The British “SAS” smock, it’s what all the cool kids seem to wear these days if you read any of the cool kid blogs. While my use for this interesting piece of clothing bears only mild resemblence to theirs, it is still a superb garment for the modern hunter-gatherer and for general outdoor use.
Most folks touting the smock these days are intending to utilize it for its designed purpose, combat. I on the other hand see very little liklihood of armed woodland conflict in my future, I do see myself spending much time in the woodlands hunting, trapping, paddling and bushcrafting. As such I am always looking for that “ultimate” thing, be it a pack, rifle or in this case jacket.
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We had our first “Real” winter storm of the year last night, rain then Ice then about 6″ of snow. I alone prevented a massive blizzard, by purchasing snow shoes. You see our local weather man was predicting up to 24″ of snow with this storm on Monday’s forecast, so I immediately ordered a pair […] Continue reading →
This would definitely be a brutal time to try and forage, ideally for 3 or 4 day super cold snaps like this, a well insulated structure could be fabricated to keep wind and snow at bay and the Scout could emulate the other winter critters and hole up and conserve calories and heat. Continue reading →
First the housekeeping: We are now on Patreon! this is where you will find 90% of our content. You Tube has become hostile towards folks that share our values so we moved. We are also working on the OSS Scout Program which will start as a series of how-to posts and videos and evolve into […] Continue reading →
When we started OSS several years ago, it was about simple survival. Short cuts and tips for preparedness, lots of homesteading projects and how-to’s. Over time I allowed the site to get political, which was never our intent. The political side led to the destruction of the site, so we took it down for some […] Continue reading →
Greenshot fills your windows screen shot needs. Everyone has at one point or another had to need to take some screen shots. Windows does have built in screenshot functionality. But to make is useful you have to use it in combination with other software. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a low cost easy […] Continue reading →
I’ve accepted that Rav2 was built by people training their replacements, or possibly was cursed by a Jamaican Voodoo princess. It just ain’t been right. Continue reading →
I tried this shit and trust me, if my ass had fallen face first into a mud puddle I would have had to try to use one of my three fire starting methods to light my shitty chap-stick and signal for help before not only my two phones were water-logged , or I in fact drowned because all the “survival” shit I was carrying made it impossible to get up! Continue reading →
Hunting, trapping and fishing can legally fill a good portion your families protein needs every year, and watching Craigslist can net all sorts of free materials that can be used around the homestead for projects. Continue reading →
I did a ton of research, and found the best two used options for our situation were Subaru and Toyota. Continue reading →