JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on raccoon traps. (See the Gear section, near the end of this column.)


Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence (Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Series)

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Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival


Movies and Television:


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Blade Runner: The Final Cut – Blu-ray


Instructional Videos:

Franklin Armory BFS3 Trigger Install

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Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch: Why You Might Need Hundreds of Loaded Magazines

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Making Roof Shingles With Hand Tools


Sermons and Bible Studies:

“For God Did Vex Them With All Adversity” – Message by Dr. Chuck Baldwin on Oct. 8, 2017

Blogs and Vlogs:

The Gun Collective (TGC) News (A great regular vlog news show for shooters hosted by Jon Patton.)

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Anyone who is really into global earthquake tracking and predictions will enjoy this Youtube vlog with daily updates (around 10 PM Central Time): dutchsinse.

Gear (Raccoon Traps):

Has your outdoor pet food bowl become a local freeloading raccoon feeder? If so,  the Duke brand “dog proof” leg-hold raccoon traps come highly recommended by a close friend.  They are ideal for families with dogs or cats because only a racoon will have the patience to reach in deep for piece after piece of dry dog food or dry cat food.  (The trap can only be activated by pulling upward on the tab down in the bottom of the bait cylinder.)  Note: As with all other leg-hold traps, this trap must be checked frequently, to prevent the trapped critter from suffering before being dispatched.

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I’ve mentioned these once before in SurvivalBlog: Kinetic Development Group (KDG) Optics Hub- M-LOK Spotting Scope Housing. This is a fantastic, very sturdy way to mount multiple optics co-axially–such as for a counter-sniper spotter’s tripod.  With a Hub, just one tripod can hold a spotting scope, a Kestrel weather station, a laser range finder, and a red dot sight.  With the optics all co-aligned, you have a great force multiplier that is very fast to get on target.  (You start out with the red rot, for rough alignment, and then look through the spotting scope. With my KDG Hub, I have a Leupold Mark 4 12-40×60 Mil Dot spotting scope mounted inside. There is a Bushnell 1 mile Con-X rangefinder mounted on top. It is a sweet set-up for my spotter.

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  1. I can vouch for these coon traps. A few years ago I trapped over 20 coons in one summer using one. If I set the trap I was guaranteed to bag a coon. That didn’t stop one of those beasts from wiping out our entire chicken flock in broad daylight recently.
    Make sure you’re tether is secure- chain is ideal. I did have a coon snap the wire tether and make off with a trap. Also, it helps to have a hole dug ahead of time.

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