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Apr 17

6 Survival Uses for Salt

6 survival uses for salt

At the Tin Hat Ranch, we have an affinity for salt, it’s usually on french fries, but we love it nonetheless.  Salt is necessary for life, it is so important that Roman soldiers were paid their wages in salt.  In fact, the word “salary” is derived from salt.  We wrote an article on the importance …

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Apr 16

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bugging Out

Well, the “challenge” portion of our Budget Bug Out Gear Challenge is over.  Here are some things that you might never experience if you haven’t strapped your gear on your back (more properly, your hips) and traced your planned route:   You are not going to walk as far as you might think.  Maybe you …

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Apr 14

Budget Bug Out Challenge Update

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Thanks to all who followed the progress of the challenge over the weekend, it was fun!  It’s over now, it turned out to be just as much of a challenge to me as it did the gear.  The good news is, everything survived.  Yesterday was in a sense the roughest day.  It started out great, …

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Apr 13

Grayman- Budget Bug Out Challenge Clothing

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The clothing for you bug out system is just as important as any other piece of gear.  Clothing is a full time shelter for your body with a few additional twists.  You might see me decked out in camouflage for videos, it is just for “the show”. One thing is for certain, that most certainly …

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Apr 12

Out of Shape? Overweight?- What Might Happen to You in an Actual Bug Out

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This is supposed to be a Budget Bug Out Challenge.  A majority of you know that we rounded up a bunch of inexpensive gear (notice I didn’t say cheap) and we are putting it to the test in a three day bug out.  If you have no clue what we are discussing you can start …

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Apr 12

Stuff vs. Skills

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So many non-preppers have it stuck in their head that those of us who do prep are a bunch of hoarders who have stocks of food, ammo, and other gear. Those new to the preparedness way of life usually make the mistake of buying all sorts of gear and gadgets that they don’t really need or …

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Apr 11

Bug Out Bag Challenge- What’s in the Bag? Part 2

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Yesterday we shared what we would be bringing on our Budget Bug Out Bag Challenge as far as shelter, water, and food.  Today we will take a look at what rounds out the bag. FIRE We generally try to have redundancies for everything and fire is no exception.  The first thing on the list would …

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Apr 10

Raising Chickens 101: The Awkward “Teenage Chickens”

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In just a few weeks our baby chicks have gone from cute and fuzzy to the chicken version of pimply teenagers. They eat like horses, make messes they don’t clean up, and run around like maniacs. There is not much difference in raising them over this time period with the exception they may need more …

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Apr 10

When Will Enough Be Enough? An Open Question For Law Enforcement

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Things are beginning to boil over at the Bundy Ranch in Clark County, Nevada. The Bundy family has been grazing cattle on a piece of public land for since the 1800′s.  A “ruling” by the Bureau of Land Management in 1993 changed the rules as to the grazing rights.  Since that time the Bundy family …

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Apr 08

Budget Bug Out Challenge- What’s in the Bag? Part 1

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The Tin Hat Ranch is embarking on a budget bug out challenge.  We find the least expensive gear that appears like it might perform in an actual bug out, then we bug out with it.  We will put the gear to the test in a three day, 60 mile hike, to see how it actually performs.  In …

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