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Learning How Not to Flinch
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There are a great many small errors that can make even the most ambitious young shooter ultimately shy away from learning how to shoot properly. In my case, I tend to literally rest my cheek on the cheek rest on the butt of the rifle.

This is not generally an issue with the AR15 or other lighter carbines, though with other firearms such as my M1 Garand, my old Mauser eight millimeters, (including the ones I have rebuilt in different calibers since) the seven millimeter magnum and other of the “heavier” rounds, it can lead to discomfort.

In my case, it generally results in a sore, though rarely (never yet) bruised cheek on my part. Since the sore nature of my cheek has never prevented me from eating my game, or prevented me from pursuing my target, I have just lived with it.

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Why You Need at Least Two Dogs on the Homestead
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Why You Need at Least Two Dogs

I am one of those people that love both dogs and cats, but in the world of Off The Grid, cats are great for keeping down mice, most snakes and other vermin off the property … though not very beneficial for the purposes of securing the homestead or protecting from predatory animals … especially in the form of other people.

Dogs on the other hand, can be tricked and do not always serve their purpose as intended, thus it is imperative that there always be at least two dogs on the Homestead site for the purposes of warning of any potential threats or dangers.

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Five Ways to Power the Homestead (Almost) for Free
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Some people will probably look at the title and believe that therein lies the caveat. However, the solutions presented herein are so inexpensive as to be effectively free even if they will require a few dollars output for some of the materials needed. There is also another common myth and misconception that should be dispelled before commencing with any of these projects.

The Myth of Twelve Volt DC Current

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Natural Defensive Measures for the Homestead
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Homestead Security is an area of concern wherein a great many homesteaders do not pay enough attention. If the homesteader is not living on their homestead all the time, it may be especially prone to the intrusion by vermin of both the two legged and four legged varieties.

While there may not be any such construct as the perfect defense, there are a great many more natural measures that can assist the homesteader with protecting their hard work and their stores or wares on site, while at the same time, maintaining a natural balance of beauty and functionality.

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Best Kept Secrets of Cold Weather Survival
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A broken down vehicle, a long hike with the proverbial “left turn at Albuquerque”, an unexpected blizzard, an avalanche, or a hundred other possible scenarios could leave the homesteader with an inherent need to spend the night or even days or weeks outdoors in very cold and inhospitable weather conditions.

It is imperative to take preventative measures any time that you may be forced to go out during the winter months, and learning the lessons contained herein very well may be just what you need to literally save your life.

Be Prepared

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Overfeeding Local Wildlife and Legal Technicalities
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By far the most beautiful location off the grid that I have ever had the privilege of working with, was what can only be described as a natural “Arena” or horseshoe shaped property. A side road ran along the front of the property and there was a driveway up to the house, placed conveniently close to the road.

The remaining three sides had gently rising slopes, lightly forested, up to clear ridge lines, with nothing but open field filling the “arena” or inner portion of the horseshoe. I knew this place as a child oddly enough, and only because my brother and I had the biggest scam in the world going.

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Homestead Health and Honey
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DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant in any way to provide medical advice in any form or format. This article merely reflects the personal experience and the opinions of the author and are not to be construed in any way to be medical advice. Always seek the opinion of a licensed medical professional in any and all matters of health.

Bees are awesome in a great many ways. They are an integral part of any complete homestead security system, they provide pollination for local plant and fauna, they provide wax that is just as good for candles and waterproofing as it is for coating lead rounds, and perhaps most famously of all, bees produce that most wonderful of all nectar, honey.

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Watering the Homestead
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There are numerous options for getting water to the house, even for a homestead completely off the grid. Among these, the most common are generally water wells, though sometimes water towers or retaining ponds may be in order. For some other properties, more advanced techniques may not only be viable, but more relevant in order to establish a more sustainable development on the homestead.

There are also, unfortunately perhaps, certain regulations that are most assuredly well intended, but that may also prove detrimental to the property owner. These points are covered herein, not as extensive how to manuals, but merely to present as many options as possible to the homesteader in order that they have the opportunity to build the best possible future for themselves and even their families.

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The Joy of Blackpowder Firearms
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Blackpowder firearms are loved by many collectors and history enthusiasts alike, but they are often shunned by some Homesteaders. Truth be told, they are an entirely different realm of firearms and mastery will take some time and practice. However, there are a substantial number of benefits to blackpowder weapons that make them an ideal inclusion for both the happy Homesteader and anyone else living off the grid.

No firearms collection would, in my humble estimation, be complete without at least a varied selection of blackpowder firearms. There are some drawbacks, and those will be considered first, if nothing else, for weeding out those people who are just looking for an excuse to validate their exclusion of these invaluable firearms in their collections.

After that however, a host of benefits will be revealed, some which may have not been considered even by the most die-hard and ardent Homesteaders and others who may decide to live completely off the grid.

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Top Three Natural Methods for Waterproofing Boots, Leather and Clothes
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If you are building a homestead, it is virtually inevitable that you are going to find yourself out in the weather on more than just a few occasions. As such, and even more so in colder climates, it is equally imperative that not only your boots, but your weather gear and at least some of your clothes are waterproof.

There is no excuse whatsoever for not thoroughly water proofing any and every set of boots, if not shoes on the homestead. The constant exposure to the weather will ensure that even the best of leather boots are constantly inundated with water, very likely mud and perhaps other debris, much of which will work into the grain of the leather itself.

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Foreign Concepts on the Homestead
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As a child, the author had the opportunity to meet a great many people from all over the world. Fascinated with the stories, it was perhaps only natural that global travels would occur as the opportunities were made available.

What was not really expected however, was the realization of just how much benefit this could be in living off the grid. Oddly enough, despite all of the travels, this “revelation” as it were, was actually pointed out by a friend of the author, during a routine, quite innocuous shopping trip to prepare a meal for a guest.

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