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Monday, October 17, 2022

Supreme self-sufficiency starts here



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Supreme self-sufficiency starts here

In a recent YouGov poll, most Americans consider it likely in the next decade that the U.S. will cease to be a global superpower (50 percent said this), and that will be followed by a total collapse of the U.S. economy (47 percent felt this way). Each of the 15 dire scenarios presented by the pollsters was considered somewhat or very likely in the next decade by at least 20 percent of Americans.

In the coming years, self-sufficiency will become a most important concept in our daily lives. Tech futurists would like you to think that AI (artificial intelligence) will solve all the world's problems, but it looks like at least half of all Americans agree with me that we could be facing quite a lack of tech, and worsening electrical capacity, not to mention a lower capacity for growing and delivering food and water.

The words survival and self-sufficiency are surely interchangeable and synonymous.

The idea of self-sufficiency and survival are either hard and harsh concepts to Americans who are in every way dependent on the system, or the idea is only something you can do if you're one of the country folk Hank Williams Jr. sang about years ago.

I fear that most may one day be very hungry and forced to resort to stealing their food. I have often remarked that an honest man will steal if he and his family are hungry. And if desperate enough, he may plunder or may even kill.

The only exception to this is indeed many of those country folks who still barter, build, hunt, and can live off the land. Another exception would be the age group that was born in the 1930s, but they are a small group at this point. They could easily revert to the land without having a nervous breakdown.

But while Williams Jr. was right in that "A Country Boy Can Survive," it is also true that anyone can, with the right tools, supplies, and knowledge.

Not just in songs, or the movies

If you have ever watched the movie, Gone With the Wind, you remember the desperate conditions people endured just after the Civil War. Prior to the war, Scarlet O'Hara had the finest things that life in the Old South could give, but the war and devastation reduced her to poverty.

When the war was over O'Hara still had the land. But with everything gone except the land, Scarlet was reduced to living on turnips and whatever she could grow literally with her hands.

That scene happened for real in Germany during World War I. Turnips became survival.

No one I know wants to eat turnips for every meal. Luckily this doesn't have to happen to you if you take small but determined action while there is yet time.

Yes, store food and water, as I mentioned to you a few days ago. But before long, even higher food inflation will make the limited food available only at very high prices. Most people of even moderate income are having trouble getting affordable food now.

It is at this point you must turn back to the land. To prepare for a long-term situation in which your emergency stores are going to run out, you need to know how to hunt, gather and forage in your area.

I have written to you before about foraging and growing a "victory garden," but you will also find the need to hunt if you want meat.

And, who knows what guns will be banned in the near future, so let's talk turkey (hunting).

Bullets n' tackle

You should have a .22-caliber rifle for shooting small game; a shotgun; and a large caliber rifle like a .308 or a .30-06.

Ideal ammunition for the .22 would be both .22 longs and .22 shorts. The shorts are sufficient for killing small game like squirrels and small rodents, and they make a soft report when fired. This often gives you the opportunity to take multiple shots, if you miss, before the prey is frightened off. The .22 longs would be better suited for shooting larger game like opossums and raccoons.

The shotgun can be loaded with bird shot for shooting birds, larger shot like #4 for squirrels or rabbits or buck shot for shooting deer or, if necessary, to ward off predators. The large rifle will also kill deer, and it can be used for protection as well.

Squirrels, rabbits and deer readily come to mind when considering what to bag for edible game. But the truth is, almost any mammal, bird or reptile is nutritional; and any qualms about eating things like opossum, raccoons, snakes, frogs and turtles — or even cats, dogs or horses — can be overcome when the belly is empty and the need is great. Here's a word of caution, however: Avoid box turtles and toads, as they can contain toxins that can make you sick.

Trout and other kinds of inland fish are always an excellent source of protein and can be easily caught with the right equipment. Again, preparation is the key. Using time now to buy a rod and reel with a supply of lures, hooks, lead weights and floats will allow you to fish on a moment's notice, and make your fishing more productive.

You can also set up trot lines, which will probably be a more productive use of your time. Trot lines can consist of nothing more than a long cord that runs across a stream, river or slough in a lake. The line can contain a number of hooks on separate lines dangling from the main cord. Just bait each hook, leave it for several hours and return. You will catch a lot of catfish, some turtles and a few other species of fish, depending on your location.

Jug fishing is another great way to catch catfish in large bodies of water. Simply tie a line to a jug (a plastic milk jug is ideal) with a weight at the other end. Attach a small line with a hook about a foot above the weight and another line with a hook one to two feet above that. Bait the hooks and drop the jugs in the water.

If you set out several with different line lengths and different baits, you can determine which combination produces the best results and increase your catch.

And, of course, use this time when we are not desperate to learn how to clean animals for eating. You will regret it if you have not prepared your knowledge base along with your supplies!

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
The Bob Livingston Letter®




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Ginnie said...

As we see in media & comments of leftists on various media, many think ahead about 15 seconds; attention span of a gnat.

Derek said...

You don’t need acres of land to start growing your own food. You can grow fresh herbs on a sunny windowsill. Or grow tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, and berries in baskets on your porch or patio. Look for varieties that grow well in containers and consider adding some trellises to accommodate growth.

Ryan said...

Being self sufficient has been a trademark of America for generations-Dems are tryiing to wipe this out, making everyone dependent on gov't largess.

Becky said...

It won't take much to topple the apple cart in america & Biden & gang are shaking the whole system...I believe they, like BLM, want to destroy our country.