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Your Family Survival Plan Spiritual Preparedness


So you’ve heard the wake-up call and decided that it’s time to put together a family survival plan. Where do you start? Well, it’s like any good effort. You start with the intangible aspects first. You might think of this as being the “spiritual” side of preparedness.

What does that mean? Well, before anything is created in the physical, we know that it is first created in the mind (though some call it the heart)—that is the spiritual aspect of humankind.

Consider how a high-rise building, a bridge, or a house is built. Before the finished product comes into being, architects and designers are involved in envisioning, studying, measuring, drawing, and planning.

In a like manner, for your family survival plan to be solid, sturdy, and lasting, you may wish to approach it at first as an architect would. You don’t want to jump into “piling up bricks and mortar, lumber, metal, and glass”—and then discover your building is built on sand!

Consider how the Survival Preparedness Rules of Three apply:

(From the book “Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook”, chapter 4, “The Path to Family Preparedness”)

Building a Spiritual Foundation

First, let’s look at the spiritual qualities that are the foundation for building your personal or family survival plan:

  • a deep and abiding love for your family
  • a strong desire to protect them
  • acceptance that yours is a sacred duty to responsibly prepare your family physically, mentally, and practically for an uncertain future
  • courage to make the tough decisions—the first one being to commit to protecting your family
  • ability to act on your decisions and keep taking the next step(s)
  • gratitude for your opportunity to do something now before you need it
  • fortitude to keep going when the going gets tough
  • faith in your abilities
  • trust in your Maker—to guide you in what to do, where to go, and how to proceed—and humility to ask for help
  • willingness to sacrifice the less important expenditures of time, money, and focus on those things that will provide the long term feeling of the peace of preparedness
  • readiness to do whatever it takes
  • charity to act not only in the best interest of your own family, but to share the knowledge and skills you acquire with your extended family, neighbors, and coworkers.
  • And finally…hope for a bright future

Evaluate yourself in relation to these qualities stated above. Are you ready to move forward?
Know that one of the advantages of choosing a preparedness lifestyle is that you continue to mature in these spiritual qualities as you step forth in faith.

 Developing Commitment to Preparedness

One of the great benefits of preparedness is ongoing personal growth. Each time you learn a new survival skill, you grow in your confidence to be able to handle the emergencies that life throws your way.

You’re reading this blog because you are, at the very least, concerned about protecting your family. The real question is: are you committed to protecting your family?

Many people make the choice to become prepared. But there is a big difference between making a choice and making a commitment!

Don’t confuse decision with action!

This story illustrates the magnitude of difference between choosing a plan and committing to a plan:

Three frogs are sitting on a lily pad in a small pond. One hungry frog ponders for a moment after looking at some ants on the shore. He then tells his two frog friends he’s going to jump from the lily pad and onto the bank of the pond to get some ants for lunch.

How many frogs are then left on the lily pad?

Everyone assumes the answer to be two frogs––but the fact is that only a decision was made––and all three frogs are still sitting on the pad.

The lesson? A decision is not an actual commitment! A choice is a first step to commitment––but it is not the commitment!

Do not procrastinate the time of implementing your family’s preparedness plan. You can make preparedness become a reality only when you act on your decision and put your plan into action!

Next time: The Path to Family Preparedness

©2014 James Talmage Stevens. Content from Making the Best of Basics, ed. 12.5

This article is adapted from Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 20, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Great Smoky Mountains Camping Survival Life National Park Series


Thinking about a Great Smoky Mountains National Park camping trip? What are you waiting for?

There is not question that the Great Smoky Mountains is the most popular national park in the country. In fact, more than 10 million people visited the Smokies last year. The park is considered an international biosphere reserve by the United Nations because it has hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

About Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Quick Facts

  • The park covers an area roughly 800 square miles or 520,000 acres.
Make your Smoky Mountains camping more enjoyable by preparing weather-wise clothing and equipment. Via nps.gov

Make your Smoky Mountains camping more enjoyable by preparing weather-wise clothing and equipment. 

Cellular Service

There are no cell towers operating within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cellular service that may be picked up are coming from sites located outside the park. High elevation areas can access services but they can easily be obstructed by rocks, hill and even clouds. To put it simply, there is no stable cellular coverage in the Smokies.

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How to Properly Escape a Zip Tie Restraint


Zip ties are cheap and easy to come by, making them a very popular option when it comes to effectively restraining a human being. These things are no joke! So,  we though it might be important to teach our readers how to escape from them.

You might think you could easily break free of these plastic handcuffs, but once you’re in the restraint, you’re pretty much stuck. Unless, you know a couple of secret evasion techniques.

Check out the step-by-step instructions below for getting out of some insane situations that result in your arrest or kidnapping.

Method 1: Pop The Lock

  • The first method is similar to escaping duct tape.
  • When you are getting zip-tied, make sure you keep your elbows together and bend forward.
  • Next, you need to have the lock in the middle of your hands. This allows you to pop the lock, later. If the lock is not in the middle of your hands, you need to maneuver it, or use your teeth to reposition the lock.
  • Put your hands over the head, come down past your hips out to the side. The lock will pop right off.
  • Obviously, not everyone can do this method because everyone has different strengths.

Method 2: Slip Out

According to this Buzzfeed video above, you can also do the following:

  • Place hands together with palms clenched
  • Maintain tension as zip-tie is tightened
  • Turn palms so they are facing each-other
  • Shimmy them back and forth until you’re free

Method 3: Use Friction

  • This second method is similar to escaping rope by using paracord.
  • Just like with escaping rope, thread the paracord through your hands. Create a loop at both ends of the rope.
  • Place the loops around your feet and lay on your back. Go through the bicycle motion. The paracord should pop off almost immediately.
  • Zip ties should never be able to intimidate you again. Have you used a different method? We would love to hear it in the comments below.

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Arizona Hunting Laws & Regulations


Don’t go hunting in Arizona without first familiarizing yourself with Arizona hunting laws. This article will help you get started.

Arizona Hunting Laws and Regulations

This article was originally posted over at OutdoorWarrior.com and is shared with full permission

Open season is just a few weeks away for most of the United States. It’s an exciting time of year for veteran hunters beginners alike. But before heading out on your first hunt, make sure you’re familiar with Arizona hunting laws.

Hunting laws evolve on an almost yearly basis, mainly to address public safety for the benefit of the hunter and the hunted. It’s a must to keep up to date on Arizona hunting laws before heading out on your first hunt. Studying your state’s hunting laws might be a bit time consuming, and we know you’re impatient to get out there and start shooting. But breaking the law and having to pay a fine can put a serious damper on hunting season.

Keep reading to learn about Arizona hunting laws including dates, which animals you’re allowed to hunt, which weapon you’re allowed to use, how to get a hunting license, and much more.

The State of Arizona provides more or less 10 big-game species and rich small-game selections, which includes waterfowl. The hunting opportunities are said to be the best, and most unique, in the nation. Let’s focus on the three most popular species: deer, ducks and black bears.

Deer Hunting in Arizona

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Deer are said to be the most popular, numerous and widespread big-game species in Arizona.

There are three distinct types of deer present in this state:

The Mule Deer

Mule deer are the most abundant deer in Arizona. This type of deer can be commonly found in rugged country sometimes on sparse, low deserts to high forested mountains.

The White-Tailed Deer

White tail deer have a preference for woodlands of oak, pine, and chaparral with interspersed clearings. They can be most commonly found in these terrains.

It is of very important to know which deer is legal to hunt according to antler point restrictions.


This species is one of the largest of the deer family and should not be confused with the Moose, which is much larger.

They mostly inhabit the summer range as high as 7,000 to 10,000 plus feet.

Hunting Season

The general hunting seasons ranges from mid-August to the end of January.

This depends on the type of hunt (meaning the type of firearm being used) and areas you will be hunting in.

Legal Weapons and Ammo

  • Modern guns
  • Centerfire Rifle
  • Centerfire Handgun
  • Muzzleloading Rifle
  • Other Rifle Shooting Black Powder or Synthetic Black Powder
  • Black Powder Handgun
  • Crossbow
  • Archery

For more specific details on the types of firearms and ammo that one can use to hunt deer.

License, Special Licenses, and Permits

Acquiring a license will depend on your specific needs as a hunter, be it a regular license, a special license or various permits for hunting, even disabled veterans’ license.

For specific details regarding licenses, and permits just click the following word: licenses, special licenses and permits.

Duck Hunting in Arizona

There are about 15 species of waterfowl in the state of Arizona.

Hunting Season

Open season generally starts in October and ends in January.

Hunting for ducks is divided into two seasons which are as follows:

General Waterfowl Seasons:

October 21, 2016 – January 29, 2017

October 7, 2016 – January 15, 2017

November 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017

October 22, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Youth-Only Waterfowl Seasons:

February 4 – February 5, 2017

October 1 – October 2, 2016

To learn more about the possession limits and other details.

Legal Guns and Ammo

Shotgun, crossbow, bow and arrow or falconry as prescribed in R12-4-304.

For details on the hunt zones, shooting hours, bag limit and licenses required.

Black Bear Hunting in Arizona

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Pumpkin in Survival


Most people associate pumpkins with decorations used during the fall season or carved jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. However, pumpkins are also considered a “super food,” meaning they can be a significant asset in survival situations.

To give you a better idea, here are 5 unexpected ways you can use pumpkin in survival!

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Pumpkin in Survival

1. Food

Pumpkin is a type of orange winter squash native to North America. Though many people consider it a vegetable, scientifically, pumpkin is classified as a fruit due to its edible seeds. However, pumpkins are more similar to vegetables than fruits when it comes to their nutrition. More specifically, pumpkins are associated with low-calorie weight loss and even lower risks of cancer.

That said, pumpkins do have what most consider a delicious taste, along with great versatility in cooking and baking. This, combined with dense and rich nutrients, makes pumpkin an excellent food to incorporate in survival recipes.

2. Hydration

Dehydration poses one of the biggest risks when it comes to survival. Dehydration happens when the body uses or loses more fluid than it takes in, leaving it without enough water and other fluids to carry out normal functions. Moderate dehydration can quickly turn into severe dehydration, which might result in serious health risks or even death.

Fortunately, pumpkin has a very high water content. When canned, they are nearly 90% water. For this reason, having pumpkin available in a survival situation can enhance fluid consumption and greatly reduce the risk of dehydration.

3. Medicinal

Due to their “superfood” status and qualities, pumpkins provide medicinal benefits. Incorporating this orange squash in a diet with its high fiber and potassium content is shown to aid in heart health as well as stabilizing diabetes. As mentioned earlier, the antioxidants found in pumpkins can reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

These medicinal benefits are significant when it comes to survival on a long-term basis, particularly in circumstances where sustained, adequate medical care isn’t guaranteed.

4. Immunity

Pumpkins ensures survival by enhancing a person’s immunity. This is because they are rich in nutrients that naturally boost the immune system. For example, they contains high levels of beta-carotene, which the body turns into Vitamin A. Scientific studies revealed Vitamin A is capable of strengthening the body’s immune system and ability to fight infection. This is important when it comes to survival, as Vitamin A deficiencies can result in weaker immune systems, causing individuals to become more susceptible to disease and less likely to recover from infection.

Pumpkin also contains high levels of Vitamin C – which is medically proven to increase white blood cell production, thereby improving the effort and effectiveness of immune cells and allowing wounds to heal faster. In addition to Vitamins A and C, pumpkin is also an excellent source of Vitamin E, iron, and folate, all of which are shown to enhance the body’s immune system.

5. Wildlife Feed

Finally, pumpkins are also an excellent source of feed for various forms of wildlife. For example, pumpkin seeds can be dried and broken up as bird feed.
Attracting birds is beneficial for pest control and seed dispersal, adding to the health and survival of ecosystems. Other animals, such as deer and goats, are known to eat pumpkins. This means pumpkins are an excellent form of wildlife feed for providing opportunities to hunt as a means of survival.

Additionally, the flesh is rich with water and breaks down quickly in soil. For this reason, it can also be cut into small pieces and buried in a garden for the worms and insects to eat. In turn, this creates more fertile soil – a solution for planting food in survival situations.


Hopefully by now, these orange minions are far more than Autumn and/or Halloween decorations. In fact, pumpkins are one of the best foods to incorporate into survival. Plus, who can complain about an excuse to eat pumpkin pie when the world is ending?

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When to apply a tourniquet – Part 1 #bethedifference #tourniquet #cattourniquet


North American Rescue’s NAR Doctor takes a minute to go back to the basics of when you want to use tourniquets vs when you don’t. This is part 1 of a 2 part series, so tune in next week for the completion!

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Cell Network Disruption Underscores Critical Importance of Backup Communication Plan


In the latest event that shows how vulnerable our nation’s infrastructure is to a variety of threats, thousands of Americans were disconnected today during a significant cellular network outage, affecting major service providers, including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The outage, which began in the early hours of Thursday, was met with concern by federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, prompting an urgent investigation into whether a cyberattack was to blame.

Cell Towers

The disruptions began just before 3:30 a.m. ET, with Downdetector, a website tracking service outages, registering a spike in reports that peaked at over 73,000 by 9 a.m. ET. Customers reported a range of issues, from total loss of service to inability to access mobile internet, again highlighting people’s critical dependency on cellular networks for both personal and professional communication.

Security experts, including Lee McKnight, an associate professor at Syracuse University, pointed to the hallmarks of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack, which aims to overwhelm systems with a flood of superfluous requests, causing them to shut down. Such attacks are becoming increasingly common among cybercriminals, raising concerns about the vulnerability of core internet infrastructure and the potential for widespread disruption.

The outage had severe implications for public safety, with reports of 911 services being affected, highlighting the very real consequences of disruptions to essential communication services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) were quick to respond, with the FCC stating that its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau was actively investigating the incident.

By late afternoon, AT&T announced that service had been restored for the affected customers and apologized for the inconvenience, emphasizing their commitment to preventing such incidents in the future. However, the event has raised significant concerns about the security of the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure and the potential for future attacks.

Ham Radio

The cellular network outages should serve as a critical wake-up call to the importance of preparedness in our increasingly digital society. In an era where our world is heavily reliant on technology for everything from personal communication to emergency services, the vulnerability of these systems can have far-reaching consequences. This incident underscores the need for people, communities, and businesses to have contingency plans to maintain essential communications and operations during unexpected disruptions.

To enhance you level of preparedness, it’s important to explore alternative communication methods that can serve as backups when primary systems fail. Satellite phones, two-way radios, and even ham radios offer reliable means of communication that do not depend on traditional cellular networks. Investing in emergency supplies such as power banks, solar chargers, and backup generators can ensure that communication devices remain operational even during prolonged outages.

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Overnight Bushcraft Camp at a Cliff with Minimal Gear and a Dog in the Snow


First camp in a while
Camped at the base of a cliff with my dog and minimal gear

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22 Amazing Hiking Trails You Have To See To Believe


Looking for hiking trails to explore? Here are a few of the world’s best hikes sure to take your breath away!

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Stunning Hiking Trails for the Best Outdoors Experience

1. The West Maroon Pass

United States hiking trails are some of the most breathtaking in the world. A few of them are also located in the state of Colorado.

The West Maroon Pass in Colorado spans a 12.7-mile stretch out and back hiking trail. It has a pass that brings you up to 12,480 feet of elevation.

West Maroon Pass Hike

This place is under the Maroon Bell’s Peak and considered to the most photographed peak in the United States. That alone speaks for itself.

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2. The Jewels Route

This 48-mile trek is in the western end of the Grand Canyon National Park. Ironically, Jewel’s Route has lighter crowds and boasts of turquoise Colorado River views and deep orange rocks.

3. Yoho National Park

The Yoho National Park is in British Columbia, Canada offers beautiful large lakes, hiking trails with waterfalls, and glaciers. The Burgess Shale, a fossil bed, is also nestled in this park. It boasts the best collection of rare fossil remains of prehistoric marine animals.

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4. The King’s Trail

With a total of 275 miles through four national parks and a nature reserve, the King’s Trail will take you about a month to finish. You will soak in some of the most beautiful landscapes in Sweden through this trail.

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5. North Coyote Buttes and the Wave

Only three hours away from Flagstaff, Arizona, North Coyote Buttes needs a permit if you want to hike through it. And with only 20 permits given daily, you’ll have to wait your turn.

You must make reservations four months in advance. But, it will surely be worth the wait because of the cross-bedded Aeolian Jurassic Navajo Sandstone formation that’s such a unique experience in itself.

6. Red Rock Canyon State Park Trails

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The view of the vast ocean with Anvil Island to the right and Bowen Island to the left is awe-inspiring. With a total distance of 11 km, St. Mark’s Summit is one of the easiest trails to tackle compared to its counterparts in the area.

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Raccoons on the Roof? How to Scare Them


Raccoons are definitely some of the coolest and most interesting animals out there, but only if they aren’t causing problems on your property.

two raccoons on wooden fence
two raccoons on wooden fence

They are relentless break-in artists when it comes to garbage cans, pet food, chicken coops, and more and if you get a large troop of them hanging around you’re bound to have issues. Those issues will turn into a legitimate nightmare if they get inside your attic or elsewhere in your home.

And when it comes to home invasion, raccoons typically find their way in off of the roof, sneaking in through soffits, attic vents, chimneys, and more. Accordingly, if you have one on your roof you need to get it down from there and scare it away, and hopefully not break your neck in the process.

To help you do that I’m bringing you a list of tips that will help you scare raccoons off of your roof easily, in addition to using baits and traps which I’ve already covered. Keep reading and we will get right to it…

How Do Raccoons Get On Roofs?

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It’s not unheard of to see a raccoon in the daytime, but they’re predominantly nocturnal. Being prey animals, being illuminated and exposed raises their levels of anxiety, and might cause them to retreat to cover wherever they are.

You can use this quirk of psychology against them by employing motion lighting around your home and, if necessary, up on your roof that will activate when raccoons come near. Lacking that, spotlight them with a powerful flashlight if you are out on “patrol.”

Even though raccoons are often urbanized, a term meaning that they have learned to live near and alongside human habitation and activity, they’re still startled and unnerved by loud noises. Raise enough ruckus, and a raccoon might decide that discretion is the better part of valor and hit the trail.

To do this, you can yell, bang sticks or boards together, rattle a trash can lid, or use a pail full of gravel. Anything that will create a sharp, loud sound might be enough to spook them away.

Just pay attention, because if they duck inside your house, you’ll have to try a new tactic to get them out!

Garden twirlers are those wind-powered decorations that take the form of pinwheels, spirals, or concentric rings of reflective discs.

Whatever they are and whatever they look like, if you get some that are a bright, shiny reflective metal you might be able to rely on them to keep raccoons and other mammals away.

There’s something about the glint and movement of these things that just unsettles most animals.

Being so unsure of what they are, most raccoons will choose to take their chances elsewhere. Hang these up strategically around your home and especially near the known approaches that raccoons use to scamper up to your roof. Hopefully it will deter them!

One of the oldest and best-known methods for deterring raccoons, mice, rats and other varmints is the use of mothballs. Chances are this is what your great-granddad did to keep pesky critters at bay, and if it’s good enough for him it’s good enough for us…

Mothballs have that strong, nose-stinging odor because of a compound called naphthalene. It’s deadly to moths, but merely a strong deterrent to animals with sensitive noses. Animals like raccoons!

All you need to do is place mothballs at strategic points around the foundation of your property, especially near spots where raccoons like to climb up to the roof.

Placing a few up at the roof line by tucking them under shingles is also a good idea, as is putting them inside the attic near vents and other potential entrances. They don’t last forever, and you’ll have to replace them occasionally (and sooner after it rains), but this is one of the cheapest and best options.

This is another one of my favorite and time-tested raccoon repellents, and one that I didn’t know about until just recently.

To us humans, Epsom salt doesn’t really have any odor at all, but for whatever reason the chemical composition of the stuff is intolerable to many mammals. I can guarantee you that raccoons positively hate it!

Even better, the smell seems to drift for quite a long distance, so putting rings of Epsom salt around your home and elsewhere on your property might keep raccoons off of your land entirely.

The best part is Epsom salt is cheap, freely available, and pretty friendly, environmentally speaking- though you don’t want it to get into the soil where you plan on growing anything!

Remember to refresh it periodically as it degrades and washes away.

Raccoons, as mentioned, have incredibly sensitive noses. They are sensitive both in terms of overall efficiency at sniffing out food, mates, and threats, but also in their vulnerability to irritants.

Pepper is delicious on our own food, but if you’ve ever gotten a nose full of the stuff you know how unpleasant it can be! Imagine how much worse it’ll be for a raccoon.

Grind this stuff up fresh and then sprinkle it literally wherever you know raccoons go and move around.

Once they get a good snoutful of stuff it is going to send them into a coughing and sneezing fit, and after one or two close encounters they will probably associate your home and roof with pain, and leave you alone.

Red pepper flakes work very much like black pepper and white pepper when it comes to repelling raccoons from your roof. Any raccoon that runs into the stuff and either tries a taste or gets a good whiff of it is going to be in for a searing surprise.

Even though the compound contained in red pepper flakes, and all other spicy peppers, causes mammals significant pain when it comes into contact with skin, mucous membranes, taste buds, or eyes, it isn’t overtly harmful.

This is really going to knock any trespassing raccoon for a loop, but it will leave them no worse for the wear after the effects subside in half an hour or so.

Best of all, this is another extremely cheap and environmentally friendly option: you won’t have to worry about this hurting the environment, your land, or any materials on your home. Just don’t get it in your own eyes!

Another raccoon repellent that you’ve probably got in your own pantry right now. Sure, it makes our desserts taste wonderful, but this stuff is ferociously irritating to many mammals. Indeed, that flavor we love so much is actually a defense mechanism developed by the plant to prevent it from being eaten!

You probably don’t need me to tell you how to use cinnamon at this point: scatter it liberally anywhere that you know the raccoons will go and be sure to coat all of their approaches and climbing points that they use to get up on your roof.

Grab yourself a big economy jug if you want to, and don’t hesitate to lay a thick perimeter around the edge of your roof so the raccoons will run into it nose-first as they climb.

Raccoons might be notorious predators of chicken and duck coops, but they themselves are prey for larger and more capable animals like wolves, coyotes, bobcats, and more.

Accordingly, they are always alert to any indication that a predator might be nearby, and the number one tool they use to figure that out is their nose.

If a raccoon can physically smell the predator, or even evidence of their passage in the form of urine or droppings, they will be a lot more fearful and more prone to head the other way.

Exploit this predator nervousness by acquiring predator scent from a hunting supply retailer or a pest control outlet.

Note that this stuff can be pretty stinky, obviously, and you probably don’t want to smell it yourself but it works wonderfully for repelling raccoons especially if they are already setting up a nest inside your home.

Most mommy raccoons that are looking for a safe place to nest, like inside your attic for instance, will avoid male, or boar, raccoons because they have a tendency to kill little babies.

Just like we used predator scent above, you can acquire specialty male raccoon scent and use it to scare off any adventurous, exploring females and younger, nervous males from your property and roof.

As usual, spray liberally and reapply often as it wears out. Once you know the raccoons are long gone, you can stop.

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