Black bears , Don’t feed them they are dangerous

Spring has sprung if you live in an area where you have forest around you should know of a great danger in the spring time, no its not snakes,or ticks for they are always a danger. Its Black Bears in the spring, here in Maine 100’s of conflicts have happen between black bears and man. We have one of the largest population of Black bears in the lower 48 states.

If the food source is not there for the blacks because of a bad spring or dry summer bears will start to roam for food. And can wander into your back yards looking for easy food , like bird feeders, they will get in to your garbage, your grills, even look for pet food. Here are some tips from the Maine dept of wildlife.

Since bears are active between April and November, each spring and summer take these steps to avoid unwanted black bears in your backyard or neighborhood:

  • Secure garbage and recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t encourage them with easily available food, liquids or garbage. Store garbage cans inside until the morning of trash pickup.
  • Remove and store bird feeders: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid damage to your feeders and property. Rake up any seed from the ground and store bird feeders and bird seed inside. Even an empty bird feeder can be enticing to a bear and they will tear it down, damage or destroy it. You can continue to feed birds in the winter when bears are not active.
  • Never leave pet food outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food inside where bears can’t see or smell it.
  • Clean and store your grill: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure building to keep bears out.

See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information with them on how to avoid bear conflicts.

 This will also keep out other backyard visitors like skunks,raccoons,etc. Keep in mind if you see a black bear call the game warrens for they can come and take it away, Do not try to scare it away. For once a bear finds easy food, it will be back.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. would love to hear from you.

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For the woman of your life

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  1. Our soft pajamas are 100% cotton for comfort. Bottoms fit loose with string waist & no fly (black plaid & lumberjack prints are cotton flannel, all others are cotton jersey, without pockets). Tops are 100% cotton crew neck shirts (size up in doubt)
  2. Designs only on tee’s
  3. Designs are professionally printed.
  4. Surprise your special person with these PJs on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas
  5. Machine wash cold inside out with like colors. Tumble dry low

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I just opened up my new shop for those who love bushcraft, both men and woman. Even have something for the baby and dog. I know that we can’t always just jump out of bed and say i’m going to learn some new bushmen skill,for the minute our feet hit the ground, OH we have to wait until we get out of work. Hope its not raining or snowing again. Well for them that love to think about it at work. That is where my shop comes in with a beautiful

 coffee to start the day off on a good.note. And guys we have something to make the ladys thing of you all day. Who could resist these  Opps where did that come from i meant thisMan the kids must of been playing with my computer again. I think after this post i’m going to need a couple of ‘s just kidding i hope you like my store its call bushman’s gift and i will leave a link in my link page or you can click on Bushmans gifts  And Ladies onces your man get done looking at my shop  you might want to have him buy you one of these and fill it you. for it be hard for him to touch hiss feet on the ground for awhile.

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Welcome to spring! Well I think its spring

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Welcome to spring!

Well I think its spring, we are still getting snow, rain, more snow with high winds. The temps have been in the 30’s and 40’s with high winds so it feels colder than it is. But today it hit 50 and feels like 50. The sun is hot and bright with the birds covering the corn field where the snow has melted to pick up what corn, and other feed they can get. Looking out the windows can see the water making mud in dirt drives.

But What do people do when it gets like this.

The only thing they can do. Enjoy it. Think what makes you happy, walking with someone you love, holding hands looking at what Old man winter cover up. Oh, look someone lost a hub cab, wonder if it was from the winter or it hit the wonderful Maine potholes, that could take out the whole front end of your car or truck. Welcome to spring lol.

Or you could feed the birds:

My mom and grandmother always fed birds in the feeders that my dad would make. He always said he did it to make them happy, but I think it was him who liked the birds the most. He would sit in the kitchen window and watch the first birds of spring come. First would be the (flying circus squirrels) trying to climb the greased-up poles, slipping and sliding. Than you would see the little birds come in, chickadees than the little yellow finches, until the blue jays and cardinals come home, than they became little bullies.

How to feed the Birds?

You got to know how different birds eat. Not so much as what they eat. According to the Audubon, Birds eat at different levels. Sparrows, juncos and towhees usually feed on the ground. While flinches and cardinals feed in the shrubs. But I have seen flinches eat out of bird feeder about 3 feet off the ground (but this is when the flying circus squirrels, are seen to come in to play), but it is fun watching them sometimes to, there are many types of bird feeders out there to choose from.





and you will find many different and beautiful feeders, and baths for the birds. You can get everything here like seeds, and even feeders to keep the (Flying circus squirrels) out! The box stores do have some simple ones but not a lot too choice from. Like I said Welcome to Spring!

If you like this or have anything to add please leave me a comment and let me know Thank you in advance for reading this. Have a great Spring!

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Part two,good bushcraft knife.


Today I will be talking about the top ten bush craft knife that the top bushcrafters like to use. I will be showing you how to put an edge on it, and teaching you how to put it though the test by making a try stick. A good bush craft knife has to be sharp enough to perform a lot of cuts.

This is where the try stick comes in handy, for it has all the different cuts you will need to learn as a boy scout any many years a good we had to make one of these, using only the boy scout knife that, if you was lucky your parents was able to get for you.

What is a try stick and why should I learn to make one?

The try stick is just a piece of tree branch about two feet long or you can make bigger or smaller. You can use a Dow to practice on but they are just a little harder to cut than branches.

There is 9 notches in a try stick. Some people put a couple other notches but for now will work on just these 9.

  1. Half sphere
  2. the saddle notch
  3. 90 degree notch
  4. reduction notch
  5. latch notch
  6. v cut
  7. hook notch
  8. hole notch
  9. root notch

You need a good bush craft knife to make these notches,

A sharp knife has to be use to make these notches. For your life could depend on it .

There are many great knives out there that will make this job a lot easier until you can make your own good bush craft knife.

The half sphere:

The half sphere are little 45 degree cuts along the top of I stick. This cut can be use to cut branches or little tree where you might need a clean edge. It can also be use to cut both ends of a bow drill so it can make fire.

The saddle notch:

The saddle notch is one of the most useful notches on the try stick, for it can help you build a lean to by notching out a half moon shape so it holds against the other logs so it can be tied off.

90 degree latch.

This is a hunting notch that you would use to make a figure 4 trap or dead fall. It holds another stick in place for a trigger. You can use it for small game to make sure you eat.

The reduction notch:

This notch is made round so that it could help to tight things up. It is also used just to make decorative marking at your cam to keep your mind sharp!

The latch notch

You can also use the latch notch to make a dead fall trap. Its design to use on a 90 degree plane. You can also put a little hole in this notch, that would allow you to run string or para chord though.

The v cut notch

This notch is if you need to make a bow to hunt with or just use it to hold your sting on to make a bow drill. This notch has many uses.

Hook notch:

The hook notch is for cooking it is also known as a pot notch. It can be use to just hold things off the ground so that animals can’t get to it like food, clothes, etc.

Hole notch:

I have already gone over this one real quickly in the latch notch. You just make a little hole all the way though the wood or branch to put you 550 cord though to help make traps and shelter.

Sharp edge notch:

This one is a good notch. Its made on the edge of a stick and usually has a fork shape to it for digging roots and moving rocks. Digging holes if you have nothing else.

So you can see how a good bush craft knife is important in the bush. This is why we have to have a sharp knife on us at all times. Use can buy a good knife at say one of the box stores but would you depend your life on it. Next post I make will be on putting and keeping an edge on your blade.

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What a good bushcraft knife is used for!

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What is a good Bush craft knife, how sharp it is and what we do with it. All good bush craft knifes, Have to be able to deal with a lot of use. You can either make you own, or buy a good knife from Amazon, or other place that sell them.

What is a bush craft knife used for.

A good bush craft knife has to be able to handle, at least 4 Major uses.

  1. wood work
  2. survival
  3. preparing food
  4. fire building.

Wood working- for everything? Your knife will have to be sharp enough to crave many different things, from tent pegs to craving out a wooden spoon that you will be using some time in you outing, To making bow drills or bow& arrows.

Survival- survival comes In many forms. From making fishing line to traps To making Items to cook with, over head cover, all which will take a very sharp knife and the knowledge to sharpen it.

Preparing Food- Once you catch something to eat, you have to clean it, cook it, and some times eat with it. So you have to be able to take care of the knife. I know what you are thinking do I use the same knife for everything? Yes a good bush craft knife will be used for all of these, so you blade has to be sharp, solid, and kept clean.

Building a fire-How am I going to start a fire with a knife? if you a bushman who practices the art, I don’t have to really answer that. But this is mainly for newbies.So I I will tell you flint and steel.

What is the best steel for you knife?

Steel Type Edge Retention Corrosion Resistance

These are some of the best steels to look for. Stay away from stainless steel. You have to keep putting an edge of these blades.

I will continue to update this site, every day. Just wanted to give you the basics to what a good bush craft knife is and what its used for.

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I love to feed deer.


One of my greatest hobby is to feed the deer that come thought our 2 acres of land. We have nothing but woods behind us, and never know what you may see on my game cam. Down below I will show you my favorite picture that i took with at night. What i feed the is corn, and a mineral block. They seem to love it. For i have a doe and her two yearling that come to it every night. If you had the land and time you should try this deer are beautiful and fun to watch



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Don’t want to be them

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Holy cow! This is nothing like the hunting video game we played!

Its not  a funny thing, but a lot of game players do think this way. Not all, for there is a lot of adults that plays games, like XBOX one or PS 4 just to  name a couple systems out there. I mean come on after a long days work they might want to play a game or watch tv with a cold beer or a class of wine, for I know women do the same thing. I am sure a lot of online workers who post all day, or working there affiliate businesses like amazon , click bank. Just to mention a few, like to unwind and relax just playing games. Its not just gamers this effects a lot of people who have never been trained to take care of themselves, in the woods or if some thing happens like earthquakes, storms, floods, etc. To them  a bug out bag is what They would take camping.


But a lot of peoples idea of camping has chanced. roughing it outside, But who as the biggest Rv or mine don’t have that in it or this.(YES Im one of them for my back is messed up from a parachute accident).

But I try to go out and stay in the woods a couple times a year. So I practice my skills so they are there if need be.

The point of a bug out bag or a 72 hour bag, is to make sure you have what you need to last three days, with food, water,gear to stay warm with. Like the one below.

This bag could save your life some day.



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About my self!

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First I want to welcome you to my site. I am a lover of the great out doors, and love to live of the land like our fore fathers before us. A lost art that everyone should know. With all the crazy things going on like storms,fires, and earthquakes. I like to teach others to be prepared.


I learned my skill when I was in the us army as a paratrooper. So glad I did. For in 2010 I found my self homeless like a lot of vets. But I didn’t take to the street I found a run down camper to keep out of the rain in snow up here in Maine. Survived their for three years, No heat no power. No money until someone was able to help me get into the VA. Now I want to help and train others.


I want to pass on my skills to others to teach their family when the times get hard, As the old saying goes “when the times get tough the tough get going.

I want to help people learn what bug out bags are, how to start fires, and hunt and fish on the land if the time ever comes. Teach people to be leaders and help other learn to do what they know.

As Jesus said: feed a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.: might have missed a few words but you get the idea.

All the best,

Timothy Perkins

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Great Bag To start with

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