Another Survival Preparedness List


Preparedness lists are helpful in that you will often find a new idea within — something that you may not have thought of before.

Here is a list, in no particular order, of items that you might consider in your overall survival preparedness inventory.

This list of prep items is meant to promote thought, to provide ideas, and is not intended or designed to be an all-inclusive list for preparedness – because no list ever really is…


Food Storage (and all food related ‘compliments’) and Water (obvious priorities)
Cash, small bills – 20’s & smaller (questionable purchasing power for long-term SHTF)
Silver, pre 1965 coins or well-known 1oz coins such as the American Eagle, etc.
Gold (if you can afford it for wealth preservation to the ‘other side’)
Generators and fuel
Gasoline containers
Fuel stabilizer (for long term fuel storage)
Seasoned firewood
Fire-starters (all kinds)
How-to ‘reference’ books (electrical, plumbing, gardening, survival, etc.)
Notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, writing paper
Important legal papers: copies of deeds, mortgages, insurance policies, wills, trusts, etc.
Contact information: family & friends; doctors, other professionals, financial/banks, etc.
Fishing accessories (line, hooks, lures, bobbers etc.)
Wagons and carts
Bicycles, tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc.
Stakes, spikes
Twine, cordage
Nails, screws, bolts
Backpacks, duffel bags
Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, mats
Cots and inflatable mattresses
Carbon monoxide alarm (battery powered)
Goats, chickens and rabbits
Personal defense items
Water and Sanitation
Water Storage in Containers (all sizes)
Rain Barrels
Water filters/purifiers
Hand pumps and siphons (for water and for fuels)
Portable toilet and disinfectants
Toilet paper (as much as you can store!)
Ziploc bags
Garbage cans
Trash bags
Plastic containers with lids
Rat poison, d-con, rat/mouse traps
Alternative energy sources
Matches, butane lighters
Oil Lamps, wicks, lamp oil
Light bulbs
Lanterns, lantern fuel (e.g. ‘White’ fuel)
Radios: (AM/FM, shortwave w/SSB, HAM, CB, 2-way handhelds)
Batteries in all sizes (rechargeable is a good idea)
Battery charger (solar powered is a good idea)
Watch (wind-up or an automatic-kinetic watch)
55 gallon metal ‘burn’ barrel
Lime (for outhouse doo-doo)
Communications (CB, HAM, FRS, GMRS, MURS)
Solar panels, alt-energy system (stand-alone, off-grid)

Pellet rifle (they’re quiet)
Pepper spray
Holsters (concealed, pocket, inside waist-band, outside waist-band)
Sturdy holster belts
Bow and Arrow set
Sling-shot and ammo balls
Traps and snares
Nets (fishing, camouflage, etc.)
Knives (survival, pocket, etc.)
Knife sharpening tools (files, stones, steel)
A German Shepard (or similar) dog for security and such
Gun cleaning kit with the extras
Ammo Reloading gear

Camping stove, fuel
Coleman’s pump repair kit
Charcoal and lighter fluid
Fire extinguishers
Cooking utensils (hand can opener, whisk, etc.)
Cooking pots and pans (large and small)
Cast iron cookware
Steel water cup-carrier-container with screw-on lid
Ice Chests
Aluminum foil (both reg. and heavy duty)
Canning supplies (jars, lids, etc.)
Portable heaters
Grill (propane, charcoal), extra grate
Propane cylinders (filled)
Wood stove (heating and/or cooking)

Dish pan, dish soap, scrubbers
Cleaning supplies (toilet cleaners, disinfectants)
Basin to do laundry, wash boards, laundry soap
Bleach (regular bleach, NOT scented – for water purification)
Pool Shock (for making chlorine – water purification)
Swimming Pool Test Kit (to verify 1ppm up to 3ppm chlorine for water purification)
Clothes pins, clothes-line and hangers
Laundry bar soap (Fels-Naptha or Zote)

Work boots, work clothes, hiking boots (heavy duty)
Rubber mud boots
Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
Winter coats and snow boots
Extra socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc.
Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens
Rain gear outwear
Gloves: leather, gardening, winter, rubber, etc.

Plastic sheeting (black and clear)
Garden tools, hoses and supplies
Seeds organic (non-hybrid)
Tools: bow saw, axes, hatchets, wedges
Honing oil
Oil products for lubrication, rust prevention, etc.
Tools for carpentry, plumbing, gardening, electrical
Super glue, wood glue
Staple gun and staples (light weight and heavy)
Duct tape, nails, screws, nuts and bolts
Rags, towels, cloths (all sorts)

First aid kits and first aid book
Essential prescription and OTC Medications
Extra reading glasses, sun glasses
Sunscreen lotion
Insect repellent sprays
Dental repair kit
KI or KIO3 potassium iodide or potassium iodate radiation pills
Antibiotics and/or ‘fish’ antibiotics (same thing)

Feminine hygiene
Hair-care, shampoo, brush, combs
Skin care products
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss,
nail clippers, etc.
Shaving supplies

Again, this list is simply intended to inspire thought.

Add your own additional suggestions below…

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  1. Lists are a great tool to help you organize your preps and thoughts, but at times can seem overwhelming. I actually have my lists broken down further such as a food list, medical list, tool list, security list, etc. As an example, the water list will include things needed to gather water such as rain barrel, buckets, hoses, tarps (for collecting rainfall), water storage containers, filtering items, etc. It helps you to see the holes in that particular area. When a list is all inclusive its easy to miss things.

  2. A brain
    The ability to use said brain
    The desire to use said brain

    And a grammar check. That’s an absolute.

    Honestly, I didn’t even reach the bottom of the list. I’ll go back over it later when I’m awake.

    1. sandismom

      No, I don’t think so.

      Start off small. The main thing is


      I look for items on stupid cheap sales, managers sales etc..

      Once you can get a few things stocked up, then you will realize next time you need them, you are not paying regular price.

      I myself, buy very little at regular price. Over a few yrs, have gotten quite well stocked, from stupid cheap sales etc..

      When you are eating from your stores/purchases of stupid cheap, you will find you may have a little extra cash for
      -more stores

      Thing is, just because you have ten dollars extra, and some one insists they need it, do not hand it out.

      1. Great post Anon; I found a dehydrator, vacuum sealer, roll of plastic,
        and Cabela’s zippered seal-able packets (never had before–NICE) on Craigslist for $25!!

        A little cleaning and they are like new.

        1. JJ

          It is amazing, the deals. The longer one looks for them, the more you (I) seem to notice them. That goes for deals like garage sales/Craig’s list and more, as well as grocery and such deals.

          We have gotten quite good at scanning a store for those “manager deals”/”get rid of deals” etc..

          I have not bought off Craig’s list, maybe it is the same? At garage sales I most always offer much less.

      2. What you will need for all that stuff is space. Most people’s homes are stuffed with sh*t they don’t need and couldn’t prep and keep it organized if they wanted to.

        Advice — Get organized before you start prepping. Clean out thw junk amd clutter and make organized room for your stores. Prioritize what you want or think will help you the most depending on which SHTF scenario that worries you the most. (Fyi, You can’t prepare for all scenarios and some not at all.) Don’t underestimate the value of hygiene products like so many other preppers. Lastly, keep your stores a secret. You’ll be less of a target if the SHTF if no one knows what you have.

    2. Not at all. I don’t have most of what’s on this list. Prepping is a journey. “Being a prepper” is like being an author, or an artist, or a doctor. You don’t start at the top with all the knowledge and instinct (and money) to be a brain surgeon. You start with the desire and work up from there.

      I started with a box of toiletries under the bed and a set of extra clothes from the thrift store. And don’t discount what you already have, whether that’s the mindset or a small garden. It’s still “prepping.”

    3. sandismom

      We all thought that at first (that we would have to be rich to prep), but you would be surprised how many things you already have! Plus there are things that you can re-purpose also. And many things can be purchased at thrift shops, Goodwill, or second-hand at garage sales. The important thing is to start! You would be surprised how much you can accomplish very quickly.

      Blessings all……..

    4. I am on a low income and I have 95% of these things. Yard, garage and thrift stores gave me most of the smaller survival supplies I got.

      I think one of the most important “first” item on a survival list is PAY OFF DEBT so you can afford to pay cash for the larger items further down. It was the most important thing I had to do to prepare.

    5. This was a very long list of many essential items, however the cost of all of this could be very over-whelming to the average person.
      SUGGESTION: Add these items little by little, month by month until the supply builds up to what you need. It may take 6 months or a year to get all of this, and perhaps all of these items won’t even be needed. You get all that you think are necessary and all that you can afford, then you pray for GOD’s mercy and protection on your life.

  3. I feel like when my wife handed me a tool catalog, then came back through an hour later and asked “find anything?” “Nope, already have them”.

  4. To do all on this list w/o income coming in–impossible.

    I think I’ve done pretty good with the food & water, along with toilet paper & paper towels. Bought 1 box of ammo.(30/30), plenty of rice, dried beans, grits, corn meal & flour.

    Working on dog food & fuel for lamps & canning jars, and also working on the “brain”.

    1. Then you’re better off than 90% of your neighbors, if not more. You are hereby declared to be an official “Prepper” and…

      Ken, can you create a “Prepper” badge for awards? :)

    2. sandismom

      You have done very well.

      As I see it, your big problem right now is finding a way to store things, so they are not out in the open, and in view of any visitors who want them….

      Suitcases can be handy to hide stores in.

    3. Fuel for lamps, some gas stations sell kerosene. This is much cheaper than buying lamp oil or paraffin at the big box stores. Kerosene lamps are much safer than gas lanterns. They don’t put out as much light but using mirrors behind them as reflectors helps. I just found a “mantle” type Aladdin oil lamp that is supposed to much more efficient than those which just use a wick. I’m looking forward to tying it out.

      There is a lot of cast iron to be found, thrift stores and garage stores are good sources. Some of it is very good, some close to worthless. Look for smooth cooking surfaces. Bad cast iron pans will have a grainy bottom which allows food to stick and are difficult to clean. Cast iron must be “seasoned” before being used. Look it up.

      Good list Ken. I can’t think of too much that I could add or that I haven’t addressed to at least some degree in my preps.

      1. Kerosene in oil lamps has a very strong smell indoors and smokes. Look for smokeless/odorless fuel when it goes on sale. In the summer months, I use solar landscape lights. Bring them inside (leave spike in the ground) & place in a CLEAR flower vase, as they shine downward. Lights the room. Place on a mirror for more light. Use fossil fuels for winter when there isn’t enough sunlight to charge the solar lights. I would also add solar landscape lights and candles to the list. There are a lot of sales on jar candles right now. Good for barter & Christmas gifts, too.

      2. Congratulations on the Alladin mantle lamp. They are wonderful, put out a lot of light and heat which makes them great for winter power outages. There are some ‘subtleties’ to using them so be sure to read up on them online. I’ve five, 4 antiques and 1 new. I keep them busy in the winter months even with the power on because I like the light far better than the new bulbs and dumping heat into a room is no big problem when it’s cold outside. Parts and supplies are still available even for the oldest models (one of mine is coming up on the century mark). The only time you get a kerosene odor is when you light up, extinguish or refill.

        1. I’ve been reading up on them and one of the recommended fuels is K-1 kerosene. They advise against paraffin or regular lamp oil as being to thick for circular wicks. do you know if there is a carbon monoxide hazard with them?

          1. Sorry it took a while to get back to you on carbon mono. Because the combustion is so complete at such a high temperature there’s very little CO produced by a properly regulated lamp. Water vapor and CO2 are almost the only byproducts.

      3. Was PRESCRIPTION or OVER THE COUNTER medicine on that list? That is something that people will die from if they don’t have it. What about people with oxygen tanks, high blood pressure, people on cholesterol lowering medication? People with anxiety disorders also. And don’t forget if you smoke or drink you won’t have anything long term. There will be many crazies out there who don’t have their vices and will be having withdrawal symptoms. Oh and what about all those kids, teenagers, young people who all the sudden (in an emergency) may not have their cell phones, and NO technology, talk about crazy!!!I am not sure which will be worse in the long run, the actual emergency or the people without their vices and technology that they are addicted to (like heroin).

        1. One thing I’d like to add if I may about kids without their cell phones or other devices – if they have been using these for a long time they might not have the pathways in the brain active for other kinds of thinking and interfacing with the world – and getting up to speed might take a while. Until one gets up to speed in one’s situational awareness one is an easier target, therefore those of you/us with younger ones we are responsible for will have to be even more responsible and alert. Just something to think about IMHO. dlb

    4. When I had no money, I learned a new skill weekly. Then when I had a little money, I made a project a month (solar oven out of box, rocket stove out of #10 can ect.) Then just bought stuff on sale to build up supply, klenex goes on sale just before school starts, canned cranberries on sale at thanksgiving ect. Don’t try to do all at once, your head will explode!

      1. prepgirl

        what an obvious/sensible/useful suggestion…Thank you.

        (everything is obvious once it has been stated…grin)

        “When I had no money, I learned a new skill weekly”

  5. Lauren,

    Situation with sister. My nephew (17) does cut grass in the neighborhood
    when he has gas for lawn mower. Seems to me they fell into a pit due to husband not being able to pay bills on time. Yes I believe she thought she found a “bank” in me when I had a job and I guess still thinks I am. Waits until last minute to ask me putting pressure on me.
    And all reasons are for nephew. Very hard to say no when its your sister.

    I stressed to her this last time that it would be the last time. I got 2 bills, 1 being vehicle prop tax & 1 being house prop tax.

    MY plan is to sell all I can in my home then sell my home, then move to mtns. or country.
    Pray that I can.

    1. Praying for you.

      I put up with those for a while (I have 8 siblings) and then had to put the brakes on it. I swear, there’s not one of my siblings that doesn’t owe me more than I care to count. I was the piggy bank for the family, but it’s amazing what happened when they no longer had the piggy bank to draw on. They’re all mature adults now, handling their own finances, and just use me as a savings account when necessary. :)

      Trust the Lord. He knows you. He knows what He has in mind for you, and He will make it possible. You’ve come up with a plan–ask Him if that’s what he wants. If not, ask Him what HE wants you to do, and be willing to move in any direction.

      In 2011 I quit my job to write. I knew it had to be done and it scared me to death. I saved enough to last a year of basic expenses and I haven’t run out yet. It’s taken more faith and trust than I ever imagined was possible.

      Which reminds me that I should be writing. See you later!

    2. sandismom

      I will keep my fingers crossed your plans work out as well.

      Re: the sister/nephew sponging off you – I think it will keep on if you let it. At 17, he is not a wee lad, and as for gas for lawnmower..well that should be purchased when fees for lawn cutting are collected (of course you know this, but…)

      I think you need to have some solid “reasons” ready in your back pocket (so to speak) to reply when next asked …

      -mention your current bills
      -say you too are paying off loans (your reasons do not need to be true)
      -hide your groceries and say you are “short”
      -or just, No.

    3. With the economy the way it is and in an election year, good luck selling your house.
      Where do you plan to live when you head from the mountains? Everything in the mountains is outrageously expensive. I just came back to N.C. from the mountains of Tennessee. One can hardly afford anything over there anymore. Greed has overtaken the masses of businesses and property owners there. It was SO expensive in Tennessee I had to come back to N.C. and even here is more than it was when I left 3 months ago.

      Be sure to PLAN out your intentions so you don’t make mistakes. Perhaps you need to get yourself a camper/travel trailer/fifth wheel (whatever you can afford) and live in a closed nit community out in the country.
      Also keep in mind that the weather in the mountains is “colder” in the winter than it is anywhere else. Good luck with everything, hope you get it all done. If worse comes to worse and you can’t sell things inside the house then you can always donate them (the LORD loves a cheerful giver).

    1. sandismom

      We have a budget, like you monthly bills that I know are due. Then the others bills which come, of course when the finances are tight.

      Made up a list of the monthly bills/semi monthly bills/bills that arrive at odd times during the year. Posted by my desk so each month as I pay the bills I know what will be due the following month. I leave extra $$ in the account every month so that it will cover the bills which are outside the normal billing cycle.

  6. Most of the things on that list I already have or am slowly acquiring. I have always kept extra keys, extra eyeglasses, extra toothbrushes, extra batteries, etc. I have been accumulating food, tp, soap, etc.

    Many of the things on the list I couldn’t use, even if I had them. I took archery in college (more than 50 years ago.) Even then, I wasn’t strong enough to string my own bow. Not strong enough to handle a long gun any more either. Never learned to ride a bicycle. My lot isn’t big enough for goats, chicken, or rabbits.

    You don’t need to acquire all those other things at once. I have been working on a list similar to the above (excluding those things in my 2nd paragraph) ever since I read One Second After. Every month I try to add a few extra things. Last week I bought some extra batteries. This week I am having my lawn boy put some gutter screen on my gutters.(Leaves are clogging my gutters and keeping my rain barrel from filling, so the gutter screens are a prep.)

  7. I am back, at least on this web site. I moved to another country(island). Most of the items on the list can not be purchased here so I am glad I shipped all my stuff here. It is still winter here but spring is on the way so a lot of the items listed are very indispensable when you are starting over prepping. The people here are very much aware of what is happening in the U.S. and they really understand what a prepper list is all about. Short wave radios listed about are almost unheard of here and there are no license requirements. Well, I need to get back to unpacking, be well all.

    1. No Joke

      Welcome back (ditto)…and look forward to reports of your new situation, what works there, what is different…..

      Take care.

  8. I’m currently at 105/130. Vegetarian household has no use for the critter catching gear. Pool Shock scares me. Paracord>twine. A burn barrel would probably get me arrested, even after TSHTF. And cold weather gear – not so much in SoCal.

    A- on a bell curve?

    1. Personally I’m a member of PETA (people eating tasty animals). I have no problems with other folks preferences so doing the vegan thing is fine.

      In a survival situation if all I had to eat was plant based I’d eat plants and be happy to have them. If I was slowly starving from lack of calories on that diet and that old tomcat wandered by I would add more protein to the diet. Birds, fish, turtles, skunks, raccoons, possums, rabbits, squirrels, muskrats, rats, feral cats, feral dogs, coyotes, etc. They are all food when you are starving. Might not be a bad idea to have the tools to take them with.

      Better to have the tool and not need it then need the tool and not have it. I’d add mousetraps, rat traps and netting to the list. Small pieces of net can be used to make bird traps. Rat traps screwed to a tree will take squirrels. P.S. Cat tastes like stringy pork, had it on a sandwich in Vietnam and didn’t know what I was eating until afterwards.

  9. To McGyver:

    I’ve probably killed more critters eating vegetables from my uncles farms than I have trapped and shot meat eaters preying on chickens, goats, sheep and cattle. Trapping rodents around grain silos is a constant. All of these crops/herds and stores need to be protected. My occupational specialty around the farms, ranches and agricultural cooperatives has been in animal damage control.(yeah, it’s a niche job)

    To Sandismom:
    The list is too comprehensive to complete for any one person. It is a goal to a lifestyle. As a teenager, I worked on my uncle’s farms. Those farms were left to my cousins so I knew I was not going to be a farmer. The list should be viewed as the old Cabela’s Catalog where they sold just about everything for the outdoors in one big, thick catalog.

    Much is dependent upon your location. Case in point: If you live in Louisiana you probably will not need a snowmobile suit and Sorel Pac boots with felt liners.(as the person in Alaska will probably not use the snakebite-proof boots.)

    The list got me thinking as well. Thanks Ken for the thought provoking list. I try to select hobbies that keep me off the street corners and out of the bars. That is what has led to me hunting and trapping crop raiders and stock predators. There is a need out there for those services and few that have the patience for the task at hand. My wife puts up with me and my hobby OK though the “summer of a 1000 skunks” was tough on our marriage.

    1. Summer of 1000 Skunks- please tell me you wrote about this somewhere :) I read somewhere earlier you write (or wrote) for magazines :)

      How you, your wife and your marriage survived would be great reading I bet.

    2. We really only have to deal with stray cats, including the occasional tomcat. Plus coyotes in the hot weather will come down from the mountains and trot around the neighborhood like they own the place.

      One time my goofy kid brought home a young chicken; as a pet. I did my best to put it in a protective cage outside and I took care of it. One day a gigantic hawk dove from the sky and had that chicken pulled through the cage wires, in pieces, before I could even react.

      Tomcats are wicked though; mean powerful little bastards. One got inside my garage a few years ago and was acting extremely aggressive towards me. I hit the garage door button to let him out. Instead, he got spooked and scaled the wall, then jumped atop my now horizontal, raised garage door. I tried banging the raised door with a stick to scare him away, but then he jumped a foot, dislodging a suspended ceiling tile and getting up inside the ceiling.

      This, err, ‘cat and human’ game continued for about an hour. I’d open a ceiling tile with stick and try to coax him down. It was summertime and leaving him up there until the next day could have been quite gross. And he was getting more aggressive and threatening as time went on. Sadly trapping was not an option and I had to take him out the hard way.

      That’s about the worst we have to deal with. My black thumb assures we don’t have any reason for critters to come after my garden.

  10. Thanks for another list Ken. Just printing it off so I can check it more thoroughly. I think I have some of most of the things that are needed for our situation but always more can be used. For those with little cash I would print off the list & then check your house over & see what you already have that is on the list & check it off. Most people have blankets, pillows, butcher knives, band aides, etc. I find it very emotionally helpful when in a stressful situation to find that I am already part way to my goal. It gives me strength to plow forward.

    No Joke glad to hear from you. I was so worried for you when you were in the fire situation. Hope your new location is good for you. Keep us posted.

  11. The brain comment, almost every day I discover new to me knowledge; how to do something a new and better way, or not buy commercial but fix it or make it yourself. Now if only there was a way to make rolled TP at home that was like the store bought…(after throwing the surface bait always let the splash ring disappear to get a strike)

  12. I notice the list has “mouse traps”. I really like the bigger rat traps, they can come in handy. I’ve caught birds and squirrels with them (properly camo’d and anchored of course). I was thinking that either mouse or rat traps might make a decent perimeter alarm in an on-the-road situation. Cheap and easy to pack too.

  13. 39 years ago, I thankfully moved to a location where it is actually possible to live off the sea. Having a boat helps, of course, but is not absolutely necessary. Mild climate, no winters to contend with, with all that it requires to survive. Air conditioning is great, of course, but not a necessity. When I first moved here, most people at that time did not have it. Citrus trees, year-round garden, domestic ducks for eggs and meat, constant supply of fresh sea food, solar oven – what’s not to like?
    Life is what you make it!

  14. Isn’t amazing how everything good in America is made out to be bad, and everything bad is made to be good? For instance the word prepper has been demonized. What could be better than to be a prepper? One less person waiting in the coming long soup lines!!! You think the government would be happy for this. But no. They want everyone in those soup lines. Because of what will be put in the soup.

    I am proud to be a prepper. Even my computer doesn’t like the word. It underlines it in red like prepper is not a word. Or I spelled it wrong. Or it changes it to prepare. I am proud to be a Christian too. What is the worst thing you can be in America? A Christian white male prepper. We are the enemy. Bound for genocide.

    Today on my supply run to buy the 2 m’s (milk/mountain dew), I bought a couple of rolls of toilet paper and a lighter. So my preps grew. This should be the goal. To grow the preps. Because soon enough the preps will be shrinking every day. So take advantage of this time given by the Lord to prepare!!!


    1. Isaiah Chapter 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

      Or the way I put it years ago:

      I am confused
      By the strangeness of a world
      Where happy people are bad
      and bad people are normal
      Where right and wrong are strained
      Through corrugated cardboard
      and the lumps discarded
      Where the difference
      between good and bad
      Is as broad as an ant’s eyelash
      And as strong as the smell of pine
      On the ocean.

  15. Great list!!
    I think the only thing I didn’t see on there was alcohol.
    Could be good for barter or pain relief or disinfecting.

  16. I would just like to note for everyone here that potassium iodATE (in contrast to potassium iodide) may not be as effective, and also may cause harm. I got curious about the differences between the two, and it seems (from a quick google search) somewhat foreboding on the part of iodate.

  17. Money saving tip that will shorten the list by one item. Forget the lamp oil. It’s far more expensive than kerosene and doesn’t work as well in oil lamps. Kerosene will also work for light lubrication and rust proofing. I’ve even got a little backpacking stove that can use kero.

  18. Pellet rifle
    I have a PCP Benjamin Marauder,
    .25 cal, use both pellets and a 45g hollow point lead bullet from The Hollow Point Guy,
    All i want to say is i wouldnt want to get shot in the forehead or eyeball by that thing, it goes right through 3/4″ plywood at 50yds and at that range the 45g bullet is embedded a bit past the middle of a doug fir 4×4.
    Think it would be an effective weapon if need be

  19. To rdgteacher:

    I wrote some articles to a magazine called Varmint Hunter years ago. It does not pay you but publishes letters by members. I stopped sending in articles because my mailbox became flooded with letters from people looking for a place to hunt. (this was over 20 years ago)

    My wife stays married to me because I still have a “city job” with good benefits. Financial security is sexy baby!

    Most of my recent writings on trapping and processing skunks has been passed on to readers of this blog recently because this is the time of year where I / we used to have a lot of trouble with rabid animals on the farms and fringes of our property.
    I was the guy who would show up and had the equipment in my truck to deal with an obviously sick animal on a daily basis. (my list of equipment: Ruger single six revolver, box or two of ammo, garbage bags, shovel, depredation tags or permits this being California where everything is regulated. Hunting license in my wallet)
    The folks at the Sheriff’s Office knew me and the Game Warden and I were on a first name basis. The trapping of skunks on the property of others was a task passed on to me by the county trappers that were overwhelmed with sheer amount of call volume in another drought summer. (You could call and they would tell you to wait 24 or 48 hrs or I would call back and I could be there that afternoon/ if I was not working at my town job)

    I estimate I shot over 170 skunks with that Ruger revolver before I stopped counting. Last week I took it out and I can still keep 90% of my shots within a 6″ circle at 25 yards with that gun. Not wanting to get too close to a rabid skunk is good incentive to hit what you are aiming at from a distance. (within urban and suburban neighborhoods I used 22 shorts and CB caps in the gun to prevent over penetration and collateral damage to surrounding property like Volvos and Land Rovers within Libtard Estates – Home of the Fabulously well-to-do)

    With many people moving into rural areas, I just thought this was something they should know prior to relocation. You trade one set of problems for another set of problems.

    1. CaliRefugee,

      Love your reports on skunk trapping/elimination. I have lived remote for 11 years since retiring. About 7 years ago, I woke one morning and discovered 19 of my half grown guinea fowls dead in their pen, along with 3-4 chickens. Other than a small wound on their neck, they had no other sign of trauma. That next night I secreted myself several yards from my poultry house and, sure enough, about two hours after sunset, the remaining chickens created an uproar. Shining a spotlight, I spotted a single skunk chasing them around the chicken yard. A twelve gauge with #8 shot took him out, ending my problem.

      Most folks have no idea how destructive skunks can be. They will ball up on a chicken’s head (and guinea’s in my case), biting a hole in the jugular vein, lick the blood until it stops flowing, then move to another victim, leaving a dead, otherwise unmarked carcass, behind. A total waste of good meat, and the results can decimate a flock.

      Since that episode, I kill skunks on sight. Last year I killed 15 in one week, 7 the next week, all on my own property. My preferred skunk dispatcher is a Rossi Circuit Judge 5 shot revolving rifle/ shotgun in .45 colt and .410. For skunks I use #9 shot (hard to find) because of its lack of penetration on stuff like metal siding on my outbuildings. It penetrates skunks very well though.

  20. Under water filters, purifiers I’d consider the MSR SE200 chlorine generator. I’ve contacted Camping Survival to see if they are familiar with it and if it is an item they might be interested in carrying. I believe they are also available on Amazon.

  21. Change??? Does anyone in any type of serious situation think anything will be selling for less than a dollar or even be concerned about it… If it’s that bad and money is even accepted, it gonna cost a whole lot of dollars!

    1. @Kenny, true enough… I’ve modified the ‘Cash’ suggestion to also indicate that its purchasing power may be ‘questionable’ for long-term SHTF (or even become valueless). If long-term, the things of value will rapidly become ‘tangibles’. Fiat paper currency might as well be toilet paper or firestarter…

  22. To Dennis:

    Thanks for your reply. It confirms with my statistics that a majority of poultry are killed by members of the weasel family to include skunks. I am sorry for the loss of your stock. Many people who get started raising poultry for either eggs or meat or both should realize you have created a protein factory within a set area. It will attract predators and meat eaters. My guess is you also have a wide band of cleared land around your chicken run as well as creation and maintainance of a “kill zone”. I hope you do not have to use too much of the lemon-scented dish soap/peroxide/lemon juice cleaning solution.

    I just like to watch chickens. They are kinda fun to watch. “I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without their motives being questioned.”

    Hopefully those just getting into raising poultry will read these blogs and build a secure pen/ runs prior to bringing their first chicks home. They will be able to clear their land and know why they need a shotgun and traps if they have chickens.

    1. CaliRefugee,

      You’re correct to advise a secure chicken pen. Where I made a mistake was building my “chicken run” using chain link fencing, sides and top, with 1″ chicken wire around the lower 2 ft. (to keep the chicks in). Skunks (even large ones) easily slip right through the 2 1/2″ mesh of the chain link fencing.

      Haven’t been sprayed since I was a kid. Even when I use a live trap, the same #9 shot in the .410 does little damage to the trap.

  23. To rdgteacher:

    The phrase of 1000 anything in Chinese is the equivalent of “abundance” in English. I am of asian descent and so I “make fun” of something by using asian phrases. Drought years in California meant that I was busy setting traps and removing skunks from beneath wood piles and decks when I was not working at my town job.
    From the end of May until the end of Sept or Oct, I was eating, sleeping, working or trapping with no time for vacation, fishing, hunting other species. Sometimes, I would get lazy about cleanup or got some skunk juice on a good shirt. I would reek and my wife would say: “I cant take you anywhere!” so we would stay home and BBQ.

    My wife was horrified that ranchers, farmers and people I did not know were calling me when they had a pest problem in the early years of our marriage. Through the years of career transition and the start of my marriage, I was one of the guys people and govt. agencies called to reduce or eliminate problem animals. Agricultural extensions offer advice. (I learned a lot from them too) I was the private contractor that solved the problem.

    This job does not pay well and the hours … the hours suck! but the intangible benefits include: Meeting a lot of people including local law enforcement and gaining hunting privileges to private ranches.

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