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Bear Attack

This video shows Todd Orr a former Trails Engineer at Gallatin National Forest records himself talking about the aftermath of a bear attack that he encounter while on a hike. He stated, “he had pepper spray with him and did use it to defend himself but wasn’t much help”, but it was better than nothing. Thank goodness that he survived to share the story.

Video Transription
Yeah, life sucks in Bear Country. Just had a Grisley with two cubs come at me from about 80 yards and, uh, I sprayed the shit out of her with bear spray, and then I went on my face and protected the back of my neck. She got my head good, I don’t know what’s under my hat; my ear, my arm -ugh, pieces of stuff hangin’ out, I dunno what’s going on in there- and then my shoulder’s ripped up, I think my arm’s broke, but my legs are good, internal organs are good, eyes are good, I just walked out three miles, now I gotta go to the hospital. So. Be safe out there. Bear spray doesn’t always work, but it’s better than nothin’!

Source: Todd Orr Facebook

Angry Deer Attacks Driver after being struck by vehicle

Deer oh deer, looks like Bambi has a temper. After accidentally hitting a deer with her car, Ellen Sager got a taste of this buck’s own road rage. The deer managed to fling the driver’s side door wide open and attacked Sager with its hooves. Ellen managed to get away with a minor knee injury, but the likely very confused deer died of its impact injuries some time later.

It never ceases to amaze me what even a fatally injured deer can do. Survival instinct is amazing, isn’t it?

by Sam Morstan
Source: Media24 Youtube

Two Deer with One Shot

2_deer_with_one_shotThough it’s titled “Two deer with one shot”, armchair analysts seem to be feeling anything but awe about this father-son pair’s take.
Accusations have ranged from there being multiple shots (which seems to be implied in the video), to a ‘childish’ countdown and poor shooting practice in general, some suggested that their choices in deer taken were unethical, and some accused the video-makers of leaving a deer wandering in pain or dying and wasting the meet (suggestions that while one deer fell, two jumped, implying they were hit).

As one comment from the maker of the video points out, however: “Nope just the two [deer were hit], The other one might have caught some fragment’s [sic] but there was only one blood trail. We thought we had hit three also but as it turns out the largest deer picked up the smaller deer with her head and then fell back down so it looked like she was hit. Thanks for watching.?”

So if there were only two deer hit, and there were two shots, where did the video title come from?

What do you think: one shot, or two? Ethical or unethical? Good shooting or bad shooting?

Video Transcription:

“Watch out–” [indecypherable whispering]

“There’s another one”


“It’s a small one”

“There’s probably a mama righ behind ’em”

“There’s another one right there.”

“There’s another, seems like a small one.”

“There’s another!” “Shh-shhh-shh.”

“She’s looking back to something else. Probably someone else is coming out.”

“Alright, you ready?”
[deep breath]
“Five, four, three, two-”
“Dropped one on the spot.”

“Yeah, we dropped two more, too.”

“Two more [indecipherable]”

[laughter] “Nice. Sweet.”

“Shots went almost directly together.”

“I know, Kinda sweet. One of ’em dropped on the spot, man!”
[laughter, fistbump]
“Sweet, You got your deer.”

“Dial back.”

“I didn’t dial up, I just… held over.”

“Got one of ’em didn’t even flinch. [indicipherable]”

“I think I mighta hit her in the spine, I mighta shot high.”

“They ain’t comin’ back out with that one layin’ there like that.”


“Might as well go on out there.”

“Alright, let’s do it.”

[instant replay]

“Ok, we’re skinnin’ this one here curently, that’ the one that dad shot. I believe that’s the entrance wound, I think. Or exit one, I’m not sure. Somehow, I don’t know how this happened, but– there’s a hole there, and there’s also a hit right here on the leg, because, I mean, that isn’t usual for it to twist like that. I don’t know how that happened, but he managed that somehow. And this is my deer, right here. I shot her in the head. There’s the exit hole, and the injuries right in there. Uh, the funny thing is, I was actually aiming for a different deer, and I pulled my shot to the left, and hit this other one in the head. She must’ve moved her head in just the right area. That happened. But, uh, Lucky for me. Not lucky for the deer I guess. Yep. Two deer

by Sam Morstan

Ascend a Wet or Icy Climbing Rope

If you’re into rappeling or knot tying for fun or practical survival, have a look at this Bachmann knot. You’re going to need it if you’re going to encounter climbing up with a wet rope.

The staff from ITsTactical shared some insights on this important to know Bachman knot. So here’s their excerpt:

On today’s Knot of the Week I’ll be covering the Bachmann Knot, a relative of the Prusik Knot that can be utilized as an autoblock or friction hitch. The biggest differences between the Bachman and the Prusik Knot lies in its usage of a carabiner. Additionally, unlike the omni-directional Prusik Knot, the Bachmann is uni-directional, meaning it can only be loaded from one direction and that’s down.

It’s advisable to use a locking carabiner for the Bachmann, considering you’ll be grabbing it to move the hitch. Just make sure it’s locked by screwing down so you don’t screw up. That’s my mnemonic device to remember to have the gate on the carabiner screw in a downward direction, so that if gravity decides to stick its nose in your business, it will carry it further into the closed position and not open it.

Using a carabiner with the Bachmann Knot allows your autoblock/friction hitch to move much easier, especially when wearing gloves. The carabiner gives you a dedicated spot to hold during ascending as well. The Bachmann is also beneficial around wet ropes and in icy conditions.

As you’ll see in the video below, make sure not to clip the Double Fisherman’s Knot section of your loop in when you’re connecting to your harness.

Video Transciption

Hey guys, welcome to the Knot of the week; today I want to show you the Bachmann knot, which is a great alternative to the Prusik loop, when you’re around wet or icy ropes.

[intro music]

Alright guys, so you’re going to need a couple of things to start off with to tie the Bachmann knot. One is a locking carabiner. I definitely prefer a locking carabiner on this, it’s actually used in the system to slide the Bachmann knot up and down the line. So what we have simulated here is your main climbing line, and I’ll show you kind of how this works on the line, as an auto block. So if you’re familiar with the Prusik, we’ve been over that before, so the Pcarabinerusik is an auto-blocker or a friction-hitch that allows you to move on the rope, whether you’re ascending the rope or using it as an auto-block, which is to arrest your fall in case of a slip while you’re rapelling; that’s what it’s for.

So the Bachmann knot is very similar to this, but the main difference between the Prusik and the Bachmann is that it’s Unidirectional– the Prusik loop is omni-directional, meaning that it provies friction whether you’re pulling up on the line, or down on the line. With the Bachmann knot, as you’ll see in a second, it’s unidirectional, and it only provides friction when it’s down-loaded.

So the first step is creating a Prusik loop, and if you’re not familiar with a Prusik loop, it’s simply just a double-fisherman’s knot that’s been tied to create a loop in the line. I typically like about a six-food length of line for me personally, that’s gonna vary depending on your size and things like that. So, the first step is to kind of off-set the barrel knot or the double-fisherman’s knot in the line. So, if you were going to take it just like this, meaning that one side was your barrel knot and one side is the loop, it’s not going to line up correctly because you’re gonna be attaching this into your climbing harness, so I like to off-set this a little bit, at least something like that, maybe about a foot or so. Then what you’re going to do is start by hooking the line, so you’ll form a ‘bite’, again, this is what the other side looks like, this is what this side looks like. You form a bite, then you hook this into the carabiner.

And the way we’re going to be using this, I’m going to position this so that I’m going to be down-loading or pulling down on the line in this direction, so. My standard schpiel on carabiners is screw down so you don’t screw up, so when you’re using a locking carabiner, the gravity –if it were to manipulate the actual locking mechanism– would carry it down, not up. Thus unlocking the carabiner. So hopefully that makes sense.

Again, we’re gonna have this open for now, we’re going to take that bite, slip it into the carabiner, just like so, and you’re going to align the carabiner parallel with the line that you’re tying onto, and you’re going to start wrapping. So that first wrap is now going to come inside the carabiner -I’ll move that out of the way in just a second here- just like this. So into the carabiner, around the carabiner for the first wrap. You’re gonna go fairly tight with this, but you don’t have to get crazy with it, because it is a friction hitch and it will tighten up for you. again, next line wraps around and through the carabiner, again around, through the carabiner, and we’ll do one more pass here, around, through the carabiner. So now I have a total of about four wraps in the line, and as you’re providing tension on the line, which will come from it being attached to your harness, again this end would be hooked into your harness here, so again that barrel knot with the double-fisherman’s knot is not in line with where that would be attached to your harness, that’s why I was mentioning the offset in the beginning.

So as the friction is being applied, this line won’t move this way, but if friction were being applied this way, it would turn into a mess, so therefore it’s only good when it’s being down-loaded, so to speak. Hopefully you understand what I mean by that term. So, always remember to lock your carabiner, that’s a very important step, and then you’ll be able to use this for a grip, so it can be great for ascending situations, especially when you’re wearing gloves, or -as I mentioned- with an icy or wet rope, so that you’re actually pulling up on the rope, you can actually manipulate this with the carabiner. So, again, if I’m ascending -meaning pushing that line up- and then getting tension from my harness, that’s really how you would start manipulating that Bachmann knot.

So hopefully you can see this is an interesting alternative to the Prusik, just remember that again, this is unidirectional, not omni-directional.

Stay tuned for a new knot of the week every Tuesday, and if you’re enjoying what we’re doing here on our knot of the week series, please consider joining the crew leader membership linked below in the description. Thanks for watching.

Source: ItsTactical Youtube

Would you chase a Bear like these Fishermen did?

Bears and humans both love fishing. If you are fishing a good spot in bear country, you may be sharing the water. However the Alaskan anglers in this video decided to take matters in their own hands and chase a bear away to have the spot to themselves.

The group took matters it into their own hands after a bear got too close. They took off after the bear to force it into the water. Apparently bears are taking over this area looking for food and the group decided to risk their safety to protect the town and their fishing area.

by Tyler Brinks

This Bear is all Business

Check out this bear cub fight a cop.

Luckily for this guy, this bear is just a cub.

Bears when fully grown is best not to mess with one.

Well that is unless it is a pet bear cub. This little bear has plenty of fight in it even though it is still pint sized. Give it a few months and this police officer would have no chance in hand to hand combat with a determined bear.

While we do not know any specifics on this video, we do know this little bear is not to be messed with. Who needs police dogs when this cop might have a police bear.

by Eric Nestor
Source: Made by Russia Facebook

Bear Defense Carry

Many hunters have talked about what to carry for bear defense while out in the woods. Here are some of that conversation on 1911forum for a handgun.

BPHORSEGUY: There have been increasing small bear sightings in my and my dogs hiking area. I am considering carry a .45ACP instead of my 9mm and solids instead of HP.

magazineman: I’d guess .44 mag or better. + running shoes. But for your purposes I’d see what handgun bear hunters use. I’d be surprised if 9mm or .45 were on the menu for that job. Big revolvers are probably the preferred item.

EvolutionArmory: At the minimum, you want a 10mm if you are carrying an autoloader. I would feel under gunned with one though. You are probably best off with a .44 magnum or .454 Casull wheel gun. Think magnum for bear.

Kosh75287: I’m guessing that buying a .40+ caliber revolver is not on your financial horizon. If you reload, I’d consider using a 250 grain RNFP over a maximum load of Herco or Blue Dot. You might also look into a conversion kit for your .45 Auto to enable it to shoot .45 Super, and work up a load that drives a 230 gr. FMJRN as fast as possible.

Here’s the sentiment from Reddit audience if you’re toting an AR or other firearms:

In_Vitam_Sola: An M203 would be a handy attachment.
the5thpixel: Burrs do not go down easily. Aim for the head.

Malrak: GL trying to get a 5.56 through a Bear’s skull, all while its moving and most likely charging you at 30 mph

NaggerGuy: Bear spray

84xcab: And a rape whistle

Malrak: 30 rounds of 5.56 would probably kill a bear…the question being would you be able to stop him before he had a chance to rush you and maim you.
If it were my choice I’d rather have an AR-15 in 458 SOCOM or 50 Beowulf.
AR-15 aside, I’d prefer something like a Benelli M4 with Magnum Slugs, AR-10, M1A, SCAR-H or other 308 Semi Auto.
Best option would be M107 or a M2 50 BMG Conversion both with supporting crew.

Wadsworth34: Maybe an AR10. Depends on the size of the bear. .556/.223 wouldn’t do jack shit to a big ass bear. Bear spray or a shotgun with hollow point slugs.

SirEDCaLot: A heavy penetrating round like the M855 is IMHO the most effective. It will be better able to punch through the layers of bear and hit vital organs on the inside.

AtheistInfantry: As a life long Alaskan that has seen these animals up close on numerous occasions I would rather have bear spray or a Mossberg 500 with Brenneke Black Magic Magnums.
Unless you get lucky and make a CNS hit it’s going to run off or eat you(or both) before it bleeds out. Oh, and there’s a whole bunch of hide, muscle and fat between your bullet and the spine.

Tarnsman4Life: I would say depends on the type of bear. 357 Mag or 10MM should be fine for black bear. Anything larger than a black bear I would not go smaller than 44 magnum.
In a perfect world I would have a Semi-Auto shotgun loaded with slugs too.

What are your thoughts on this?, leave us a comment below.

Source: 1911Forum, Reddit AR-15

Beer Can – the Ultimate Survivalist Camping Stove

Adventurer Tom Allen and his friend demonstrates how to make a stove with the minimal materials.

Beer Can
Get a beer can or any aluminum can, the larger the better and have a knife or a pair scissors. This whole process is very simple to do.

Cut the top of beer can at the top ridge.
Cut beer can in half and get it to 2-3 inches high on both can.
Dent the bottom half can with a knife all the way around, when done place the top piece together.
Make a little hole with the thumbtack
Pour some rubbing alcohol into the and light it up, now you’re ready to start cooking, boil some water.
Turn off the flames by smothering it with a cup.

Watch the video to see it in action.

How To Turn A Beer Can Into The Only Camping Stove You'll Ever Need from Tom Allen on Vimeo.

Pretty cool, huh?


Sure this stove isn’t the solution for every back country situation, but if you’re mobile and pack light, this is a good option.

This stove burns alcohol fuels, but works best with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). This is available over the counter at most pharmacies and grocery stores which sells for a couple of bucks.

Turning the stove off is easy. Just smother it with a cup, and within a few minutes the burner will be cool to the touch.

As always, we recommend you exercise caution when dealing with flammable materials.

by Matt Alpert revised by AKStaff
Source: Tom Allen Vimeo

SHTF must have Survival Gear

There are many written articles on what to have in your survival supplies. But, the big three that you need to provide are food, water and shelter. Yes, it would be nice to have all the fancy tools to play with. The primary three needs are what will help you to focus on to help you survive. The following is a quick down and dirty list that you should have in your survival kit or bug out bag.

    Used for cooking, warmth and shelter.
    Is like a McGyver gadget with all tools in it.
    Get a permanent match, flint or magnesium rod.
  5. DUCT TAPE –
    For practical use for shelter, crafting, repairing, etc..
    Ideally first aid kit be placed inside a water proof container.
    Very durable and can be used for many things.
    Nice to have a rod and reel. But, not necessary, all you need are lures, fish eggs and fishing line.
  9. PONCHO –
    Staying dry, keeping warm or make into a container to carry items.
    Though, its nice to have tactical lights. It’s better to have a reliable compact LED flashlight that you can recharge by turning the handle. Perfect for emergency use to save battery power.

What other things are in your survival kit bag?

Source: Wiki
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