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Bushcraft/Bugging Out/Camping/Backpacking

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 21. 77 Replies

I have recently had an interest in learning about the equipment needed for surviving in a Bug Out situation. In learning the proper tools and equipment to have, I have also started backpacking and…Continue

Outdoor Gardening

Started by Sue OldsWidow. Last reply by Sue OldsWidow May 23. 151 Replies

Lots of things to do in the spring, one is knowing when to plant and when to wait.May 10th is my last frost date, passed down from my grandmother. She said you plant something that comes up before…Continue

When are they ready for that first knife

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Charles Sample Jan 14. 9 Replies

I read a great article the other day and wanted to share it.  With so many countries putting more and more limitations of knives, it is more important than ever that we teach our children, it is a…Continue

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Strange (to me) mushroom

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 8, 2017. 11 Replies

I was riding my 4 wheeler through the woods the other day and saw this mushroom.  I don't recall ever seeing one like it before.  The pine cone lying beside it is about 3 inches long.  The mushroom…Continue


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Comment by Ron Cooper on May 27, 2017 at 15:22

Hey, Gang! 

I uploaded a video that I shot yesterday at a local arboretum that is just down the road from where I live. I spend most of my afternoons walking around the grounds there and enjoying the diversity of plants and animals. Yesterday I had this surreal encounter with an especially vocal coyote. He was very aware of my presence but didn't seem to mind me being in such close proximity to him. I'm talking about 30 to 40 feet and closer at times. In all I shot 4 videos similar to the one I posted on YouTube and took over 60 still pictures in the 30 plus minutes that I enjoyed his company. Be sure to turn your speakers up when you watch the video!

Here's one of the many pictures I took...

Comment by Tobias Gibson on May 26, 2017 at 21:41
I live in Chicago right next to the only wetlands within the city limits. There are only three known species of snakes in the area. 1) the Chicago Garter, 2) the EasternGarter, and 3) the Massasauga Rattle Snake.

The first two are non poisonous, the third extremely rare and is is under federal protection. I actively look for snakes and every other kind of critter when I'm in the wetlands. That's why I'm there. If I came across a massasauga I'm pretty sure I'd try to get a picture of it and report it to the DNR so they could record its location.

In my life time I've caught at least a dozen snakes including one cottonmouth ( that's another story). That said, I'd say unless you know what you're doing give any snake you see a very wide berth. They are faster than you think.

Comment by Charles Sample on May 26, 2017 at 19:20

Snakes are one reason why I am always armed when out and about in forest and field.  I carry a .22 revolver in a holster on my left hip and a .38 snub in my right front pocket.  I don't kill every snake I see.  Last Saturday when I was out at my hunting area I saw a black snake.  I left it alone.  My advice is, don't kill black snakes.  They kill a lot of rodents and sometimes other snakes including copperheads.  They are nonvenomous although if one bites you it could become infected because of the bacterial in their mouths.

Comment by Jan Carter on May 26, 2017 at 18:49

As we head into an outdoor 3 day weekend...Copperhead season: what NOT to do if bitten

The brightly-colored copperhead, which is common everywhere (and responsible for the majority of bites).

Snakes only bite to defend themselves as a last resort. When threatened, they prefer to escape or to remain still, blending in with their surroundings. But if they decide to bite, they can move lightning-fast.

According to Dr. Christopher Holstege, medical director of the poison center, many snake bites happen when the victim is taunting or trying to catch or kill the snake.“If you see a snake,” he advises, “back up. Stay away from it. Don’t jab at it with a stick or try to kill it. Just go around it.”

The timber rattlesnake, which prefers more isolated, mountainous terrain.

Wear boots when walking in tall grass, leafy forests, or other snake habitats. Also, snakes are attracted to areas that provide them with cover and shelter. Remove log or trash piles close to your house. Keep the grass or other vegetation near your house closely mowed or trimmed.

If someone is bitten by a venomous snake — stay calm. Deaths from copperhead or rattlesnake bites are extremely rare. The most important action is to get the victim to a healthcare facility as soon as possible so they can receive medical care for the pain, swelling, and other symptoms.

If possible, wash the bite wound with soap and water, and remove any tight clothing or jewelry to allow for swelling, which may be severe. Dr. Holstege advises: “Don’t believe what you see in the movies! There are many myths and folk remedies which have not been shown to have any beneficial effect on the victim’s outcome and in fact may cause more harm.”

In other words, do not apply a tourniquet; do not apply ice or use an ice bath; do not cut the wound; do not use any form of suction; do not give the victim alcohol or drugs; do not give the victim an electric shock.

Most importantly, do not try to catch or kill the snake. This may result in another snakebite victim.

“The doctor does not need to see the snake in order to treat you. All venomous snake bites in Virginia are treated with the same antivenom, if necessary,” the doctor adds.

Comment by Jan Carter on April 25, 2017 at 15:01

LOL, Yes  Charles it is!

Comment by Charles Sample on April 25, 2017 at 14:21

Jan, so it is a good snake now?!

Comment by Jan Carter on April 24, 2017 at 19:56

so, when you live in a forest things just happen.  We have no grass but we do have an ivy explosion that I dont mind having on the slopes but on the flat I like to be able to walk around and see where I am walking.

The weedeater gets a good workout and this past Saturday Donnie spent a couple hours doing the first of the spring cut backs.  About 2 hours later a snake found its way into plain site on the lower deck and quickly became headless.

I do everything I can to keep the rodents away from the house area including keeping moth balls out.  To be honest in 2.5 years this is the first seen on the property but it is a reminder, watch where you are going :)

Comment by Dennis on February 3, 2017 at 21:46
WoW I never win thanks I will pm you my address. Feeling blessed.
Comment by Jan Carter on February 3, 2017 at 19:56


Congrats you are our Groundhog day winner :).  Please send me your address

Comment by Jan Carter on February 3, 2017 at 19:55


WOW did you ever make some amazing New Years resolutions, gave he gave you 6 more weeks to make them happen LOL


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