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[, Music, ], [, Music, ], [ Applause, ] spending more time now, digging logs there that I'm actually building and they're, so iced up, I think I'm gonna have to melt them over the fire Or gonna torch or something let go: [: Music, ], [, Laughter, ], [ Applause, ] and the front porch sitting on the steps.

What do you think it's like [, Music, ], [ Applause, ], [ Applause, ], [, Applause, ]? We're. All gonna stop recording for the day got up to about five degrees Celsius in the middle of day when it got sunny out and what's happening is all this snow.

We have tons of it now it's like 30 inches, but looks a bit on top of the outhouse. It's, starting to compress with all the warm warm temperatures and the humidity in the air, starting to compress it, and now that temperature is dropping at night, it's, starting to freeze in so every log.

I have to use the logs to free it from the ground and then pull it up and try to get it elevated off the ground. I don't, have room to elevate that many logs and I can't, build something strong enough up against the tree to lean them.

So what I'm doing is stacking as many on the cabin itself. Elevated high off the ground now tomorrow's supposed to get up above freezing again, I think it's supposed to be sunny too. Actually so that's.

Gon na help thaw a bunch of logs. So what I'll do is just free, more of them up a shovel of snow off the top of the main pile, and hopefully the Sun can loosen some of that stuff up. The problem is, the temperature is supposed to drop tomorrow late afternoon and it's, going to freeze everything in solid it's, getting down to like minus 10 or minus 15.

So what that's going to do is all this stuff, that's, getting compressed when that freeze is gonna be rockered, so I'll. Give me almost like ice, so I & # 39. Ll have to work around that get as much elevated as I can, and then probably like problem is with.

All of that is that I'm, going ice fishing for the next couple of days, so it's, going to get warm again tomorrow before drops down in the afternoon when the north wind comes in. So it'll melt and then freeze in so some of the logs that are on the ground are going to freeze solid before I get back at them.

So, a couple days from now three days from now I'll, be back working on the sauna. So before next Friday's video, I should have probably a couple more courses done and probably start looking at getting the headers in.

So the courses above the windows and the door, and then I only have another course or two above that to finish the wall height, which means then I can start working on on the gable ends and getting the roof structure on so making progress.

Finally, hopefully the weather doesn't get too cold on me. I'll, keep working but nice. If it would stay, you know even like minus five, so everything stays frozen. So I'm gonna shut the video down shortly.

I've just had something that I filmed earlier today. If you want to listen to that, just talking about self-reliance and food acquisition and stuff like that here in the in the wilderness - and the other thing is just before Christmas.

I filmed an unboxing of subscriber mail and I just didn't, get a chance to put that into a video, so feel free to turn it off. If you wish to skip that, but appreciate everybody who did send stuff before and before Christmas and, of course, ongoing don't, no, no, not necessary to do that.

But I appreciate it and it's. Fun. Opening the mail and Kallie always gets a few gifts as well, so that's. It otherwise appreciate everybody tuning in and following along, and hopefully this year is going to be a little bit more exciting here on the my self-reliance Channel.

Thanks for watching that video, a little update on what I'm doing with the sauna here, I was and of course, as I was working all all day today in the nice warm weather, but one almost two degrees Celsius out here and Suns.

Trying to peek through the clouds just enjoying the day, but thinking of course, and it's, always interesting in the days following a controversial video. I guess you can call it controversial, even though I don't find it controversial.

So I have my hunting. Video was my last one prior to this one, the deer hunting video and it's, always food for thought. I mean I'm. Never in a position myself, where I'm 100 %, convinced that I'm right about everything and that I shouldn't, listen to other people's.

Opinions, however, doesn't mean I don't, have an a strong opinion about something, and I do in a lot of cases, feel that I'm as right, as I think I can be knowing in my situation and Knowing what I know so the debate ongoing debate about hunting - I was thinking many things and I & # 39.

Ll, probably continue to address this in future videos and on my other channel, but one of the things going through my head right now was. Why do I defend my right to hunt so vigorously and it really comes back to the whole reason.

I'm here to begin with in this particular location, and I think the main reason you guys are watching me it's because we're, so used to being controlled and probably controlled, is better weird than oppressed, because I don't feel like we're.

We're under duress like we're living poorly because of our organized society, but I do feel like we feel like, especially if you're, a a man with some adventurous spirit that were definitely controlled and not free And this location of this property of this land that I'm on here with this cabin, is in an unorganized Township, and what that means is that there's, no government oversight.

Here there's. No organized municipality is a municipality, but it's unorganized and anything that we need done is managed by the neighboring municipality, so the roads, for example, roads actually are maintained by the Ministry of Transportation rather than the local municipality that does their own work.

Roadwork just east of here, so why is that important? Well, it's important because it means I'm allowed to do things here or I'm able to do things here without somebody and impeding me or telling me. I can't do them, so these places are coming more more rare and you know they call Alaska the last frontier.

For a reason. Canada has its own last frontiers here and there this is kind of an isolated frontier. I'm, not going to call it in relatively southern Ontario southern Canada, so I'm here. For that reason, like I said, I have have more freedom than most places.

Well, if you take away my right to hunt you take away my right to or my ability to be self-reliant or self-reliant, as I can be, my ability to live is close to land and off the land, as I possibly can, and that requires me to hunt And fish and forage now, if I'm, not allowed to pick wild edibles and wild plants like the mushrooms that are on my land, but also the mushrooms that are on the crown.

Land are public land that I'm, mostly surrounded by here, and if I'm, not allowed to fish in the lakes and and keep the fish rather than release them all. If I'm not allowed to harvest animals and all have to kill animals for food, then I'm back on the system and being on the system.

Doesn't mean that I haven't zero impact. I think that's, a real mistake that people make and I think it's, a important to start reconsidering our own beliefs and whether there's, any validation to them.

In other words, is it evil for a person to hunt for their own food, but not evil? For that person to to encourage a corporation like Monsanto, who's vilified often to clear-cut rainforests, in order to grow soybeans, for example - and you think that's a bit of a stretch, but it's.

Not if you look at, if you look at all of the ingredients that are a sub ingredient of corn, for example, you'll, be absolutely shocked at the number of things that it goes into and there our reliance on, and not only for food.

But other products that we use as well so do a little research on that look into all the components of corn, like they strip out the the molecules essentially sub particles of corn and make that into different things.

So the number one thing that is obvious is corn. Syrup corn syrup is the sweetener in the form of calories that ends up in a lot of processed food. Soybean same thing, a lot of the protein that is used or protein products are made from soybeans.

So those are just two and there's sort of vilified crops, but I do feel strongly that they're, not good for us not good for the environment. However, they are absolutely necessary to feed this huge population that we have globally.

So I don't vilify the companies like Monsanto and I don't. I don't, not so against genetically modified foods and all of those things unless I'm anti human. If I, if I believe that humans, don & # 39, t have a right to be on this planet and a right to be at this population, however, I have an opinion on that as well, but point being that you can't tell somebody Not to hunt for their own food and then eat meat yourself that somebody else is harvesting or if either harvesting or raising and killing for you.

You can't pay the executioner and then pretend you're, not responsible for that. That death, you can't vilify Monsanto and then be willing to pay less than 10 percent of your income on food. That's, unheard of in less developed countries in the West.

That's common! It's, a common number, ten percent of our income or money goes towards food. That's, a ridiculously low amount, considering it's, essential basic basic essential. I mean if you look at the the basic survival heat.

Basically, so fire water and food to tell people that they can't build a cabin of whatever size they feel like. They can live in because it doesn't meet code and to tell somebody they can't, hunt and fish and forage for their own food.

Their wild food is taking away all those freedoms and it's, taking what it waaaay what it means to be human. In my opinion, I think this vilification of of these corporations that provide our food and also of people who raise their own food or harvest their own food from the wild you can't have the best of both worlds.

You can't say I'm a vegetarian and that I have no impact on the earth and then say I hate Monsanto and I hate hunters who harvest their own food. It's, just it's too contradictory and it's too hypocritical, and I know we're.

All hypocrites have said many times. I'm a hypocrite myself, but you have to. We have to stop just saying, I believe this and this and this and I'm right about that thing. I don't know if any of us actually truly believe or know what we believe ourselves or to inundated with information from other people.

Now, if somebody is an auntie hunter because they were a hunter before or they have killed something for their food and they feel like they're, just just not for them, they're, not capable of doing that without too much guilt Or remorse, then I think that's respectable, but to say I'm, an auntie hunter without ever having harvested a game, animal or eaten game, animal that's, harvest ethically by somebody else or doesn't.

Have a full true understanding or appreciation or acceptance of their impact on the rest of the the environment by eating things that are not produced by themselves, such as soybeans and corn, has Phila fied example by somebody else.

So that is my opinion on the whole matter. I think well-meaning comments, like maybe you shouldn't, have hunting on this channel. You should put it on your other channel on your sean james channel. I think it was a well-meaning comment and i don't want to not recognize that, but i think that's kind of sad that that's, where our society is at that we think harvesting.

Food doesn't belong out a channel about self-reliance. I mean it like. I said it's more of the basics. I'm doing the basics here and I I'm. Only able to do the basics, because I still have the rights to do that here and if the rights are stripped from me, if I am going to try to continue to live this kind of lifestyle without right to do so, I would have to at least At the very least, hide it from from the world, and certainly wouldn't, be on YouTube.

Talking to you about it so very interesting times we live in where a hunter is the villain. He's considered evil. Where are we wouldn't, be here, first of all, without the omnivorous nature of our of our predecessors, and we certainly wouldn't, be here if it wasn't if they weren't successful hunters.

So the fact that we're vilifying hunters is it's very ironic, and it's. Such we're living in such a fast-paced change fast, changing time. You know really, this diet that we're currently on is less than 100 years old, and you think about that.

In the span of history, the span of human history, it's, ridiculously small. It's irrelevant and in the past, in the future I mean we'll, be looking back on this period thinking. This was such a drastic change, but so unusual and contradictory, and so brief that how could we at this time think that we were right and everything before and everything after is wrong.

So I think this is a great year to question all of our own beliefs and try things out, try things about side of her comfort zone or try those things that we are against and see if we really truly are against that or for just listening to The rhetoric that's, fed to us in the media or by friends, family or or acquaintances, or on social media, in particular.

Now speaking of that an interesting book, they really suggest highly recommend reading. Is it's? Michael Pollan's? Omnivore's Dilemma. He has a few books out. I think before that book, even and a couple of after that are that are worth reading, but start with Omnivore's.

Dilemma either read it or listen to it on audiobook or or watch. I think this documentary called cooked, which is about his another follow-up book to the to that called cooked, and I think food Inc is sort of loosely based around him and Joel Salatin.

So I think it's worth well highly recommend listening to his perspective because he was a non or maybe even anti hunter. He was he's, a food writer not to begin with, but he wanted to fully understand why our diet is the way it is and to understand more about all aspects of our diet right from vegetarianism up to carnivalism, so it as a result.

He actually learned he had never been a hunter and you learned how to hunt God his hunting license and when I wouldn't harvested a pig so the after harvesting the the wild pig they went out and made. I think they made like pepperoni or salami, or something like that anyway, I can't, remember the details, but he fully immersed himself in the culture of hunting and harvesting the game and the appreciation for taking a life and then how that becomes our Food and so on so very, very smart guy and worth seeing it from an on a relatively unbiased position.

I think that's. The important thing I think so so many of us or really all of us are so biased, one way or another about everything in our lives that we have a hard time separating what we truly believe and what's just been fed to us And that's more of an ideology than an idea that we have overall, so I can't encourage you to read that book anyway, that's.

One of my challenges to myself this year also is to not try not to be fixated on one opinion on one position to open my mind up, continue to take advice from you, guys, listen to your stories. Watch other people's.

Videos get a truly better understanding of the way people the choices people make the way they live and why somebody like myself would want to do something like this compared to just living a more comfortable life so appreciate, as always, everybody watching this and all my videos And if you haven't subscribed.

Please do so. I & # 39. Ve got a ton of stuff coming up this year. I have a personal goal to hit a million subscribers this year. I think it's very attainable based on the numbers, the growth of the channel last year.

It's, just a personal challenge, but also challenge to a couple with a couple of buddies. So I really appreciate, if you haven't subscribed. If you can do that. Even if you don & # 39, t hit the notification bell.

So you don't, get annoyed by emails that you don & # 39. T want to receive still appreciate your subscription. I appreciate you continuing to check in anyway and and watching my videos, so I'll. Hang it back to work here, hopefully make some good progress here.

So you guys can see some new things here at the cabin everybody welcome back to the cabinet. I am opening up all the gifts that arrived in the PIO box this week again. I really appreciate it not necessary but really appreciate it.

What are you who has been sending stuff to not only to me but to my family and de Cali as well, a couple boxes here from Matt girls? Thank you Matt! So Matt's that make food, which is always appreciated.

As you know, I'd like to eat and it's 15 and twelve-year-old daughters. Actually, you're fans of Cali and they sent some great trees for her, and this happens to be Kelly's. 20Th. Second, 20 up their second birthday today, so you're gonna get some of these treats today for sure.

So, thanks girls, thanks Matt that's. Great! This one is from Joanne Johnson of Schenectady New York Joanne. That's. Awesome. If you don't know what this is. It's, a spigot for my wine barrels. I have a couple small brass ones: that's.

All we could find online and I was really hoping I'd - be able to find something this size. This is perfect a lot more water out, and I just like that. It's; wood as well, very cool Andrew at outbound to explore calm wishing you all the best to you and your family.

Thank you, Andrew very nice, and what he gave me is cute little log cabin ornament, so Deborah from DKE photos and creations on Etsy made us slippers. These are for my wife. Presumably, these are for me for wearing inside the cabin which actually I do need and a neck warmer for Callie.

So I'll, put that on Callie later and show it to you. It's. Er, like I said it's, her birthday today, so another birthday gift for Callie. So Thank You Deborah. It's. Really nice of you, sealer andy, on instagram andreas Holmesburg from Finland.

I decided to make you a couple of eating spoons. When I saw you make your own serving spoon. I've, been making it for about a year and a half and it's. Not easy! Is it it's? Not as easy as it looks right, I noticed spoons are blade finished, just like these.

They did before sandpaper was available to the common man. Your videos have provides so much free entertainment, and I wanted to send these to keep tokens of appreciation. It would be so cool to see you use them who ever do realize you lots of stuff sent to you everyday.

But if you use the spoons don't soak the handles. They have been something the traditional way with cinnamon that may fall out. Some baby oil, no, then keeps them shiny thanks for your time, the videos, an inspiration Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from andreas Holmesburg.

Thank you and Merry Christmas Happy New Year's to you and your family as well, and those are very cool. I like that they realize that's. What it said at first myself and my wife is what it says that's, very cool Holtz burned in there.

This is from wanda holland, so she was always loved. Their doors live in a small town in the western part of Kentucky move 45 minutes west of beautiful Kentucky and Berkley legs. So she says her and her husband have been collecting belt buckles for over 50 states and I guess other countries as well including Canada.

So this belt buckle so Canada, with antlers mountains, trees and an eagle soaring and sure I will use that belt buckle it. You always see me wearing actually, my wife and I bought that on our honeymoon in 1986.

96. 1996. So I'll, continue wearing that one as well, but I will put that on another bill and I'll wear that proudly and when I'm not wearing at all. I'll. Hang it up and here in the cabin so thank you.

I really appreciate that as well. Merry Christmas to you and your family, so this one's from Dean, Harmon rumbled there he says hi Sean. I love your YouTube channel thought you might like to read this book about my time in the Yukon from dean.

Herman rumble bear so yeah. I & # 39. Ll. Definitely read that around the campfire. Maybe tonight. Thank you for that. We got lots of letters and cards from so many nice people and i unfortunately just can't read them all ariana.

Is that i really really liked to be able to mention it each and every one of you, but there's. So many and i'm just so grateful and and fed whole families just overwhelmed by the support that you're. Giving us and my daughters are my wife, and I really appreciate all the kind letters and Christmas cards and best wishes that you've been sending.

So I will proudly hang these all over the cabin and and just know that I sincerely thank every each and every one of you and if I could personally, I definitely would do that and yeah just overwhelm, like I said by the by the generosity of all You guys just really really appreciate that so nice having such a large family for for Christmas this year, glad to be able to share with you what we're doing here at the cabin.

So thanks for watching and I'll - see you up here at the cabin next time. Take care, [, Music, ], ( birds, peeping softly ), (, bluesy, acoustic, guitar, music, ), ( log thumps, ), ( footsteps, crunching ), ( cover crunching, ), (, jerky, thunking, ), ( footsteps, crunching ), (, wood, thumping, ), (, scraper, scraping ); ( footsteps, crunching ), ( Log thumps ) Spending more time now digging logs out than I am actually building and they're, so iced up.

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Well, I'm gonna stop recording for the day. It got up to about five degrees Celsius in the middle of the day when it got sunny out and what's happening is all this snow and we have tons of it. Now it's like 30 inches by the looks of it on top of the outhouse.

. It's, starting to compress with all the warm temperatures and the humidity in the air, starting to compress it, and now that the temperature's dropping at night, it's, starting to freeze in so every log.

I have to use the LogOX to free it from the ground and then pull it up and try to get it elevated off the ground. I don't have room to elevate that many logs and I can't build something strong Enough up against the tree to lean them, so what I'm doing is stacking as many on the cabin itself, elevated high off the ground.

. Now, tomorrow's supposed to get up above, freezing again. Think it's supposed to be sunny too. Actually so that's. Gon na help thaw a bunch of the logs.. So what I'll do is just free, more of them up.

I'll shovel snow off the top of the main pile, and hopefully the sun can loosen some of that stuff. Up.. The problem is the temperature's. Supposed to drop tomorrow late afternoon and it's, going to freeze everything in solid.

. It's, getting down to like minus 10 or minus 15.. So what that's going to do is all this stuff? That's, getting compressed when that freezes. It's. Gon na be rock hard.. It's. All gonna be almost like ice.

, So I'll have to work around that get as much elevated as I can, and then problem is with. All of that is that I'm, going ice fishing for the next couple of days. So it's, going to get warm again tomorrow before it drops down in the afternoon when the north wind comes in.

, So it'll melt and then freeze in so some of the logs that are on the ground are gonna. Freeze solid before I get back at them., So couple days from now three days from now, I'll, be back working on the sauna.

. So before next Friday's video, I should have probably a couple more courses done and probably start looking at getting the headers in so the courses above the windows and the door. And then I only have another course or two above that.

To finish the wall height, which means, then I can start working on the gable ends and getting the roof structure on. So making progress finally.. Hopefully the weather doesn't, get too cold on me.. I'll, keep working but nice.

If it would stay even like minus five, so everything stays frozen.. So I'm gonna shut the video down shortly. Just had something that I filmed earlier today. If you wan na, listen to that., Just talking about self-reliance and food acquisition and stuff like that here in the wilderness, and the other thing is just before Christmas, I filmed an unboxing of subscriber mail and I just didn't, get a chance to Put that into a video so feel free to turn it off.

If you wish to skip that, but appreciate everybody who did send stuff before Christmas and, of course, ongoing. Not necessary to do that, but I appreciate it and it's, fun. Opening the mail and Cali always gets a few gifts as well.

, So that's. It otherwise. Appreciate everybody tuning in and following along, and hopefully this year is going to be a little bit more exciting here on the My Self Reliance channel.. Well, thanks for watching that video.

Little update on what I'm doing with the sauna here. I was and of course, as I was working all day today in the nice warm weather about one almost two degrees Celsius out here and the sun's trying to peek through the clouds.

Just enjoying the day, but thinking of course, and it's, always interesting in the days following a controversial video, I guess. You can call it controversial, even though I don't find it Controversial but my hunting video was my last one prior to this one, the deer-hunting video and it's, always food for thought.

I mean I'm. Never in a position myself, where I'm 100 %, convinced that I'm right about everything and that I shouldn't, listen to other people's. Opinions., However, that doesn't mean I don't, have a strong opinion about something, and I do in a lot of cases, feel that I'm as right as I think I can be in my situation and knowing What I know.

So the ongoing debate about hunting. - I was thinking many things and I & # 39. Ll, probably continue to address this in future videos and on my other channel, but one of the things going through my head right now is.

Why do I defend my right to hunt so vigorously And it really comes back to the whole reason. I'm here to begin with in this particular location, and I think the main reason you guys are watching me. It's because we're, so used to being controlled and probably controlled, is a better word than oppressed Because I don't feel like we're under duress like we're living poorly because of our organized society.

But I do feel like we feel like, especially if you're, a man with some adventurous spirit that we're, definitely controlled and not free and this location of this property of this land that I'm on here.

With this cabin is in an unorganized township, and what that means is that there's, no government oversight here. There's, no organized municipality here., It is a municipality, but it's unorganized and anything that we need done Is managed by the neighboring municipality, so the roads for example.

Roads actually are maintained by the Ministry of Transportation rather than the local municipality that does their own road work, just east of here.. So why is that important? Well, it's important because it means I'm allowed to do things here or I'm able to do things here without somebody impeding me or telling me, I can't do them.

, So these places Are becoming more and more rare and they call Alaska the Last Frontier for a reason.. Canada has its own last frontiers here and there.. This is kind of an isolated frontier. I'm gonna call it in relatively southern Ontario southern Canada.

. So I'm here for that reason., Like I said, I have more freedom than most places.. Well, if you take away my right to hunt you take away my right to or my ability to be self-reliant or self-reliant, as I can be, my ability to live as close to the land and off the land, as I possibly can.

. That requires me to hunt and fish and forage.. Now, if I'm, not allowed to pick wild edibles wild plants like the mushrooms that are on my land, but also the mushrooms that are on the Crown land or public land that I'm, mostly surrounded by here.

And if I'm, not allowed to fish in the lakes and keep the fish rather than release them all, if I'm not allowed to harvest animals not allowed to kill animals for food, then I'm back on The system and being on the system, doesn't mean that I have zero impact.

. I think that's, a real mistake that people make and I think it's, important to start reconsidering our own beliefs and whether there's, any validation to them.. In other words, is it evil for a person to hunt for their own food, but not evil? For that person to encourage a corporation like Monsanto, who's vilified, often to clearcut rainforest in order to grow soybeans, for example? And you think that's a bit of a stretch, but it's not.

. If you look at all of the ingredients that are a sub-ingredient of corn, for example, you'll, be absolutely shocked at the number of things that it goes into and our reliance on it not only for food, but other products that we use as Well.

, So do a little research on that., Look up all the components of corn. They strip out the molecules, essentially subparticles of corn and make that into different things.. So the number one thing that is obvious is corn.

Syrup. Corn syrup is the sweetener in the form of calories that ends up in a lot of processed food. Soybeans same thing, a lot of the protein that is used or protein products that are made from soybeans.

. So those are just two and they're sort of vilified crops, but I do feel strongly that they're, not good for us not good for the environment.. However, they are absolutely necessary to feed this huge population that we have globally.

. So I don't vilify the companies like Monsanto and I'm, not so against genetically-modified foods and all of those things unless I'm anti-human. If I believe that humans, don & # 39, t have a right to be on this planet and a right to be at this population however.

, I have an opinion on that as well, but point being that you can't tell somebody not to Hunt for their own food and then eat meat yourself that somebody else is either harvesting or raising and killing for you.

. You can't pay the executioner and then pretend you're, not responsible for that that death., You can't vilify Monsanto and then be willing to pay less than 10 % of your income on food.. That's, unheard of in less-developed countries.

In the West. That's, common. It's. A common number, 10 % of our income or money goes towards food.. That's, a ridiculously low amount, considering it's, the essential basic basic essential, and if you look at the basics, survival heat.

Basically, so fire water and food to tell people that they can't build a cabin of whatever size they feel like. They can live in because it doesn't meet code and to tell somebody they can't, hunt and fish and forage for their own food.

Their wild food is taking away all those freedoms and it's, taking away what it means to be human in my opinion., I think this vilification of these corporations that provide our food and also of people who raise their own food or harvest their Own food from the wild you can't have the best of both worlds.

. You can't, say I'm a vegetarian and that I have no impact on the earth and then say I hate Monsanto and I hate hunters who harvest their own food.. It's just too contradictory and it's too hypocritical, and I know we're all hypocrites.

I've said many times. I'm a hypocrite myself, but we have to stop just saying. I believe this and this and this and I'm right about that thing. I don't know if any of us actually truly believe or know what we believe ourselves.

. We're too inundated with information from other people.. Now, if somebody is an anti-hunter because they were a hunter before or they have killed something for their food and they feel like it's, just not for them.

They're, not capable of doing that without too much guilt or remorse. Then I think that's respectable, but to say I'm, an anti-hunter without ever having harvested a game, animal or eaten game. Animal that's harvested ethically by somebody else or doesn't, have a full true understanding or appreciation, or acceptance of their impact on the rest of the environment by eating things that are not produced by themselves, such as soybeans and corn.

As vilified example by somebody else., So that is my opinion on the whole matter.. I think well-meaning comments like maybe you, shouldn't, have hunting on this channel. You should put it on your other channel on your Shawn James channel.

I think it was a well-meaning comment and I don't want to not recognize that, but I think that's kind of sad that that's, where our society's at that we think harvesting. Food doesn't belong on a channel about self-reliance.

, I mean, like I said it's, one of the basics.. I'm doing the basics here and I am only able to do the basics, because I still have the rights to do that here and if the rights are stripped from me, if I am going to try to continue to live this kind of Lifestyle without right to do so, I would have to at least at the very least hide it from the world, and certainly wouldn't, be on YouTube.

Talking to you about it., So very interesting times we live in where the hunter is the villain. He's considered evil where we wouldn't, be here, first of all, without the omnivorous nature of our predecessors, and we certainly wouldn't, be here if they weren't successful hunters.

So the fact that we're vilifying hunters is very ironic and we're living in such a fast-paced fast-changing time. You know really. This diet that we're currently on is less than 100 years old and you think about that in the span of history, the span of human history, it's, ridiculously small.

It's irrelevant and in the past, in the future I mean we'll, be looking back on this period thinking. This was such a drastic change, but so unusual and contradictory, and so brief that how could we at this time think that we were right and everything before and everything after is wrong.

? So I think this is a great year to question all of our own beliefs and try things out, try things outside of our comfort zone or try those things that we are against and see if we really truly are against that or if we'Re just listening to the rhetoric that's, fed to us in the media or by friends, family or acquaintances, or on social media.

In particular. Now and speaking of that, an interesting book that I really suggest highly recommend reading is Michael Pollan's. Omnivore's Dilemma.. He has a few books out. I think before that book, even and a couple after that are worth reading but start with Omnivore's, Dilemma.

Either read it or listen to it on audiobook or watch. I think there's. Documentary called Cooked, which is about his another followup book to that called Cooked, and I think Food Inc. is sort of loosely based around him and Joel Salatin.

. So I think it's well highly recommend listening to his perspective because he was a non or maybe even anti-hunter.. He's, a food writer to begin with, but he wanted to fully understand why our diet is the way it is and to understand more about all aspects of our diet right from vegetarianism up to carnivorism.

So, as a result, he actually learned he had never been a hunter and he learned how to hunt got his hunting license and went out and harvested a pig.. So after harvesting the wild pig they went out and made, I think they made pepperoni or salami or something like that.

. Anyway, I can't, remember the details, but he fully immersed himself in the culture of hunting and the harvesting of the game and the appreciation for taking a life and then how that becomes our food and so on.

. So, very very smart guy and worth seeing it from a relatively unbiased position.. I think that's, the important thing., I think so many of us - or maybe all of us, are so biased, one way or another about everything in our lives that we have a hard time separating what we truly believe and what'S just been fed to us and that's, more of an ideology than an idea that we have of our own.

. So I encourage you to read that book. Anyway, that's. One of my challenges to myself this year also is to try not to be fixated on one opinion on one position to open my mind up, continue to take advice from you, guys, listen to your stories.

Watch other people's, videos and get a truly better understanding of the choices people make the way they live and why somebody like myself would wan na do something like this compared to just living a more comfortable, life.

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This year., I think it's very attainable based on the numbers and the growth of the channel last year.. It's, just a personal challenge, but also a challenge with a couple of buddies. So I'd, really appreciate.

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. I appreciate you continuing to check in anyway and watch my videos., So I'm gonna get back to work. Here., Hopefully make some good progress here, so you guys can see some new things here at the cabin.

. Hey everybody! Welcome back to the cabin.. I am opening up all of the gifts that arrived in the P.O. Box. This week. Again really appreciate it., Not necessary, but really appreciate everybody who has been sending stuff not only to me but to my family and to Cali as well.

A couple of boxes here from Matt Gross.. Thank you Matt.. So Matt sent me food, which is always appreciated.. As you know, I like to eat, and his 15 and 12-year-old daughters actually are fans of Cali and they sent some great treats for her, and this happens to be Cali's 20th or 2nd 20th or 2nd birthday today.

So gonna get some of these treats today for sure.. So thanks girls and thanks Matt., That's. Great.. This one is from Joanne Johnson of Schenectady New York. Joanne, that's awesome.. If you don't know what this is, it's, a spigot for my wine barrels.

. I have a couple of small brass ones.. It's. All we could find online and I was really hoping to be able to find something. This size.. This is perfect.. It'll, let a lot more water out, and I just like that.

It's, wood as well., Very cool. Andrew at outboundtoexplorer.com.. Wishing you all the best to you and your family.. Thank you, Andrew very nice, and what he gave me is cute little log cabin ornament.

, So Deborah from DKE Photos & amp Creations on Etsy made us slippers.. These are for my wife presumably.. These are for me for wearing inside the cabin which actually I do need and a neck warmer for Cali.

. So I'll, put that on Cali later and show it to you., Like I said it's, her birthday today. So another birthday gift for Cali.. So thank you Deborah! That's. Really nice of you. Sealerandy on Instagram Andreas Holmsberg.

. It's from Finland.. I decided to make you a couple of eating spoons. When I saw you make your own serving spoon., I've, been making it for about a year and a half and it's. Not easy! Is it It's, not as easy as it looks right, I notice.

Spoons are blade-finished, just like they did before. Sandpaper was available to the common man.. Your videos have provided so much free entertainment, and I wanted to send these to keep as tokens of appreciation.

. It would be so cool to see you use them. However, I do realize you get sh lots of stuff ( chuckles ) sent to you every day, but if you use the spoons don't soak the handles., They have been something the traditional way with cinnamon that may fall.

Out. Some baby oil now and then keeps them shiny.. Thanks for your time., The video's, an inspiration. Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Andreas Holmsberg.. Thank you and merry Christmas and happy New Year's to you and your family.

As well and those are very cool. - I, like that., I didn't realize that's. What it said at first myself and my wife is what it says., That's very cool burned in there.. This is from Wanda Holland., So she ( mumbles ), always loved the outdoors.

. I live in a small town in the western part of Kentucky about 45 minutes west of beautiful Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.. So she says her and her husband have been collecting belt buckles from 50 states and I guess other countries as well, including Canada.

. So this belt buckle so Canada with antlers mountains, trees and an eagle soaring, and I'm sure I will use that.. The belt buckle that you always see me wearing actually my wife and I bought that on our honeymoon in 1986'96 1996.

So I'll, continue wearing that one as well, but I will put that on another belt and I'll wear that proudly and when I'm, not wearing it. I'll. Hang it up in here. In the cabin., So thank you. I really appreciate that as well.

Merry Christmas to you and your family., So this one's from Dean, Harman Rumble Bear.. He says hi Shawn.. I love your YouTube. Channel. Thought you might like to read this book about my time in the Yukon.

From Dean. Harman Rumble Bear., So yeah I'll. Definitely read that around the campfire, maybe tonight.. Thank you for that., So we got lots of letters and cards from so many nice people and I unfortunately just can't, read them all.

Rihanna, who's that.. I'd, really really like to be able to mention each and every one of you, but there's. So many and I'm, just grateful and whole family's just overwhelmed by the support that you're, giving us and my daughters and my wife, and I really appreciate all the kind letters and Christmas cards and best Wishes that you've been sending, so I will proudly hang these all over the cabin and just know that I sincerely thank each and every one of you.

. If I could personally, I definitely would do that and yeah just overwhelmed, like I said by the generosity of all you guys., We just really really appreciate that. So nice, having such a large family for Christmas this year and glad to be able to share with you What we're doing here at the cabin.

( crunches ), So thanks for watching and I'll - see you up here at the cabin next time. Take care. (, lively, bluegrass, music, ) ( bear footsteps: crunching ), ( loon calls )

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