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Early Years on the Homestead – Observation – Local Plant Life
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A good deal of consideration into the local factors surrounding the potential homestead site should have been conducted long before the final decision was ever made to purchase the physical property.

There should already be some knowledge about the prevalent conditions in the area and a general knowledge of plant and animal life that will be encountered along with at least some idea about the natural barriers, obstacles and other select positions within the proposed homestead site.

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What is the perfect prepper location
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It is said the three most important factors for any business are “Location, location and location!” The same is true for a Homestead Site … but Caveat Emptor! Let the buyer beware!!! Lest you find yourself on the wrong side of the law for wanting to build your homestead on the perfect location!

For those who are just now beginning to venture into the world of prepping, there are a great many different approaches to getting to where you want to be. The constraints are there of course, in most cases, when it comes to budgeting.

While budgeting is definitely a major concern, especially when it comes to selecting that perfect location for the new “Homestead away from home” being created, there are three other factors that are equally as important … and those are location, location and WTF?

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Water Tanks or Retaining Ponds on the Homestead
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Water Tanks tend to stand out and be glaringly obvious in more natural environments but tend to provide more control over the water, its contents and the flow.

Retaining ponds blend into the surrounding natural environment much better, but in addition to being open to the world and susceptible to poisoning in one fashion or another, they may also lead to legal battles that could not be foreseen unless you know the principles of arbitrary law (and the “legal” system that arbitrarily enforces them) … or if you have read this article and know what to look for.

For those people who are wanting to live off the grid on their own little plot of land somewhere far clear of “civilized” society, water will still be an essential part of their life. It could be argued that the natural waters available in the great outdoors may even be more beneficial than the chemical-laden water that is piped in through the cities, but that is an argument for a separate article.

Still, some of these people prefer to dig or otherwise build a retaining pond while some will inevitably prefer the convenience and relative safety of a water tower or water tank. Which one is right for you? As is always the case, it depends on what your individual needs are at the end of the day … and also what laws may be in place where you are building your homestead.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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