A Tale of Two Anglers and the Smallies That Made Them Famous

Dale Hollow Lake is known for many things; houseboating, clear water and its unaffected beauty. But Dale Hollow is known most for fishing-calling itself home to one of the most popular freshwater game fish in all of North America, the Smallmouth Bass. Don’t be fooled by the smallie’s accessibility or their eagerness to snap at most lures, baits and flies- as they will give you a run for your money with one heck of a fight! Not only does Dale Hollow hold the World Record for Smallmouth Bass (and some other records through the years) but more trophy catches are caught at Dale Hollow Lake than any other lake in the world, and is home to two smallmouth fishing celebrities who caused quite the stir with their monumental catches!

David Lee Hayes takes the number 1 spot for the largest Smallmouth Bass in 1955, weighing in at an unbeatable 11lb 15oz. To this date, he has yet to be beat despite his temporary ousting of the record. On July 9th, David went trolling with his wife Ruth and their 6 year old son. He reported it to be a rather slow day, his family even retiring for a short nap. He thought his line was snagged, but then felt the fight on his hook and knew he had something big. After a 20 minute fight which he recalls “feeling like much longer,” he woke his wife to help him net the beast. Not knowing he had a world record “smallie,” he stowed what he could fit of the fish in his metal cooler and continued his day fishing. When fuel was needed, Hayes went into the marina where the dockhand insisted on weighing…

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Vitamins D and K — way more important than you thought

By John Silveira

While we are waiting for the Coronavirus pandemic to subside enough so society can get back to normal, there are powerful and simple remedies we can employ to safeguard our health against this deadly disease and other serious maladies such as flu, heart disease, and various cancers. Research on the Coronavirus, in fact, has shown that getting plenty of vitamin D, which is provided readily by exposing your skin to ordinary sunshine, is one of the most important things we can do. If we can’t get enough sunshine, we can take an inexpensive over-the-counter supplement of vitamins D and K. Doing so will cut down our chances of getting Coronavirus by at least 50 percent and reduce the severity if we do get it, according to new research, and also radically reduce our chances of contracting other serious maladies.

This is one of the significant discoveries to have come out of the pandemic. In the wake of the half million dead Americans left behind by Coronavirus, the knowledge that vitamins D and K play such major roles in our health may save countless lives going forward. In the short-term, it may still save our life, or lessen the severity of illness, if we are unlucky enough to get exposed to Coronavirus.

The majority of Americans are deficient in vitamins D and K, especially in the winter and especially if you have darker skin. While 42 percent of white Americans are deficient, 75 percent of Hispanics and more than 80 percent of blacks are deficient.

Observational studies

The evidence for the beneficial effects of vitamins D and K come mainly from “observational health studies,” which are not as tightly controlled or as highly supervised as “cause and effect” studies conducted on thousands of participants over a period of months or years. These observational studies consist of data being compiled by doctors and hospitals treating COVID-19 patients during the current pandemic, and also include relatable studies that preceded the pandemic. Doctors are discovering through trial and error that many of the patients who are either avoiding getting infected or having better outcomes if they do get infected are the ones with adequate levels of vitamins D and K.

The more tightly controlled “cause and effect” studies are underway — dozens of them prompted by these observational studies — and they will come up with more exact data and conclusions that will be helpful fighting the next pandemic. Meanwhile, we have only these observational studies, and we think these front line doctors’ observations are worth acting on right now.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is not really a vitamin; it’s a steroidal hormone. But we’re going to go with convention and call it a vitamin. It comes in two forms: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). D2 comes mainly from plant sources, while D3 comes from animal sources such as fatty fish, fish oil, animal livers, and egg yolks. D3 is also produced in our bodies by certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light…

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EPIC Urges DHS Data Privacy Committee to Ensure Meaningful Oversight of Information Sharing Agreements

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EPIC Urges DHS Data Privacy Committee to Ensure Meaningful Oversight of Information Sharing Agreements

In comments to the DHS’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC), EPIC urged a comprehensive review of DHS’s Information Sharing Access Agreements (ISAAs) prioritizing the most sensitive types of data, information from marginalized groups, and agreements disclosing information to unreliable partners. EPIC’s comments respond to DPIAC’s tasking to provide guidance to the DHS Privacy Office after an OIG audit revealed that thousands of ISAAs had never been reviewed for compliance with privacy laws and regulations. EPIC previously urged DPIAC to undertake a comprehensive investigation of fusion centers for chronic privacy and civil liberties abuses.


Do you know the 14 Items to a Basic First Aid Kit?

basic first aid kit consists of 15 items

A small first aid kit consists of fourteen essential items used for toddler misadventures, accident-prone teenagers, and sleep-deprived adults who get minor cuts, scraps, or sprains. First aid brands claim to have 64 pieces in their small kits because they are stocked with multiple sizes of bandages, alcohol pads, safety pins, and a hand full of ear swabs, but it all converts down to a list of fourteen medical supplies.

So what are the contents of a typical first aid kit in the United States? 

Basic First Aid Kit Consists Of:

Skin Cleaning Wipes, Adhesive Bandages, Cotton Gauze Pads, Pressure Bandage, Triangular Bandage, Wound Closure Strips, Safety Pins, Medical Tape, Scissors, Tweezer, Cotton Ear Swabs, Medical Gloves, CPR Instructions, and First Aid Guide. See below for photos and more details on each item.

basic first aid kit consists of 2Example used in images: Surviveware Small First Aid Kit


  1. Skin Cleaning Wipes (kills bacteria) & Sting Relief Skin Cleaning Wipes
  2. Adhesive Bandages (small cuts)Small First Aid Kit consists of bandages
  3. Cotton Gauze Pads 3×3 (larger cuts)First Aid supplies
  4. Pressure Bandage (sprains and covering large wounds)pressure bandage
  5. Triangular Bandage (arm splint)Small First Aid Kit Items
  6. Wound Closure Strips (pulls skin together to close wound)Small First Aid Kit consists of wound closures
  7. Safety Pins (secure triangular bandage)first aid kit compartments
  8. Medical Tape (secures cotton gauze pads)basic first aid kit compartment
  9. Scissors (cuts stuff)scissors
  10. Tweezer (splinter remover)8 basic first aid kit consists of tweezers
  11. Cotton Ear Swabs (able to cleans small areas)cotton swabs
  12. Medical Gloves  gloves

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What I Did To Prep This Week: April 25th – May 1st 2021

Hey folks, just wanted to take a few minutes to check in with you all – even though you are in great hands with James. I will connect with you all again in a couple of months once we are past the Old School Survival Boot Camp event.

I hope you are all doing well. In spite of the ever changing spring weather – with it sometimes feeling like winter still, all is going well here on our survival homestead. A lot of new additions have been happening and one more to come very soon.

We acquired more meat rabbits to add to our cache of survival livestock. Two Pygora babies were born, and our wonderful new Pygora Billy goat is thriving in his new environment. It took him a while to learn how to truly be a goat – he had been kept more like a pet inside of a small fence.

One of our mini donkey, Jennies, will be giving birth soon – with two more to follow in about six months. These will be the first mini donkeys born on our survival homestead, so I am very excited.

With the roaming group of coyotes that keep paying us an unwanted visit, the more donkeys the better. They love kicking the stuffing out of coyotes for sport, making them superb livestock guardians of our growing goat herd.

Our gardening efforts are coming along nicely, and I still have seeds starting indoors. These dang noisy Banty hens are going to the outside brooder after it warms up in a few days, they are the noisiest chicks we have ever had and I am ready for some peace and quiet at bedtime.

We canned some milk and butter this past week, along with more chili and vegetable soup. We are making a big effort to not only grow and raise more of what we eat, but also to get into the habit of canning year round to stockpile more shelf-stable foods of all types.

A lot of our time has been spent working on the Old School Survival Boot Camp event – May 14 through 16 is just around the corner. Working the event has been massively time consuming to make sure it is pulled off flawlessly and it is well attended, but our efforts will be worth it.

Over 1,2000 folks to date will become far better prepared for disasters both large and small as well as being more self-reliant and less dependent upon stores, on a daily basis.

Here is a video preview of the event from our YouTube page to check out, I hope you enjoy it.

This Week’s Questions

  1. How are you preparing for a time when going to a grocery store is not possible – for either a short time or an extended period of time?
  2. Do you keep livestock as part of your food assurance preps – why or why not?
  3. Have pandemic restrictions loosened where you live, and…

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May 18th, 1825: birthday of Daniel Baird Wesson (of Smith and Wesson ).

May 18th, 1825 was the birthday of Daniel Baird Wesson (of Smith and Wesson fame).

On May 18th, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted, causing a massive avalanche and killing 57 people. Ash from the volcanic eruption fell as far away as Minnesota.

Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens, which is 96 miles south of Seattle, began on March 16. A 4.2-magnitude tremor was recorded four days later and then, on March 23-24, there were 174 different recorded tremors. The first eruption occurred on March 27, when a 250-foot wide vent opened up on top of the mountain. Ash was blasted 10,000 feet in the air, some of which came down nearly 300 miles away in Spokane. The ash caused static electricity and lightning bolts.

Throughout April, scientists watched a bulge on the north side of Mount St. Helens grow larger and larger. Finally, on May 18 at 8:32 a.m., a sudden 5.1-magnitude earthquake and eruption rocked the mountain. The north side of the peak rippled and blasted out ash at 650 miles per hour. A cloud of ash, rocks, gas, and glacial ice roared down the side of the mountain at 100 mph. Fourteen miles of the Toutle River were buried up to 150 feet deep in the debris. Magma, at 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit, flowed for miles. The 24-megaton blast demolished a 230-square-mile area around the mountain.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes….


Raising Fish for Food: A Guide to Live a More Sustainable Life

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Fish are a great source of protein. However, raising them for food can be difficult, and many people don’t know how to do it properly. In this article, we will look at the progression of aquaculture throughout history, as well as some ways that you can raise fish for food in an eco-friendly way. 

Raising Fish for Survival Food

Raising fish for survival food is a healthy alternative to store-bought. Raising your own can be done on any small scale in backyard ponds, pools, or tanks, and this article will cover the basics of raising fish with help building up self-sufficient needs, including breeds that work best, equipment needed, and proper care.

Raising fish as a hobby is a great way to relax and spend time with family and friends. You can fish with the kids, enjoy watching the fish and learn how to take care of them. There are many breeds of fish for you to choose from, and there may be some that you may have never even heard of before.

There are specific steps that must be followed for healthy growth of your baby guppies, such as feeding and keeping the water clean. This article will examine those steps to give you insight into raising your own guppies for food or just for fun.

Commercial Aquaculture Strategies vs Home Aquaculture Strategies

Commercial aquaculture – There are two general strategies in commercial aquaculture: intensive and extensive.

Extensive aquaculture – The practice of extensive aquaculture relies on the use of large ponds.

Intensive aquaculture – The practice of intensive aquaculture is a result of tank management to produce a large quantity in as small a space as possible.

Raising fish at home can be a great way to save money and have more control over the quality of your fish. It can be a lot of work and is not for everyone. Research thoroughly before you start because there are costs associated with the start-up process in addition to learning curve that will need to be mastered as well. However, it does take time before you’ll see any return for all that work!

Raising Fish in a Farm Pond

Your backyard could be an aquarium. For some people, the home version of aquaculture might just be a farm pond in their back yard. These ponds are perfect for those who want to raise and grow carp or other small fishes such as Tilapia because they do not need any special equipment like filters or heaters. If you have a pond on your property, stocking it with regionally appropriate fish is relatively simple.

Crappies, bass, and bluegill are all viable choices for larger ponds. The key elements to consider when deciding what fish will work best in your pond include depth (to make sure the water doesn’t freeze) and temperature protection from summer heatwaves.

If your pond can have an ecosystem, then you will not need to manage it or feed it. A significant drawback of a farm pond is…


Ditching Meat Isn’t the Answer for Climate Change. Better Farming Is.

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Regenerative Farming | 5 Proven Brand Marketing Strategies

In an age of digitally-driven product promotion, many overlook the power of personal selling. De-personalizing your company is a grievous mistake. When you’re marketing a brand, it needs your personal touch. 

Ask yourself, what is regenerative farming to the general public? 

Customers who already have an interest in sustainable living can probably tell you exactly what it is. 

People who know little about the topic may come to associate you with regenerative agriculture as a whole. As Richard Perkins is the epitome of regenerative techniques to many farmers, you may be that for others.

Don’t be overenthusiastic about avoiding farmers markets, agriculture events, or speaking engagements. Regenerative farming is about conscience and passion, and you’ll inevitably become the face of your brand.

Frequent places where you can engage your customers directly. It’s the best way to build a loyal customer base. 

If your business is primarily digital, make content to engage your clientele. Connect on social media, respond to comments, and keep things personal where possible.

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Regenerative Farming | A Beginner’s Guide to Marketing

For regeneration farming, a powerful voice is one of the most potent tools you can establish. Marketing your product is fundamentally easier when you believe in the principles you’re advertising. 

What is the brand voice? It’s the personality of your brand and how you express yourself. Most beloved companies have a strong voice, and it makes them stand out. 

Without seeing the logo or the company name, the brand is distinguishable. Having a distinctive voice and persona helps define your brand.

How do you choose a voice? It’s much easier than it seems if you know how you want people to see you. An excellent way to determine this is the “We are x but not z” exercise.

Create a list of things you want people to see and a list of counterpoints you don’t like to express.

For example:

We are confident, but not arrogant.

We are knowledgeable, but not unteachable.

We are passionate, but not fanatical.

We are expressive but not forceful.  

We are kind but not spineless.

Once you’ve established what you are and aren’t, you have a fair idea of your voice. You may also want to construct a list of catchphrases and basic structures to follow. 

Having a detailed voice persona means that anyone doing your brand’s promotions can quickly adopt the existing structure. 

Now that you’ve defined your voice, you need to define your target market. Let’s get into step two.

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