064: Awesome News, New Free Webinar and Tracking Animals

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News in Two Minutes Segment

By J.Bradbury of PreparePDX.com

J.Bradbury

Product Review:

Ozark Trail Men’s Low Profile Hiking Boot

hiking boots

I bought these shoes because I had soaked through some other shoes I was wearing in the rough.  I tested these shoes out in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina.

Unboxing the Item:

  • I felt that it was typical with a Walmart boot.
    • It seemed heavy and rigid.
    • I thought it would stink as a shoe, but needed something dry.
  • I liked the rugged sole, it looked like it would work well in outdoor terrain.

Reviews:

  • Most People thought it was a good shoe.
  • Many 4 star reviews, some five and 1 1-star
  • Good Comfort
  • Stylish
  • Many people said they would buy another pair.

My Review:

  • I actually do like the Ozark trail brand for cheap wear.
    • This shoe wasn’t any different.
  • Tried shoe in Appalachians
    • Only bought it because I needed something cheap and dry
  • My Normalcy Bias: over 50 hours a week I wear steel toe boots
    • The shoes fit well, but just a bit loose.  Not a big deal for me.
    • My feet did not get extremely tired in them.
  • A little stiff on the sole, so it make it more difficult to “feel the trail”
    • I like to be one with nature when in nature, so this detracts from that a little
  • The insole is also a little thin and too firm, but you can buy a good insole.
    • So for $20, can get these shoes and upgrade with a $20 insole: totaling $40
  • Other people made a few comments on these shoes about being round shoelaces.
    • I don’t care, because I ALWAYS double tie my laces, and I generally swap them out with paracord.
  • I also wear another Ozark trail hiking shoe and my edc, and keep another pair in my vehicle.  I use these shoes daily.

Final Thought:

This is a great shoe for a great price, even if it is from a store I don’t generally frequent.  If you get this shoe, get some hiking insoles.

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Topic: Tracking Animals (Continued from Last Week)

tracking animals

  • Last Week I explained the Most basic question in tracking:
    • What Animal is it?
      • To successfully trap, you must learn to observe.
      • Next, you must make the correct deduction from observation.
    • Then I discussed the actual tracks:
      • Bird Tracks
        • How they walk
        • What their digits or toes indicate about the bird
      • Discussed mammal Tracks
        • Discussed the different evolutions of
          • feet
          • Digits or Fingers and toes
          • hoofs
    • Then I talked about Compression tracking
      • for when you cant find actual prints, but you know something is there
    • If you missed last weeks episode, you may want to go back to http://theprepperpodcast.com/063
  • Now Let’s Continue to:

Tracking Animals Using Signs Beyond Prints

Poop:

tracking animals using poop

 

  • Learn what the different scat looks like
  • Learn where they leave it
  • Pellets? Large Clumps?
  • Tubular scat:
    • Dog Family, raccoon,
    • skunks, oppossum, wolverines, bears
  • Tear Dropped Poop:
    • Cat Family
    • Foxes have Tubular scat that is tapered at both ends
  • Flattened Threads:
    • Weasel Family
  • Pellets:
    • Rabbits, Hares
    • Deer, but may be oblong shaped
  • Pencil Lead Shaped:
    • Rodents
  • Larger pellets: not true scat
    • Raptors (eagles, hawks, owls)
    • Regurgitation
      • Undigested bones, hair, feathers

Diet:

What animals eat

  • Know what they eat
  • Vegetation and carcasses are signs
  • How high leaves are clipped can tell size of animal
  • How they mark location:
    • Animals hide, so you can’t find them
    • They also WANT you to know that they are near
    • And this is their territory.
    • They want their species to know it is theirs, or that they are there
  • Shelters, Dens, Rest Areas:
    • Dens, perches, nests, or laying areas are usually positioned in reference to their other activities.
    • Based on the animal and their habits, will determine how far away their placement
  • Trails and Paths:
    • Paths are used over and over
    • If it is a commonly used path, I will likely encounter the animal again
    • Paths under brush are usually straight, and there will be little vegetation
    • Size and location paths and the feces along the path will tell you the type and size
    • Trails are almost ALWAYS available because animals are habitual.

Habits

tracking animals through habits

  • Humans are creatures of Habit
  • So are animals
    • Animals will take same path to water every day
    • They hunt in same area continually
  • Must be driven out:
    • Fire
    • Flood
    • Drought
    • The move will only be temporary though
  • These “habits” make it easier to predict animal movements
  • The sites and sizes of snares and traps can be selected with low margin of error

Trails

tracking animals through tree trails

  • There is usually lots of trails in the bush
    • They are the “roads of the bush”
    • Animals travel them continually
    • Between bedding, feeding ground, and waterholes
    • The newness and number of tracks and droppings can tell you a lot about how much and time of traffic
  • If you put an obstacle in my way, I move
    • Animals do too, coming back to the road
  • There is a such thing as “tree trails” that are used for animals like opossums or koalas.
    • Look in the tree, you can tell what it is for
      • Feeding
      • Living-quarters: dead limbs that are hollow and comfortable
  • Runs
    • Runs are generally used to get on and off the main trails.
    • Their use is varied, so there is less of a cut path
  • Pushdowns
    • Pushdowns are rarely used
    • Maybe only once
    • Running to escape
      • If a pushdown is used repetitively it often leads to a hiding spot

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