Securing Your Dorm Room and Yourself While Away At College

School shootings and other unfortunate incidents are now creeping its way closer and closer to unsuspecting students. You can no longer be so naive and think that college campuses are risk free or “bad guys-free,” and suddenly your grades and fun activities in school are not just the things to mind about. At any given time there could be disasters or a gun-toting psycho in your school and that’s why you have to be prepared. If you have started to consider this need, then good for you because that means you’re a notch less closer to getting shot at or mugged or be the latest victim of a fire, earthquake, hurricane etc. Also the survival skills you learned will be very useful in this case; however, preparing yourself for it can be demanding and you may have to push yourself a little further than you usually go.



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What you Need to Do:

•    Secure space where you’ll stash emergency supplies: Learning some nifty survival tactics in this case is very important. Most college dorms these days have small apartments or rooms which are inadequate to save food and emergency supplies. Use a small space in your closet to put your emergency supplies in or ask the tenant if they have a spare space where you can place them.
•    School policies that don’t favor your safety: With the media going hysterical over guns in America, almost schools now prohibit firearms and other weapons to be carried in schools. All the while it is the students who ultimately become the victims of school shootings because they had nothing to protect them with – even when there are school police. This isn’t really a handicap because you can still learn self-defense and protect yourself and, if things are favorable, those around you as well. Still you must know whether or not the school allow survival firearms like conceal carry hand guns.
•    Familiarizing your new surroundings and identifying dangers: Understanding danger requires keen eyesight and a sharp mind. You have to understand that both people and things may threaten your safety; sometimes even a situation that you’re in could quickly become dangerous. Your best defense in this case is how you respond to people, things and situations – the difference can save your life.


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Always have a Stockpile of Emergency Supplies and Food that Lasts for 3 – 6 Months
You may want to prioritize food, water and your emergency gear when it comes to allocating storage space to individual items on your survival list. Even though space can be scarce in your college dorm, you have to make every effort to have a whole bunch of survival equipment that will help you last through a critical situation. Normally, a 1 – 3 weeks emergency supply of food, water and helpful stuff is good but since you’ll be in college for 3 months at least, then it would be good to store as much emergency supplies as the length of your stay.



•    Keep a “Quick-Escape” Bag also Filled with Survival Supplies in the Trunk of your Car. In emergency situations like disasters, your first priority is to make a quick escape from the affected area and get home to your family. The trunk of your car has ample space to accommodate your emergency supplies and it can take you anywhere you need to go quickly too!



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•    If you don’t have a Car or Closet Space in your Dorm Room, then Opt for a Bug out Bag. This is a nifty bag. It has lots of spaces divided for specific purposes like food, water, medicine, matches, bottle of gas, clothing, items for personal hygiene and more. Ready to eat meals like protein bars, instant noodles, canned food and protein bars would be most preferred items in your food supply. They’re easy to prepare and will keep you functional until you will get help. Look up some of Pursuit Channel’s survival TV shows for more information.
•    Buy Storage Boxes that Fit Under your Bed. You may not have thought about it but it’s actually a good idea. Pacific Islanders and Asians commonly use boxes to store their stuff in and if you’re keen to observe the news you will see them carry it in times of disasters and emergency situations.
•    Take Every-Day-Carry (EDC) Items with you at All Times. You’ll be on the move 70% of the time while in college. You go from class to class, frat house to grocery stores outside the campus, field trips and more. So keep those handy emergency devices with you just in case. A hiking bag or military pack would be a good option to trade in for your ordinary book bag. You’ll be able to carry survival items with you at all times.



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Have an Evacuation Plan
Before you even step into the campus of the school that you’ll go to college to, get to Google Maps and start planning an evacuation plan in case of disasters or threats. This is a very important thing to consider in your survival skills during disasters.


•    Make sure that your Drawn up Map Includes more than 1 Exit Routes. Memorize the plan but always bring it with you just to be sure. You can also create a PDF or a JPEG version of it so you can put it in a more handy stuff, like your smartphone or laptop computer.
•    Create a Communication Plan as Well. Instinctively your first response in any threat or disaster is to call your parents and notify them of your situation. However, you must also consider having a reliable contact person to call or text to in case your family isn’t available or you can’t communicate to them directly due to network coverage issues because of the disaster that happened near your area.



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•    Recon your Environment as Far as 5 Miles in Diameter from your School Campus. Normally you would travel 2 – 3 miles from your school campus to any point in your immediate neighborhood and you’ll be doing this for months. During each time you traverse the distances remember to take notes of the routes you take – both in your notepad as well as in your mind. You may refer to your detailed map to plan efficient routes to get around and out of the area in case of emergency.
•    Take the 50% Initiative on Fuel. Never let your car’s fuel tank fall below 50% as this could cause serious problems. Your first response to any threat or danger is to get as far away from it as possible, in fact, the only time you really need to be a hero is if you have no way out. So always remember the 50% fuel initiative.



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Take Self-Defense Lessons and Pay Attention to College Safety Orientations
For your own sake I hope you will take time to get firearm and self-defense training, college or no college. You may also want to take survival training and choose a school that allows students to carry concealed firearms inside the school campus. It’s just unfortunate that these days gun-free zones exist all over America which undermines the student’s safety.


•    Check the Crime History of the School that you’ll be Attending. Matching previous crimes that occurred inside the school’s campus versus the precautionary measures that they have taken to prevent such things from happening again is crucial to your safety, so do research.
•    Check if they Allow Guns in their School. Like I said before, most schools nowadays have designated themselves as gun-free zones in order to curb gun violence. In my opinion you should only go to schools that prioritize your safety and not promote some liberal political views, which does everything but stop gun violence.



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•    Develop your Situational Awareness. Last but not the least to include in your survival skills is situational awareness. No matter how much you’ve trained and prepared for disasters or threats if you let your guard down or become shocked at the first sign of trouble, then you may not survive at all. That’s because you forgot one crucial thing – situational awareness. If you’re oblivious to what’s going on around you because you’re distracted by your phone, video games or daydreaming, then your mind will have processing too much information at once and will shut down for a few seconds. Unfortunately, those few seconds are precious as it will determine whether you live or die. Even though luck can play its part at times but how lucky can you get in dangerous situations? At best probably once or twice, so unplug, be a ninja or something or sleep with one eye open.

Gun Safety – The Mainstream Media Plot Twist

The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently responded to the media frenzy about the shooting accident involving a 9-year old girl and her instructor, Charles Vacca, who got shot in the head. The NSSF feels that the mainstream media is once again coercing the public through their news broadcasts to advocate gun-control. The NSSF furthermore, pointed out that credible, effective firearm safety efforts doesn’t need to sanctimonious rhetoric, involve divisive tactics and videos that are catered to parents in order to scare them off of responsible firearm ownership.

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Bloomberg plans to fund a pro gun-control group called “Everytown for Gun Safety,” over $50 million to pursue stricter anti gun legislation. Bloomberg’s other gun-control lobbyists which include Shannon Watts’ Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns will join hand-in-hand with this new group to lobby for more gun laws. According to NSSF what this group will accomplish is nothing short of an enhancement of the already existing gun laws in America. The worst case scenario is it will cripple businesses who are selling firearms as their primary function. The firearms industry is worth $31.8 billion annually and if legislation will make it hard for gun sales to thrive in the US, then this will not go without consequences economically.

Experts now predict that the new group’s slogan and mission will most likely be the same as every other gun-control groups’ mission, which is to curb guns from law abiding citizens. Sadly this will have no credibility as gun owners know responsible gun ownership.

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All major firearms manufacturers as well as the NSSF have their own separate effective gun safety initiatives year-in and year-out and they’ve been doing this for decades; however, the tests does not – in any way – result in confirming that there is a need for more gun-control. The safety programs of the NSSF, NRA and other similar organizations have yielded fruitful results. They even participate in hunter safety training. In fact, in the last 10 years alone it has decreased firearms accidents down to 22% which gun-control lobbyists completely ignore. According to the FBI statistics about less than 1% of all firearm accidents in the United States are fatal and those involved in such accidents did not have proper gun safety training.

This is a major blow to the incessant ranting of gun-control lobbyists and is the reason why the right to bear arms could never be repealed.

Gun safety statistics in America:

  • Firearms manufacturers mandated new gun locks for all their products and over the past 15 years there were over 70 million gun locks included with every purchase.
  • NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program successfully distributed more than 36 million free firearm safety kits that include a gun locks to thousands of communities across the United States with the help of over 15,000 law enforcement offices.
  • Last year alone, NSSF has also successfully sent out 3.6 million firearm safety materials as per request from responsible gun owners. The NSSF constantly receives inquiries from various communities regarding expert advice and gun safety materials, which in turn promotes safe handling of firearms and secure storage.
    NSSF’s new slogan is “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” which is very appropriate for their Project ChildSafe campaign.
  • According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last May 2014, only 1.5% of accidental fatalities among children below 14 years of age involve a firearm. The report also showed that poisoning, drowning, motor vehicles, fires, falls and suffocation rank higher than firearm-related fatal accidents.
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Despite safety training and precaution, tragic accidents are unavoidable. However, organizations like the NRA and NSSF are always at the forefront when it comes to gun safety in order to prevent such accidents. Gun-control advocates only see it one way and turn their blind eye on the good efforts that these groups have done to keep people safe. Had they attended a safe direction firearm training, then they wouldn’t be as much as a gun-control freak as politicians with gun-control agenda would have them believe. By design, a gun is meant to immobilize or kill any living thing and there have been many instances where guns saved people’s lives from intruders and psychopaths, but the media only focus their cameras on gun-related incidents or accidents. With budgets as high as $50 million, who wouldn’t twist the truth for a handsome fee?

Tahiti Bound

It is said that the South Pacific waters of Tahiti is the best place to catch Marlins and it’s true. Dozens of sportfishing magazines, open sea anglers and marine biologists all agree that the natural coral reefs of the South Pacific islands make marine life thrive in millions! It’s the best catch and release adventure anyone could ask for. The food chain is constantly replenished here that there’s more than enough room for humans – especially anglers – to pry. Even the great Zane Grey was so pleased when he reached Tahiti while he was looking for the most pristine waters to fish during his early expeditions. Lucky for us today logistics in that part of the world is now within reach, in fact, Tahiti has become one of the best tourist destinations in the world too!

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Zane Grey caught the world’s first 1,000-pound Blue Marlin somewhere off the coast of Tahiti back in the 1930s; Tahiti boasts some amazing blue-water and open sea fishing. Grey’s exploits about the capture of that fish is recorded in his book and is very exciting to read, even more so exciting was the chance to get to fish in the same waters almost a hundred years later. However, it was in the outer French Polynesian island groups where his real adventures were realized, particularly in the Austral Islands to the south and Tuamotu Archipelago to the east.

Sportfishing is now among the most sought after commercial amenities in the French Polynesia these days and you can book a trip as well as a reservation for a sportfishing adventure also. The hotels and resorts are world class with matching white sand beaches and breathtaking natural forest in the backdrop. Specially designed 40 – 90 foot long boats for anglers are always at your service! The boats are equipped with the latest sonar technology to scan for schools of fish and even cater to some of your fishing equipment needs. Experts would easily spot a Blue Marlin and let you know when to cast your fishing poles and fishing reel. When heading out into the reef the captain would blast the engines at over 30 knots, but once you get to where the fish are lingering then he’ll slow it down to 12 knots to prepare the bait and allow the fish to follow the lures behind the boat.

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With a lot of buzz about this place and my feet itching every day to get there and see and feel what it’s really like, I finally book a flight to Tahiti. I made hotel reservations and of course joined a team of amateur and pro anglers on a boat trip for 3-4 days. Captain Timish took us out in a pre-planned excursion in his boat – the Eloise II – where we’ll start off to fish the blue-water walls and drop-offs surrounding Hao for about 1-3 days tops, then head east looking for coral atolls to catch a variety of tropical game fish. But our final destination was Fakarava Island where the Captain thinks is where the Blue Marlins occasionally feed. Some of the anglers on board even taught me their secret fishing techniques.

So off we went with about 15 other anglers, one of them named Matt Siu, who has been fishing in those areas for more than 4 years now, told me that the giant Trevally and Dogtooth Tuna will give me the fight of my life. Matt has been in salt water fishing for almost a decade now. No matter how much preparation I made Matt was eventually right and I was nearly pulled overboard by a 900 lbs Dogtooth Tuna monster! As the boat went off the shore, the crystal-blue waters beneath reveal dozens of fish silhouette and we were even able to identify some of them like the Wahoo, Skipjack and Yellow-fin Tuna. A true champion of sportfishing and he’s not even competing. Indeed Capt. Timish knows these waters like the back of his hand! And with the highly sensitive sonar equipment there’s no way we’ll miss the Blue Marlin today.

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It took no more than 4 hours for me to haul in my first catch with my fishing reel and it was like the catch of a lifetime for me, even though the fish was only a decent 300 – 400 pounder Blue Marlin. Edmund, who is the Captain’s first mate, was on deck and reassured us that the 700 – 900 pounders were common in that area and all we have to do is be patient and wait. So we let five Accurate 130s and three Shimano’s from our fishing equipment tethered to our lures just to be sure. Captain Timish and his crew have prepared us live baits even before we departed; however, the artificial minnows worked so well with the Blue Marlins that I got my first bite at around 6 hours after we left port.

From day 2 up to our last day in Tahiti, I was able to catch 2 Blue Marlins which were a 600 and a 800 pounders respectively; 1 Dogtooth Tuna (740 lbs), 4 giant Trevally (400, 650, 830 and 908 lbs) and 1 unlucky 250 lbs Grouper fish. The other 15 anglers made a lot of healthy catches too but we only kept 1 or 2 fish as our prize and we released the rest of them back into their natural habitat. I can’t wait to book my second sportfishing vacation next summer.

Roku Rocks with Pursuit Channel

Pursuit Channel has been around for more than 5 years now and it appeals to a lot of viewers in America, especially those who love hunting and fishing as well as the outdoors. However, until recently the executives at Pursuit Channel did not expect how in-demand their hunting and fishing shows were and that’s when they decided to expand their broadcasting rights to Dish Network, Direct TV and now on Roku. The problem with Dish Network and Direct TV is that they are exclusive to satellite and cable TV networks and some of their shows might not get aired on other countries. You never know whether or not there might be interested subscribers out there.

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Like for instance back in 2011 a movie was made about fishing and other bushcraft outdoor skills and wilderness survival in Yemen; and it’s called “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.” From the news all we hear about this middle eastern country is that it’s a terrorist hub, but it turns out there are some hospitable places there as well. The film is totally fictional though and both the EU and US warns tourists traveling to countries like Yemen; even the Yemenese tourism director says they don’t have an overly popular salmon fishing sport there as depicted in the movie. Still you can go fishing out to sea or rivers or learn some bushcraft skills. In any case it’s not just Yemen but a whole other countries that have their own hunting and fishing sports. With the agreement made with Roku, Pursuit Channel is now accessible via the internet!

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Watching those hunting and fishing shows on Pursuit Channel and knowing how accessible TV is nowadays is a bliss.

The Roku Streaming Player is a specially designed router-type device that streams TV shows via internet. Roku Inc. is the manufacturer of these devices and is also the service provider at the same time. There are four types of Roku device that you can purchase online and the price differences also indicates various features included in your subscription. some shows are free while others are paid and you also have the option to add or remove channels via your Roku streaming device. It is estimated that Roku service approximately 15 million channels now and have over a million viewers/subscribers. You can also access games via your Roku streaming player as well.

Thanks to Roku you’ll learn more about hunting and fishing and other bushcraft skills on your TV, desktop pc, laptop or even your mobile device.

With a broad capacity to deliver viewers an infinite amount of TV shows any cable or satellite TV network would pale in comparison to Roku; plus they offer cheaper subscription packages compared to other TV channel providers. Unfortunately, internet TV is quite new to many people and it has just picked up momentum fairly recently, but soon it will be the future of television and cable networks might probably end up in the pages of history books. In fact, the only thing that’s holding companies like Roku back is the huge amount of money that these mega TV networks that they put into the governments in order to influence policies towards their advantage.

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Pursuit Channel has got dozens of outdoor and hunting and fishing shows that you will absolutely love and enjoy and here are a few of them.

•    3 Gun Nation
•    Americana Outdoors
•    Avian X
•    Bloodline
•    Boundless Hunting
•    Chasing Waters
•    Campfire Stories
•    Deadly Passion
•    Ducks Unlimited
•    Federation Angler TV
•    Spur Chaser
•    The Best of John Fox Outdoor Adventures
•    The Flyway Highway
•    TQ Adventures
•    Turkey Call

How much each Roku Streaming Player Cost and What You get for Them

Streaming Stick – $49.99
The Streaming Stick, which is Roku’s cheapest USB streaming platform, is exclusively for HDTVs only. It includes features like over a thousand entertainment channels, a built-in wifi connection, remote control, send videos from your smartphones and mobile devices directly to your TV set via Roku Streaming Stick and more!

Roku 1 – $49.99
The opposite of the basic Streaming Stick, the Roku 1 will work on any TV and has similar features with the Streaming Stick, except that it has the cast to TV direct from the Netflix and YouTube apps features that come along with it.

Roku 2 – $69.99 (with $10 off promo)
The Roku 2 also works on virtually any TV like its predecessor and has all the basic features that the first 2 streaming sticks have, with the exception of a remote controller and headphone jack for private listening pleasure.

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Roku 3 – $99.99
Just like the Streaming Stick, the Roku 3 works only with HDTVs also and aside from the basic features, it also sports a dual-band wireless connectivity, motion control feature for games, a quad core processor for faster video/audio loading as well as ethernet, USB & microSD slot.

You’ll surely enjoy watching your favorite Pursuit Channel hunting and fishing shows with any Roku streaming device! Personally, I love to watch bass fishing shows online during my spare time and I do that at least 3 times a week.

Is Airgun Hunting Ethical?

For most hunters who use conventional weapons to hunt they are very good at what they do; however, some often wonder whether or not it is ethical to use an airgun in hunting. To put this argument to rest, there’s nothing wrong with using unconventional weapons to hunt animals for sport or food. Ancient people used spears, arrows and clubs to achieve something similar and we never questioned their motives for that. If you’re aware of the power of your rifle and your marksmanship, then it is technically accurate to say that your airgun is ethically useful in hunting deer or a duck. This is essentially the same set of parameters use in choosing their weapons for a hunting sport.

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Personally, I believe that hunting ethics applies to my skills in making the weapons I choose effective in hunting. It will not matter whether I take a Browning Leverage .177 Air Rifle w/3-9×40 Scope, or a Hatsan Model 125 Sniper Camo Sniper Kit- .22 Cal with Scope, Bipod & Sling, or even a Crosman M4-177 Tactical Pump Air Rifle out in the field and I’d still be able to hit a rabbit at 50 yards, and do it consistently. However, if the same rabbit was 50 yards further away, then that would be a different story. This scenario puts my hunting skills and marksmanship at a disadvantage as 1) the target (rabbit) is beyond the maximum effective range of the airgun, and 2) my aim – although true – will be undermined by the wind velocity and directional factor.

Apparently the difference between an airgun and a firearm is that you’ll need to be extra smart when hunting with an airgun, while a firearm has almost 3 kilometers of maximum effective range and makes hunting less difficult.

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Airguns basically were not meant for long distance shooting and they do their job best at close range (and I mean 50 yards close), but for accuracy in long range shooting you’ll need to use .233 caliber rounds with that.

Another issue surrounding this ethical argument about hunting with an airgun is that people are trying to take down a target too large for the BB ammo to make an effective kill. Let’s get back to that earlier example about the jackrabbit at 50 yards away; if you’ll use a .22 pcp to take that rabbit down at that distance then there’s a 80% chance that it will work. However, if you’ll use the same gun on a bobcat at the exact same distance, then I’m sorry but the worst it will do is give the bobcat a flesh wound. Every skilled hunter knows and understands the difference between the guns they use to hunt and the type of animal they’re hunting – they would most likely use the right gun for a certain quarry and not try to push one gun’s limits.

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Ethics not only involves in the kinds of tools you use to harvest game, but also how efficient you are as a hunter when using these tools. Experienced hunters actually prefer airguns over firearms in hunting small game and controlling rat population (Australia once had rat infestation back in the 1990s). Airguns create small impact trauma on rabbits and other small animals that instantly kill them without destroying a large portion of their anatomy; the same is true for large rifles when taking down deers and antelopes. The bottom line is that as long as you know your skills and limits, you pick the proper gun and pellet, and you don’t overestimate yourself; then you can ethically hunt using air power.

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