It’s Tacks Time in the Woods

You’re scouting out a new bug out location back in the woods. It’s well off the main roads. You’ll mark a path to that little creek which flows into the river.

As you tramp through the underbrush, you reflect on why it is you’re doing this. You stop for a second. Funny thing that word “reflecting.” It has a double meaning just now.

The chirping birds take no notice as you rattle the contents in the musette bag slung over your shoulder. You’re out here on a mission because of what’s in those plastic containers.

Most preppers are staying at home, no matter what chaos comes their way. But you’ve always marched to the beat of a different drummer, and there’s no way you’re going to stick around when things get hot.

You were looking for an inconspicuous way to mark your way when your brother-in-law Dick suggested the solution. He seemed like such an unlikely source, too, since he’s a “good old boy” who believes things will turn out all right. After all, this is America, the greatest country on the planet.

Dick is a deer hunter, and at the family Thanksgiving feast he mentioned he uses reflecting metal tacks to mark the route to his treestand. He said the white ones he bought from Bass Pro Shop have lasted him several years.

Isn’t it strange where inspiration comes from?

You made a note to yourself about the tacks reflecting light from up to 200 yards away. You were impressed.

But you wanted to try the brown ones, in spite of the fact that Dick said they’re not easy to see. He said they only show with a dull orange glow, even with a bright white light shining on them.

But that’s the point, isn’t it? You don’t want just anybody spotting your markers. Only your little group needs to know.

You’ll be back out here at night soon and try it out for yourself. If the browns aren’t to your liking, you can try the white or orange ones.

Good thing the tacks are inexpensive. You got 50 in a pack for less than four dollars. You figured it couldn’t hurt to have at least two packs of each color.

Come to think of it, maybe you could use one color to mark the trail and another to indicate where your caches will be. Or use one color to mark the trail going to your bug out spot and another color marking the way out.

These reflecting tacks will do well for marking where the tents are. That will be helpful in the dark of night.

You know, maybe you could come up with a message code using different colors and numbers of tacks. This walk you’re taking in the woods will probably bring to mind other uses for the tacks, too.

OK, enough reflecting–er, musing–for the time being. Better get down to business.

Since you don’t live near a Bass Pro Shop like your brother-in-law, you ordered the reflecting tacks online. You came across a blog post about them. These Internet guys are amazing. How did they know?

Lucky for you that post included a banner for Bass Pro. When you clicked on that banner, Bass Pro’s site came up. Then you did a search for colored tacks.

All of a sudden it dawned on you that none of this has anything to do with that dreaded IRS April 15th deadline. But never mind that. Right now it’s tacks time in the woods.

Hey, you made a funny.

Now, how about placing a couple of tacks in that tree just up ahead and to the right?


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.