Bowfishing For Survival, by J.W.


Just as there are many ways of skinning a cat, there are different methods you can employ to catch the fish.

And yes, you guessed it right: Bowfishing is one such method. It allows you to hunt all species of fish imaginable without necessarily using the typical fishing rod, reel, and worm baits. Instead, you only require a good bowfishing bow.

As much as bowfishing may sound entirely new to most people, it dates back to centuries ago, when it was one of the most reliable techniques of gathering food. Now, fast forward. The technique has evolved into what I’d like to call “modern bowfishing”. And in the following guide, I’ll walk you through every aspect of today’s bowfishing for survival as narrated by an expert survivalist. Let’s dive right in.

Gathering the Necessary Bowfishing Gear

The first thing you need to do for bowfishing involves equipping yourself with the essential gear for the task ahead. What is this bowfishing gear? Let me give you a list:

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SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Eclipse 2017

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region.

Today’s emphasis is on the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21st, 2017. The path of totality will cross three of the five American Redoubt States, and considerable portions of the other two Redoubt States will experience at least a 75%+ eclipse.


Several cities in Idaho are planning eclipse events. The traffic will probably be insane in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but  just on the other side of the Tetons, Driggs, Idaho should be much more sedate. (And affordable!)

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Weiser, Idaho, has a big festival planned.

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Moonfest Music Festival brings country stars to east Idaho for eclipse weekend

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Liberty Blitzkrieg reports: Idaho Embraces Neofeudalism with Its “Noncompete” Legislation

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The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. The weakest link in any Digital Security is the human factor. Take a look at Wells Fargo’s self inflicted breach below.

Survival Realty

An amazing 160 acre retreat ranch with hydro power in the upper Clearwater River Valley has been dramatically reduced in price, to $1.5 million. JWR has visited and consulted at this ranch.

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Preparedness Notes for Monday – July 24, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

July 24 – The late Jerry Ahern passed away on this day, July 24th, in 2012. He is missed.

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From “On Sunday July 23rd, a spectacular X-class CME emerged from the farside of the sun. . . If this explosion had occurred 2 weeks ago when the huge sunspot was facing Earth, we would be predicting strong geomagnetic storms in the days ahead. Instead, the CME is racing away from our planet … and directly toward Mars.”

Ruger American Compact .45 ACP, by Pat Cascio

Ruger American Compact .45 ACP

Though some time back, we reviewed the Ruger American Compact 9mm pistol, today we are looking at the American Compact .45 ACP. The Compact 9mm was a winner in my book. Ruger hit it out of the ballpark. My oldest daughter fell in love with it and had to have one of her own, though she hasn’t bought a new gun in at least eight years. My name was on the list for the American Compact in .45 ACP. So not too long ago, I finally got my sample for testing.


The 9mm and .45 ACP compact models are very similar in size and most dimensions. However, here’s the .45 ACP specs, just the same. The sample I requested was the Pro model, which has no manual external safety lever. The frame is black polymer, and the slide is stainless steel. However, it is black in color (Nitride) and has a nice, tactical look to it. It comes with the combat three white dot sight set-up, which is very fast to pick up under stress. There is also a Picatinny rail on the dust cover for mounting lights or lasers. The barrel is 3.75 inches long, which is slightly longer than the 9mm barrel. The gun weighs only 28.6 ounces, so it’s easy to carry all day long. I carried it for two weeks in a Blackhawk Products leather holster. The fit was perfect.

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Economics & Investing For Preppers

Classic Cars

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.)

Today’s focus is on investing in classic cars. (See the Tangibles Investing section, near the end of this column.)

Precious Metals:

Adam Hamilton: Gold/Silver Shorts Extreme

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Gold Price is Making a Comeback in a Big Way


Markets on a Sugar rush, stocks rise 2-10%. As preppers, when we see and food futures rise, it is our signal to stock up on physical goods, before retail prices rise, correspondingly.

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Oil slips ahead of producer meeting, U.S. rig count

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Preparedness Notes for Sunday – July 23, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

On July 23rd, 1982, outside Santa Clarita, California, actor Vic Morrow (of Combat! fame) and two children were killed when a helicopter crashed onto them while shooting a scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie.

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There is only one more week left in Round 71 of the SurvivalBlog Non-Fiction Writing contest. Get your entry in soon!

Fire Fight, by J.M.

Fighting Fire

Are you ready for a fire fight? One of the most discussed topics in the “preppersphere” is how to start fires. There are tons of articles, blogs, books, and products geared towards helping you start fires in wilderness or TEOTWAWKI scenarios. However, there’s one aspect of fires that tends to be overlooked—how to put them out when you don’t want them. Every year in the U.S., fires cause thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in damage. And that’s with fully functional fire departments in almost every city, town, and county.

Imagine how much worse the situation will be once fire departments are no longer able to respond and careless angry mobs are running around starting fires to keep warm, cook food, or just enjoy the pretty flames. Most of you reading this are probably at least partially prepared for the loss of healthcare, law enforcement, water, and food services. But how prepared are you to protect your family, supplies, and property from fires?

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Letter: Helpful Resources



Thank you for the awesome resources you’ve shared here! I’m very grateful for your work to try to keep your community safe. I’m putting together material for our local workshops on disaster safety, and I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit by way of your page 🙂

Here are some other pieces I’ve found extremely useful, which you might be interested in as well:

Please do keep up the great work! – S.B.

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:


SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Wait till you hear the latest on SkyNet!

Food Sovereignty

Maine has become the first state to enact a “Food Sovereignty” law which allows communities to regulate their own local food economy. This frees up the church potlucks and the local farmers markets. Even the local dairy farmers who sell raw milk to those who want it. You can now legally sell your eggs to your neighbor without worrying that the S.W.A.T team. They won’tl be breaking down your front door, trashing your home and abusing your family.

Old Home Day

New England has a tradition called Old Home Day where the old ways of farming are taught to those who have an interest in such things. It was originally started years ago to teach the returning soldiers from the Civil war how to farm, but it is now entrenched as a tradition. If you’re in the area, you might want to stop by and see what it’s all about.

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Quote of the Day - Bible KJV

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11 (KJV)