I knocked on the door and my neighbor asked if I had dinner yet., I said no and told him about his garage being left open. He then offered me some of the food that was left over from their dinner a short while earlier and I jumped at the chance for the food.
    I got the food and some Coors beers from my house and we sat around in his drive way talking about natural gas wells (in South Texas it ain't football, Its oil and gas wells we talk about) The conversation was on scrubbers, driers and sock filters for gas wells (oh by the way, we are not rich oilmen) We live in normal houses and most of us work or have worked in the oil patch or may have some interest involved in oil and natural gas but we have smaller middle class houses, we purchase used cars (for cash if we can) and we hit with bills, broke down cars, kids that need clothing and problems just like everyone else.

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    1. Sounds like you get a long really well with your neighbors, which is a good thing. I'm a bit anti-social I guess, I don't do a lot of rubbing elbows with folks. Probably I miss out on a lot of good times but I am just used to doing things on my own.

      I've seen the rifle you are talking about in gun magazines but not seen one for real. I'm glad the guy was able to give you the bipod. That makes for a lot better accuracy in the prone position.

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  6. That's what's great about having a pretty good library near by - you can check things out w/out buying them. Even if to see if you like it enough to buy it.

    They have a request for purchase at our library to. If you don't see what you want you can ask for them to look into it for you. I love that, but they will only buy newer things for you. That I don't like. I love classic films. Some they don't have, and won't buy. There's not a lot of newer movies that are good for the whole family to watch.

    I should look into getting magazines for the kids. I know Boy's Life has some great illustrations in it. Mica likes Discovery type magazines. I'll have to find something like that for kids.

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    1. I liked Boys Life when I was a kid. I haven't seen one for decades and didn't know it was still published. Our library used to things like interlibrary loans but now it doesn't do anything.

      I am trying to think of magazines your boys might like but it's been so long since my son was that age I've lost track.

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  7. That is a serious list of magazines! I haven't bought one in a few years now and tend to use the Internet instead and buy books on specific subjects as an off grid reference.

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  8. Kev
    I spend a lot of time reading and really enjoy the magazines, which I keep for reference. I do buy a good many books but they are largely Kindle books these days.

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  9. You may wish to reconsider Backwoodsman Magazine. Lots of how to projects and old fashioned tech. Well worth the money.

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