Living off the grid today is not as easy as it was a hundred years ago. Back then there wasn’t a grid and everyone was just living. Today, you need to recapture the past — relearn things that were known a long time ago but have been forgotten today.

There are men and women that have never caught a fish, hunted deer, plowed a garden, sharpened a knife or fired a gun. If they decided to get off the grid … they have no experience base to rely on.

The internet is a great place to learn. There are YouTube videos on just about everything, and there are these new things called … books. They are fascinating and they are green! They require no fossil fuels, no electricity, no batteries … have zero carbon emissions and are recyclable.

Mother Earth News is a great magazine; it covers a wide variety of information each issue. There are books about hunting, fishing, beekeeping, cooking and animal husbandry … and guess what? Orschlen’s has a bunch of them ready for inclusion in your personal survival library.

A really smart individual doesn’t need to know everything; he or she simply needs to know where to go to find the answers to everything. There are also magazines that will give you write ups and reviews on equipments, tools and instructions on everything from setting an animal trap to how to sharpen a knife or axe.

How many ways do you know to start a fire without matches or a lighter? How many knots do you know how to tie? Do you know how to pitch a tent, or call a turkey or coyote? Do you know how to tell a deadly snake from a nonpoisonous one? Can you launch a kayak? What is the difference between a sit-in and a sit-on kayak? Can you make a compass? Do you know how to remove a fish hook from your finger?

Sometimes we don’t have anyone to ask about something we think we should already know. But one day, someone you don’t even know yet may ask, “Dad … Mom … how do I do …?” Remember what Walt Disney once said: “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.”

Still have questions? Let our friendly and knowledgeable sporting goods staff help. All you need to do is come on down to Orscheln’s.

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