Hello, Pack. We have had the usual Ohio weather this week, rain followed by winter weather, and then in what seemed like just a few hours later we actually got a taste of fall temperatures.
We have been doing mostly indoor preps this week, other than tending to the livestock. We worked on some inventory lists and built a few doors out of our dwindling barnwood.
On the days (or hours) we got that felt like the season we are still supposed to be in I took the grandkiddos out for some nut hunting and animal tracking forest school lessons – complete with a storybook on the same topics and of course a sweet little picnic.
One of our tribe members is in need of using our butcher shop on a more regular basis, so we had to do a bit of cleaning up and organizing in there since part of the space is used for storage.
While I am not excited about the extra traffic the usage will bring, I am thrilled to have so many more hides to stockpile in the coolers for tanning.
Our tribe members have been doing a good bit of deer hunting this week. We carefully regulate the hunting to ensure we do not overly tax our land. Right now there are ample deer, wild turkeys, and squirrels for hunting.
We also have a decent amount of pheasants and grouse that call our woods home. While wild boar are not as heavily populated in our woods as they are in the ones located just a few miles west, we have spotted their track and sign as well.
During a SHTF situation, I imagine the fox and coyote we have will make decent eating as well. The herds of deer that wander through and spend time here are constantly treated to cracked corn to keep them frequently our woods and pastures. It took a year or so but our large ground growing plots are now deer proof.
The one common wild critter we have never seen on our survival homestead is rabbits. It is just so odd that rabbits are not wandering about, as well. I actually saw far more wild rabbits when we lived in the nearby small town than we have in and around our secluded patch of heaven.
Our indoor garden is continuing to produce well, I might have more green onions that I can use – well, almost. My green tomatoes in a cardboard box with newspaper ripening experiment is working out amazingly well. Each day, the grandkiddos open the box to check for new red ones and are never disappointed.
Cold and flu season is upon us, but, thanks to our daily routine of taking elderberry supplements, it has largely left our tribe alone.
A local gun range offered a meeting with the Ohio militia group. I did not get to attend, but it seemed to go quite well and was highly prepper infused. The only thing I was startled and dismayed to hear from those who did attend were comments by a presenter about his group’s SHTF plan.
He and his group are from the Columbus area. Their plan, if you can call it that, it to bug out to state and national parks. I groaned when I heard this.
If I had the time and space today, I would unleash a huge rant about such a “bugout plan.” Instead, I am going to drop this link to my About That Bugging Out To The Forest Scenario… article I wrote for Survival Sullivan.
This Week’s Questions:
- What Is your Fall Prepping Routine?
- What are your cold and flu prevention and remedy plans post-SHTF?
- What are you thoughts on the whole bugging out to the forest or country scenario?
- What did you do to prep this week?