Get Ready for Duck Hunting 101

If you’re a hunter, or if you’re thinking about hunting ducks or other small game for the first time,this will be of interest to you.

Get ready for Duck Hunting 101.

The survival Summit team believes that prepping doesn’t have to always be about doom and gloom. In fact, astute survivalists will take the opportunities to prepare for the worst, while keeping a positive mindset, then morph those opportunities into team building and family bond-building scenarios.

Just like the experts from this DVD did.

Why not step into the practical (and fun) side of self reliance in Duck Hunting 101 – Hunting and Processing Small Game To Survive The Greater Depression, and Have Fun Doing So.

Here’s what it’s all about…

  • Duck Calling
  • Shotgun Selection
  • Ammo Selection
  • The Right Choke Selection
  • Various Duck Decoy Spreads
  • Methods To Hunt a Variety of Areas
  • How To Make a Duck Call
  • How to Blend In During The Hunt
  • Local Law Awareness
  • Why a Cajun Microwave Is So Useful
  • How to Use a Cajun Microwave to Cook a Raccoon (So it doesn’t taste like road-kill)
  • How to Prepare Ducks For Cooking
  • How to Prepare Squirrel (and other small game) For Human Consumption

You’ll meet wilderness survival coach, Kenneth Blanton from Duck Life, as he walks you through the basics of duck hunting and preparing small game. Strengthen your group’s unity, while having fun, and becoming self reliant through the skills presented on this DVD.

Here are some “expert tips”–just for fun–to whet your appetite.

Join The Survival Summit as they team up with Duck Life and the Bayou Gunners to walk you through their way of life, harvesting ducks from the sky, and surviving off the land by regularly eating squirrel and raccoon.

And, yes, they show you how to have fun during the process, too, so you can be mentally and physically prepared to survive and thrive during The Greater Depression.

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Forex and Preparedness– What’s the Connection?

Joe Gelet contacted me to refer me to an article entitled What Preppers haven’t Prepped for – the big gaping hole, which sets forth the idea that preppers have prepared for many things, but most have overlooked suitable financial preparation.

This affects our day to day lives both now and in the future, whether you’re concerned about your retirement fund or the ever increasing price of a loaf of bread. Joe’s remedy? The info in a book he wrote called Splitting Pennies: Understanding Forex.

What is Forex? And what is the connection to preparedness? We should know something about this if we’re going to understand how the monetary world works so we can best be prepared to live each day or face an economic collapse.

Joe and I talked about these things on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio.

Below I’ll pass along info to help you get acquainted with who Joe is. Then I’ll share observations about his book and our conversation.

Getting to Know Joe Gelet

Once you have a look at the following info, you’ll have to agree it takes such a bright person as Joe to tackle something so complex to the rest of us mere mortals.

“Joseph James Gelet was born in Anaheim, California in 1980 and grew up bi-coastal, in Southern California and Boca Raton, Florida. His interest in computers led him to electronic trading and algorithm development when there was no ‘program trading’ or algorithmic industry to speak of. Joseph Gelet has been trading since 1996. He began day-trading equities during this time and was always on the cutting edge of algorithmic electronic trading.

“In 1999 Mr. Gelet began a quest to develop an intelligent trading system for the markets – but at that time algorithmic trading was heresy. In 2002 Mr. Gelet founded Elite E Services in New Zealand, the first boutique Forex broker in the jurisdiction (currently, New Zealand is a Forex hotspot).

“In 2006 Mr. Gelet became registered with the NFA as a Member CTA (#373609) with a Series 3 designation, Gelet featured in futures magazine through Elite E Services, Inc. USA – and for many years, managed client funds using algorithmic Forex systems. EES was twice named top 10 CTA by Barclay Hedge, as well as receiving press from publishers such as Futures Magazine, Stocks & Commodities magazine, FX Magazine, and many others.

“Mr. Gelet is a well read author, he has authored 2 books on the topic of Forex as well as countless articles both in leading print and online publications.

“Always staying on the cutting edge of algorithmic electronic trading, he recently pioneered the first Binary Options Forex robot available in MT4 format. He also is an expert Forex consultant to Steinmeyer Law, a leading securities class action & anti-trust litigation firm. He holds a Series 3 license (Commodity Trading Advisor), and has developed an in-depth Forex training course which has helped many Wall St. professionals and international investors understand the nuances of Forex.

“Mr. Gelet has been the Forex & IT consultant to many FCMs, FDMs, Banks, Hedge Funds, and Universities. Due to the overwhelming amount of fraud and unscrupulous practices in Forex in the United States, Elite E Services decided to withdraw from the NFA in 2014 in pursuit of opening a Forex bank.

“Joseph Gelet lives in South Carolina with his wife.”


Splitting Pennies - Understanding Forex


Getting Into the Book

You’ll note from the following summary that this isn’t a book specifically about prepping. It’s a book about finances–an area many of us need help if we’re to be better prepared.


“What is Splitting Pennies all about?

Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex is a book about our global financial system and its direct impact on every human being on this planet Earth. Every day, our money is worth less and less. Splitting Pennies explores why, through the prism of its mechanism; Forex. Forex is the largest business in the world and the least understood. This is not taught in school – start your journey, and just read.

Splitting Pennies displays practical examples of how many have profited in Forex, the history of Forex, and practical examples of strategies to use for your portfolio. Readers of the book will know more than a Harvard MBA about Forex, and can consider themselves Sophisticated Forex Investors (SFI).

“Complex topics such as currency swaps are broken down in digestible form, for the average investor or for financial professionals. Splitting Pennies is a must read for those in investment banking, securities, fund management, accounting, banking & finance, and related fields. But it’s written for the layman, the worker, the average investor – the student in us.”


Parts of this book were smooth sailing as I read, while other parts went right on past me. If you get bogged down in certain parts of the book, like I did, stay with it because it makes for thought provoking reading.

Even if you’re like me and don’t get all that’s in it, you’ll get enough to move your understanding forward on what money is and how markets work. And you’ll get a good picture of Joe’s opinions on the Federal Reserve, banks in general, and the policies of those in power who don’t take kindly to threats to the supremacy of the U.S. dollar.

Like a mystery novel, Joe drops clues throughout the book as to the nature and scope of Forex.

Broadly speaking, if you know a little something about Forex, you’ll know why your dollar buys less and less as time passes. You’ll understand more about what has real value.

You may also be able to determine whether or not you should own silver or gold. And you can figure out for yourself what role bartering should have in your preparedness strategy.

If you have money tied up in investments, you’ll want to pay attention to chapter 7. It’s on investments and finding a good manager. The more you know, the less chance you have of getting scammed.

If you want to get into Forex trading yourself, check out chapter 8, which describes Penny Splitter, a software program useful for Forex investors.

By the way, here’s a bonus Joe offers.

“Every owner of Splitting Pennies is entitled to receive their free unlimited copy of “Penny Splitter Expert Advisor, a fully automated algorithm designed specifically for the foreign exchange market.”

The book winds up with references which include a multitude of Internet links.

Getting Acquainted with Forex

Joe and I had no trouble filling the time allotted to us for DestinySurvival Radio. He’s quite knowledgeable and explains things thoroughly.

When I asked him to define Forex, it might sound at first like he’s going down a rabbit trail. But he’s not. Listen carefully to what he says about the U.S. dollar and foreign exchange money markets, and it will make sense. Throughout his book he layers on finer points describing Forex.

Here’s how massive Forex is.

Forex is the driver of the global economy. It supercedes nation states, politics, even religion. It’s not governed by law, but by trading principles.

Our Federal Reserve plays a large role in Forex, as do other central banks.

In the book he asserts it’s irrelevant as to who owns the Federal Reserve.Things are what they are. We owe it to ourselves to know a little something about how the system works.

It’s startling to think our Federal Reserve can create money from nothing, and we accept it as such. Yet this plays a significant role in inflation, which affects all of us. Joe and I talked about this and explored what it means to have a fiat money system.

Even though the Fed can create money from nothing, it wouldn’t be wise to print ourselves out of debt. Nor would it be a good idea to go into default.

But about that ever present fiat money…

This may sound shocking to some, but Joe asserts in his book that the U.S. dollar isn’t backed by gold but by bombs. You won’t want to miss what he has to say about this during our conversation. If you’ve paid attention to the news for the past 10-15 years, you’ll observe he’s not saying anything we don’t already know.

To me all of this is terrifying. We’re living in a world whose system is based on feathers and fairy tales.

Does that mean the many dire predictions about a sudden economic crash are sure to come to pass?

Not as Joe sees it. Or at least not in the way most sensationalists would have us believe. That’s because there’s no good alternative to the dollar.

What does Joe mean when he says banks can’t do without the economy, but the economy can do without banks? We discussed that. And I think it bodes well for us, should we end up in the midst of the proverbial postapocalyptic scenario one day.

And what about Bitcoin and other alternate currencies? They’ve been touted as revolutionary and independent of the big banking system. But are they? Listen to Joe’s comments and draw your own conclusions.

If you make financial investments, Joe offers what seems to me to be a reasonable solution. But what if you can’t invest?

If you had $1,000 to put toward getting prepared, what should you do? I think you’ll be surprised by Joe’s advice. (Hint: It’s a practical position I have taken for quite some time.)

Joe’s goal is to help you and me be better prepared financially. Thus, his book. You may also want to see

Going Deeper

As usual, there’s much I’m simply unable to pass along in this post. Be sure to hear my conversation with Joe Gelet by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for October 13, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Then get Splitting Pennies – Understanding Forex wherever you see it’s title linked in this post. Joe’s book is where you should go to get a better grasp on Forex.

Understand our world and be better prepared.


Prepare for…Disruption

Why do we set aside storage food and make provisions to have clean water? Why do we stock up on ammunition for our firearms?

Because we’re preparing for some kind of disruption. That after all is what’s at the heart of why we prepare. If we didn’t anticipate any change to “normal” life, why would we do any of this?

The big question is what form that disruption will take.

But I have a bigger question for you.

How well do you personally handle disruption?

As I write this, I’ve recently come through an eye operation on my right eye to relieve glaucoma pressure. It involved implanting a small tube or valve. This wasn’t a simple in-office laser procedure. The surgeon did quite a bit of knocking around inside my eye.

Recovery has meant…

  • Doing a few things differently.
  • Taking things at a slower, deliberate pace.
  • Recalling past experiences and lessons learned from previous eye surgeries.
  • Reprioritizing.
  • Adapting to a new normal, which changes from one day to the next.

I remember going through something similar when I broke my left ankle back in 2007. Circumstances are different, but the mentality of adaptability called for is the same.

And that’s where we fail or succeed at survival.

Any number of events can be disruptive. It may be a hurricane or flood that disrupts your life in a major way. Or it may be something as small as losing battery power in your smart phone for a few hours. It’s the scale of the disruption that varies.

If we’re to have a survival mindset, we need to know there are a lot of things that can’t be dealt with well, no matter how much storage food we have put by.

And it makes a huge difference if you’ve got a support group or community to support, encourage or help in some way.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised and uplifted by the number of people who have prayed for me and expressed well wishes as I’ve gone through my eye surgery and recovery. I’m thinking of people in my family, at church, my blog readers and subscribers to the DestinySurvival Dispatch, and members of a writers’ group I belong to with members spread all over the country.

Support, whether direct or indirect, is a blessing. And it provides incentive to return kindness to others in their time of need.

I’m reminded of ANTS (Americans Networking to Survive), the group founded by Timothy French. See what I wrote about one of his visits to DestinySurvival Radio here. It’s not merely about passing along needed survival supplies. It’s ultimately about caring for one another.

But before you tune me out for getting too sentimental, let me return to the question of how well you handle disruption.

Once there’s been an incident, no matter what the scale, who says life must return to the way it was before? Maybe it never will. Are you ready for that?

Or maybe you’ll be able to do a few things that are “normal” while things are being set right.

How ready are you for making compromises? How ready are you to accept the “new normal” and keep moving?

If you can do those things, you have a shot at survival, come what may.


DestinySurvival Radio Features Selected Gateway Preparedness Expo Highlights – Part 2

This week on DestinySurvival Radio I conclude highlights from the Gateway Preparedness Expo, September 17-18, 2016, in St. Charles, MO. I had the opportunity to be there a few hours on Saturday afternoon, the event’s first day.

I spoke to a handful of exhibitors so I could share their information with you. On this week’s show you’ll hear conversations with…

I also spoke with representatives from…

I think you’ll find these conversations informative. Hear this week’s show by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 29, 2016 (Right click to download.)

If you missed last week’s show, click here for Part 1.


SimpliSafe on Your Homestead?

Ads for SimpliSafe have been all over the radio in past months at the time of this writing. No doubt you’ve heard them. Before you write off this post as a sales pitch for them, consider this.

With crime on the rise, home security is ever more important. But is SimpliSafe only for urbanites, or is it right for your homestead?

When the company contacted me with an offer to provide content for a blog post, we exchanged several e-mails. I don’t take unsolicited content unless it meets certain conditions. But we decided on a question and answer format, aimed particularly at preppers and homesteaders.

My thanks to SimpliSafe for providing the information below. I pass it along as a public service. It’s my hope you’ll find it useful as you make decisions about keeping your home safe and secure.


DestinySurvival – Briefly describe your security system.

SimpliSafe – SimpliSafe is an award-winning, cellular home security system—built by a Harvard-educated engineer. It protects your home with wireless technology, so there is no landline that could get cut. We got rid of everything that makes most home security such a pain, too. We don’t have any annual contracts and no middlemen, which is how we keep our prices so low.

Finally, SimpliSafe will also protect you from crash and smash tactics. Burglars love to break in and destroy the keypad. With our system, though, smashing the keypad will still allow the signal to reach the police, because we moved the brains of our system to the Base Station!

DestinySurvival – Since many of my readers live in rural areas, would your security system work for homesteaders and those who live in the country? Or is it mainly for people in urban areas?

SimpliSafe – Absolutely! Our system will work anywhere there is a cellular connection. By default, each system comes with a T-Mobile SIM card, but we also offer Verizon if T-Mobile doesn’t have good coverage in your area.

If you live in an area with poor cellular connection, you can always backup your system with a landline or a broadband adaptor.

DestinySurvival – Would your system work in a shed, barn, or other outbuilding, as long as it’s wired for electricity?

SimpliSafe – We have many customers who use their systems in outhouses, sheds, or barns. There are a few things that need to be kept in mind for this.

First of all, if you have a system in your main house, your sensors in your shed need to be within 400 feet of the base station. (This range can vary depending on interference). Our sensors are all battery operated, so unless the system was exclusively for that building, you shouldn’t need any electricity.

Second of all, our sensors are not weatherized, and extreme temperatures can cause interference or damage to the sensors. If the buildings you are putting your sensors in will drop below 45 degrees or above 115 degrees, we wouldn’t recommend using your system in that location.

Finally, we always recommend that you test your system, especially when using it in a non-traditional location. Our system comes with a 60 day, money back guarantee return policy, so you can always test out the system and send it back if it doesn’t meet your needs.

DestinySurvival – Would your system work with solar power if electricity from the grid were unavailable?

SimpliSafe – We have had customers in the past use solar power for their base stations. The power supply is rated for peak use of 1.6 amps at 7.5 volts, and its peak draw requirements are 12 watts. The average usage is much lower (probably 5%-10% of peak). The base station draws around 50mA average (aka 0.05 amps) and the input requires 110 volts, so you will need to have AC power for it.

Before setting up your system to run on solar power, we highly recommend testing your setup to make sure all of the specifications are met.  We do not recommend using an aftermarket 12/24/48v power supply for the system due to the sensitivity of the electronics, so you will need to have access to 110v power to use our basestation.

DestinySurvival – Your site says batteries in your units last five years. Are these batteries hard to find and hard to replace?

SimpliSafe – Not at all! All of our batteries can be purchased either online through us, or at your local hardware store.

DestinySurvival – You have a monitoring service. Do they call local authorities if an alarm is set off? Do they know which authorities to call?

SimpliSafe – Yes, we offer two monitoring plans. Both of these plans offer full, 24/7 professional monitoring. If your alarm is set off, our monitoring company, COPS Monitoring, will call up to two primary contact numbers. If nobody picks up, or if you do not give the correct Safe Word, they will dispatch local police.

In the case of a fire alarm, COPS Monitoring will only call one primary number before dispatching the fire department. After dispatch, COPS Monitoring will make courtesy calls to any secondary contacts that you list, just to give them a heads up about the alarm.

DestinySurvival – Generally speaking, what are some tips to make a home appear less vulnerable to burglars?

SimpliSafe – There are actually many things you should take into account. Here are a few:

  • If you garden, make sure to keep your garden tidy, and only grow short plants. Tall plants can provide cover for burglars. Trim your plants back from any basement windows you may have.
  • It is also good to opt for no fence or short fence around your yard. Again, tall fences can provide cover for a burglar.
  • Add motion sensor lights outside of your home. These will trigger whenever somebody walks by, and draw attention to your home if there is somebody unwanted.
  • Especially if you have empty properties, or if you’re gone on vacation, set timer lights inside your home. This will make it look like somebody’s home, and not draw attention to an empty house.
  • Use blinds and curtains so as not to give anybody any ideas. If they don’t know what is in your home, they are less likely to break into it.
  • If you’re not going to be home for a while, have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail, or call the post office to hold your mail. Burglars look for full mailboxes as a sign of a family on vacation.
  • Always layer your home security.

We are always writing about new ways to keep yourself and your family protected. Please feel free to poke around our blog for great tips and facts!


DestinySurvival Radio Features Selected Gateway Preparedness Expo Highlights – Part 1

This week’s DestinySurvival Radio is different than anything I’ve done before because I was fortunate enough to attend the Gateway Preparedness Expo in St. Charles, MO, Saturday, September 17, 2016. The expo took place on Sunday, too; but I wasn’t able to attend then.

I was only able to spend a few hours at the expo Saturday afternoon. Knowing my time was limited, I recorded a handful of conversations with exhibitors and didn’t attend any of the seminars.

I was thrilled and honored to meet Joe and Amy Alton (a.k.a. Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy) in person. They’ve been frequent DestinySurvival Radio guests. And I met a few people whose companies I’d heard of before.

Whether or not you’ve been to a prepper expo, I hope you’ll listen to and enjoy this week’s show. It features conversations with…

…As well as representatives from…

Hear this week’s preparedness expo excursion by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 22, 2016 (Right click to download.)

Find more highlights when you click here for Part 2.


How Prepared Are You for Winter?

Fall is a good time to prepare for winter. Whether you live in town or on a homestead, you don’t want to wait until the last minute.

Jackie Clay-Atkinson shares expert guidance on preparing for winter in the September/October, 2016, “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #161). Check out the exerpt below and click on the link to read the whole article.

Preparing for winter

By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

In some climates, winter’s no big deal — just a little rain and cooler weather. But for the rest of us, winter is something to be prepared for. I’ve lived in Michigan, New Mexico, Montana, and Minnesota, all of which have significant winters.

In Michigan, I remember just barely beating a blizzard home from a horse sale, fording snow so deep that it covered the headlights of our Blazer. Up on the high plains in New Mexico, we didn’t have so much snow but we did have wind and cold temperatures. We would fall asleep at night wondering if the water lines to the bathroom and kitchen would freeze.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. 1-800-835-2418.