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Survival Hacks For True Food Independence

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Food independence is one of the most important things a prepper can have when SHTF. That’s because when a crisis hits, it’ll only take a few days for all the grocery store shelves to become completely empty. And at that point, everyone will have to fend for themselves.

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of your worries. Even preppers with a well-stocked food pantry have the possibility of running out of their food supply. There’s also the possibility of someone robbing you of your stash, or your food spoiling.

Despite all this, there is still a way that preppers can reach true food independence outside of their stockpile. And this way has nothing to do with planting a survival garden (even though that’s still a good idea).

No…this idea will help ensure you stay full. That’s because the rewards you get from this method are absolutely packed with fat and protein.

Ready to see what it is? Pay close attention and you’ll discover these…

Survival Hacks For True Food Independence

Animal trapping is one of the most important survival skills that man can master. That’s because it allows you to catch meals throughout the day to keep your energy up. Not to mention it doesn’t expel NEAR as much energy and resources as hunting and fishing do. And yet, the reward is often just as good.

Not to mention one of the most beautiful things about trapping is the ability to set up the trap and leave. This allows you to go build a shelter, forage for berries/plants, gather firewood, etc. Meanwhile, the traps are already working for you. All you have to do is come back later and collect your spoils.

Trapping is also an excellent way to stay stealthy in an SHTF event. Almost anyone can hear a gunshot from a mile away. However, traps make little to no noise. This alone can help you keep your location a secret, and can allow you to keep your spoils for yourself.

Now keep in mind that trapping is NOT a foolproof method. There are times when you may come back to find nothing caught in your trap. There are also instances when the trap may have set off incorrectly, allowing the animal to escape. And there’s always the animal that outsmarts the trap by knocking it over.

Luckily, there are ways to help prevent these shortcomings. By setting a trap up correctly and making sure it’s sturdy, this can prevent an animal from knocking it over or it going off incorrectly.

To truly learn anything, you must start with the basics and master those first before moving on to bigger, more complex traps. And, by practicing these basics successfully, there’s a much greater chance you’ll stay fed more consistently and for longer periods of time.

There’s essentially a right way and a wrong way to go about this. That’s why we’re going to start off slow. Here’s some tips from Survival Life on the need-to-know basics for animal trapping. These could easily save your life!

Learning Trapping Basics

Must for all Traps

No matter what your target animal is or what kind of trap you are setting, there are some constants that you should always remember.

  1. More is better – Many people set two or three traps and are disappointed when they come home without any meat. A successful trap line typically has between 15 and 30 traps.  You do not have to set them all at once, but that should be your goal.
  2. Always use bait if possible – Animal signs are great to tell you that animals are in the area, but it you want to ensure that they trip your trigger you need bait.  The type of bait will vary based on the animal.
  3. Try to cover your scent and the trap – Two common reasons why traps do not work is that the trap area smells like you, or that the trap itself is visible.  Cover your scent with pine needles or charcoal.  Cover the trap with leaves and twigs that will not interfere with its action.
  4. Always check your traps at least once daily – You are not the only carnivore in the woods.  If you leave a trapped animal too long, another animal will eat it first.

Modern Traps

By far the most effective way to run a successful trap line is to use modern steel traps.  These will kill, disable, or hold an animal in place until you can check your line.  The two most common animals I see trapped are beavers and marten.  Both of these animals are best targeted with a steel snap trap. When the trigger is tripped, the mouth of the trap snaps down on the animal holding it in place.

For beavers you want to attach your trap to a pole, cut a hole in the ice near the entrance to the beaver lodge, and bait it with some poplar branches.  In the summer you can stake the trap near slides or lodges, but it does not work as well because of the ample food sources available.  For marten you want to put your bait meat in the back of a mailbox or similar structure.  Set your trap just inside and attach it to a diagonal log.  Often trappers use leftover moose or elk hide for bait.  The mailbox forces the animal to trip the trigger.


Snares are a more primitive type of trap, but they can still work just fine.  You can buy steel traps for a few bucks that work much better than other options.  If you want to make your own snares, I suggest copper wire instead of cordage.  The wire allows you to manipulate the loop of the snare to hold the position you want.  You can use cordage if you have no wire.  For making your own snare, you just want to make a slip knot and attach the other end to something stable.  For most animals you want the snare loop to be vertical and set at the height of your target animal’s head.  You can even add a spring pole to the trap if you want to make it snap tight more aggressively.


Deadfall traps are most commonly used for smaller animals and use the weight of a large flat rock to crush the prey.  For this trap you want two sticks with one being slightly curved.  The straight stick holds the weight of the rock, while the curved stick is your trigger stick.

You need to carve the trigger stick flat on one end and pointed on the other.  The flat end sits between the straight stick and the rock, and your bait goes on the pointed end.  The curve should dip back to place your bait in the back of the trap.  With any pressure, the sticks should collapse and the rock should fall.  You pay want to try it out a few times before moving on.

In Conclusion

The most important point I can emphasize is that trapping takes practice.  This is true more so than just about every other survival skill.  Even if you only have time to try out a few traps at a time, get out there and see what works.  You will appreciate the skill if you ever find yourself in a position where your life depends upon it.


Former Democrat Tops NH Trump VP Poll


In an electrifying and unexpected development, a new poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center reveals that former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii tops the list of preferred running mates for former President Donald Trump. This strategic choice underscores Trump’s commitment to broadening his appeal and strengthening his base with an unconventional but highly effective candidate.

Tulsi Gabbard, who initially ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, courageously left her party two years later to become an independent. Now, she emerges as the favorite among nearly a quarter (24%) of New Hampshire voters who are not supporting President Biden. Gabbard’s ability to connect with a diverse electorate and her staunch opposition to the far-left agenda make her a powerful ally for Trump.

Gabbard’s support stands seven points ahead of biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, indicating a strong preference for Gabbard’s unique blend of political independence and principled leadership. This shows that voters are looking for leaders who are willing to stand up against the establishment and fight for American values.

Ramaswamy, along with other notable figures like Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have endorsed Trump, yet Gabbard’s lead suggests a deeper resonance with voters seeking a fresh and unifying voice. Her conservative principles, military background, and dedication to freedom and the Constitution make her an ideal running mate for Trump.

Trump’s consideration of Gabbard is a testament to his strategic thinking and commitment to broadening his appeal. Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq War and an officer in the Hawaii National Guard, brings a wealth of experience and a compelling personal story as the first Samoan-American elected to Congress. Her transition from a progressive Democrat to an independent has been marked by her steadfast dedication to fundamental freedoms, resonating with many conservatives who feel disenfranchised by the current political climate.

In a Fox News town hall in February, Trump hinted that Gabbard was on his short list for running mates. Her praise for Trump, acknowledging his resilience and willingness to fight against the Washington establishment, underscores a shared commitment to challenging the status quo and defending American values against the encroachment of socialism and government overreach.

Gabbard’s familiarity with New Hampshire, a crucial swing state, adds another layer of strategic advantage. Her presence in the state during her 2020 presidential run and her support for Republican candidates in 2022 have cemented her popularity among voters who are tired of the same old politics and crave genuine change.

By considering Gabbard as a running mate, Trump demonstrates his ability to think outside traditional party lines and appeal to a broader coalition. This bold move could be the key to uniting the nation behind his campaign, bringing together a diverse group of voters eager for a leader who prioritizes American values and freedoms.

As the 2024 election approaches, the prospect of a Trump-Gabbard ticket promises an exciting and dynamic campaign. This powerful combination of leadership, experience, and dedication to conservative principles is poised to capture the imagination and support of Americans from all walks of life, ensuring a strong and united front against the progressive agenda threatening our nation’s future.


POLL: Would you support Tulsi Gabbard for VP?


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SCOTUS Sides With “Three Strikes” Laws in Support of Second Amendment


In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled 6–3 on May 23 in favor of the federal government in a case pivotal to the enforcement of a federal three-strikes gun law aimed at ensuring repeat offenders are appropriately penalized. This ruling reinforces the principle that those who repeatedly break the law, particularly with violent felonies or major drug offenses, should face stringent consequences, thereby protecting law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Justice Samuel Alito, a stalwart defender of constitutional principles, authored the majority opinion in Brown v. United States, consolidated with Jackson v. United States. In a remarkable alignment, the decision saw a blending of ideologies, with one liberal justice joining the majority and a conservative justice siding with the dissenters. This highlights the importance and clarity of the case beyond traditional ideological divides.

Federal law rightly prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms, and the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) of 1984 was a significant step to address the disproportionate number of crimes committed by repeat offenders. The ACCA mandates a 15-year minimum sentence for individuals found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm if they have three or more prior convictions for serious drug offenses or violent felonies committed on separate occasions.

The recent Supreme Court ruling ensures that the severity of the law remains intact. It emphasizes that sentences under the ACCA should be based on the laws in effect at the time of the original convictions, maintaining the law’s integrity and original intent to deter habitual criminals. This is a win for those who believe in the Second Amendment and the rule of law, ensuring that dangerous individuals are kept from undermining our right to bear arms.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett stood firm in the majority, reflecting their commitment to upholding strict penalties for career criminals. Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joined parts of the dissent, showcasing the robust debate within the court. Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, known for their liberal leanings, also contributed to the discourse.

Justice Alito’s opinion clarified that the ACCA’s requirement for a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence remains for those convicted of illegal firearm possession if they have a history of serious drug offenses or violent felonies. The definition of a “serious drug offense” includes state crimes that carry a maximum sentence of at least 10 years and involve a controlled substance as defined by the Controlled Substances Act.

Alito highlighted that state crimes qualify as serious drug offenses if they involved a drug listed on federal schedules at the time of the original conviction, not based on any subsequent changes to those schedules. This prevents loopholes that could otherwise allow habitual offenders to evade justice based on technicalities, thus preserving the stringent measures intended by the ACCA.

The government’s interpretation aligns with the ACCA’s objectives, focusing on the inherent risk and seriousness of certain offenses likely committed by career criminals. This approach ensures that those with a history of significant drug or violent offenses face enhanced penalties, protecting society and upholding the sanctity of the Second Amendment by ensuring firearms do not end up in the hands of dangerous individuals.

Justice Jackson’s dissent argued for applying the drug schedules in effect at the time of the federal firearms offense, a perspective that the majority rightly found unconvincing given the ACCA’s clear intent and context.

This ruling follows the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in March 2022’s Wooden v. United States, affirming that multiple convictions from a single criminal episode do not count as multiple under the ACCA. The current deliberations on Erlinger v. United States, which question whether a judge or jury should decide on the application of enhanced sentencing, continue to underscore the Court’s dedication to ensuring fair yet firm justice.

In summary, the Supreme Court’s decision is a significant victory for the pro-Second Amendment community, reinforcing the importance of strict penalties for repeat offenders. This decision ensures that the rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms are protected by keeping firearms out of the hands of those who pose a danger to society.


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HILARIOUS: Biden Not On the Ballot in Ohio… Yet


In a delicious twist of irony, President Biden—who has tried to block former President Trump from appearing on ballots in several states—might himself be excluded from the Ohio ballot come Election Day. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued this hilarious warning on Tuesday, showcasing yet another instance of Democratic incompetence and hypocrisy.

Despite receiving weeks of warnings from LaRose’s office and the state legislature, the Ohio Democratic Party has hilariously bungled their way into potentially disqualifying Biden from the ballot. LaRose, a Republican, pointed out that the Democratic Party has yet to offer any solution that complies with existing law.

Ohio’s election law requires parties to certify their presidential candidates at least 90 days before Election Day. But in a move that screams “amateur hour,” the Democratic Party plans to certify Biden at its national convention in Wisconsin on August 19, just 75 days before the election—blatantly flouting the law.

“I’ve said from here to Colorado that it’s in the best interest of voters to have a choice in the race for president. I’m also duty-bound to follow the law as Ohio’s chief elections officer,” LaRose stated, barely containing his exasperation.

“As it stands today, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee will not be on the Ohio ballot. That is not my choice. It’s due to a conflict in the law created by the party, and the party has so far offered no legally acceptable remedy,” he continued, likely shaking his head in disbelief.

“The Ohio House speaker said today there won’t be a legislative solution, so I’ve sent a letter to Ohio Democrats’ chair seeking (again) a solution that upholds the law and respects the voters. I trust they’ll act quickly,” he finished, probably chuckling at the absurdity of it all.

Ohio Democrats previously floated the idea that Ohio could accept a “provisional certification” for Biden’s candidacy, but LaRose quickly shut down this laughable suggestion, pointing out that state law makes no such allowances.

LaRose emphasized that either the state legislature must change the law to allow Biden’s certification, or the Democratic Party must get its act together. Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens, another Republican, bluntly stated that lawmakers won’t bail Biden out. “There’s just not the will to do that from the legislature,” Stephens told reporters, likely with a smirk.

Even Democratic Ohio House Minority Leader Allison Russo couldn’t hide her frustration with her own party’s ineptitude, stating, “We’ve seen the dysfunction here in this place. And I think we’ve seen that folks have not been able to put aside partisanship and hyper-partisanship and infighting.… I think at this point, you’re probably going to see either, you know, some sort of inner party effects or perhaps court action.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine assured voters that Biden would be on the ballot come November, arguing that if the legislature doesn’t act, then it’s “going to be done by the court.”

Ohio Democrats have yet to respond to LaRose’s Tuesday letter. The irony of Biden’s predicament—potentially being excluded from the ballot while having sought to exclude Trump—is nothing short of poetic justice. This fiasco is a fitting testament to the chaos and mismanagement that has become the hallmark of the Democratic Party.



POLL: Will Biden be the Democrat nominee in November?


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